Switzerland has been a leader in banking innovation for years. As the adoption of digital assets in financial services kicks into high gear, Switzerland continues to pave the way for their full, secure application and regulation. What specific tactics are Swiss banks and regulators employing to navigate the digital-assets environment?
When stress and tension overwhelm us, it’s natural to seek an escape hatch. In this month’s travel feature, we take you on a tour of wellness retreats around the globe that unapologetically combine luxury accommodations with the most effective techniques of this world to soothe the inner self. Travelling from the Swiss Alps to private Cambodian islands, this jaunt covers the cream of the crop of self-indulgent spa sanctuaries.
I recently spoke my mind on the challenges that women face in the banking sector. Just the day after, Anne Boden, founder of the UK’s Starling Bank, did the same. Our comments hit the headlines. We’d clearly struck a nerve.
The New Swiss Rules for International Financial-Services Providers Having Clients in Switzerland and Producers of Financial Instruments for the Swiss Market
With the introduction of the Financial Services Act (FinSA) in Switzerland, the regulatory noose is tightening for international providers of financial services to Swiss clients. Although FinSA will not be fully implemented until January 1, 2020, preparations are well underway, and affected providers will need to study up on the new rules to ensure they are in full compliance—or face punishing penalties.
The last 18 months or so have seen initial coin offerings (ICOs) play a hugely disruptive role in the world of start-up financing. Companies the world over have managed to raise hundreds of millions of dollars—if not billions—to fund their blockchain-based development plans
How much value does a view have? It can have an awful lot. The luxury accommodations that combine lavish interiors with sumptuous views of the world’s wonders top the lodging value chain. In our travel feature, we take a world tour of the foremost accommodations that successfully combine luxury with the best views of everything from world-famous mausoleums to mesmerizing big cats.
Grace St Moritz Apartments: A Rare Opportunity to Acquire an Apartment in One of the World’s Most Glamorous Ski Resorts (Managed by a Leading Luxury Hotel Group)
The Alps of Switzerland draws foreigners not only to enjoy the pristine ski slopes but to buy luxury properties, although legislation has made home-ownership a difficult goal to achieve. Grace St Moritz serviced apartments, to be nestled within the exclusive resort of the same name, will provide a unique opportunity for long-term residential investment.
Earlier this year, the European Central Bank (ECB) decided to cut its deposit rate to -0.4 percent and its benchmark refinancing rate to zero.
Just a few years ago, the idea of negative interest rates was considered by many to be no more than an academic curiosity. After all, why would anyone pay for the privilege of lending money?
It is well known that credit booms generally end poorly and are followed by poor economic performance. But it is less clear what causes that poor performance.