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17.03.2017

Maurizio Spoldi explains the future of investment diamonds

Maurizio Spoldi, CEO of DSC, Diamond Service Company, is an expert in all fields related to diamonds, including the investments in natural gems.

 
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17.03.2017

Technical analysis : Gold remains near 1,225 level on Friday

On Friday morning the yellow metal's price remained rather unchanged, as the bullion fluctuated just above the 1,225 mark. Previously, during Thursday's trading session the bullion extended the gains, which it scored on the Federal Reserve's rate hike. However, at the 1,233.59 mark the bullion encountered the resistance of a medium term descending channel, which proved strong enough to cause a minor decline in the commodity price. It is most likely that the bullion will make another attempt to break higher, as on Friday morning the decline has stopped, and the yellow metal has begun to approach the weekly R1, which is located at the 1,228.89 level.  

 
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17.03.2017

Waiting for Brexit, UBS to move from London?

UBS has repeatedly warned it will move staff to the Continent in the wake of the EU referendum. Chairman Axel Weber claimed 1,500 jobs would shift from London to preserve its business on mainland Europe and that the two-year negotiation process for Brexit “simply would not work” for its relocation strategy. “We cannot postpone decisions on how we run our European operations,” Weber said at a conference in Frankfurt on Wednesday. “As soon as we know definitely that Brexit will happen, you will see decision-making processes kick off in all financial institutions.”

 
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16.03.2017

All you watch on YouTube can be tracked

Hackers, intelligence agencies and advertisers could be tracking your online video-watching habits, even when the sites in question, such as YouTube, provide encryption and promise anonymity, according to research by a Ben Gurion University cyber-security expert, who presented the research at a recent Black Hat Europe cyber-security gathering in London. Gaps in YouTube's encryption enable both government intelligence agencies, hackers and internet marketers to determine which videos a user is watching, said the researchers.

 
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16.03.2017

Swiss pension reform: parliament approved

The National Council approved, by 101 votes against 91 with 4 abstentions, the proposals of the Conciliation Conference over the Retirement Provision 2020. Earlier, the Council of States had supported the project with 27 votes against 17. The dossier is now ready for final voting. Now the people will have to give its opinion on September 24th. In his final address to the House on Thursday, Interior Minister Alain Berset on behalf of the government stressed the crucial importance of the reform for “Switzerland, the people, the economy and the stability of the institutions”.

 
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16.03.2017

Canadian police warns over Bitcoin fraud scheme

Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS), Ontario, Canada, has issued a warning against digital currencies such as bitcoin after residents reported related fraud schemes. According to a notice posted last week, the Canadian Police said that fraudsters contact residents, promising to make money. They also send cheques to the victims, asking money to purchase bitcoins. 

 
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16.03.2017

SNB keeps rates under control, looking at european elections

Following its latest quarterly policy meeting, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) made no changes in interest rates and it kept its target range for three-month Swiss franc Libor at -1.25% to -0.25% and the rate it charges on sight deposits at -0.75%. Consensus forecasts were for an unchanged policy, although there had been some speculation that a shift could be sanctioned with a further rate cut. The SNB reiterated that the franc is still significantly overvalued and that it would remain active in the foreign exchange market as necessary.

 
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16.03.2017

US has invested in robotics more than Swiss GDP

Investment in robotics is a growing trend within the United States and other parts of the world. It’s clear that these little, and huge metal men, are going to become a huge factor in the future of industrialism and everyday life. According to a report from Redwood Software and the Center for Economic and Business Research (CEBR), the U.S. is the leader in the investment of robotic automation.

 
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16.03.2017

Tech Giants support Google in the battle against FBI

After a Pennsylvania court ruled that Google has to hand over emails stored overseas in response to an FBI warrant, Apple, Amazon, Cisco, and Microsoft are supporting the Mountain View-based company. Google, Facebook, and other Silicon Valley giants backed Apple’s decision not to create an iPhone backdoor that would compromise the security of iOS. Now Apple is returning the favor by standing alongside Google in its fight against an FBI search warrant. Apple knows all too well what it’s like to battle with the FBI. Under CEO Tim Cook, Apple has also taken a broader pro-privacy stance, most famously refusing to code a backdoor into iOS so the FBI could access the iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook and became embroiled in a legal battle with the bureau that went on for months.

 
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15.03.2017

Italy, Switzerland: another step together to discover "recalcitrant" account holders

Italian and Swiss tax authorities have signed an accord to improve the exchange of information to fight tax evasion, with Italy’s Economy Ministry on one hand and Switzerland’s Confederation’s Tax Administration on the other. The agreement, which took effect on March 2, aims to further enhance transparency following a previous accord which was introduced last summer, the italian ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

 
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