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  1. July 18, 2014

    Postcard from . . . Zurich

    “Please don’t chomp on the chocolate,” instructs Kerrin Rousset, native New Yorker, now resident in Zurich and our guide to...

  2. July 3, 2014

    Zurich Insurance set for $300m loss on Russian unit sale

    Zurich Insurance will take a $300m loss on the sale of part of its Russian insurance business, as it pushes ahead with plans...

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  1. July 2, 2014

    High finance abstractions made visible

    The art of high finance Show Me the Money: The image of finance, 1700 to the present, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art,...

  2. June 27, 2014

    Nomad at heart of Shire’s defence

    Born in Denmark and commuting between his office in Boston and his home in Zurich, Flemming Ornskov is the ultimate global...

  3. June 17, 2014

    Stamp sells for world record $9.5m

    A 19th century postage stamp sold for a record $9.5m – almost one billion times its original face value – at an auction at...

  4. June 15, 2014

    Zurich’s eco-warrior leads quiet green revolution

    Cecilia Reyes would not strike many people as a typical “eco-warrior”. But the immaculately dressed chief investment officer...

  5. June 13, 2014

    Art gallery Hauser & Wirth sets up a space in a Somerset farm

    “And here is the space for 100 wellies,” Iwan Wirth announces, gesturing to the dusty concrete floor. We are standing in a...

  6. June 2, 2014

    Roche to buy Genia of US for up to $350m

    Roche is to buy the US gene-sequencing company Genia in a deal that could cost up to $350m, as the Swiss pharmaceuticals...

  7. May 28, 2014

    Nestlé buys Valeant fillers for $1.4bn

    Nestlé has stepped up its efforts to expand its skincare business by paying the Canadian pharma group Valeant $1.4bn for the...

  8. May 20, 2014

    Credit Suisse undone by ‘brazen’ misconduct

    Credit Suisse fine and reaction A combination of “brazen” misconduct and a “shamefully inadequate internal inquiry” made...

  9. May 20, 2014

    Dougan says no plan to quit Credit Suisse after fine

    Credit Suisse fine and reaction Credit Suisse’s chief executive and chairman sought to put a three-year battle with US...

  10. May 15, 2014

    Zurich unveils 20% jump in first-quarter

    Zurich Insurance’s new chief financial officer said that the Swiss insurer had made a good start to its three year strategy,...

  11. beyondbrics

    May 12, 2014

    Never mind purchasing power parity; here are Deutsche Bank's "weekend getaway" and "cheap date" indices

    Cross-border price comparisons are always tricky – witness the recent debate over World Bank figures suggesting China is...

  12. May 5, 2014

    Holder warns no company ‘too big to jail’

    US attorney-general Eric Holder said publicly on Monday that no company was “too big to jail” as prosecutors moved closer to...

  13. April 20, 2014

    Movers & shakers: April 21

    ● Carlyle, the alternative asset manager, has appointed Jeffrey Holland as a managing director and head of the private...

  14. April 7, 2014

    Ample stocks mute platinum strike effect

    Ample stocks are keeping the price of platinum in check even as industrial action in South Africa, the world’s biggest...

  15. April 2, 2014

    Widow of finance chief hits at Zurich

    The widow of Pierre Wauthier, Zurich Insurance’s former chief financial officer, has launched a stinging attack on the Swiss...

  16. March 27, 2014

    UBS suspends six more forex traders

    UBS has suspended six more foreign exchange traders across the globe, as the Swiss bank’s internal probe into alleged...

  17. March 19, 2014

    UK and London top global millionaire rankings

    More millionaires migrated to the UK between 2003 and 2013 than to any other country worldwide, and London topped the...

  18. March 11, 2014

    Zurich Insurance to cut about 800 jobs

    Zurich Insurance is to cut about 800 jobs across its global operations as part of chief executive Martin Senn’s drive to...

