It has been a quite difficult year for stocks markets so far. Despite the barely positive performance of the Standard & Poor’s 500, a modest 4% since January, the European indexes still show an average loss of -7%. Japan is registering a double digit loss, just compensated by a rise in the currency that turns into neutral its performance when calculated in US dollars. The good surprise of 2016 comes from the emerging markets, usually very volatile and vulnerable to global uncertainties. After underperforming for years, the emerging markets are in good shape, in the middle of a bull trend that has started from the major bottom of last January. Since the beginning of 2016, the MSCI Emerging market index, total return in US dollars, has grown 15%, a much more consistent 33% when measured from the January’s low.
To date there has been scarcely any data on asset management in Switzerland. In particular, there has been no information available on the managed volumes of discretionary asset management mandates from the perspective of Switzerland as a production location.
BSI planned a series of layoffs, as reported yesterday by leaders of the bank's to RSI television: cutting 14 employees (out of a total of 1,200 employees in Switzerland) are not part of a restructuring process, as "Dismissal it is an ordinary measure developed over time due to poor performance."
Saudi Arabia is set lo launch its first international bond on Wedsneday, as the Financial Times reported; the initial price guidance of the bond is set to be somewhere between $10 billion and $15 billion, the largest ever from West Asia. The final figure will be released on Tuesday. It comes at a time where Saudi Arabia is looking to plug the budgetary deficit it has had since the drop in oil prices last year.
US Industrial production rose less than expected in September, suggesting the economy grew at a moderate annual pace in the Q3. The Federal Reserve revealed on Monday the country's industrial output advanced 0.1% in September, compared to the preceding month's downwardly revised fall of 0.5%, while market analysts anticipated a rebound of 0.3% in the reported period. On an annual basis, industrial production increased 1.8% in the Q3, marking the first quarterly rise since the Q3 of 2015.
The Singapore Bullion Market Association (SBMA) announced the launch of a joint feasibility study between the SBMA, LBMA and ICE Benchmark Administration (IBA). The study will focus on customers' needs for a LBMA Pre-AM Gold Price at 14:00 Singapore Time (06:00 GMT), Lim Hng Kiang, minister for trade and industry and deputy chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, told an industry conference on Monday. "We hope to make a reputable gold benchmark mechanism in London available to Asian users," SBMA's chief executive, Albert Cheng, told Reuters. Cheng said a feasibility study is being carried out, and "if there's enough interest, the IBA will consider launching it early next year." This initiative is supported by International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, the government agency driving international trade.
the Director of FINMA Mark Branson believes that the audit system that controls the banks should be changed. In an interview with Le Matin Dimanche and SonntagsZeitung, Branson says "there is no denying a certain conflict of interest." The auditing firms control for the Federal Authority of the financial market supervision, but are remunerated by their own representative or banks. The risk of a conflict of interest tends to increase "when an audit is required to announce bad behavior", says the Director of FINMA.
PepsiCo announced on Monday that it will start reducing the amount of sugar in its soft drinks all over the world and that by 2025 at least two thirds of its drinks will have 100 calories or fewer from added sugar per 12 oz serving, up from about 40% now. PepsiCo and rival company Coca-Cola have faced mounting pressure from health experts and governments who point to their products as a driver for obesity and diabetes, Fortune reports. Its 2025 goals also include targets for lowering sodium and saturated fat.
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The Swiss have less and less confidence in the banking sector, although they are satisfied with the individual institution with which they are dealing, according to a study released today by consulting firm EY. In fact, 30% of 1,533 surveyed customers in Switzerland between January and April claims to have less confidence in the banking sector compared to twelve months earlier. The 11% has by contrast greater esteem, while 59% did not detect changes.
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