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Social Security fund low on cash


The government has taken a big bite out of the national pension system. In less than two years, it has eaten up 24.6 billion euros of the Social Security Reserve Fund, which is 37% of its high water mark of 66.8 billion...

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The regional government flat tax is working


The measure that will allow self-employed workers to pay a 50-euro flat tax is going into effect. 267,000 workers will benefit from the new tax strategy, although it should be said that there are around 40,000 new...

Luxury goods sales hurt by Russian conflict


Russia has sanctioned agricultural imports from Europe, and this is not the only fallout from its conflict with Ukraine. The crisis has had collateral effects on other sectors such as luxury goods sales to Russian...

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Government should watch Ibex 35 closely

As investors wait for Inditex to deliver its earnings results in mid-June (probably the 13th), companies on the Ibex 35 have finished the first quarter worst than expected. Sales of all companies listed on the index...

Power bill changes could help Spanish citizens

The productivity of heavy industry in Spain has shrank from 20% of national GDP to merely 12%.

Treasury has already sold half of its debt for 2013

The Spanish Treasury has managed its debt sales shrewdly this year, getting half of its financing needs for the year already and at better interest rates than it expected. Its strategy consists of ramping up debt sales...

Pending government reforms to benefit from falling risk premium

The slackening risk premium, which looks like it will head straight to 200 basis points above the German bund, is the best thing to happen to the Spanish economy in a long time. The interest on 10-year Spanish debt is...

New round of bank bailouts needed

The financial sector's underlying problems have not been fixed after restructurings across the industry in 2012. But there are still some loose ends to tie up, and more public bailout money will be needed. Credit...

Draghi does his part, lowers interest rates

ECB leader Mario Draghi stood tall in his role as ECB chairman yesterday, following the script that the EU wrote, lowering interest rates to historic lows of 0.5%. But he didn't take any concrete steps to ensure that...

Regional governments carving up secret deals

Even though they are hiding it, the Ministry of Finance and the Catalonian government's Economic Council are holding meetings aimed at increasing the region's deficit objective beyond 1.2% for 2013.

10 stocks to watch closely

Eco10 beats Ibex 35 by nearly 9 points

Eco10 beats Ibex 35 by nearly 9 points

Each quarter elEconomista collaborates with almost 50 investment firms to create a portfolio of ten stocks


Nouriel Roubini

The Trapdoors at the Fed's Exit


Joseph E. Stiglitz

What is Italy Saying?


The advantages of expert advice

Since elEconomista was founded, the newspaper has committed itself to providing expert advice to small investors. In this mission, it has created several indexes: Eco10, Eco30, el Monitor, Ecodividendo and EcoFondo. In...

ICO clears up future for Chambers of Commerce

The government came to a decision yesterday that solves financing problems for Chambers of Commerce in Spain. The ICO, a state owned bank attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Compeitiveness and Spain's...

The path to economic and political consensus

The government forecasts that 3% growth will not happen within six years and that unemployment will remain at levels above 25%. Which is evidence that Rajoy and his staff don't have the road map for leading Spain out...

Montoro says no to lighter tax load

The government's reform agenda highlights the forecasts that it has made about the effects of recent decisions to heal the Spanish economy. A positive impact is expected for job numbers and the success of reforms to the...

Ministry of Industry to trim tariff deficit

The power tariff deficit has risen to 28 billion euros and the Ministry of Industry is prepared, once again, to reduce it once again by trimming 4 billion in annual spending.

Finance Ministry hits turbo on taxes

The crisis is putting a lot of financial pressure on taxpayers.

24 Hours Breaking News Feed

Alonso: "Terminar el Mundial tercero es un objetivo muy ambicioso"

El piloto español de Ferrari Fernando Alonso ha confesado este jueves que le gustaría ser "tercero" esta temporada en un Mundial que retoma la actividad, después del parón de verano, este fin de semana con el Gran...

Balotelli se despide del Milan y podría fichar por el Liverpool

(Reuters) - La vertiginosa carrera del italiano Mario Balotelli dio otro giro el jueves, cuando el futbolista se despidió de sus compañeros en el AC Milan después de un entrenamiento, ante un esperado traspaso al...

CCOO anima a temporeros que sufran explotación laboral a que lo reflejen en una web de denuncia anónima del sindicato

CCOO de Castilla-La Mancha ha animado a los temporeros que sufran abusos y explotación laboral que utilicen el servicio trilingüe (castellano, árabe y francés) de denuncia anónima que el sindicato ha habilitado en...

Peru's Congress fails to ratify Humala's new cabinet

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's President Ollanta Humala failed to find enough support in Congress to ratify his new cabinet on Thursday after key conservative allies withheld votes, underscoring his waning political power as...


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