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Alibaba: Shrewd smiles as online bankers test new tech

World economy

BEIJING | March 28, 2015 | By Zhang Yuzhe via Caixin | Alibaba is betting on biometrics as the next step for secure online financial transactions and bank account business.

In Europe

The Confidence Witch

PARIS | March 29, 2015 | By Francesco SaracenoThe confidence fairy seems to have turned into a confidence witch. One more victim of the crisis. But this one will not be missed.

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Markets

Corporate profits in Europe should grow by 15% – 20% in Q115

The Corner | March 27, 2015 | Investors are still earning profits on Forex and debt markets, which is preventing European stocks from exceeding their maximum levels. “After a 17% rise in less than three months, the market shouldn’t need an excuse to take a break,” analysts at Beka Finance commented.

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Markets

“People in financial firms who cheat and abuse markets have got to go to jail”

MADRID | March 26, 2015 | By Ana FuentesIn the second part of our exclusive interview with the IOSCO Secretary General, David Wright speaks about corporate oversight and the need to change a culture which has conflicts of interests at its centre. [You can check Part 1 here]

IOSCo Secretary General David Wright
In Europe

The Spanish economy is growing at cruising speed: 3% in now within touching distance

MADRID | March 27, 2015 | By Francisco López | The Spanish economy is currently growing at cruising speed and looks set to remain at its current altitude in the medium term, with the possibility that growth could exceed 3% this year.

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Companies

Telefónica to focus attention on German market after O2 UK sale

The Corner | March 27, 2015 | The sale by Telefónica of O2 UK  will allow the company to focus attention on its growing operation in Germany. Telefonica will now go toe-to-toe with Vodafone and Deutsche Telecom, as the three mobile giants vie for supremacy in the eurozone’s largest economy.

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In Europe

Morning briefing: Markets await Yellen’s appraisal

The Corner | March 27, 2015 | Data from Europe has shown that the cost of imports have risen for the eurozone’s largest economy, Germany, spelling good news for the country’s partners within the currency union. In the US, data released today will be poured over by Fed chairwoman, Janet Yellen, at a press briefing scheduled for later this evening.

Fed's chairwoman Janet Yellen