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05.12.2017

Keys to Nordic Nasdaq Success:100 SME Driven IPOs a Year

As investors are getting used to the Nordic miracle, Picking Alpha is interested in the components of it’s’ success and results which the democratization of the listing process have delivered to the investment community.  Adam Kostyal, Senior Vice President, Global Listing Services (EMEA) at Nasdaq has stressed that listings are open for a company that is well prepared, has a good governance structure, and fulfills the Nasdaq Nordic listings requirements.

 
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05.12.2017

Switzerland to return $321 million in stolen funds to Nigeria

Following a deal signed between the Swiss government and the World Bank, Switzerland is to return approximately $321 million in seized assets to Nigeria, Reuters reported on Tuesday. The money was taken from the family of former Nigerian military ruler Sani Abacha who was accused by corruption watchdog Transparency International of stealing up to $5 billion in public funds during his five years in power in the oil-rich country from 1993 until his death in 1998.

 
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05.12.2017

1MDB scandal is the perfect example of kleptocracy, US attorney says

The United States has called the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal "kleptocracy at its worst", just as Prime Minister Najib Razak is preparing to rally Malaysia's ruling party at its last national congress before a general election due within months. Speaking at the Global Forum on Asset Recovery hosted by the US and UK in Washington, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Monday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) "is working to provide justice to the victims of this alleged scheme".

 
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05.12.2017

Apple closed the deal to pay Ireland over $15 billion in back taxes

Apple on MOnday reached an agreement with the European Union to begin depositing the €13 billion ($15.4 billion) in back taxes it was ordered to pay Ireland last year, following the landmark decision to crackdown on tax shelter policies and profit offshoring, according to The Wall Street Journal.

 
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04.12.2017

Book Review: Jean Tirole's Economics for the Common Good

 
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04.12.2017

Sustainability: one of the hottest topic at last Lantern Fund Forum

Sustainability and Finance: the most interesting investment opportunities presented during last Lantern Fund Forum in Lugano

 
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04.12.2017

China's workers and insane conditions producing Christmas gifts

Chinese factory workers producing toys for major brands like Mattel, Hasbro, and Disney continue to work in grueling conditions, according to a recently published report by the nonprofit China Labor Watch, in collaboration with NGO Solidar Suisse. Some workers have committed suicide amid work pressure, the report said. While China Labor Watch was investigating the Early Light Toy Factory in Shaoguan City, Guangdong Province, which manufactures toys, clothing, and travel accessories for major brands like Big Lots, Hasbro, Mattel, Costco, and Wal-Mart, two workers jumped from buildings. The organization reports the case of Yang Zongfang, 38, who was fired after violating a factory rule forbidding workers from allowing other people to use their entry card, and Lin Jinhua, 34, who tried to end his life after verbal abuse by a manager.

 
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04.12.2017

Interest Rates on the Rise

The majority of market observers presently consider it a foregone conclusion that the Fed will raise interest rates by 25 bps in December and arrive at a base rate of 1.25% to 1.50%. At the same time QT (Quantitative Tapering) is supposed to be progressing at US$ 10 billion monthly. More rate hikes are expected in 2018. As in the past such a Fed policy will probably result in a recession as higher interest rates and tightened credit will slow down growth.

 
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04.12.2017

ETF: success continues

Investors are now very familiar with ETFs, the acronym for exchange traded funds. Seventeen years have passed since the first European exchanges, including SIX Swiss Exchange, launched the corresponding trading segments. Since that time, ETFs have become quite a success, and the Swiss stock exchange's ETF segment is adding another chapter to this success story this year.

 
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04.12.2017

Smartphone addiction could be a problem for your brain

Excessive use of smartphones creates an imbalance in the brain chemistry of teenagers and young adults, according to a study. A recent Pew Research Center study found that 46% of Americans said that they cannot live without their smartphones, Science Daily reports. More and more people are becoming dependent on their smartphones and other gadgets for information, news, communication, games and such.

 
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