On November 7, one of Israel’s leading diamond corporations, the Dalumi Group, announced that it had purchased a company called Zoara.com, an online luxury jewelry retailer that is active in more than 40 countries, selling loose diamonds, diamond engagement rings and diamond jewelry. Founded in 2008, Zoara.com is an e-commerce platform devoted to the exclusive sale of loose diamonds, luxury jewelry and precious gemstones. Operating on a multilingual and multi-currency digital platform, local versions of its website are available the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Valenzuela, Peru, Mexico, Spain, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. According to the announcement put out by the two companies, Zoara.com will now enjoy direct access to wholesale suppliers within the diamond industry, enabling it to present an updated online product catalog of luxury jewelry and more than 200,000 loose diamonds, which the companies said is unprecedented in terms of its volume and variety in the market.
British consumer prices dropped unexpectedly last month, despite the steep fall in the value of the British Pound after the Brexit vote, official data showed on Tuesday. According to the Office for National Statistics, the Consumer Price Index advanced 0.9% year-over-year in October, compared to the preceding month's 1.0% rise. That was below the 1.1% market forecast, who suggested that the weak Sterling would lift inflation last month. Nevertheless, the ONS said factory gate prices increased 2.1%, faster than expected and the largest increase since April 2012.
Leonteq, Zurich-based group specializing in structured investment products, intends to reduce the cost by 10 million Swiss francs within the end of 2017. The group, it said in a note today, plans to cut 50 jobs worldwide. The Zurich company will waive new hires. The Leonteq's staff should reach 480 units. Since 2018, however, the rate of new hires should grow by 5% a year.
Singapore's central bank is working with major lenders in Japan, the U.S. and Europe to begin testing a blockchain-based transaction system by the end of year. Ravi Menon, the managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said the initiative is supported by the R3 blockchain research lab and BCS Information Systems.
IWC Schaffhausen watches costing as much as $121,000 will go on sale at Mr Porter and Net-A-Porter on November 18, as the Swiss watchmaker tests whether online shoppers might help pull it out of an industry slump. IWC has never before partnered with an online-only luxury retailer; Net-A-Porter will launch with a curated selection of timepieces across the Pilot’s Watches and Portofino families.
Roche will launch a CHF 100 million ($100.1 million) global network of 21 academic centers focused on cancer immunotherapy R&D, as the it reported in the statement today. This network, imCORE, brings together many of the world’s leading scientific and clinical experts in cancer immunotherapy to collaborate in investigating the most promising new treatment approaches. In addition to new treatments, imCORE will work with Roche to develop diagnostic technologies and gather and apply emerging data, Roche said.
Switzerland and Austria on November 11 signed an agreement to terminate their 2013 withholding tax agreement as of January 1, 2017. In the same day the agreement between Switzerland and the EU on the automatic exchange of tax information enters into force. It governs the arrangements for transferring the final tax amounts and forwarding the last voluntary disclosures to the Austrian authorities. "The provisions of the withholding tax agreement will continue to apply for all facts and legal rights that materialized during its period of validity," the Swiss Federal Council said.
Le programme inflationniste du nouveau président américain Donald Trump accentue l’impact négatif du retour mécanique de l’inflation sur les valeurs growth comme la technologie. Ce secteur reste d’ailleurs l’un des rares sanctionné à Wall Street après l’élection présidentielle américaine. L’indice Dow Jones atteint des nouveaux record, mais Amazon, Alphabet (Google), Apple, Facebook et Microsoft ont tous perdu 2% à 4%. A l’exception notable de l’investisseur Peter Thiel, la Silicon Valley était toute acquise à Hillary Clinton (la Californie ayant toujours voté démocrate).
Some time ago this Newsletter predicted an oil price of US $50 per barrel in the short term (see Newsletter 92 of 22.01.2015) and possibly prices later ranging from $60 to $65. American shale oil producers can now make profits at $50 to $55 a barrel in the Eagle Ford Basin and a bit more in the Bakken fields while those in the Permian Basin can do well at $30 a barrel. The prediction of an oil price at about $50 has thus proven to be quite accurate so far. Regarding the future for oil prices, a cap of $60 to $65 seems to be fairly safe as a prediction. The Americans will increase production as soon as the price reaches $55 a barrel or even before that.
Chinese industrial production grew less than expect last month, falling behind market forecasts and raising questions about the strength of recovery in the world's second largest economy, official figures revealed on Monday. According to the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics, industrial production rose 6.1% from a year earlier in October, compared with 6.1% in September. Retail sales growth slowed to 10 per cent, missing estimates for 10.7%. Retail sales were surprisingly weak, growing at 10% over the year, but well down on the 10.7% growth recorded in September.
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