PayPal revealed on Wednesday that it is being investigated for violations of anti-money laundering regulations and U.S. sanctions. The California-based online payment processor said in a securities filing that it had received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice seeking information related to its “historical anti-money laundering program” as well as new subpoenas related to potential sanctions violations from the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
Germany reported a new record trade surplus in 2016, official data showed Thursday, exporting €253 billion more than it imported. Europe's biggest economy exported goods worth nearly €1.21 trillion ($1.29 trillion) last year, 1.2% more than in 2015, the Federal Statistical Office said. Imports rose to €954.6 billion, a 0.6% increase. Both exports and imports broke previous records set in 2015. The statistical office said that Germany's current account surplus climbed to €266 billion from €252.6 billion.
There is one force, today, that can be compared to that of a typhoon in terms of change. It is, according to William Mougayar, as important in shaping the future to come to what the World Wide Web has been in 1995. Mougayar wrote about this technology in his book The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology, with a foreword by Vitalik Buterin, and published by John Wiley & Sons P&T.
Swiss unemployment rose in January to 3.7%, compared with 3.5% in December. This was stated this morning by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), according to which in late January the amount of unemployed people registered at the regional offices of placement was 164'466 , 5'094 more than in the previous month and 822 more than in January 2016 . Among young people (15-24 years) the number of unemployed increased by 566 units (+ 2.9%) to reach a total of 19'782, which still corresponds to 1,398 persons less (-6, 6%) compared to 12 months ago. People who are looking for employment were 226'861, 3'448 more compared with December and 4'110 more with January 2016).
Zurich Insurance on Thursday posted a 74% jump in full-year net earnings as its core general insurance business rebounded under new chief executive Mario Greco. The Swiss insurer increased net profit for the year to $3.211 billion, just short of the average estimate of $3.315 billion in a Reuters poll of 11 analysts. Fourth quarter profit climbed to $685 million, after a $424 million loss in the same quarter the previous year.
The European Union agreed Tuesday on new rules allowing subscribers of online services, as Netflix or Amazon Prime, in one E.U. country access to them while traveling in another. The new “portability” ruling is the first step of regulation under a drive by the European Commission to introduce a single digital market in Europe. Announced in May 2015 on the cusp of the Cannes Film Festival, the proposed Digital Single Market was met with full-throated opposition from Europe’s movie and TV industry, which viewed it as a threat to its territory-by-territory licensing of movies and TV shows.
The Swiss 5 francs coin can be purchased on the sales platform Aliexpress, belonging to the Chinese group Alibaba, paying only $ 1.99 (about 2 francs). The retailer specifies on its website that it is fake money. However, it is sent free of customs duties, may also be received in Switzerland, without being subject to border checks. These are coins that are intended for collectors and being their illegal use, anyone did it, would risk to be charged.
The global economic order is expected to shift from advanced to emerging economies over the next few decades, and by 2040 India could edge past the US to become the world's second largest economy in purchasing power parity (PPP) terms, consulting firm PwC said in a new report titled “The World in 2050.” The report, called "The long view: how will the global economic order change by 2050?," ranked 32 countries, based on their projected Gross Domestic Product by Purchasing Power Parity (PPP).
Lastminute.com strengthens its presence in Italy by signing agreement with Travel Holding to acquire Gartour, an italian leading incoming tour operator. The latter, according to the agreements made by the parties, will continue its activities under a renewable contract of lease for a period of twelve months, before passing definitively under Lastminute.com. Gartour currently employs about 130 people for a turnover of €35 million in 2016.
Swiss pesticides and seeds group Syngenta reported 2016 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of $2.66 billion on sales of $12.79 billion. Analysts polled by Reuters had on average expected EBITDA to fall 5.9 percent to $2.61 billion on sales down 4.2 percent to $12.85 billion. They had expected it to boost its dividend to 11.60 Swiss francs from 11.00
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