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Claude Baumann: «The Rush to Asia is no Walk in the Park»

Swiss financial news portal finews.ch is expanding to Singapore, launching finews.asia in the new year. In an interview, co-founder Claude Baumann explains how this came about.

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The Future Banker

Banks are doing everything to maintain their business in the digital era – and keep forgetting the human being at the heart of their business. A mistake.

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BSI Attracts Interest From Across the Globe

BSI private bank is attracting the attention of potential buyers from across the world. Credit Suisse is taking a keen interest. An institute from China may however also be bidding.

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The Asian Wealth Times becomes finews.asia

finews.ch, the leading Swiss financial news website, has agreed to buy the Asian Wealth Times (AWT) in a bid to extend its successful product into Asia.

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Peter Kurer: Personal Diary of a Trip Through Europe

Peter Kurer, a lawyer and former chairman of UBS, in a highly personal diary for finews.ch describes the spirit of Europe as witnessed during a late-autumn business trip across the continent.

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JP Morgan In Strategic Cooperation Agreement With Chinese Bank

JPMorgan Chase & Co has announced its Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC), the largest unlisted bank and the sixth largest commercial bank in China in terms of assets. The two banks also signed a Securities

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Week 50: Roundup Of Senior Moves Across APAC

As we hit the 50th week of the year here is our usual end of week round up of selected senior professional moves from financial hubs around the region.

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Is Wang Jianlin About To Snap Up Cycling’s Grand Tours?

According to a recent report in Italian newspaper Milano Finanza, China’s richest man Wang Jianlin could be about to acquire one of cycling’s most prestigious grand tours.

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Singapore Hosts Icons of Ferrari Exhibition

Singapore recently hosted its first exhibition of Icons of Ferrari. Each representing a special journey of Ferrari Design, four iconic models were exhibited at the National Design Centre; the Ferrari F40, 599 GTO, LaFerrari and the 50th Anniversary

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Bookkeeping Trickery: Is Credit Suisse Tip of the Iceberg?

The U.S. authorities are accusing Credit Suisse of having improperly manipulated assets under management. Swiss banking however seems to allow considerable leeway in respect to the accounting of assets.

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Former UBS Australia Wealth Managers Move Closer To Commencing Business

Reports out of Australia suggest that Crestone Holdings has taken a key step in its acquisition of UBS Wealth Management's local operations, forging partnerships with a number of wealth management firms.

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Credit Suisse Sells Lucerne's Palace Hotel to Chinese Investor

Credit Suisse restructured one of its real estate funds and sold landmark Palace Hotel in Lucerne to a Chinese investor from Shenzhen.

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Sotheby’s Claims Market Lead In Chinese Works Of Art

As the hammer came down on Sotheby’s Hong Kong Chinese Works of Art December Sale Series it brought the Hong Kong 2015 annual auction total for Chinese works of art to HK$1.696 Billion, making it the highest annual total for the category among all

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MarketAxess Launches Electronic Asian Local Currency Bond Trading

MarketAxess Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: MKTX), the operator of a leading electronic trading platform for fixed-income securities, and the provider of market data and post-trade services for the global fixed-income markets, added the ability to trade local currency

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Iconic Hong Kong Hotel Group Gets London Planning Consent

Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited renowned as the owner of The Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong, together with their Joint venture developers Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, have been granted planning consent for a new 190-room hotel, to be known as The

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Michael Blake Set To Head UBP In Asia

According to sources in Zurich it is thought that Michael Blake, previously general manager for Coutts in Asia, will relocate back to the region to lead the enlarged firm as soon as the Swiss bank has completed the acquisition.

Earlier this year Blake

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Bonhams Hong Kong Chinese Art Sales Show Market Still Buoyant

Bonhams three Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sales in Hong Kong last week made an impressive £6,400,000. The sales had been carefully curated to present collectors with select groups of high quality works sourced from important

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Knight Frank Global House Price Index - Hong Kong Home Prices Record 16.7 Percent Annual Price Growth

Despite gloomy predictions for the Hong Kong property market in 2016, it ranked second in the third quarter with annual home price growth of 16.7 percent. Leading international property consultancy Knight Frank has published the Global House Price Index for Q3

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Surge In Demand For Multi-Devise, Multi-Asset Trading: Saxo

Saxo Capital Markets, Australian subsidiary of online trading specialist Saxo Bank, has revealed that 50% of its Asia Pacific region trading volume and revenue is now being generated by retail traders through its multi-devise, multi-asset trading platform,

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Vontobel Launches Robo Adviser for Structured Products

Hitherto, Vontobel wasn't at the forefront of the digital revolution in the financial services industry. Now, the bank is the first to launch an instrument guiding the purchase of structured products.

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