Inflation, interest rates and business climate: What German companies need to know for 2024

We invite you to the first ICV Live Webinar of the new year

The year 2023 was marked by a significant increase in bankruptcies. The German economy is also threatened with “economic paralysis” in 2024. Many companies are pessimistic about the year 2024 and see the ongoing high energy costs, the shortage of skilled workers, inflation, geopolitical developments and the weak economy as the biggest challenges. Rising interest rates can also create a difficult environment for businesses, particularly those that rely heavily on debt financing or consumer spending.

Efficient and transparent liquidity planning and management can help companies take advantage of potential opportunities and identify possible risks and insolvencies at an early stage and, at best, prevent them.

In the ICV Live Webinar, Dr. Klaus Wohlrabe, Vice-Head of the ifo Center for Macroeconomics & Surveys, and Jannik Stegmann, cash flow expert at Agicap, talk about the current market situation in 2024. They explain what companies need to pay attention to in 2024 and why short- and medium-term liquidity planning is particularly important is necessary in uncertain times.


Dr. Klaus Wohlrabe serves as Vice-Head of the ifo Center for Macroeconomics and Surveys and has been Head of Surveys since 2012. He is responsible for all ifo Institute surveys, their methodology, interpretation and presentation.

Klaus Wohlrabe is also responsible for the ifo Business Climate Index for Germany.

Since 2020 he has supported the activities of Berlin Economics  as an advisor in the area of surveys and business climate indices.

Jannik Stegmann is a Cash Flow Expert at Agicap and communicates daily with CEOs and CFOs. He learns first-hand what current macroeconomic challenges and pain points companies have to deal with.

Jannik Stegmann completed his bachelor degree in international business and his master degree in management with a specialization in strategy, entrepreneurship and impact. With his expert knowledge, he advises decision-makers in medium-sized companies at Agicap on their liquidity planning.