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    1. November 26, 2014

      Switzerland’s immigration poll marks the top of a slippery slope

      It is not easy being an immigrant anywhere these days, but who would have thought that the likes of Shania Twain and Michael...

    2. November 26, 2014

      Britain calls on Fifa to publish World Cup bid report

      The culture secretary has called on Fifa to make public the findings of its inquiry into the bidding to host the 2018 and...

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    1. November 25, 2014

      Swiss referendums challenge nation’s business-friendly image

      Few nations have been more sympathetic to business than Switzerland. This is, after all, the country whose citizens in 2012...

    2. November 24, 2014

      ECB in a quandary on asset purchase programmes

      Switzerland votes on Sunday on whether to force its central bank to more than double its gold holding to a fifth of...

    3. November 23, 2014

      Tougher operating environment calls for a new private banking business model

      Rüschlikon is just a 20-minute boat ride from the centre of Zürich, yet a world away from the intense rivalry of the city’s...

    4. November 21, 2014

      Slow ratcheting up of pressure most effective way to change Fifa

      It is a common problem for western countries: how to oust a corrupt regime. Now the west is targeting Fifa, football’s...

    5. November 21, 2014

      Olympics chief calls for transparency in sport

      The head of the Olympic movement has added to the pressure facing his football counterpart, Sepp Blatter, by saying sporting...

    6. FT Alphaville

      November 20, 2014

      ECB QE and the prospect of gold purchases

      One of the problems with ECB QE, as we all know, is the lack of a collective eurobond or sovereign-neutral asset to target,...

    7. November 20, 2014

      Singapore maintains status as best place in the world to do business

      Singapore is the best place in the world to do business and Libya the worst, according to a survey of 82 countries by the...

    8. November 19, 2014

      Support for ‘Save Our Swiss Gold’ initiative falls, poll shows

      The Swiss National Bank appears to be succeeding in its campaign to beat back a populist motion that would force it to keep...

    9. November 19, 2014

      A corporate balance sheet with a little added love

      What is the purpose of business? Many executives would say their task is to maximise returns for shareholders by serving the...

    10. FT Alphaville

      November 19, 2014

      The costs of offshore tax avoidance, part 2

      In our previous post, we looked at the ways that global corporations minimise their tax burdens by routing income through...

    11. November 17, 2014

      Trafigura joins drive to disclose payments

      Trafigura, the world’s third-largest independent oil trader, is signing up to a global transparency drive that will disclose...

    12. November 17, 2014

      Forex trade body ACI accepts prospect of exchange-based dealing

      The head of the industry body that represents foreign exchange traders has admitted that a shift to regulated,...

    13. November 17, 2014

      Belgian prosecutor accuses HSBC of money laundering

      HSBC’s private banking arm in Switzerland has been accused of money laundering and fraud by a Belgian prosecuting judge for...

    14. November 13, 2014

      Swiss investigate individuals in forex case

      Swiss prosecutors have opened criminal investigations into several individuals in connection with alleged manipulation of...

    15. November 13, 2014

      Anxious gold bugs swarm Switzerland’s central bank

      From rescuing Switzerland’s biggest bank during the financial crisis to stemming a dramatic appreciation of the franc, the...

    16. November 12, 2014

      Foreign exchange rigging merits tough penalties

      Making a profit by trading a large, liquid market should not be easy fare. No markets are bigger than foreign exchange,...

    17. November 12, 2014

      No end in sight for UBS regulatory woes

      Sergio Ermotti, UBS’s chief executive, has long said that he wants the Swiss bank – which has been dogged by scandals in...

    18. November 7, 2014

      Fine watches are expensive, but why? Syl Tang finds out the hard way

      Why do luxury mechanical timepieces cost so much? After all, beneath the elegant dials, one complicated watch must be just...

