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19.01.2017

Alibaba boss Ma: world should give Trump some time

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s executive chairman Jack Ma said the company’s ambitions to link up with Hollywood remain strong and also urged people to give President-Elect Donald Trump “some time” because “he’s listening.” Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday, the Chinese billionaire said Alibaba had a debate five years ago about what Chinese people want. “Happiness and health,” he said. “We believe the movie industry brings happiness. Today, no one is happy. Rich people aren’t happy. Poor people aren’t happy. At least when I watch a movie I’m happy.”

 
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19.01.2017

Credit Suisse finalizes $5.28 bn deal over US mortgage claims

Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Wednesday that Credit Suisse will pay $5.28 billion in the settlement, which relates to the packaging, securitization, issuance, marketing and sale of residential mortgage-backed securities between 2005 and 2007. Credit Suisse announced in late December that it reached a settlement in principle with the DOJ which made it official. Under the terms of the settlement, Credit Suisse will pay $2.48 billion as a civil penalty under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act.

 
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18.01.2017

UK competition watchdog may accept new proposals over Mastercard VocaLink deal

MasterCard has put forward proposals to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) after the watchdog expressed concern over its acquisition of VocaLink. The CMA said the merger could make it difficult for the UK ATM network Link to negotiate a good infrastructure service because of reduced competition. The CMA had given MasterCard and VocaLink an ultimatum to remedy its competition concerns or face an in-depth investigation.

 
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18.01.2017

Brexit: HSBC may move 1.000 staff from London to Paris

The top boss of HSBC, Stuart Gulliver, has said it is planning to move some staff from London to Paris following Britain’s exit from the European Union. Speaking from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Gulliver said in an interview Bloomberg Television that "about 1,000 jobs which are carrying out activities which are covered by European legislation... would probably need, in our case, to go to France". While Gulliver had in the past already hinted at such a switch of investment banking jobs, his comments appeared more precise as he suggested France would take precedence over other EU nations.

 
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18.01.2017

Hong Kong regulator sues StanChart, UBS over Chinese company's IPO

Hong Kong's stock market regulator has filed a lawsuit against major banks Standard Chartered and UBS along with consultancy firm KPMG over a 2009 initial public offering on the city's bourse.  On Monday, the Securities and Futures Commission sued UBS, Standard Chartered and others over their role in the 2009 IPO of China Forestry, now under liquidation. The case, involving two global finance brands, serves both as an easy win for prosecutors and a way to send a message to listing sponsors – including Chinese banks that now dominate the city’s IPO market.

 
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18.01.2017

Credit Suisse CEO believes in the Future

Credit Suisse Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam sees market conditions improving during 2017 as the bank's reorganization gathers pace and its efficiency drive continues. Thiam told Bloomberg TV in an interview from Davos on Tuesday that "After a year in 2016 where you saw revenues really go down (across the sector)...hopefully 2017 will be better but all this is markets permitting," he said. "We have seen across the world the benefits of globalization…but we have also seen the tensions. The cracks in the system which then found a political translation," said the CEO of Switzerland's second-largest bank.

 
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18.01.2017

Deutsche Bank agrees to pay $7.2 bn for toxic mortgages

Deutsche Bank has signed a $7.2 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over its sale of toxic mortgage securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, the government agency said on Tuesday.  The settlement requires Deutsche Bank to pay a $3.1 billion civil penalty under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA).  Under the settlement, Deutsche Bank will also provide $4.1 billion in relief to underwater homeowners, distressed borrowers and affected communities.

 
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17.01.2017

Airbus plans to test flying car this year

Cities are growing worldwide and traffic as we know it will only get worse. Airbus Group’s urban air mobility division predicts that by 2030, 60% of the population will live in cities, up from 50% today. The company hopes to have a working prototype of a self-driving flying car by the year's end, CEO Tom Enders said at the DLD conference in Munich on Monday, reports Reuters.

 
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17.01.2017

China President Xi Jinping defends globalisation, the engine of the economy

China's President, Xi Jinping, says that economic globalization has powered worldwide growth and should not be blamed for the world's problems. In an attack on the anti-globalization rhetoric, Xi told a packed audience at the World Economic Forum at Davos on Tuesday: "It is true that economic globalization created new problems but this is no justification to write off economic globalization altogether", and he added that “Pursing protectionism is just like locking oneself in a dark room". He stressed the challenges as well of the benefits of economic globalisation and that the process needed to be made more “invigorated, inclusive and sustainable”.

 
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17.01.2017

Theresa May to announce Hard Brexit on Tuesday

British Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to say on Tuesday that she favours a clean break from the European Union, dismissing a "half-in, half-out" Brexit deal with Brussels. In a highly anticipated speech, May is likely to give further signals that Britain is heading to what analysts call a "hard" Brexit. It is thought the Prime Minister is ready to take Britain out of the European single market and customs union, though it remained unclear whether she will give a definitive answer on the question.

 
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