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24.01.2017

Yahoo-Verizon: deal delayed to Q2

Yahoo says its closing its Verizon deal in the second quarter instead of in the first quarter, which is when it initially said the deal would close. The $4.8 billion deal was originally slated to close in the first quarter, but that was before Yahoo reported two massive data breaches that analysts say may scrap the entire deal. Although Yahoo continues to work to close the acquisition, there’s still work required to meet closing the deal's closing conditions, the company said in an earnings statement, without elaborating.

 
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24.01.2017

Brexit: Supreme Court slows fast UK exit process from Europe

Parliament must vote on whether the government can start the Brexit process, the Supreme Court has ruled. The most powerful court in the land has upheld a High Court decision that ruled it unconstitutional for UK Prime Minister Theresa May to formally trigger the process of leaving the EU without first consulting MPs. But the court ruled the Scottish Parliament and Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies did not need a say. Both Scotland and Northern Ireland voted against an E.U. departure in the June vote.

 
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24.01.2017

Switzerland, best place for millennials to start their careers abroad

Switzerland remains the best all-round destination for pursuing a career abroad while Hong Kong ranks number one for those looking to fast-track their career; this, according to new data released from HSBC's latest global Expat Explorer survey of 26,871 expats from over 100 countries. For the second year in a row, Switzerland is ranked the best all-round destination for a career abroad. In addition to being a top spot for earnings, 69% of expats in Switzerland see an improvement in their work-life balance and 61% say the work culture is better than in their home country.  Part of the world`s largest and longest-running research series on expat life, the Expat Explorer Careers Table ranking is based on eight criteria: the chance to acquire new skills, career progression, job security, earnings, benefits packages, work-life balance, work culture and fulfilment at work. 

 
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24.01.2017

Trump keeps the promise and withdraws US from TPP deal

President Donald Trump moved Monday to pull the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership; the 12-nation trade deal was a linchpin of former President Barack Obama's Asia policy. Among a series of executive orders, the first was a memo on withdrawing from the vast TPP trade pact, which aimed to set trade rules for the 21st century and bind US allies against growing Chinese economic clout. "We're going to stop the ridiculous trade deals that have taken everybody out of our country and taken companies out of our country," the Republican president said as he met with union leaders in the White House's Roosevelt Room.

 
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23.01.2017

Swiss Re receives approval to open branch in India

Wholesale reinsurance provider Swiss Re today said it has received approval from the Insurance Regulatory approval to open a branch in India, the world's second largest reinsurer said on Monday, part of the Swiss company's growth aspirations in the world's second most populous country. The branch, which opens operations on February 1 in Mumbai, has been licensed to sell non-life, life and health reinsurance solutions directly to clients and brokers in India.

 
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23.01.2017

German Minister Schäuble's advice for UK: look at Switzerland

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said Britain should look to Switzerland on how to handle relations with the European Union, for a post-Brexit model of "close co-operation", according to Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung (NZZ) on Sunday. "Britons should take as an example how cleverly Switzerland has linked national sovereignty and close cooperation with the European Union," he said, Britain needed a "wise political solution" to Brexit added. A series of bilateral deals have been struck between Switzerland and the EU meaning it accepts free movement of people and certain rules on trade.

 
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23.01.2017

Russia big bank to launch robot lawyer

Russia's biggest bank, Sberbank, has recently announced a launch of a robot lawyer which will be assigned a task to process letters of complaints. The innovation will axe approximately 3000 specialists currently working in the bank structure, according to a report by TASS agency, citing Sberbank’s Deputy CEO Vadim Kulik. On the sidelines of the annual Gaidar Forum, Kulik announced robot lawyer was launched in Q4 of 2016, with full robotization to be completed in the first months of 2017. “It means that approximately 3000 specialists who have been processing letters of complaints will be freed from performing this particular task. We have quite ambitious plans. We are planning to launch robot lawyers in a range of fields", he added. 

 
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23.01.2017

China Bitcoin exchanges to charge trading fees

The top three Chinese bitcoin exchanges BTCC, OKcoin, and Huobi will be charging trading fees on Tuesday. The announcement comes after the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) began inspecting the exchanges and pledging new oversight. The most vocal company so far has been the BTCC exchange giving details to the public regularly.   “BTCChina, our CNY exchange, will start charging fees for bitcoin and litecoin trading from 12:00 PM (noon) UTC+8, Tuesday, January 24th,” explains BTCC during the recent trading fees announcement. “Market makers and takers will both be charged a flat fee of 0.2 percent per transaction. We are implementing fee-based trading to curb market manipulation and extreme volatility.”

 
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23.01.2017

Gold & Stocks in 2017

Looking in the new 2017 Gold Outlook Report published by the World Gold Council, we read that in 2016 investors around the world returned in large numbers to the gold market, as a combination of macroeconomic drivers and pent up demand kept interest in gold high. But in the new year, there are some concerns that US dollar strength may limit gold’s appeal. The report provides some research information that lead to think that, on the contrary, not only will gold remain highly relevant as a strategic portfolio component, but also six major trends will support demand for gold throughout 2017 (1).

 
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20.01.2017

China-Switzerland is a win-win strategy

China and Switzerland have enjoyed a longstanding win-win partnership and China has an optmisstic economic outlook, the Swiss minister of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, Johann Schneider-Ammann said in an interview with Xinhua, chinese media on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. "I am very proud that Chinese President Xi Jinping could come to my country and stay four days," Schneider-Ammann said  "In April last year we established such good personal relationships, and I'm proud of this success." 

 
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