    19. November 7, 2014

      Dizzy heights: six mountain dwellings

      73 Mooney Road, Queenstown, New Zealand, NZ$4.75m (US$3.7m) Where In semi-rural Dalefield, 20 minutes’ drive from the centre...

    20. November 6, 2014

      Ikea franchise arm rearranged financing

      Leaked PwC documents reveal how the franchising arm of Ikea rearranged its financing, with the help of a Luxembourg-based...

    21. November 3, 2014

      Britain ranked most prosperous major EU country

      Britain is the most prosperous major EU country, according to research ranking nations on eight indicators, including...

    22. November 2, 2014

      European private banks struggle to regain traction

      Europe’s private banks are still struggling to regain traction six years after being holed by the global financial crisis,...

    23. October 31, 2014

      Buying off-piste: Swiss ski village of Andermatt goes upmarket

      In the late 19th century Andermatt was one of the most chic of all Switzerland’s mountain resorts visited by, among others,...

    24. beyondbrics

      October 31, 2014

      Want to earn $250,000? Try being an expat in Asia

      By Freha Amjad If you are looking to ride a career helicopter into the rarefied echelons of those who earn more than...

    25. October 29, 2014

      Gold price ignores Swiss vote on higher dollar

      For gold investors it is an eye-opening prospect: if the Swiss vote Yes in a referendum next month, their central bank could...

    26. FT Alphaville

      October 28, 2014

      Building the SNB a cross of gold (or an SWF?)

      Tbh, we thought this one would just go away. But no, on November 30 there’s to be a vote in Switzerland which, if won, would...

    27. FT Alphaville

      October 24, 2014

      When will the SNB end FX intervention and start raising rates?

      According to Goldman, the answer is sooner than the market thinks. A new note argues that the Swiss franc is already...

    28. October 23, 2014

      Cameron puts on brave face as trouble brews at home

      David Cameron arrived in Brussels on Thursday in abrasive mood, saying before an EU summit that he wanted fellow leaders to...

    29. October 22, 2014

      ABB warns of increasing uncertainty for global economy

      ABB warned of increasing uncertainty over the short-term prospects for the global economy, as it posted a 12 per cent...

    30. October 19, 2014

      Too many football international wet Wednesdays

      Normal service resumed in the great football leagues of Europe this weekend after a two-week hiatus, during which the cream...

    31. October 17, 2014

      Accor seeks bigger slice of digital pie

      Visitors invariably leave Sébastien Bazin’s Paris office with the impression that Accor’s chief executive has all the time...

    32. October 14, 2014

      SNB fights to block public gold vote

      Switzerland’s central bank is flexing its muscles to defend its cap on the Swiss franc. Its battle to fend off deflation –...

    33. FT Alphaville

      October 14, 2014

      Welcoming The People's Operator, a £100m+ MVNO

      No — we don’t yet have the prospectus for The People’s Operator, a mobile firm that has announced plans to list on Aim with...

    34. beyondbrics

      October 10, 2014

      Guest post: Montenegro is proving its commitment to Euro-Atlantic values

      By Milo Đukanović, president of the Government of Montenegro Although Montenegro is one of the smallest of the Balkan...

    35. FT Alphaville

      October 6, 2014

      What the rest of the world can learn from Aussie banks

      Buried in the Reserve Bank of Australia’s most recent Financial Stability Review is a discussion of how Australian banks...

    36. Brussels Blog

      October 3, 2014

      Pyongyang to Brussels: Our prisons are just like Belgium's

      Hyon Hak Bong presenting his credentials to Queen Elizabeth two years ago Hyon Hak Bong, North Korea’s envoy to the EU, has...

    37. October 2, 2014

      UK now main rival to Swiss private banks

      Britain’s emergence as the strongest European rival to Switzerland for private banking and wealth management has been...

    38. October 2, 2014

      Advanced Oncotherapy intends throwing new light on cancer therapy

      As the Higgs boson or God particle was being discovered at Cern in Switzerland, so a potential breakthrough in cancer...

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