Wednesday, 23 July 2014
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eurozoneThe main shareholder of troubled Banco Espirito Santo was placed in receivership on Tuesday as Portugal's largest listed lender announced it has sold off the bulk of its Swiss-based private bank.

Luxembourg's district court in a statement said it had agreed to a request last Friday from Espirito Santo International (ESI) that it be placed under "controlled management".

Referral Marketing: Strategy TipsWhy referrals frequently don't work - Many people don't like referring people because they think that we'll immediately try to sell something to the person referred .. and that feels a bit yukky!

And, even when willing to help you, if you ask someone to list all the people they know, that you could contact with details of your product or service, they will usually say they'll do it tomorrow .. and when tomorrow comes they forget.

Word of Mouth is a Marketing StrategyAsk any business how they get most of their customers and the majority will say by word of mouth.

Ask them if they have a strategy for this and they are very likely to look at you as if you as if you are an idiot. Why do people seem to leave word of mouth to chance ... no one seems to use word of mouth strategically?

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This is a .pdf file of the central bank's economic outlook as at June 2014.

Managing your international paymentsThis month I would like to discuss what happens when the exchange rate is against you. The first thing you think is “I’m losing out, I’m not getting what I wanted.” What I would like to say is, “don’t worry, there is always a solution.

At Premier FX we listen to your needs. We then go through the options to secure the best rates for you. We all know it’s all well and good while the rate is in your favour, but what happens if you have a large sum, or regular payments that you need to transfer and the rate is working against you?

financasSo far in 2014, Portugal's tax department has taken action against 53,914 company owners to settle company debts owed to the State by seizing their assets, according to figures released today by the Ministry of Finance.

This record cull in just six months of 2014 represents more seizures than during 2012 and 2013 combined.

G20 leaders: Unmask the corruptG20 officials meeting in Australia later this year must make it harder for the corrupt to hide behind secret companies, Transparency International said today as it launched a global campaign to "unmask the corrupt".

Today many leading economies do not require or record information about who really owns or controls companies registered in their country, making it easier for corrupt individuals, terrorists or organised criminals to hide and shift their stolen wealth.

Tripadvisor awardVILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa, the Algarve´s leading resort, today announced that it has received the 2014 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located  all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.