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Slovenian Abanka Vipa Needs Fresh Capital

The third-biggest Slovenian bank needs a capital injection of € 50m. In total, Abanka Vipa has a risky assets of € 600m.

July 31, 2012

Fekter: Greek Exit is „No Issue“

Austria´s Finance Minister Maria Fekter thinks that a Greek exit is no option for the time being. „We wait for the report of the Troika.“

July 24, 2012

Moody´s to Watch Austria Carefully

After the U.S. rating agency has lowered the outlook for the AAA-countries Germany, Netherlands and Luxembourg, Austria´s rating will be checked thoroughly.

July 24, 2012

Fekter Does not Want to Bundle Austrian Problem Banks

As the public debt level would rise dramatically, Austria´s Finance Minister Maria Fekter rejects the idea of a common bad bank.

July 19, 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

Survival of the Euro Questionable

Regarding the future of the common currency, the Austrian economist Fritz Breuss is highly skeptical.

June 26, 2012

Fitch: Positive Statements for Austrian Banks

For the U.S. rating agency, the lending activities of Austrian banks in Eastern Europe is only a minor risk factor.

June 19, 2012

Fitch: Austria´s AAA Not Endangered

According to the U.S. rating agency, Austria´s creditworthiness remains at a high level. Nevertheless, reforms would be needed.

June 19, 2012

Fitch: „AAA Endangered in Case of Greek Exit“

The U.S. rating agency warns the remaining AAA-Eurozone members of the consequences of a Greek exit.

June 13, 2012

Moody´s Warns Austria of Another Downgrade

The U.S. rating agency may downgrade European AAA-countries like Austria, Germany or France soon.

June 9, 2012

„There´s no Crisis in Eastern Europe“

Austrian economists and bankers do not comprehend the downgrade by Moody´s. The risk in Eastern Europe would be more differentiated, OeNB´s governor Nowotny said.

June 8, 2012

Downgrade for Austrian Banks

The U.S. rating agency Moody´s downgrades Erste Group, Raiffeisen Bank International and Bank Austria.

June 6, 2012

Vienna´s Indebtedness Grows

Austria´s capital ignored the warnings of the Audit court and lets the debt burden grow further.

May 26, 2012

Austrian Economy: OeNB Demonstrates Optimism

The Austrian Central Bank is satisfied with the performance of the domestic economy underlines the necessity of austerity measures.

May 24, 2012

Austrian Interest Rate Reaches a Record Low

The interest rates for German and Austrian sovereign bonds are as deep as never before. Thus, in Europe, the gap widens further.

May 18, 2012

As Recession Grips its Neighbors, Austria May Escape the Carnage

The world’s economic focus continues to be Europe and whether its widening list of travails will once again derail the global recovery, as it did a year ago at this time.

May 8, 2012

Greece: „The Markets were too Euphoric“

In an interview with the Austrian newspaper “Standard”, the Austrian analyst Friedrich Mostböck thinks that the European debt crisis will remain a major challenge.

May 7, 2012

Waldner: “Germany and Austria are Role Models in the Eurozone“

The Austrian State Secretary Wolfgang Waldner had a work meeting today with his colleague in the German Federal Foreign Office, Minister of State Michael Link.

April 23, 2012

Triple-A Will Not Return Soon

The U.S. rating agency S&P dashes hopes that Austria may get back its “AAA” soon. Austrian banks may still face risks as the crisis is over yet, S&P says.

April 20, 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

Mitterlehner: „AAA is still Far Away“

Austria´s Minister of Economics does not believe that S&P gives back the “AAA” rating soon. However, the debate about Austria´s rating is overvalued, he thinks.

April 17, 2012

Austrian Industry Underlines Austerity Policy

After the rating agency Fitch retained Austria´s triple A, the Austrian industry sees a confirmation of the need for austerity. Finance Minister Fekter emphasized to push for further reforms.

April 17, 2012

Fitch Confirms “AAA” For Austria

The U.S. rating agency Fitch Ratings has affirmed Austria's Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings at 'AAA'. The rating Outlooks on both Long-term ratings are Stable.

April 17, 2012

Rating Agencies Examine Austria Again

The three big rating agencies S&P, Moody´s and Fitch are checking Austria´s financial situation again. An official statement does not exist yet.

April 13, 2012

S&P: Austrian Banks Still Weakly Capitalized

The U.S. rating agency S&P regards Austrian banks to record high capital shortfalls.