  19. March 7, 2014

    RSA poaches Irish fixer from rival insurer

    Stephen Hester has lured the head of one of RSA’s biggest rivals in Ireland to spearhead the insurer’s attempts to recover...

  20. March 4, 2014

    Singapore overtakes Tokyo as world’s most expensive city

    Singapore has overtaken Tokyo to become the world’s most expensive city, driven by the high cost of car ownership and...

  21. March 4, 2014

    Annuity ‘tie-in’ deals face renewed criticism

    Zurich faces renewed criticism after it was revealed the life office was set to receive a £13,000 commission for referring a...

  22. February 21, 2014

    The Diary: Izabella Kaminska

    I am on the train from Geneva to Zurich, bound for the annual forecasting dinner of the Swiss Chartered Financial Analyst...

  23. February 13, 2014

    Recent votes call into question Swiss hospitality to business

    Few countries have been more hospitable to business than Switzerland. Its stable laws and favourable tax regime have proved...

  24. February 13, 2014

    Zurich shrugs off charge to report 9% rise in fourth quarter

    Zurich Insurance reported a 9 per cent rise in fourth-quarter profits, despite taking a $318m restructuring charge as part...

  25. February 10, 2014

    Swiss vote on immigrant quotas threatens relations with EU

    Why did the Swiss back quotas on immigrants? Immigration has been a highly charged topic of Swiss debate since the 1960s,...

  26. February 10, 2014

    Zurich Insurance shifts focus from stability to growth

    For a group of companies whose purpose in life is mitigating risks, the world’s insurers did not have a particularly...

  27. February 4, 2014

    From passenger to start-up pilot

    Unless you happen to have €9,500 to spend per hour of flying, the chances are you have not heard of VistaJet. But the...

  28. The World

    January 23, 2014

    Davos dilemmas: Black bag confusion

    (c) WEF One of the excitements of being a Davos delegate is when you are presented with all your kit at the beginning of the...

  29. beyondbrics

    January 22, 2014

    Panama Canal: breakthrough or breakdown?

    Stop press: the two sides wrangling over who should foot the bill for $1.6bn cost overruns in the building of new locks as...

  30. January 7, 2014

    Banking rivalries: UBS and Credit Suisse

    It is hardly a secret that since the financial crisis struck, the old world order of banking has been shaken to its core. A...

  31. January 7, 2014

    Banking rivalries: Zurich rivals follow similar strategies

    Before the financial crisis, the wealth management division of UBS was considerably larger than its rival at Credit Suisse....

  32. December 16, 2013

    Zurich pulls off coup to poach Swiss Re’s financial chief

    Zurich Insurance has pulled off a coup by poaching George Quinn from its rival Swiss Re as a replacement for its late chief...

  33. December 5, 2013

    Zurich: aiming high

    So what would you prefer – a company that sets no public targets and so never risks missing them, or one that sets targets...

  34. December 5, 2013

    Zurich Insurance cuts return on equity target to 12%-14%

    Zurich Insurance has cut its profitability target for the next three years, in the latest sign of the strain that...

  35. beyondbrics

    December 2, 2013

    Airbus banks on expansion of Brazilian infrastructure

    Brazil’s imminent hosting of the Fifa World Cup next year and the Olympic Games in 2016 has shone a spotlight on the...

  36. November 22, 2013

    Changi and Odebrecht to pay $8.3bn to run Rio airport

    Singapore’s Changi Airport Group and its Brazilian concession partner have agreed to pay $8.3bn to run Rio de Janeiro’s...

  37. November 20, 2013

    Zurich Insurance to shed remaining stake in New China Life

    Zurich Insurance is to sell off the remainder of its stake in New China Life, becoming the latest western financial company...

  38. November 4, 2013

    Probe into Zurich CFO’s suicide finds no evidence of undue pressure

    An investigation into the suicide of Zurich Insurance’s chief financial officer has found no evidence that he had been put...

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