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09.06.2017

Syngenta sells sugar business to Denmark's company

Swiss agriculture company Syngenta, which is in deal to be bought by China National Chemical Corp., known as ChemChina, announced Friday that it has entered into an agreement to sell global Sugar Beet seeds business to DLF Seeds. Financial terms of the transaction are not disclosed. The transaction is subject to customary approval requirements and expected to close by the end of the third quarter of 2017. DLF Seeds is a seed company dealing in forage and turf seeds, and other crops.

 
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08.06.2017

Scale-up: UK leads the ranking despite Brexit

Europe is home to approximately 4,200 fast growing, ICT scale-ups in 45 countries, collectively raising about $58 billion in funding. And the UK is far and away the leader, with 34% of the scale-ups - 1,412 - and capital raised 35% of the total available to scale-ups in Europe, followed by Germany, France and Sweden at a distance. This is what emerged from the latest SEP Monitor on Scale-up Europe presented by Mind the Bridge and SEP - Start-up Europe Partnership - at the Start-Up Europe Awards in Brussels.

 
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08.06.2017

ECB confirms its policy, extends QE until year end

The European Central Bank (ECB) left its benchmark interest rate unchanged on Thursday and dropped any reference to a future rate cut. In a statement it said it expected interest rates to "remain at present levels for an extended period of time," but added that it would be ready to extend its quantitative easing (QE) program if needed. 

 
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08.06.2017

Brazil will drive Fintech revolution in the next ten years

Brazil has seen a recent boom in fintech with startups providing digital, low-interest banking solutions. These innovative alternatives are in turn causing big banks to reevaluate their own services. In Goldman Sachs’ latest report to the New York Times, Brazil’s fintech leaders are revolutionizing the traditional banking sector. Entitled “Fintech Brazil’s Moment,” the 45-page research report estimates that the more than 200 financial technology companies in Brazil should generate a potential revenue pool of about $24 billion over the next 10 years. Payments, lending and personal finance are three promising segments, as is insurance, the report found.

 
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08.06.2017

ETH Zurich and EPFL Lausanne in the Top 100 QS world rankings

MIT has been ranked as the top university in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings. This marks the sixth straight year in which the Institute has been ranked in the No. 1 position. Stanford University came in at second, while prestigious Ivy League university Harvard came in third. MIT earned a perfect overall score of 100. United Kingdom heavyweights Cambridge, Oxford, UCL and the Imperial College of London all made it inside the top 10.

 
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08.06.2017

UBS to sell its Netherlands wealth management activities

The Swiss banking group UBS has agreed to sell its domestic wealth management activities in the Netherlands to Van Lanschot Kempen, an arm of a  Euronext Amsterdam-listed banking group that dates back to the 1700s. Van Lanschot Kempen will pay an initial acquisition price of €28m, a joint statement reported, although the final price “may be higher or lower depending on the [asset management amount] that will actually transfer to Van Lanschot Kempen” once the deal completes.

 
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08.06.2017

Credit Suisse raised $4.3 bn in rights offering

Credit Suisse Group investors agreed to buy 99.2 percent of the shares on sale in a rights offering, providing 4.1 billion Swiss francs ($4.3 billion) for Chief Executive Officer Tidjane Thiam’s turnaround plan.

 
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07.06.2017

Pendulum

As a stock picker and value investor I rarely get involved in discussing macro issues during Investment Committees or during meetings with clients. Anyway, since talking about Trump, Macron, volatility and US Non-Farm Payrolls seems to be fund managers’ main occupation, I’ll try my best… But please, as grandpa Warren once told us, always remember:  “Market forecasters will fill your ear but never fill your wallet”. The swings of economies and financial markets resemble the swings of a pendulum. They spend most of the time oscillating near the average, swinging toward or away from the extremes of the arc. But when they reach one extreme you can be sure that sooner or later they are going to swing back to the midpoint. That’s because the effort needed to reach the extreme is the premise for the swing back. It goes without saying that investors don’t have to get caught in that movement (…and hopefully profit from that). But, and there is one big fat “BUT”: no one can constantly and correctly predict the timing of the “swing back”. The only thing that we can do is trying to figure out what the market conditions are at present.  In better words: “We may never know where we’re going, but we’d better have a good idea where we are” (H. Marks).

 
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07.06.2017

Emerging markets corporate debt: coming of age

Here’s an asset class that continues to defy the odds. Despite concerns of high debt levels, growing geopolitical risks and sluggish global growth, emerging markets (EM) corporate debt has once again delivered another year of impressive results. This year sees a continuation of many of the same challenges, not least the uncertainty over what Donald Trump’s US presidency will look like. Anyone hoping that Trump’s campaign promises were just talk won’t have been overly encouraged by his first week in the White House. The Republican has already signed two proclamations, seven executive orders and seven presidential memoranda. His decision to ban the entry of citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries has ruffled more than a few international feathers, while his pledge to renounce the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal – a signature policy of Obama – has also raised eyebrows.

 
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07.06.2017

Swiss economy to rise in 2017, global outlook improved

On Wednesday OECD released the global economic outlook in Paris. According to its forecasts over Switzerland, GDP growth is projected to rise gradually, which will reduce unemployment. The low interest rate environment is set to continue, helping to revive domestic demand. Deflation seems to have been overcome, but inflation is projected to remain low through 2018. The large current account surplus will persist.

 
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