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15.11.2016

Switzerland and Austria will terminate WHT tax agreement

Switzerland and Austria on November 11 signed an agreement to terminate their 2013 withholding tax agreement as of January 1, 2017. In the same day the agreement between Switzerland and the EU on the automatic exchange of tax information enters into force. It governs the arrangements for transferring the final tax amounts and forwarding the last voluntary disclosures to the Austrian authorities. "The provisions of the withholding tax agreement will continue to apply for all facts and legal rights that materialized during its period of validity," the Swiss Federal Council said.

 
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15.11.2016

L’inflation est l’ennemie des techs

Le programme inflationniste du nouveau président américain Donald Trump accentue l’impact négatif du retour mécanique de l’inflation sur les valeurs growth comme la technologie. Ce secteur reste d’ailleurs l’un des rares sanctionné à Wall Street après l’élection présidentielle américaine. L’indice Dow Jones atteint des nouveaux record, mais Amazon, Alphabet (Google), Apple, Facebook et Microsoft ont tous perdu 2% à 4%. A l’exception notable de l’investisseur Peter Thiel, la Silicon Valley était toute acquise à Hillary Clinton (la Californie ayant toujours voté démocrate).

 
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15.11.2016

The Cap on the Oil Price (W. Snyder)

Some time ago this Newsletter predicted an oil price of US $50 per barrel in the short term (see Newsletter 92 of 22.01.2015) and possibly prices later ranging from $60 to $65. American shale oil producers can now make profits at $50 to $55 a barrel in the Eagle Ford Basin and a bit more in the Bakken fields while those in the Permian Basin can do well at $30 a barrel. The prediction of an oil price at about $50 has thus proven to be quite accurate so far. Regarding the future for oil prices, a cap of $60 to $65 seems to be fairly safe as a prediction. The Americans will increase production as soon as the price reaches $55 a barrel or even before that.

 
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15.11.2016

China's industrial production up, retails under expectations

Chinese industrial production grew less than expect last month, falling behind market forecasts and raising questions about the strength of recovery in the world's second largest economy, official figures revealed on Monday.  According to the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics, industrial production rose 6.1% from a year earlier in October, compared with 6.1% in September. Retail sales growth slowed to 10 per cent, missing estimates for 10.7%. Retail sales were surprisingly weak, growing at 10% over the year, but well down on the 10.7% growth recorded in September.

 
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15.11.2016

BSI: EFG completed the takeover in Singapore

EFG International has completed the integration of BSI in Singapore, included client relationships and employees, as it referred in a statement today. EFG International announced its intention to acquire Swiss-based BSI before the scandal surrounding 1MDB caught the public's eye.

 
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14.11.2016

Ascent autumn 2016 is now out! (by Degroof Petercam)

Nowadays, most investors acknowledge that listed real estate has deserved its status as a separate asset class or at least that it has a right of existence in a diversified portfolio. Index providers as well, recognize the specific nature of this asset class. Only recently, the Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS) introduced real estate as a separate sector based on its growing importance in the world’s equity market and its role as a foundational building block of a modern portfolio, rather than an alternative.  

 
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14.11.2016

KTM, successful debut on the SIX Swiss Exchange

The shares of KTM Industries AG, the Austrian vehicle group, were primary listed today under the “International Reporting Standard” on SIX Swiss Exchange and traded for the first time. The opening price on SIX Swiss Exchange was CHF 4.90. Based on this price, the market capitalization of the listed shares amounts to CHF 1,104 billion. The issued share capital of KTM Industries comprises 225.386.742 no-par-value ordinary bearer shares. A public offering of the company’s securities has not taken place.

 
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14.11.2016

Samsung to buy car tech company Harman for $8 billion

Samsung Electronics announced an $8 billion deal on Monday to buy Harman International Industries, in an all-cash deal that makes Samsung a major player in the world of automotive technology. The electronics giant previously shunned big acquisitions, and the latest deal underscores a strategic shift as the company tries to break into the high-barrier automotive industry where it has little track record. As part of the deal, which is subject to approval by Harman shareholders, Harman will remain an independent subsidiary of the technology giant. Samsung will pay $112 a share in cash for Harman, which generated roughly $700 million in net profit on $7 billion of revenue last year.

 
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14.11.2016

Gold at the Dawn of a new Presidential Cycle

The price of gold was expected to benefit from the surprise Trump win, and it did immediately after, with a jump towards the September high near 1340 dollars per ounce. The rally lasted just three hours, then the course reversed and the former downtrend resumed with a sharp fall below the 1250 mark. Why, then, the sentiment that had pushed higher what is considered as a safe haven, turned to bearish so fast? The projected investments in infrastructure promised by Trump, sparked purchases of industrial metals, bonds yield went up, and so the dollar, not a friendly environment for gold.

 
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14.11.2016

Singapore: former BSI banker jailed over 1MDB issue

A Singapore court jailed Yak Yew Chee on Friday, a former banker who handled Swiss bank BSI's relationship with state investor 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) for 18 weeks for forgery and failure to disclose suspicious transactions, as Reuters referred.

 
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