Brexit prompts Euroclear to open settlement unit in Ireland

By Huw Jones LONDON, Feb 20 : Pan-European securities settlement house Euroclear will open a new unit in Ireland in March next year to avoid Brexit disrupting its ability to process Irish stock and bond transactions. Brussels-based Euroclear settles share trades executed in both London and Dublin at its British arm. The United Kingdom will […]

Japan’s cryptocurrency exchanges to form new self-regulating body – sources

By Takahiko Wada TOKYO, Feb 20 : Sixteen Japanese cryptocurrency exchanges will fix plans as early as next week to create a self-regulating body in a bid to better safeguard investors after a $530 million digital money heist last month, two source familiar with the plan said. A plan to merge two separate industry bodies, […]

Indian rupee pushed to near 3-mth low, emerging stocks slide

By Claire Milhench LONDON, Feb 20 : The Indian rupee slid to a near three-month low on Tuesday amid growing concerns about an alleged major bank fraud at India’s second-largest state-run lender, whilst emerging stocks fell half a percent. The rupee fell 0.9 percent against the dollar to its weakest since mid-November as investors eyed […]

Sterling slips ahead of key wages numbers

By Tommy Wilkes LONDON, Feb 20 : Sterling fell against the dollar on Tuesday as the U.S. currency rebounded from recent lows, while traders said they were looking to crucial British earnings data due later this week that could help cement bets the central bank will hike rates in May. Bank of England Governor Mark […]

The brand Olympics: getting attention without getting in trouble

By Liana B. Baker PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb 20 : In packing for the Winter Olympics, Canadian entrepreneur Domenico Ciarallo stuffed his bags with hats and t-shirts bearing the logo of his company, which makes locker-room dryers. Once on the ground, though, he is wary when handing them out to any Olympians even if he […]

This 3D-printed ‘clip-on’ turns smartphone into microscope

Sydney, Feb 20 : Australian researchers have developed a 3D-printed “clip-on” that can turn a smartphone into a fully-functional microscope to visualise specimens as tiny as 1/200th of a millimetre. The “clip-on” microscope, developed by researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics at the University of Adelaid requires no external power or […]