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16.11.2016

Luxury: IWC to sell watches online on YNAP's websites

IWC Schaffhausen watches costing as much as $121,000 will go on sale at Mr Porter and Net-A-Porter on November 18, as the Swiss watchmaker tests whether online shoppers might help pull it out of an industry slump. IWC has never before partnered with an online-only luxury retailer; Net-A-Porter will launch with a curated selection of timepieces across the Pilot’s Watches and Portofino families.

 
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15.11.2016

Roche: 100-million CHF investment in network research

Roche will launch a CHF 100 million ($100.1 million) global network of 21 academic centers focused on cancer immunotherapy R&D, as the it reported in the statement today. This network, imCORE, brings together many of the world’s leading scientific and clinical experts in cancer immunotherapy to collaborate in investigating the most promising new treatment approaches. In addition to new treatments, imCORE will work with Roche to develop diagnostic technologies and gather and apply emerging data, Roche said.

 
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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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