The Catalan Government decided on Tuesday to formally request negotiations with the Spanish government on the terms and conditions for carrying out the independence referendum. In the next few days, the Catalan President, Carles Puigdemont, will send a letter to the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, which will include the text approved on Tuesday at the Executive Council of the Catalan government, the Catalan Minister of Presidency and Government Spokesperson, Neus Munté, explained in declarations to the press.
Abigail Johnson, chair and CEO of Fidelity Investments, went public with her enthusiasm for blockchain technology, bitcoin, ethereum and what the future holds for both open-source, public blockchains and more private alternatives, during Coinbase, a bitcoin and blockchain conference held in New York City. In her talk, Johnson discussed the "future scenario" where blockchain technologies have thrived, remarking that she thinks this has a "reasonable chance" of coming to pass despite the relative newness of the technology.
Moody's Investors Service on Wednesday downgraded China's credit rating to A1 from Aa3, changing its outlook to stable from negative, citing expectations that China's financial strength will erode somewhat over the coming years. It was Moody's first downgrade for the country since 1989, according to Reuters.
Tech giant Apple has been named the most valuable brand in the world for a seventh consecutive year, worth $170 billion. Its brand value is up 10% over last year and represents 21% of the company’s recent market value of $806 billion, a 10 per cent increase on the figure for 2016. Google ranked second place, whose brand value has risen $19.3bn from last year to just under $102bn, according to Forbes. It's the second straight year Google has placed second to Apple, and it is closing the gap with a 23% gain this year after a 26% jump in 2016.
After everything got digitalized, from movies to music, there seems to be a new interest in physical products. Vinyls are making a comeback, while at the same time streaming services like Spotify allow users to listen to music they do not even need to download. Startup Qleek positions itself right inbetween these two worlds. Their products are called Qleeks, small hexagons that are linked to a specific playlist on a streaming service. They can be played on a special player or just by taking a shot of their QR code. For anyone who made a mixed tape in the 80s or 90s, the allure is easy to see.
According to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Singapore's stringent bank secrecy laws have attracted $1.1 trillion in foreign capital, and its growth rate is bypassing that of Switzerland. Singapore will become the world's largest multinational financial center by 2028, according the report. For foreign capital, Singapore's management is relatively lenient. Singapore immigration authorities only generally check "the first pot of gold" of the immigrant applicants.
Swiss watch exports resumed a losing streak in April, hurt by weakness in the key markets of Hong Kong and the U.S. and weighed down by fewer working days. Exports slipped 5.7 percent to 1.53 billion francs ($1.57 billion), the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry said Tuesday. For the first four months of the year, the variation is -3.6%. Analysts said shipments gained when adjusted for three fewer working days in April 2017, with Citigroup estimating a 10 percent gain. Exane BNP Paribas said shipments probably were up 7 percent to 8 percent, taking that into account.
Little Luxembourg is luring firms on the lookout for a post-Brexit foothold in the European Union, from JPMorgan Chase & Co. to insurance giant American International Group Inc. Bloomberg News reports that while many find the Grand Duchy a multilingual paradise, would-be expats are being warned not to expect the cosmopolitan lifestyle they currently enjoy in London and that they should prepare to spend long hours on clogged roads.
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