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Bernhard Felderer

Eva Steindorfer Awarded the LGT Media Prize 2015

The work of three outstanding journalistis work was honored at an event in the Liechtenstein Palace in Vienna with the LGT media award for quality financial and business reporting. Eva Steindorfer was awarded the LGT Media Prize 2015.

February 25, 2015

Faymann: Provinces to Participate in Hypo’s Downsizing Costs

Chancellor Werner Faymann announced that the provinces will have to make a financial contribution to the downsizing costs of Hypo Group. He is in favor of using the provincial share of the bank levy.

March 11, 2014

Hypo Group: “Worst Thing If Government Does Not Make Decision”

According to Felderer, President of the Fiscal Council, a downgrade in the country rating must not be taken “too seriously”.

February 28, 2014

Felderer: Insolvency More Expensive Than Bad Bank

According to Felderer, president of the fiscal council, the option of insolvency for Hypo Group Alpe Adria is more expensive than the establishing of a national bad bank

February 22, 2014

“Property Tax Cannot Finance Wage Tax Cut”

Bernhard Felderer, head of the Austrian public debt committee, stresses that the Austrian government must reduce the public debt level as soon as possible.

October 31, 2013

Austria: Felderer Warns of Property Taxes

The economist believes that already the discussion about property taxes is damaging the Austrian business location.

February 23, 2013

IHS: Austria Has Bottomed Out

Austria faces a trend reversal, the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS) says. The real debt level in Austria totals 200%, Keuschnigg says.

December 21, 2012

Public Debt Committee Warns Austrian Government

2013 will be dangerous for Austria´s austerity course, the economist Bernhard Felderer says.

December 18, 2012

Austria´s GDP Could be € 27bn Higher

The insufficient infrastructure costs economic growth. According to the “Future Austria Infrastructure Report 2013”, Austria´s economic performance could be substantially better.

November 8, 2012

Nowotny: Greek Haircut for ECB “No Issue”

The governor of Austria´s National Bank (OeNB) Ewald Nowotny thinks that ECB would not participate in a haircut.

October 29, 2012

Dispute Over Hypo Group

Despite the relatively good results, the nationalized bank needs further capital injections. What is more, the capital shortfall at Hypo Group is highly controversial.

August 16, 2012

FMA Pushes for Bank Insolvency Law

The Austrian Financial Market Authority increases pressure on the government. Director Helmut Ettl says the Austria needs an insolvency law for banks as soon as possible.

August 7, 2012

Grexit would Cost Austria € 11.0bn

The Brussels-based think tank CEPS states that Austria would have to bear costs of € 10.9bn in case of a Greek exit out of the Eurozone.

July 13, 2012

Stability of Austrian Budget Endangered

Public expenses are on the rise. At the same time, the tax intake shrinks. Economist Felderer warns of expensive election gifts.

July 12, 2012

Austrian AAA „Not in Danger“

The Austrian economist and chairman of the public debt council Bernhard Felderer thinks that Austria will keep its Triple-A rating. Felderer´s statement is not undisputed.

July 12, 2012

Austerity: „There is No Alternative“

The former director of the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies appreciates the help for Spanish banks and thinks that a Greek exit is rather unlikely.

June 12, 2012

Austrian Banks Perform Well in Eastern Europe

The Austrian banks did not overreach themselves in Eastern Europe, the economist Bernhard Felderer says. By contrast, UniCredit, RBI and Erste Group are highly profitable.

June 11, 2012

„We Won´t Get Any Money Back“

The former director of the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS) does not think that Greece is able to pay back its debt. Nevertheless, Felderer still believes in the euro.

June 9, 2012

Keuschnigg Worries About Austria´s Competitiveness

The new director of IHS (Institute of Advanced Studies) Christian Keuschnigg suggests reforming the Austrian labor market. The welfare state would be too sophisticated.

May 15, 2012

IHS: Austerity Package Smaller than Expected

The Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS) considers the austerity package to be effective. Proceeds will be smaller than expected, though.

May 9, 2012

Felderer: „Women Must Have More Children”

The director of the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS) sees a demographic problem in Austria as well as in Europe. Migration cannot solve the problem, Felderer says.

April 19, 2012

Felderer: „Another Downgrade Less Probable“

The Austrian economist Bernhard Felderer thinks that the risk of another downgrade of Austrian sovereign bonds has decreased.

April 18, 2012

Failed Austerity Package: „Austrian Rating Not Affected“

Bernhard Felderer, director of IHS (Institute of Advanced Studies) thinks that the incomplete austerity package has no effect on Austria´s prospects to return to the Triple-A status.

