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14.11.2017

You didn’t think European political risk was over, did you?

Markets have largely shrugged off events in Catalonia. They are probably correct to do so. After all, Catalonia is unlikely to become independent, at least for the foreseeable future. There does not appear to be a majority in the region in favour of independence (although that could change). Constitutionally, Spain is a unitary, indivisible state, so there is currently no legal route to independence. And international opposition to independence, at the margin, makes it more difficult.

 
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14.11.2017

Expert Commentary: Focus on US economic outlook

What is likely to affect the US economic activity in the near term? I suppose that the US economy is on a fairly solid and steady growth path at the moment. I think that there are no serious policy errors and the economy will continue to show steady performance in the near term. However, possible policy errors would be an upturning protectionist action and probably the ending of the NAFTA, while tax measures would make a positive contribution to the economy. Nevertheless, I do not think the economic impact of the latter would be as strong as some people hope; there would be a moderate support and sustaining recovery rather than a strong boost. 

 
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14.11.2017

SIX starts to reorganize its business plan

Swiss digital payment technology company SIX is reorganizing its business to improve its ability to compete with startups. The company, which sells virtual cards among other products, will merge its exchange execution and post-trading areas into one unit, and will separate its card acquiring unit from the rest of its payments business and seek a "partner" to operate the acquiring business.

 
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13.11.2017

Bitcoin Gold started, the "democratic" answer in Blockchain's World

The newest fork of the bitcoin blockchain is officially live after a rocky start. Bitcoin Gold, or Bgold, officially went live on November 12 2017. It was created as a way to counter Bitcoin’s mining centralisation. Public mining has begun, and the media are reporting that already multiple mining pools have been opened. Aside from the pools, the code has also been released on GitHub.

 
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13.11.2017

Paradise Papers: UN experts urge Caribbean States to take action against tax fraud

In the wake of the leak of the “Paradise Papers”, two human rights experts from the United Nations are urging Caribbean and other states to take action against corporate tax fraud. The Paradise Papers are a set of confidential documents related to offshore investment.

 
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13.11.2017

Volatility for Sale

The VIX has recently been recording record lows, and even if it went up to 12.57 on Friday, 10th November 2017, due to jitters caused by the news of a probable delay in a cut in the corporate tax rate, it is still very low historically. The VIX has been taken to indicate the fear of investors regarding trading, and it can also be a measure of complacency.

 
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13.11.2017

Uber board reaches agreement to sell stakes to SoftBank

Uber Technologies approved SoftBank Group's offer to buy a multibillion-dollar stake in the ride-hailing company, setting the stage for one of the largest private startup deals ever and which would resolve a legal battle between former Chief Executive Travis Kalanick and a prominent shareholder.

 
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13.11.2017

BitTorrent creator announces his "Green" Bitcoin

Speaking to technology industry magazine TechCrunch, Bram Cohen said the Chia Network, his long-hinted Bitcoin alternative, could launch by late 2018. A “very hot” seed investment round has enabled the project to get off the ground and hire that kind of developer skill required to see Cohen’s Chia cryptocurrency sell to investors.

 
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13.11.2017

Dollar/Yen is currently consolidating. It should soon accelerate up again towards 2018

From its lows early September, the Dollar/Yen has followed risk assets and interest rates up in their rebounds. This positive momentum was further supported late October by the re-election of Shinzo Abe in Japan, famous for his Abenomics or aggressive monetary and fiscal stimulus. In this article we review the perspective for Dollar/Yen over the next few months and quarters.

 
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10.11.2017

Berlin and German cities too, the best bets for real estate investments

The latest PwC/ULI Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe report sees Berlin take the top spot for real estate investment and development for the fourth year in a row. Frankfurt has risen to second place after a year of solid growth, much of which has come from the financial sector in the aftermath of Brexit. Tied with Frankfurt is Copenhagen, whose booming residential sector has captured the attention of the international real estate industry. At number four is Munich, which—while expensive—has remained an attractive market for investors and developers alike. Madrid, benefiting from positive office rental growth prospects, has jumped four places to take the fifth spot.

 
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