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Welcome remarks by Vytautas Vasiliauskas at the Economics conference Labour Market in the 21st Century:The Way Forward

Welcome remarks by Vytautas Vasiliauskas at the Economics conference Labour Market in the 21st Century:The Way Forward

15.10.2019

Dear guests and distinguished speakers: A sincere ‘thank you’ for joining us at the yearly Lithuanian economics conference organised by the Bank of Lithuania.

Keyword tags: Analytics, Banks, Direct Speech, Economics, Financial Services, Labour-market, Lithuania



Oil price pass-through to consumer prices in Latvia

Oil price pass-through to consumer prices in Latvia

14.10.2019

According to our research*, a 10% increase in global oil prices raises the level of consumer prices in Latvia by 0.6% in the medium term. The increase in oil prices directly pushes up energy prices, i.e. the prices of car fuel, natural gas, heat energy, and – indirectly – the prices of food and services.

Estonia: Corporate debt is growing more slowly than the economy is

Estonia: Corporate debt is growing more slowly than the economy is

11.10.2019

The financial account statistics published by Eesti Pank today show that the growth in the debt of Estonian companies has accelerated a little this year. Companies invested more in the first half of 2019 than they did in previous years, and so they borrowed more to fund the investment. Even so, the growth of 4% in corporate debt over the year in the second quarter was notably less than the nominal growth in the economy.


Price growth is slowing down in the euro area and in Estonia

Price growth is slowing down in the euro area and in Estonia

07.10.2019

According to Statistics Estonia, consumer prices were up 2.2% from last year in September. Price hikes are declining however, both in the euro area and in Estonia. Inflation in the euro area fell from 1% in August to 0.9% in September, but inflation in Estonia fell from 2.4% to 2.2% in the same time span.

Can we compete with artificial intelligence on the labour market?

Can we compete with artificial intelligence on the labour market?

07.10.2019

Today, the advancement of digitalisation and artificial intelligence, sometimes referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, is one of the most topical issues among economy experts and policy-makers worldwide. This concept is not unfamiliar in Latvia either: lately, it has been discussed among industry professionals at nearly every conference or seminar.


02.10.2019

What do demographic challenges mean to the Baltic labour market?

Currently there is one retirement age person per three working age inhabitants in Latvia and other Baltic countries. This ratio is expected to increase substantially in the near future.

26.09.2019

Latvia: Lending remains sluggish

For the economy to develop in the circumstances when the external demand is shrinking and growth is decelerating, availability of bank loans for making productive investment and financing current assets to support shorter-term cash flows is extremely important.

25.09.2019

Workland CEO: Number of people at coworking spaces in Baltics to double by 2022

Coworking centres, where different companies, teams and independent contractors share an office space, have a consistently growing share in relation to classical office environments.

24.09.2019

Estonia: Deposits continue to grow fast

Despite interest rates remaining low, the bank deposits of households and companies are growing more and more. The deposits of households totalled 7.9 bn euros in August, which was 10% more than a year before, while those of companies were up 6% at 6.9 bn euros.

24.09.2019

Global Wealth Report: Financial assets in industrial and emerging countries declined in 2018

A sad premiere: in 2018, financial assets in industrial and emerging countries declined simultaneously for the first time; even in 2008, at the height of the financial crisis, this was not the case, writes Allianz in the Global Wealth Report 2019.

16.09.2019

Vasiliauskas: Stronger international role of the euro would benefit the EU economy and residents

Wider global use of the European Union (EU) single currency would benefit European companies and households and would strengthen the euro area economy and the stability of its financial system. This is the position put forward by Vitas Vasiliauskas, Chairman of the Board of the Bank of Lithuania, who is taking part in discussions in the EuroFinancial Forum held in Helsinki.

12.09.2019

The boom of the sharing economy, the smart strategy for retail and partnerships that amaze

Ann Natunewicz is a speaker at BREL forum this year who will have interesting and useful insights for everyone, whether you’re in retail, manage an investment portfolio or real estate projects, which makes hers one of the talks we’re looking forward to most.

11.09.2019

Brokerage Business from a Latvian Viewpoint

During my work at Rietumu Bank, for a number of years I have been supervising the operation of our departments which ensure and support transactions of customers on international financial markets. Some changes have been observed in this operation recently. If earlier the bank serviced mostly big investors from countries located to the east of the EU, then, following last year’s events, which have changed the rules of the game for banks considerably, there are increasingly more residents of Latvia and neighbouring countries among our customers.

10.09.2019

Estonia: Moderate price growth will continue in the near future

Consumer prices were up 2.4% on a year earlier in August. Inflation was slowed most by energy prices, but pushed up by rising prices for services.

06.09.2019

Latvia: Domestic demand remains the only pillar supporting GDP growth

Signals of decelerating export growth are becoming increasingly stronger, and GDP growth is mostly sustained by domestic demand. Without the support of exports, however, domestic demand alone cannot ensure sustainable growth. Hence, the growth rate is moderating gradually.

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