UBS Invests Big in Blockchain

Global investment bank UBS is throwing its resources behind the blockchain's transformative potential, investigating a range of applications such as smart bonds, cross border payment transactions on the distributed ledger and a digital representation of physical currency. In 2015 the bank opened an innovation lab designed to explore how the blockchain could be used by [...]

By | October 22nd, 2016|Blockhain, Connecting business, ETS Agency Zürich|0 Comments

Luxury auctions shine

The value of the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index (KFLII) rose by 7% in 2015. This compares with a 5% drop in the value of the FTSE 100 equities index and a rise of only 1% for the top end of the London residential market. But the headline figure masks a mixed performance across the [...]

Collector cars outperform hedge funds with triple-digit returns

Values of top-end classics have increased nearly 500 percent in the last decade You've probably noticed that the prices being asked for collector cars have exploded over the last decade or so. Cars that were worth low six-figure sums at the start of the 21st Century now go for millions. And cars that were worth [...]

By | September 16th, 2016|Classic Car Solutions, New thinking|0 Comments

Swiss group exploring blockchain transaction options

A diversified Swiss consortium from the worlds of research, finance, ICT and telecommunications is developing a blockchain solution for conducting financial transactions.   http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/swiss-group-exploring-blockchain-transaction-options/42433432

By | September 13th, 2016|Banking, Blockhain, Business 2 Business, Business in Europe|1 Comment

Digital Payments Are Shaking Up Asia’s Credit Card Industry

Free rice cookers and suitcases were among the special deals that tempted Chiu Wing-suet into accumulating her 20 credit cards, many of which are crammed into her wallet. She’s unlikely to accept any more such offers.   http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-08-18/idle-credit-cards-in-asians-wallets-prompt-citi-hsbc-overhaul

By | August 19th, 2016|Banking, Creative, Global perspective, Optimum Atlas|0 Comments

How blockchain tech could change the way we do business

Blockchain - the technology underpinning digital currency Bitcoin - has been in the news lately. http://www.bbc.com/news/business-35370304

By | August 11th, 2016|Banking, Blockhain, Creative, Optimum Atlas|0 Comments

Retail bank branch is doomed, and banks don’t know it

33 percent of millennials say they won't need a bank in 5 years: Goldman Sachs report http://www.cnbc.com/2015/06/02/retail-bank-branch-is-doomed-and-banks-dont-know-it.html

By | August 11th, 2016|Banking, Creative, Optimum Atlas|0 Comments

Only in China: Companies Become Banks to Solve Financial Difficulties

It would not be the first time China tries a circular financial arrangement to solve some structural issues. http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2130653-only-in-china-companies-become-banks-to-solve-financial-difficulties/?sidebar=morein

By | August 11th, 2016|Banking, Optimum Atlas|0 Comments

Banks and tech firms apply blockchain to trade finance

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-asia-trade-blockchain-idUSKCN10L17D

By | August 10th, 2016|Banking, Blockhain, Connecting business, Optimum Atlas|0 Comments

Alibaba helps foreign tech firms enter China via the cloud

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/09/alibaba-helps-foreign-tech-firms-enter-china-via-the-cloud.html