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France : Interest rates are staying at their lowest level

The 10-years French Bond was on November 14th at -0.02%. During the whole summer, it had fluctuated between -0.30% and -0.05%. Since the beginning of November, it is oscillating around 0%. The State is taking a double profit of this situation: it freely indebts itself and it reimburses its debts more easily. Until summer, most of economists were expecting an interest rates rebound. That eventuality was put forward by public leaders to worry and make unpopular measures being accepted. The 10-years rate forecasted for the end of 2019 which was inscribed in the finance law published ...

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France and its unemployment

The publications of a little reduction of the number of jobseekers during the 3rd quarter, from 3.49 million to 3.36 million and of the 1st growth estimation during the same period of time, i.e. 0.3%, as during the last two previous ones, have not surprised but have been accompanied with rather accommodating comments. These figures are consistent with the stagnation of both household consumption and industrial production in September.  Enterprises are still investing in taking advantage of very low interest rates but it is still to be proved that they are productive investments and not ...

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The end of inflation : a good or a bad news ?

A persistent very low inflation rate is worrying. It is a paradox because during decades, governments have taken up a price stability target and central banks had as a mission to act to reach it. We still had, in Europe, the remembrance of the consequences of the German crisis in the Twenties which has not been without relation with the Nazism rise. Today, we are in the opposite situation. Central banks have interpreted their mandate in the opposite direction from what was foreseen at the origin. Instead of adopting monetary policies having as an objective to reduce prices increase to ...

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