UBS will launch a new robo-advisor service in the UK on November 21. The launch is part of a $1bn initiative to attract younger clients, with the firm’s wealth management business planning a follow-up advertising campaign in 2017. The Swiss bank will keep the minimum investment required for the new service to £15,000, while it usually requirs £2m to open a private bank account.
The Nobel prize for economics in 2016 was awarded to Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmström, for the "contract theory" developed by the two U.S.-based economists.Their studies have mapped out an overall framework to understand agreements like insurance contracts, employer-employee relationships and property rights.
Oil prices fell on Monday over doubts that an OPEC-led plan to cut output would rein in a global oversupply that has dogged markets for over two years. They are nearly double their lowest level this year in January, with benchmark North Sea Brent futures ending last week at about US$52 per barrel. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for November delivery rose 1.22% to $50.44 a barrel.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will not join the Greek bailout program but will accept a special role as advisory status with limited powers, according to Reuters’ sources. “A special advisory status with limited powers that keeps IMF at the table”, looks like the most possible scenario, Reuters reporting two senior sources.
Deutsche Bank CEO John Cryan didn't find an agreement with the US Justice Department to close the investigation opened on subprime mortgages in the United States during a meeting in Washington, as Bild Sunday edition reported. The report noted that German lender and U.S. authorities haven't broken off their talks. Concerns about the bank's ability to pay a $14 billion opening settlement bid from the Justice Department sent the company's stock to a record low last month. Cryan has reportedly said he expects U.S. authorities to scale back the initial request.
The British currency suffered a massive temporary loss in value overnight, diving 10% against the dollar in just minutes – a so-called flash crash. It fell from around $1.26 to near $1.14 in trading in Asia before recovering somewhat by the time Europe woke up, it was the most aggressive move since the results of the Brexit vote emerged in June. With traders struggling to find whether it was a "fat finger error" or related to fears over Brexit, the Bank of England said in a statement: “We are looking at the causes of the sharp falls over night".
Romania prepared to vote on a plan to convert Swiss franc mortgages to the domestic currency at the exchange rate applicable when they were issued, Reuters reported on Friday; romanian lawmakers are expected to pass a bill on Monday. There are about 50,000 loans still denominated in Swiss Francs and banks are on the edge to lose €540 mln, according to Romanian central bank’s estimates.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on the country's parliament to ratify the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, signed in February, before other states. And Abe stressed the Parliament should approve the TPP treaty before the current session ends on Nov. 30. "We could provide an impetus for the entry of this agreement into force by approving it in parliament faster than other countries," Abe said. He added Japan will help provide momentum to the TPP and help make it a reality by approving it in the Diet (Japanese parliament) ahead of other countries, according to the Kyodo news agency.
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