April 11, 2012

Austria Pays Less Interest

Despite the lost „AAA“, Austria´s interest rate on recently issued bonds is on a record low.

April 10, 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

BNP: Austrian Economy Recovers

GDP in Austria contracted slightly in Q4 2011 as exports fell, but weak growth is likely to have resumed at the beginning of 2012, says BNP Paribas.

March 26, 2012

Banks have CEE-Subsidiaries „Under Control“

RBI´s CEO Herbert Stepic criticizes the skepticism against banking in Central and Eastern Europe. The economist Aiginger sees more advantages than risks for Austrian banks.

March 21, 2012

Despite Loss of AAA: Austria Pays Less Interest

The Austrian Republic had to pay € 300m less than initially expected in 2011. In spite of the downgrade by S&P, the trend seems to continue.

March 10, 2012

Fitch Confirms Rating for VBAG

The U.S. rating agency retains the A rating for the fourth largest Austrian bank.

March 7, 2012

Public Debt Agency: “Unnecessary to Change Bonds Issuance Plans”

Austria sees no need to change its debt issuance program and is sticking to its plan to stay below the European Union’s deficit ceiling this year even as it injects cash into Oesterreichische Volksbanken AG (VBPS) and KA Finanz.

March 6, 2012

Fekter: "Eurogroup Chief Must Be Head of Government"

Austria’s Finance Minister Maria Fekter said the next leader of the group of euro-area finance ministers has to be a head of his or her government in order to have the necessary authority.

March 6, 2012

Moody's Changes Outlook on Verbund's Rating to Negative

The U.S. rating agency Moody's Investors Service has today changed to negative from stable the outlook on the A2 senior unsecured rating of the Austrian energy company Verbund .

March 6, 2012

OeNB´s Nowotny Says Regaining AAA Credit Rating Can Take Years

European Central Bank Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny said history has shown that it can take years for a country to win back an AAA rating.

February 25, 2012

Austria Will Not Get „AAA“ Back in Near Future

The economist at the German Deka bank, Ulrich Kater, does not think that Austria will be upgraded within the next years.

February 22, 2012

Moody's Takes Actions on Austrian Banks

The U.S. rating agency has a closer look on Austrian banks, which are related to the creditworthiness of public institutions.

February 22, 2012

Stepic Criticizes Rating Agencies Sharply

For Herbert Stepic, CEO of Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI), statements given by the U.S. rating agencies are “undifferentiated”.

February 20, 2012

„Bank Austria´s Brand Will Remain“

Last year, it was said that Bank Austria´s brand will be abandoned. According to Helmut Bernkopf, board member at UniCredit, Bank Austria´s private banking business will be strengthened.

February 18, 2012

Cernko Against „Talking Down Austrian Banks“

Bank Austria´s CEO is strictly against an undifferentiated view on CEE-countries. Austrian banks with an exposure in the CEE region shall not be talked down.

February 17, 2012

Moody's Considers to Downgrade Wienerberger

The U.S. rating agency placed all ratings of Wienerberger under review for possible downgrade.

February 17, 2012

Moody's Put Austria on Warning

The Austrian “AAA” rating has been confirmed by the U.S. rating agency. However, credit-watch is put on “negative”.

February 14, 2012

Austrian Government Presents € 27bn Austerity Package

The largest austerity package in Austria´s history mainly consists of cuts in expenditures. The government emphasized the socially balanced measures and the necessity due to reasons of competitiveness.

February 11, 2012

Kommunalkredit Downgraded by Moody´s

The U.S. rating agency downgraded Kommunalkredit Austria to Baa3.

February 2, 2012

After Downgrade of Vienna: No Consequences Expected

The Viennese financial senator Renate Brauner does not fear negative impacts on Vienna´s finance. This week, the city was downgraded by S&P.

January 27, 2012

S&P Downgrades Austrian Provinces

The U.S. rating agencies lowers ratings for Upper Austria, Vienna and Tyrol from “AAA” to “AA+”.

January 26, 2012

Telekom: Losses of € 200m Expected

For 2011, Erste Group´s analyst Maria Veronika Sutedja expects high losses for Telekom Austria.

January 25, 2012

S&P Keeps Rating for Erste Group and RZB

After the downgrade of Austrian sovereign bonds two weeks ago, the U.S. rating agency remains its ratings for the two largest domestic banks.

January 25, 2012

Treichl: „S&P Errs Sometimes“

Erste Bank is ‘not guilty’ of Austria’s downgrade, CEO Andreas Treichl says.

January 25, 2012
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