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19.05.2016

Spain issued bonds with maturity in 2066

Spain has placed on the market a 50-year state title. Following the example of Belgium who recently successfully priced titles in this length of time, even Madrid decided to refinance a maturing issue in 2066. Even Italy is considering to issue a 50-year bond, but for now nothing is yet planned by the Treasury. Interest in the very long-term emissions comes mainly from pension funds and insurance funds, in pursuit of higher returns to zero and at the same time to have in "investment grade securities portfolio". Spain in fact enjoys BBB + rating from Standard & Poo'rs and Fitch and Baa2 by Moody's.

 
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19.05.2016

Decline in the market for luxury goods to China

Still under the spotlight the purchase of luxury items made by Chinese tourists in Switzerland. In fact, even in April they fell purchases, according to the latest statistics issued by Global Blue, a company that handles VAT refunds on the taxed products. On a year, sales actually declined by 7.8%, after a fall of 19.6% in March. For Switzerland figures relate mainly to sales of watches, the most purchased items from travelers in transit. The phenomenon concerns however over Europe and France is the country most affected, with a drop of 23% in April after -29.3% in March. The main concerns are the concerns about China's growth, a certain frugality related to anti-corruption campaign and the beginning of April the new import tax.

 
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19.05.2016

Bayer: confirmation presentation offered to Monsanto for merger

Bayer confirms the rumor about the latest rumor on the acquisition of Monsanto. As it said in a statement from the German giant meetings have taken place between the two big players. "The proposed combination would strengthen Bayer with leading positions in the areas of core business and choirs would be born a leader in the food business." If the merger were to go through, it would create the largest producer of seeds and chemical products for the agricultural industry in the world, with annual sales that could exceed $ 67 billion.

 
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19.05.2016

Fed: possible rate hike in June

The Federal Reserve leaves a door to a possible rate hike in June, which would judge "appropriate" if the macroeconomic data were to confirm an acceleration of the US economy in the second quarter (the GDP in the 1st quarter marked an abrupt deceleration). This is revealed by the minutes of the last meeting of the FOMC, the monetary policy committee of the Fed, on 26 and 27 April. On that occasion, the bankers had preferred to leave interest rates unchanged in a band between 0.20% and 0.50%, after the first increase work last December.

 
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18.05.2016

Lugano - Almaty: signed cooperation agreement between the two cities

The City of Lugano has decided to act on a request agreement with Almaty in view of a network collaboration with partners active in the area. The mission's program provides, in fact, for each company present, a series of B2B meetings with potential Kazakh partners. Considering that in Lugano there is already a significant number of activities related to Kazakhstan in the most dynamic sectors, the agreement with Almaty is a good opportunity for the promotion of Lugano worldwide and serves as a support to the development strategies already in place at regional level.

 
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18.05.2016

Top down or bottom up?

There are at least two possible approaches to the portfolio selection process that are philosophical opposites but sometimes can complement each other.

 
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18.05.2016

The Swiss workers among the most satisfied with their job

Switzerland is ranked sixth globally in terms of satisfaction of employees about their workplace. More than 78% of respondents reported to be satisfied, even a lot, while only 8% are dissatisfied; the remaining 14% does not take sides. A position shared by the Netherlands, Spain and the United States, according to the ranking published by Randstad, a company specialized in brokerage personnel, standings led by India (84%), Mexico (83%), Austria (81%), Denmark (81 %) and Norway (81%) and sees that on the bottom of China (57%) and Japan (40%). The employees' first seeking employment that offers them prospects, an atmosphere of pleasant work, a fair wage as well as good social benefits and job security in the long term ", noted in a statement issued today Nathalie Zihlmann, director of human resources Randstad Switzerland, a company specialized in personal banking.

 
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18.05.2016

Falciani: the final five-year sentence

The sentence to five years' imprisonment imposed in November by the Federal Criminal Court (TPF) to Hervé Falciani is final. Former IT bank Franco-Italian HSBC could file an appeal against the judgment of Bellinzona judges who convicted of economic espionage, but did not do so, as indicated by the Federal Court (TF). The TPF had acquitted Falciani - that was not presented at trial - from other charges, such as breach of commercial confidentiality. Falciani had copied, from 2006 to 2008, bank details of the Geneva branch of HSBC and had later, from 2008 to 2014, made them accessible to different private companies and public bodies in different countries.

 
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18.05.2016

Russian society is developing alternative system to Android and iOS

The Russian company Open Mobile Platform is developing an alternative operating system to Android and iOS, which are currently installed in 90% of the smartphones of the Russian population. In this way Putin intends to break the duopoly of Apple and Google and protect information about their citizens. The Russian company, founded only a month ago, would be at work in the creation of an operating system based on Linux and derived from Sailfish OS, designed for large enterprises and for those who care about the privacy and security. Initially this OS should only be made available in the Russian language to meet the local demand and regulatory requirements, and then try to expand into the rest of the world.

 
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18.05.2016

Mitsubishi, the president resigns for emissions scandal

The scandal over the falsification test for anti-smog emissions in Japan has led to the resignation of the president of Mitsubishi Motors. A statement from the Nissan announced that Tetsuro Aikawa will leave the company with effect from June 24, for "the problems caused to customers and shareholders." The scandal had prompted the earlier group to accept entry-saving in its capital of Nissan countryman, who will become the largest shareholder.

 
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