Swiss employers are expecting an upswing in recruitment in the first three months of 2018, the most upbeat they have been for seven years, a survey showed Tuesday. The report by the Swiss recruitment agency Manpower consulted 759 employers, predicting the outlook for recruitment in the first quarter of 2018 to be three percent, the most optimistic forecast since the first quarter of 2011.
Litecoin price has skyrocketed in the last week. Jumping 111% on the back of the bitcoin futures market opening in America. Litecoin is on an even crazier tear over the past month and year, skyrocketing more than 500% in the past 30 days and 10,000% in the past 12 months with Litecoin prices breaching $320 for the first time Tuesday. Since the start of 2017, Litecoin has risen 7,291% against bitcoin’s 1,731%
Microsoft is spending $50 million over the next five years on making artificial intelligence technologies (AI) available to researchers and organizations that are working to protect and improve the environment. The initiative is part of an expansion of the software giant's AI for Earth program. First announced in July, the environmental technology initially was primarily focused on agriculture, biodiversity, water scarcity, and of course, climate change. In October, the program was expanded to include the research involving the world's oceans and the problems affecting them, including pollution, rising sea levels and increasing acidity.
South Korea will ban minors and foreigners from trading in virtual currency or creating bank accounts for them in the country, a government statement obtained by Reuters ahead of an official release showed. It will also tax profits from income from virtual currency and impose stricter authentication for traders, the Office of Government Policy Coordination, which reports to the prime minister, said.
Facebook has become one of the first large technology companies to shake up its tax structure and book less of its revenue in Ireland, as multinationals come under pressure to pay tax in the countries where they operate. From January 1st, Facebook will begin the process of booking revenues from large advertisers in about 28 countries - including France and Germany and other major European markets - in the countries in which they were earned. It will also pay the taxes on those revenues in those countries, and not in Ireland.
Various market observers have remarked that the yield curve is flattening. That means that the spread, that is, the difference, between the yield of short-term Treasuries (US government bonds) is decreasing in relation to the yield of long-term Treasuries. The two-year bond, which is to be considered short-term, is currently at about 1.75% ($UST2Y 1.75) and should be compared with the five-year yield ($UST5Y), which is at 2.07%, and the ten-year yield ($UST10Y) at 2.43%.
Just in time for the implementation of stringent new regulatory requirements, some of the largest banks in the world have revealed a pilot designed to simplify compliance using ethereum. Banking giant UBS announced Monday it has united with Barclays, KBC, SIX and Thomson Reuters to advance the MiFID II data collection project. MiFID II is a revamped version of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, which is intended to offer greater protection for investors. MiFID II officially comes into force Jan. 3, 2018.
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