April 7, 2012

Economic Upswing for Austria?

The economic research institutes IHS and WIFO anticipate that the Austrian economy accelerates by summer 2012. Both warn of “too much euphoria”, however.

March 29, 2012

Fekter: „Austerity Package is Structural Reform Package“

In spite of criticism by economists, for the Austrian Minister of Finance, the austerity package is a “big success”.

February 20, 2012

Doubt and Criticism on Austerity Package

For the director of IHS, the austerity measures do not contain real reforms. The implementation could become difficult. Administration reforms and health system reforms are too low, observers say.

February 13, 2012

Keuschnigg to Succeed Felderer

Christian Keuschnigg will succeed Bernhard Felderer as director of the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS) in June.

February 8, 2012

Felderer Attacks Austrian Government

The head of the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies fiercely criticizes Austrian politicians. Felderer claims to put effort in the restructuring of public finance.

January 30, 2012

Downgrade: „It´s Time to Take Action“

The downgrade of Austria´s rating from “AAA” to “AA+” caused mixed reactions. The Austrian economy urges for structural actions.

January 15, 2012

„Not Talking Down Austerity Policy“

Bernhard Felderer, head of the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS), warns daily issued ideas for new taxes. First signs of a recovery are arising.

January 7, 2012

Felderer Expects Structural Changes

The head of the public debt committee, Bernhard Felderer says that new taxes are inevitable.

December 20, 2011

Rating Agencies Are Seen As Threat

The governor of the Austrian Central Bank, Ewald Nowotny, attacks S&P. For the head of the economic research institute IHS, Bernhard Felderer, the negative outlook must be seen as a warning signal.

December 7, 2011

Austrian & CEE Investor Conference 2011 in New York

15 companies from Austria and CEE will participate in the conference on 28 November.

November 25, 2011

Sharp Criticism Against Felderer

The head of the Viennese Chamber of Labor, Werner Muhm, attacks the director of IHS, Bernhard Felderer. His economic forecast is “propaganda of fear”.

November 12, 2011

Felderer: “Austria’s Triple-A at Risk”

The head of the IHS warns against a spillover of the Italian crisis and calls for a national debt brake.

November 9, 2011

IHS: No Zero Deficit until 2021

The research institute calculated that Austria will not be able to achieve a balanced budget in the next ten years. Felderer calls for reforms of the pension and healthcare systems.

August 24, 2011

IHS: Keuschnigg in Pole Position for Succession of Felderer

The institute’s board of trustees has voted for the Tyrolean Keuschnigg as successor of retiring boss Felderer. Contracts still have to be signed.

July 28, 2011

Credit Costs to Rise in the Wake of Basel III

The new regulatory requirements are expected to increase the cost of credits and to reduce the Austrian banks’ profitability.

July 20, 2011

Economic Report 2011: Government Surprised by Quick Recovery

Experts praise Austria’s relatively stable performance during the years of crisis and call for reforms necessary for ensuring the country’s competitiveness.

July 8, 2011

Government Debt Committee Sees No Margin for Tax Cuts

The committee called for debt reduction and warned against a tax reform. The gap between government revenues and spending is increasing.

July 7, 2011

Significant Savings Potential by the Administration

Efficiency potential in public expenditure of over € 500 million. Felderer: "Significant savings potential”.

March 11, 2011

Increase of Inflation Forecast

The Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS) increases its inflation expectations to 2.4% due to the increase in energy prices

February 24, 2011

The IHS insists on higher retirement age

The Institute of Advanced Studies (IHS) admonishes the Austrian government to raise the retirement age.

February 18, 2011

Austria's Trade Deficit with China Shrinks

Thanks to the rising export figures, the trade deficit in the traditionally negative balance with China is declining.

January 13, 2011

Austria's Tax Revenues are Higher than Expected

As the economy developed relatively well this year relatively, tax revenues increased. The deficit for 2010 might therefore turn out to be lower than planned.

December 17, 2010

Is Austria a Risk Country?

Due to its engagement in Eastern Europe, Austria is partially considered as a potential risk country. Lack of understanding for this assessment is shown by Austria.

December 10, 2010

IHS: Capital Gains Tax on Securities is Absurd

The introduction of the capital gains tax on securities would encourage speculation rather than contain it, says IHS (Institute for Advanced Studies) Director Felderer. Private investors are the victims

November 22, 2010

IHS Boss Felderer Pleads for Railway Tunnel

The debate about the controversial Koralm tunnel is being enriched. IHS (Institute for Advanced Studies) boss Felderer argues strongly for the infrastructure measure.

November 3, 2010
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