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24.05.2017

Moody's downgrades China, first time since 1989

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.

 
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24.05.2017

World's Most valuable company: Apple first, of course

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. 

 
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23.05.2017

MUSIC TECH STARTUPS: Going back to "physical" with Qleek

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.

 
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23.05.2017

Singapore is working on new-Switzerland project

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.

 
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23.05.2017

ABR Dynamic Funds builds for scale

If you travel to New York to meet with alternative investment managers, most of the time you'll visit lofty buildings in Midtown Manhattan, far away from the trading floors that once defined Wall Street's physical presence.

 
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23.05.2017

Thumbs down for Swiss watch exports in April

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. 

 
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23.05.2017

Bankers looking on Luxembourg for hubs post-Brexit

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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23.05.2017

Safra Sarasin fined $50 mln by German Court

Swiss bank J. Safra Sarasin must pay German drug store entrepreneur Erwin Mueller around €45 million ($50.7 million) in compensation for incorrect investment advice, a court in the German city of Ulm has ruled. The Brazilian-owned bank had put Mueller's money into a fund specialising in so-called cum-ex trades. The 84-year-old businessman had said the bank did not properly advise him about the risks involved. Meuller had demanded restitution from the bank for being poorly advised on high-risk funds. The bank, which had rejected the accusations, has a month to appeal the verdict. It noted the case dated back to when it was majority owned by another business.

 
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23.05.2017

Manchester attack: at least 22 killed at Ariana Grande concert

A suicide bomber has killed at least 22 and injured scores more, in an attack on a Manchester concert of US artist Ariana Grande packed with thousands of young people. The bomb went off at about 10.30pm Monday in the Manchester Arena foyer, just after the end of Grande's concert. On Tuesday morning, Manchester police chief constable Ian Hopkins said police believed the attack was conducted by one man who detonated an improvised explosive device. He died at the scene. It was police's "priority to determine if he was acting alone or part of a network", he said.

 
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22.05.2017

Bitcoin broke $2000 wall in the Pizza Day

As Bitcoin has continued to gain in popularity and accessibility around the globe, its price has similarly grown. The digital currency, widely seen as one of the earliest and the most important in paving the way for the new cryptocurrency industry, has reached a landmark achievement. Continued growth in price has elevated the cost of a single Bitcoin to more than $2,000 for the first time in history. 

 
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