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  • Global regulators gave banks four more years and greater flexibility on Sunday to build up cash buffers so they can use some of their reserves to help struggling economies grow.

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    The Swiss National Bank is opening a branch in Singapore to allow for round-the-clock management of its foreign exchange reserves, which it needs to tap to defend the safe-haven franc from over-heating.

  • President Obama on Friday signed a bill that brings U.S. trade relations with Russia into the 21st century but also ushers in a testy era in which the United States could publicly "name and shame" Russian human rights violators.

  •  SNB Chairman: I Expect Swiss Franc to Weaken Over Time

    In an exclusive interview with CNBC, chairman of the Swiss National Bank, Thomas Jordan says the central bank could employ negative interest rates as a means to keep the Swiss franc low.

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    The Swiss government said it was cautiously optimistic for the economic outlook assuming the euro zone debt crisis does not again escalate even as it trimmed its growth forecast for 2013 to 1.3 percent.

  • Secret information on counter-terrorism shared by foreign governments may have been compromised by a massive data theft.

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  • Swiss Life Cutting Most Jobs in Germany

    Bruno Pfister, CEO of insurance company Swiss Life, tells CNBC that they are not wearing rose colored glasses when it comes to the medium term outlook and are cutting 300 to 400 jobs at the company.

  • Public Anger Over Europe’s Budget, and Wine Cellar, Bubbles Before Talks

    Amid wrangling over how much money the European Union spends at a time of grinding austerity across the Continent, Martin Ehrenhauser, an Austrian member of the European Parliament, lobbed a sobering question this summer at the union’s Brussels bureaucracy: How many bottles of booze does it have stocked in its wine cellars, the New York Times reports.

  • Privatizing Greece, Slowly but Not Surely

    As Greece redoubles its efforts to raise billions to cut its debt and stoke its economy, the move toward privatizing assets  faces daunting hurdles, the New York Times reports.

  • Spain Woos Foreigners to Thin Its Inventory of Unsold Homes

    Spain plans to offer residency permits to foreigners who buy houses priced at more than 160,000 euros ($203,845) as part of its efforts to revive a collapsed real estate market and divest itself of hundreds of thousands of unsold homes.

  • LONDON, Nov 6- Gold rose for a second day on Tuesday, largely tracking equities, as the market watched the U.S. presidential election in which a win for President Barack Obama could boost bullion by raising expectations for Federal Reserve stimulus.

  • *Vacancies also dropping in Europe, Asia- study. LONDON, Nov 6- London's financial sector will lay off 13,000 staff in 2013, cutting employment in a key UK economic sector to a 20- year low, as job vacancies also drop in Europe and even Asia, studies showed.

  • Christos Bagios, formerly employed by Swiss financial giants UBS AG and Credit Suisse Group AG, changed his earlier plea from not guilty in the U.S. District Court for Southern Florida. A Greek citizen and Swiss resident, Bagios was sentenced by Judge Kenneth Marra to time already served, including 37 days in prison and nearly 19 months under house arrest in Miami.

  • Residential Rejections of the Rich and Famous

    See who has been turned away from some of the region's most upscale digs.

  • LONDON, Nov 6- London's financial sector will lay off 13,000 staff in 2013 after a weak year for dealmaking, a study forecast on Tuesday, slashing employment in one of the UK's key economic motors to its lowest since the early 1990 s.

  • Europeans Losing Faith in Their Parliament

    When cracks recently appeared in beams of the European Parliament ’s main chamber, forcing its closing, one member, Nigel Farage of the U.K. Independence Party, proclaimed that he would “work for the day that the whole democratic facade of the European Parliament is shut as well,” the New York Times reports.

  • GENEVA, Nov 5- China will later this month enter talks to create an Asian free-trade bloc covering 28 percent of world GDP, a reaction to U.S. progress in forming a Trans-Pacific Partnership that excludes China, South Korean Trade Minister Taeho Bark said on Monday.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- The euro fell to a near two-month low against the U.S. dollar on Monday on uncertainty over a Greek vote on reforms needed to secure international aid and as investors awaited the U.S. elections on Tuesday. Mostly I think the fear is something is going to go wrong with the Greek austerity vote,'' said Steven Englander, head of G10 strategy at Citi.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 5- The euro fell to a near two-month low against the U.S. dollar on Monday on uncertainty over a Greek vote on reforms needed to secure international aid and as investors awaited the U.S. elections on Tuesday.