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25.11.2016

Brexit: Former PM Major, Blair to see option for a second referendum

Former British prime minister John Major believes there is a "credible case" for a second referendum on Brexit; he told guests at a private dinner in Westminster that departure from the EU must not be dictated by the "tyranny of the majority", The Times newspaper reported. "I hear the argument that the 48% of people who voted to stay should have no say in what happens. I find that very difficult to accept," as The Times newspaper reported.

 
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25.11.2016

Swissness is a key factor for swiss companies

The "made in Switzerland" brand is increasingly used. The new "Swissness" legislation, which comes into force in 2017, does not change the trend: 95% of industrial enterprises do not foresee any change in the value creation process, according to research of the University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur. The institute contacted 1000 companies active in the field of machinery and metallurgy, especially small and medium enterprises (SMEs), receiving 326 responses. The data analysis shows that despite the tightening of the rules, the use of the label "Swiss made" as a marketing tool will increase by 7% next year.

 
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25.11.2016

Ernst & Young Swiss will be the first company to pay with Bitcoins

Consulting firm EY Switzerland (formerly Ernst & Young) will be the first professional services company to offer its clients the possibility of settling their invoices in Bitcoins. The option will be available from January 2017 onwards. The new Bitcoin ATM is part of an internal EY Switzerland digitalization program and is intended to make employees more familiar with the topics of blockchains and cryptocurrencies. “We don’t only want to talk about digitalization, but also actively drive this process together with our employees and our clients. It is important to us that everybody gets on board and prepares themselves for the revolution set to take place in the business world through blockchains, smart contracts and digital currencies. Blockchains are a very quickly developing technology that can permanently change many sectors.

 
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25.11.2016

Technical analysis : USD/JPY expected to remain within the channel's borders

The USD/JPY currency pair behaved in accordance with expectations on Thursday, having successfully retaken the 113.00 level and leaving the immediate resistance area intact. Despite technical indicators retaining bullish signals, the Buck now is under higher risk of weakening against the Japanese currency, as the pair still faces a rather strong resistance, now formed by the weekly R2 and the 23.60% Fibo. Even if bulls manage to push the Greenback higher, a surge beyond the ascending channel's resistance line at 114.44 is unlikely. The base case scenario is a decline up to 100 pips, as a slump further would imply a downside breach of the channel pattern. 

 
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25.11.2016

Lufthansa pilots extend strike until Sunday

Lufthansa pilots in Germany have said they will extend strike action again until Saturday, this time targeting long-haul flights in a long-running pay dispute.The dispute has grounded tens of thousands of passengers and cancelled hundreds of flights. By the end of Friday, an estimated total of 315,000 passengers will have been affected. Lufthansa's executive management board member Harry Hohmeister said it was "not possible" to meet the pilots' demand for a bigger wage rise.

 
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25.11.2016

Switzerland: the cabinet pushes for gender quote law in company boards

The cabinet has endorsed plans to impose a gender quota for boards and managements of listed Swiss companies as part of a wide-ranging legal amendment to be discussed by parliament.  The bill includes a minimum 30% quota for women on company boards and at least 20% for members of company managements. Over the issue Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga said “The cabinet agreed that rules are necessary.”  The discussions is coming up after last week, during UN committee in Geneva; the panel of experts said it welcomed Swiss progress since the last report in 2009. Overall, Switzerland needed to develop a ‘comprehensive national gender strategy’, it said.

 
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24.11.2016

Facebook, green light by Ireland to operate as a financial service payment

Facebook has received a licence from the central bank in Ireland to operate a financial payments service, two years after applying for authorisation, according to the Sunday Business Post.  A subsidiary of the social media giant can now act as a payments provider and electronic money issuer, as well as provide credit transfers and remittance services across the EU, as a result of the regulatory approval. The company has been in the payments space for some time in the US. 

 
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24.11.2016

Former BSI banker suddenly earned a Big Fortune after leaving the bank in Singapore

Prosecutors said on Tuesday former BSI banker Yeo Jiawei earned S$23.9 (US$ 16.7) million , in 15 months as an “independent consultant”, through “illicit means”, including secret deals with people linked to the multi-jurisdictional probe into scandal-hit Malaysian state fund 1MDB. In court on Tuesday, Yeo revealed that his net worth was around S$2 (US$ 1.39) million  when he left BSI bank in Singapore. This was from his basic salary and bonuses earned while he was an employee there. In his cross examination on Tuesday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Tan Kiat Pheng said it was “quite unbelievable” that Yeo could amass so much by acting as a mere “introducer, intermediary, independent consultant or relationship manager”.

 
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24.11.2016

UBS to increase swiss salaries in 2017

UBS, Switzerland's biggest bank, will increase the salaries of its employees in Switzerland up to and including the middle management by an aggregate 0.8%, the company said in a statement today.  "This overall result is the outcome of negotiations between employer and UBS employee delegations," the bank said in a statement. The association of banking employees demanded an increase of 1.5% for 2017 and will not be happy about the decision by UBS, which acts as trendsetter for the industry.

 
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24.11.2016

UK economy feels first effects of Brexit vote

The full impact of the Brexit vote becomes to be announced, as the Chancellor revealed that output will shrink, while borrowing increases. Phillip Hammond quoted the Office for Budget Responsibility's predictions of reductions in economic growth, telling MPs that it is now forecast to be 2.4% lower in 2020 than first predicted, as a result of the June referendum. The Office for Budget Responsibility was forced to revise down its prediction made before the Brexit vote that GDP would rise 2.2% next year. It now sees the economy expanding by only 1.4% and warns there will be a knock-on effect on the public finances.

 
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