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Four risks for the Bulgarian economy after the collapse of the ruling coalition

Four risks for the Bulgarian economy after the collapse of the ruling coalition

Bulgaria shifting away from the eurozone and EU funds, strong regulators and energy reform


The Week: A foreign investor leaves, a new government might enter, Russians lent us money to pay them

The Week: A foreign investor leaves, a new government might enter, Russians lent us money to pay them

K Insights 30/07: Delta is coming, can you crush a hedgehog with bare ass


Gradus’ shares, the Sofia stock exchange, and pension funds

Gradus’ shares, the Sofia stock exchange, and pension funds

According to the Sofia-listed company’s prospectus for its 2018 IPO, revenues were much higher in 2017 than in any of the following three years. Seven pension funds are shareholders to this day.



How the government plans to keep power even if it loses office

How the government plans to keep power even if it loses office

Entrenchment in independent watchdogs and state companies could ensure GERB and MRF remain in power even if they lose the upcoming vote


KBC expanding into Bulgaria’s pension insurance market

KBC expanding into Bulgaria’s pension insurance market

The Belgian group is acquiring Dutch-based NN’s Bulgarian businesses for 77.7 mln euro


Bulgarian Development Bank’s New Leadership

Bulgarian Development Bank’s New Leadership

A dubious loan stirred public uproar in April, leading to the quick dismissal of the bank’s management but the new team seems unlikely to fix the systemic problems at the state-owned lender


Sofia blue-chip stock index suffers bruising in August ahead of rebalancing

Sofia blue-chip stock index suffers bruising in August ahead of rebalancing

The SOFIX index, which tracks the 15 blue chips listed on the Bulgarian Stock Exchange, posted its biggest monthly decrease this year in August, losing 2.28% to a closing value of 567.45 points.


Penalty mark for Bulgaria’s Green Card insurance

Penalty mark for Bulgaria’s Green Card insurance

The European insurance regulator has probed the ongoing issue of compensations paid in Bulgaria in the event of road accidents abroad


The Oligarchs' Coffer

The Oligarchs' Coffer

The state-owned Bulgarian Development Bank has morphed from a small and medium-sized business aide to a lender of last resort for unstable and sometimes unsavory large companies


Having a fact-based opinion is now a felony in Bulgaria

Having a fact-based opinion is now a felony in Bulgaria

The criminal sentence handed to Capital Weekly investigative journalist Rossen Bossev could serve as a precedent to suppress future journalistic investigations


How the insurance sector avoided a financial crisis

How the insurance sector avoided a financial crisis

The Bulgarian parliament introduced a temporary limit on the compensation paid for emotional distress in case of road accident fatalities


Fast Reads

Fast Reads

Summer of political scandals, CEZ and Nova Broadcasting Group, Crashed Company Register, Bus crash near Svoge


The Oligarchs’ Development Bank

The Oligarchs’ Development Bank

The government is pressing ahead with turning Bulgarian Development Bank into a new milker for businesses politically well-connected


New managing body for Bulgarian Development Bank

New managing body for Bulgarian Development Bank

The three new nominations are subjected to regulatory approval


The big European expansion of Bulgarian insurers

The big European expansion of Bulgarian insurers

Growth-seeking companies are digging into neighboring markets - with mixed success


Low interest rates, positive corporate results support BSE’s strong growth

Low interest rates, positive corporate results support BSE’s strong growth

The Sofia Stock Exchange blue-chip index is best performer among its peer exchanges in the region


The review of insurers and pension funds finds no significant problems

The review of insurers and pension funds finds no significant problems

The issue of related party investments is noted by the regulator but is not addressed head on


Game of Regulators

Game of Regulators

The appointment of new chairpersons of the two of the main market watchdogs still doesn’t meet the standards for transparent and competent selection