The most beloved passport in the world by rich people is not American. European citizens are the owners of the most valuable passports in the world with the top ten spots all countries in Europe. But the world’s most powerful passport belongs to Sweden. The findings come from offshore consulting firm Nomad Capitalist, who have ranked 199 passports globally.
Bitcoin has reached an impressive milestone as earlier this week the popular cryptocurrency became more valuable than gold for the first time ever. At the end of Thursday, the blockchain-powered currency topped off gold, hitting the price of $1,268 for a single unit of Bitcoin compared to $1,233 for a troy ounce of gold, BBC reports. The unusual boost of the cryptocurrency price is linked to the increased demand in China, where authorities warn it is used to channel money out of the country.
Swatch Group R&D and the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM) have created the smallest Bluetooth chip on the market, which consists of more than 5 million transistors on a surface measuring just 5 square milimetres, has been certified as meeting the latest Bluetooth standard, version 5.0. The chip is not just smaller than any other on the market, Swatch claims, it also has lower energy consumption compared to competitors on the market today.
Switzerland is known for its efficiency that led to great environmental improvement in terms of reducing their carbon footprint. This is why the Swiss Alps still has the sweetest air in the world. John Green thought the smell could be captured in a bottle and many more believed so because a single bottle of Swiss mountain air costs about $100-150.
The yellow metal has suffered major losses and is still positioned to fall even further, as by the end of Thursday's trading session a massive and strong support cluster was passed. During the early hours of Friday's trading session the bullion attempted to break above the cluster near the 1,235 level, but it failed and began to decline. Due to that reason it can be assumed that the Bullion will continue lower, as the range down to the 1,219.20 level, where the 38.20% Fibonacci retracement level is located at, is free from any other support levels.
Online gambling sites are no longer welcome in Switzerland after legislators voted to require internet service providers to block the domains of unapproved sites. The Swiss House of Representatives voted on Wednesday in favor of the proposed blockage of Internet access to real-money gambling websites that have not been licensed by local authorities. The measure had previously been approved by the Senate. Discussions over the proposed block of international operators emerged once again in January. However, the effort, which has long been called for by domestic casino, betting, and lottery companies, lost some momentum after Swiss telecoms voiced certain opposition earlier this year. “Blocking websites works – experience abroad demonstrates that,” said Thierry Burkart from the centre-right Radical Party.
Regulators have levied financial penalties of $321 billion on banks globally since the 2007-2008 financial crisis, following regulatory lapses, global currency scandals, and market manipulation, according to a note by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Almost ten years since the financial crisis, the banking industry has not completely recovered, BCG said in an industry report. A number of factors have helped drive this trend, including a more concerted focus from US regulators such as the US’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). However, an overall more aggressive tone from US regulators has helped punish fraudulent behavior, accruing record fines over this period, according to a recent Bloomberg report.
Swiss Post has announced that, from September, it will introduce cash inpayments at the customer’s home in all communities which have only branches with partners. “This will enable private customers who prefer to make inpayments in cash to do so right on their doorstep,” said Swiss Post. The company explained it has introduced this service because branches with partners “cannot offer cash payment transactions due to security requirements and the provisions of the Anti-Money Laundering Act”.
The tech industry in the city of Wellington, New Zealand, is looking to recruit tech experts from around the world, offering a free holiday to the country for anyone who can prove their merit. In a bid to supplement Wellington's technology pool, the city is offering "the ultimate tech career trip" by flying 100 people from all around the world to New Zealand to fill 100 jobs. The Wellington Regional Reconomic Development Agency and Workhere New Zealand are paying for all flights and accommodation for the international techies.
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