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19.10.2016

Swisscard opens the door to Apple Pay

The holders of MasterCard, Visa and American Express issued by Swisscard will make payments via Apple Pay by the end of autumn,. The provider of credit cards, leader of the sector, manages in Switzerland over one million cards. Using their own credit card with Apple Pay, the card number is not stored on your phone and even on Apple's servers, the company states in today's note. Each transaction is authorized by a specific dynamic code.

 
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19.10.2016

Credit Suisse ready to write €100 million check to Italy

Credit Suisse is ready to write a €100 million check to the Italian Revenue Agency to close the tax dispute with Italy,  as Reuters reported by a source with knowledge of the dossier. The bank, through a spokesman, answered with a "no comment". The Swiss banking group has been at the center of an investigation conducted by the prosecutor Gaetano Ruta, of Milan prosecutors, for violation of the Law 231/2001 on the liability of companies for crimes committed by their employees, and also for tax fraud, money laundering, obstacle to the supervisory authority and illegal.

 
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19.10.2016

Credit Suisse to launch quant funds, waiting Q3 results

Credit Suisse faced challenges in the third quarter, as Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam underlined in the last weeks, while the Zurich-based bank planned to axe thousands of jobs within the end of this year. Credit Suisse expects to shed some 1,200 jobs by the end of this year—which come on top of 4,800 job cuts already; CEO swiss bank intends to de-emphasize its investment banking operations while bolstering wealth management businesses in Asia and Switzerland. The bank will report third-quarter results on November 3.

 
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19.10.2016

US election campaign: the calm before the storm?

On November the 8th, the Election Day, the whole world will be focusing on the United States. But where do Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on the main issues? And what are the potential effects of Clinton or Trump presidency? An overview.

 
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19.10.2016

Currency manipulation: US Treasury added Switzerland to watch list

The U.S. Treasury said on Friday that none of the United States' major trading partners is manipulating its currency to gain advantage for its exports; the declaration was an answer to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that he will be ready to declare China a currency manipulator if he is elected. In its 16th and final currency report under US President Barack Obama, the Treasury said it added Switzerland to a foreign exchange “monitoring list” of countries with high external surpluses or currency market interventions and it kept Taiwan, China, Japan, Germany and South Korea on the list, first launched in April, though, it said, none of the six countries met the standard for enhanced scrutiny under a new trade enforcement law passed in 2015.

 
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19.10.2016

UK consumer prices jumps in September

UK consumer prices expended at the fastest annual pace in nearly two years during the previous month, the biggest monthly increase in the cost of household goods and services since November 2014. According to the Office for National Statistic, the annual rate of CPI inflation equals 1%, up from 0.6%in August and slightly higher than economists had been expecting,  Rising prices will "undoubtedly be tough on those with low incomes," said Ben Brettell, senior economist at Hargreaves Lansdown. "It's also not good news for savers who are losing money in real terms," he added.

 
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18.10.2016

Johnson & Johnson Q3 results beat estimates

Johnson & Johnson closed Q3 with profits at $4.27 billion, an increase compared to $3.36 billion a year ago. The result per share in adjusted version, therefore net of extraordinary items, came in at $1.68, + 3c than previously estimated. Better than expected, sales rose by 4.2% to $17.82 billion ($17.74 billion to estimates). Domestic sales increased 6.7% while international sales increased 1.5%, reflecting operational growth of 1.7% and a negative currency impact of 0.2%.

 
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18.10.2016

Brexit spread over Ryanair profit forecast

Ryanair cut its full-year profit forecast by 5% Tuesday, lower than previously expected, due to the pound's slump since Britain voted in June to exit the EU, heaping more turbulence on a troubled sector. The Ireland-based company now expects full-year earnings of between €1.30 billion (£1.17 billion) and €1.35 billion (£1.22 billion), down from the previous range of €1.38 billion (£1.24 billion) to €1.43 billion (£1.28 billion).

 
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18.10.2016

Emerging Markets and Commodities. Still Room for Progress

It has been a quite difficult year for stocks markets so far. Despite the barely positive performance of the Standard & Poor’s 500, a modest 4% since January, the European indexes still show an average loss of -7%. Japan is registering a double digit loss, just compensated by a rise in the currency that turns into neutral its performance when calculated in US dollars. The good surprise of 2016 comes from the emerging markets, usually very volatile and vulnerable to global uncertainties. After underperforming for years, the emerging markets are in good shape, in the middle of a bull trend that has started from the major bottom of last January. Since the beginning of 2016, the MSCI Emerging market index, total return in US dollars, has grown 15%, a much more consistent 33% when measured from the January’s low.

 
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18.10.2016

Swiss Asset Management. Scale and Context - (by Sfama)

To date there has been scarcely any data on asset management in Switzerland. In particular, there has been no information available on the managed volumes of discretionary asset management mandates from the perspective of Switzerland as a production location.

 
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