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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann said on Monday his country would consider letting Britain join the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) when it eventually leaves the European Union following June's Brexit referendum. "I told my colleagues if the U.K. approaches EFTA to explore the possibility of joining EFTA, Switzerland would be open to discussions," Johann Schneider-Ammann told the Geneva Press Club after an EFTA ministerial meeting.
India and Switzerland signed an automatic exchange of financial information deal which complements govt’s crackdown on black money. This means that the option of concealing the illegal wealth through Swiss banks is most likely to be closed. This historical move directly complements govt’s demonetization move to target domestic black money. The 'Joint Declaration' for implementation of AEOI signed on Tuesday between India and Switzerland provides that both countries will start collecting data in accordance with the global standards in 2018 and exchange it from 2019 onwards.
People living in Switzerland are by far the wealthiest of those in any major economy around the world, and they are getting richer, according to the latest Global Wealth Report from the Credit Suisse Research Institute. "In terms of personal wealth, our estimates show that, on average, the Swiss are eleven times wealthier than the average world citizen. They are approximately twice as wealthy as citizens of the United States, the United Kingdom and France, almost three times as wealthy as Germans and 25 times better off than the average Chinese citizen," says Credit Suisse's report.
The rise in the U.S. interest rates is a major concern for the financial community. The leading topic is structural: return of inflation and a Central Bank far less dovish than before. Furthermore, the Trump election and his proposals to cut taxes and boost spending via tax credits on infrastructure has fuelled strong reactions in the bond market.
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