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12.09.2017

Google will appeal against €4.2 bn EU antitrust fine

Internet giant Google is appealing against a record 2.4 billion euro fine the European Commission handed down in June, 2017. The world's most popular Internet search engine, a unit of the U.S. firm Alphabet, launched its appeal two months after it was fined by the European Commission for abusing its dominance in Europe by giving prominent placement in searches to its comparison shopping service and demoting rival offerings.

 
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11.09.2017

Master in Management Ranking: St Gallen is the best

The Master’s in Management (MiM) degree is a good way to increase your salary and gain an edge over competitors in your first job search after college.  The MiM is a pre-experience program largely taken by those fresh out of undergraduate courses.  Each year since 2004, the Financial Times has ranked the world’s best MiMs, this year on metrics such as salary increase, career progress, and value for money. On Monday, the FT released its latest ranking of the world’s 95 best MiM degrees. Switzerland’s University of St Gallen retained its top spot, the seventh consecutive year its MA in Strategy and International Management has come first. HEC Paris is in second place for the fourth year on the trot, while Spain’s IE Business School rose four places to third. 

 
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11.09.2017

EU Members ask for a web tax on digital tech giants

The finance ministers of France, Germany, Italy and Spain have written a joint letter to the European Union's presidency and Commission calling for taxes on tech giants' revenues, not just their profits. The four nations want the Commission to produce an "equalization tax" that would make companies pay the equivalent of the corporate tax in the countries where they earn revenue. France is leading a push to clamp down on the taxation of such companies, but has found support from other countries also frustrated at the low tax they receive under current international rules.

 
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11.09.2017

Alibaba to open its first physical shopping mall

China’s e-commerce behemoth Alibaba Group is reportedly set to open its first brick-and-mortar department store in its hometown Hangzhou next April. The space, called “More Mall,” symbolizes the “New Retail” concept, which has long been advocated by the company. According to reports in the Chinese media, the new mall will occupy 40,000 square meters of space across five floors. It will curate brands that already have an established presence on Alibaba’s two major online platforms: Tmall and Taobao Marketplace.

 
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11.09.2017

Swiss Re forecasts prices stop after Harvey's disaster

Reinsurance giant Swiss Re said on Monday that it expects the impacts of recent catastrophe losses will be sufficient to stabilise reinsurance industry pricing. The Swiss company said that it intends to maintain its underwriting discipline, in the face of continuing pressures from low interest rates and excess capital in the sector. The firm believes that in this way it can be a more sustainable business and make it a more reliable underwriting partner for its clients.

 
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11.09.2017

Stoxx 600 Health Care Index: a delicate but constructive situation

At the end of 2016 (1), I wrote an article about the STOXX Supersector Europe 600 Health Care Index, pointing out that there were technical signs of a possible recovery. I indicated that the Index in July 2016 reached an important high at about 780, and I suggested that this was the level to overcome to have the first confirmation that the healthcare European equity market had regained its strength.

 
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08.09.2017

Black October

Market observers generally agree that US asset prices, namely, stocks, bonds and real estate, are expensive if not over-priced.

 
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08.09.2017

Switzerland: Chiasso becomes a Cryptocity

Beginning January 2018, Chiasso, Switzerland will allow its citizens to pay taxes in Bitcoin, following the lead of Zug. This news came on Thursday thanks to an executive note published by the municipality of Chiasso. The city likely aims to surpass its rival Zug, also known as the CryptoValley, by accepting Bitcoin as a method of payments for taxes for a value of up to 250 CHF, versus the 200 CHF limit imposed by Zug.

 
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08.09.2017

Chinese ICO ban blows on the Bitcoin market

Several Chinese cryptocurrency exchanges have delisted markets in a bid to comply with China’s recent clarifications on the legality of ICOs. Yunbi, Dahonguo, and Yuanbao have issued statements addressing the central bank’s new regulations, moving to delist markets that facilitate the trade of tokens issued via initial coin offering.

 
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08.09.2017

Real Estate: Amazon is looking for a second and new HQ

Amazon has published an open call for cities to pitch it for business. The company wants to open "Amazon HQ2", a new hub that will mirror its enormous presence in Seattle, rather than act as a secondary location. That site in Washington state has grown to 33 buildings across 8.1 million square feet, housing more than 40,000 employees. All since 1994.

 
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