Voters rejected plans to overhaul Switzerland’s corporate tax system. Corporate tax reform III was rejected by popular referendum on Sunday, with 59.1% of the population voting against the Swiss government proposal. The “yes” won only in four cantons: Nidwalden, Ticino, Vaud, and Zug. The aim of the reform was to make the Swiss tax system more acceptable internationally. The government had hoped to secure approval for changes that would keep corporate tax rates globally competitive while abolishing special treatment for many multinational companies. “It will not be possible to find a solution overnight,” Ueli Maurer, the Swiss finance minister, said at a news conference in Bern, adding that it could take a year to come up with a new plan and years more to enact it.
The Dow has gone over 20,000, a historic high. As of 10th February it was at 20,269.37. The SPX was also flying high at 2,316.10. “All is well that ends well” can certainly be said for the past week`s performance in the markets. As is well known, however, history and past performance are no guarantee for the future.
Although the US election is over, the problem of fake news isn’t. Apple CEO Tim Cook said it’s time to do something about it. “All of us technology companies need to create some tools that help diminish the volume of fake news,” Cook said in an interview with the Daily Telegraph on Friday. Cook also called for governments to lead information campaigns to crack down on fake news in an interview with a British national newspaper. The scourge of falsehoods in mainstream political discourse came to the fore during recent campaigns, during which supporters of each side were accused of promoting misinformation for political gain.
The Swiss private bank Julius Baer Group said Friday that an unnamed bankrupt European company has sued for €306 million ($326 million) after years of making demands on the bank for not doing enough to prevent two of its account holders from embezzling the company’s assets Baer is contesting the claim and taking what it called "further appropriate measures" to defend its interests, it said in a statement.
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Swiss voters on Sunday approved a measure to make it easier for third-generation immigrants to become citizens, dismissing suggestions from the far-right that the move could pose a security threat. In a referendum on Sunday, they backed a proposal to simplify naturalisation for third-generation immigrants. According to final official results, the "Yes" camp claimed 60% support and a victory in 19 of Switzerland's 26 cantons, meeting the two criteria needed for a win.
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Two of China's most widely used bitcoin exchanges have announced that they will suspend bitcoin and litecoin withdrawals for one month effective immediately. In public posts that showcase the increasingly coordinated nature of exchange policy in the region, both OKCoin and Huobi said on Thursday that the move was a bid to bolster their anti-money laundering (AML) capabilities and prevent "illegal transactions". In the case of OKCoin, only it's OKCoin.cn portal is affected.
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