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Swiss National Bank to charge banks 0.25 percent on deposits

ZURICH: The ruble crises and tumult situation in the global financial markets have force the Swiss National Bank to switch a negative deposit rate for some deposits, as it seeks to avoid excessive growth of the national currency. From January 2015 the Swiss National Bank will charge banks 0.25 percent on sight deposits exceeding a given exemption threshold set individually ... Read More »

Swiss franc hits 2-year low, SNB introduces negative interest rate of 0.25%


GENEVA: The Swiss franc hit its lowest against the dollar in more than two years, and touched a two-month trough against the euro, after the Swiss National Bank said it would introduce negative interest rates. The SNB said it would impose an interest rate of -0.25 percent on sight deposit account balances of over 10 million Swiss francs as it ... Read More »

Swiss National Bank imposes interest rate of minus 0.25% on deposits

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ZURICH: Switzerland’s central bank on Thursday announced it was introducing negative interest rates, in a bid to stop the Swiss franc – a safe haven currency – from gaining further value. The Swiss National Bank is imposing an interest rate of minus-0.25 percent on bank deposits, with the aim of pushing the target range of a benchmark rate into negative ... Read More »

Swiss customs returns ancient 200BC statue to China


LONDON: A terracotta statue dating back to about 200 BC has been returned to the Chinese authorities after being intercepted by customs in Switzerland, the Swiss government said on Friday. The statue from the Han dynasty measures about 47 centimetres (18.5 inches) and is thought to be of a servant, the federal department of culture said in a statement.It was ... Read More »

Switzerland’s ABB, Hitachi tie up to market power transmission equipment

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ZURICH: Japan’s Hitachi and Swiss engineering giant ABB will set up a joint venture to market power transmission equipment in Japan, said by the companies in joint statement. The deal would see Hitachi and ABB take a 51 percent and 49 percent stake in the new business, respectively, they said in a joint statement. “This is the first step of ... Read More »

Zurich trial starts against former Swiss banker

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ZURICH: The Zurich trial has started against former Swiss banker for breaking Swiss bank secrecy laws by allegedly giving confidential data to WikiLeaks and German authorities. The trial of Rudolf Elmer, the former chief operating officer at the private bank Julius Baer’s subsidiary in the Cayman Islands, opened and was quickly suspended after he fainted in court. The 59-year-old had ... Read More »

Swiss banks turn to China in search of new markets


GENEVA: Switzerland’s banking sector, facing the end of the secrecy that was once the bedrock of its business, is turning to China as it seeks new markets for the future. “One of the first ports that the Swiss financial centre is steering for is the port of China,” Claude Alain Margelisch, chief executive of the Swiss Bankers Association, told reporters ... Read More »