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22. Juli 2019
The antennae and boxes, about the size of a handbag, have become more visible in New York over the last few years. They sit atop street lights, buildings, and other convenient locations. They are part of the ShotSpotter system and they listen for gunshots. When a shot is fired, the sensors can triangulate its location to within 25 metres. It then immediately sends an audio file to a support team. A review takes place using both machine learning and human input to determine if the sound was a real gunshot or something else that sounds similar, such as a firework. If determined to be real, the police are notified. They can then arrive at the location already knowing how many shots were fired and whether the shooter is moving. Luke Templeman, Analyst on the Thematic Research team, explores what it would be like living in a ‘Smart City’. [mehr]
22. Juli 2019
Facebook’s Libra project aims to establish both a private digital currency backed by a basket of hard currencies and a global payment network. It is thus challenging many established players in the financial system, including central banks, credit institutions and payment providers. Facebook can integrate Libra services into its digital platforms and benefit from strong network effects. In Europe, Libra would enter a competitive but fragmented digital payments market. As a currency, Libra will carry a foreign exchange risk for Europeans. But if the ECB drove interest rates deeply below zero, Libra could offer an easy digital way out. The flipside, though, would be a loss of sovereignty for Europe. [mehr]
18. Juli 2019
Bargeld bietet im Zahlungsverkehr einen hohen Grad an Privatsphäre und trägt so dazu bei, den Anstieg der Informationsasymmetrie zwischen Verbrauchern und Unternehmen sowie zwischen Bürgern und staatlichen Institutionen zu verlangsamen. Da Wissen über die Gegenseite Macht ist, spielt die Privatsphäre für den Einzelnen eine entscheidende Rolle, wenn es um den Schutz der eigenen Position geht im Umgang mit Organisationen, die mächtiger sind als das Individuum. [mehr]
10. Juli 2019
If we are to believe the prognostications about its future impact, 5G certainly occupies a crucial geopolitical dimension. The ability to control the Internet of Things via vastly reduced latency and higher speed is a serious weapon in the hands of an adversary. Peter Garber, Global Strategist, outlines three possible main objectives of the Trump administration. [mehr]
10. Juli 2019
The global 5G rollout has just begun, but behind the hype lies uncertainty and the potential for unintended consequences. This edition of Konzept seeks to answer many unresolved questions. First and foremost, we explain the tangible ways in which 5G will affect you, including the smartphone impact, the future of television, predictive maintenance, autonomous cars, smart cities and more. We also examine the geo-political disagreements, emerging market economics, and argue that the financial cost of distraction is greater than expected. [mehr]
8. Juli 2019
Falls es zu vorgezogenen Bundestagswahlen käme, könnte daraus eine schwarz-grüne Koalition resultieren. Angesichts vieler unterschiedlicher Positionen würde ein solches Bündnis von beiden Seiten große Kompromissbereitschaft erfordern. Eine solche Regierung müsste ihren Fokus und die staatlichen Finanzen auf Klimaschutz und Energiewende lenken. Unternehmen und Konsumenten wären mit hohen Kosten konfrontiert. Auch die Finanzpolitik stünde vor einem Dilemma. Ein größerer Teil der Staatsausgaben müsste für Subventionen und die Minderung sozialer Folgen der forcierten Energiewende aufgebracht werden. Bürger und Unternehmen könnten nicht mit nennenswerten Steuersenkungen rechnen. (Außerdem in dieser Ausgabe: Deutscher Warenexport, Industrieproduktion, Arbeitsmarkt, Automobilkonjunktur, EZB.) [mehr]
8. Juli 2019
In case of a snap election in Germany, a CDU/CSU-Greens coalition could be an option. Given both camps' radically different political positions in many areas, such a coalition would require both to make significant compromises. A black-green government would need to direct its focus and its available financial resources to climate protection and the energy transition. Corporates and consumers would have to bear considerable costs. This also spells a dilemma for fiscal policy. A larger share of government spending would necessarily have to be allocated to providing subsidies and mitigating the social impact of a quicker energy transition. Citizens and corporates cannot hope for major tax relief. (Also included in this issue: German goods exports, German industry, labour market, automotive business cycle.) [mehr]
5. Juli 2019
Laut Zahlen des Statistischen Bundesamtes wurden im Jahr 2018 nur 285.900 neue Wohnungen fertiggestellt - ein mageres Plus von nur 0,4% ggü. Vorjahr. Wohneigentum bleibt von der Zinsseite erschwinglich, doch auch im Jahr 2019 dürften höhere Hauspreise die Erschwinglichkeit reduzieren. [mehr]