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      Switzerland dismantles cold war defences

      With its cobbled streets and ornate houses, Bad Säckingen has little of the front line about it. But until recently, that is...

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      Former Royal Bank of Scotland trader arrested in forex rigging probe

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    1. December 18, 2014

      Xavier Niel buys Orange Switzerland for €2.3bn

      Xavier Niel has acquired Orange Switzerland for SFr2.8bn ($2.9bn) in the latest sign of the French entrepreneur’s ambition...

    2. December 18, 2014

      Swiss franc cools after SNB action

      The Swiss National Bank’s introduction of negative interest rates weakened the franc on Thursday, as policy makers sought to...

    3. December 18, 2014

      Swiss central bank moves to negative deposit rate

      Switzerland’s central bank has introduced a negative interest rate on deposit accounts as it battles to ease the pressure on...

    4. December 17, 2014

      UBS chooses former JPMorgan man Jes Staley for board role

      UBS is to nominate Jes Staley, the former head of JPMorgan’s investment bank, for election to its board of directors....

    5. December 14, 2014

      Julius Baer feels vindicated over Merrill Lynch deal

      Two years after Julius Baer snapped up the international wealth management business of Merrill Lynch, the Swiss group’s...

    6. December 12, 2014

      Petrofac leads London’s oil sector lower

      Stocks in London and across Europe were sharply lower on Friday as oil prices dominated global market sentiment once again,...

    7. December 10, 2014

      Sika’s founding family seeks to oust Swiss group’s directors

      The founding family of Sika has launched a bid to oust three members of the board of directors, as the battle for control of...

    8. December 10, 2014

      KPMG reports record revenues, but flags challenges in Asia

      KPMG International has reported record revenues, spurred by growth across the accounting firm and rising demand for big data...

    9. December 9, 2014

      Follow the Swiss for reserve management success

      The weakness of the yen since the Bank of Japan’s recent decision to expand its quantitative easing programme has fuelled...

    10. December 8, 2014

      Saint-Gobain / Sika: because they can

      “By investing in Google, you are placing an unusual long-term bet on the team, especially Sergey and me . . . ” So wrote...

    11. December 8, 2014

      Saint-Gobain targets Sika with SFr2.75bn bid for Burkard stake

      French industrials group Saint-Gobain has signed a SFr2.75bn (€2.3bn) deal to gain control of its family-controlled rival,...

    12. December 5, 2014

      Swiss review urges tougher leverage ratio requirements for banks

      UBS and Credit Suisse should face tougher leverage ratio requirements in future, a commission set up to review Switzerland’s...

    13. December 5, 2014

      Basel Committee raps EU on global capital rules

      The European Union is failing to implement fully global capital rules aimed at making banks more resilient, according to a...

    14. November 30, 2014

      Swiss voters reject gold hoard plan and immigration curbs

      Swiss voters have decisively rejected a referendum proposal that would have forced the country’s central bank to hold 20 per...

    15. November 28, 2014

      Swiss plan to put more women in top management

      Large Swiss companies will have to ensure that women hold at least 30 per cent of senior management and board posts if a new...

    16. November 28, 2014

      Gold dips ahead of Swiss vote

      Gold eased amid thin trading ahead of a Swiss vote on Sunday that will decide whether the country’s central bank should keep...

    17. November 28, 2014

      A golden initiative that could fail to shine for Swiss economy

      ‘Populist Swiss votes signal waning affection for business ’ Financial Times, November 26 Save our Swiss gold! Save our...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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,...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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,...

    32. 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...

    33. November 13, 2014

      Swiss investigate individuals in forex case

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

    34. 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...

    35. 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,...

    36. November 12, 2014

      No end in sight for UBS regulatory woesNo 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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