The sale of part of ABN Amro's private-banking business to LGT shows just how tough business has become in the industry and how difficult the banks find it to make a viable living – even in Asia.

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Swiss fund managers are now permitted to manage collective investment schemes distributed to public investors in Hong Kong. Fund managers in Hong Kong are granted reciprocal rights in Switzerland.

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The head of Switzerland's banking association was optimistic following the third round of talks between government, central bank and regulatory officials of the alpine nation and the Middle Kingdom.

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Private banks in Singapore have enhanced disclosure standards in the Private Banking Code of Conduct. The enhanced standards expand on the existing requirement for private banks to ensure that a client is informed of the key terms of transactions.

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Swiss banks have thrown out thousands of clients in recent years for not declaring their taxes. Or have they? A report from the clean-up front, where a small number of stubbornly stray clients are causing banks a big headache.

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