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February 2016

  1. The UBS Swiss Real Estate Bubble Index reached 1.41 index points in the fourth quarter of last year, rising from 1.34 in 3Q15. Mortgage debt growth surpassed that of income at a rate not seen since 2010. The risk potential of Davos and the Upper Engadine regions has plunged, to the point that tourism regions no longer count as risk regions. Eastern Switzerland economic regions, however, have joined the category of monitored regions.
  2. The proposal of the Council of States to reform Swiss pensions is less extensive than that of the Federal Council, as it would merely reduce the AHV financing gap to around CHF 654 billion, or 111% of GDP, compared with the Federal Council's proposed reduction to CHF 482 billion (82% of GDP). Both draft plans are a step in the right direction, although the heavy burden of restructuring the pension system will be borne primarily by younger and future generations. The greatest risk to these generations lies in the rejection of both proposals.

January 2016

  1. The UBS Consumption Indicator rose to 1.62 points in December from 1.55. Consumer sentiment improved somewhat toward the end of the year, but retailers did not share this confidence. We assume private consumption will continue trending upward.
  2. UBS invites you to the presentation of its fourth quarter 2015 results on Tuesday, 2 February 2016. The results will be presented by Sergio P. Ermotti, Group Chief Executive Officer, Kirt Gardner, Group Chief Financial Officer, Caroline Stewart, Head Investor Relations and Hubertus Kuelps, Group Head Communications & Branding.
  3. A new UBS white paper unveiled at the World Economic Forum`s Annual Meeting reveals that economic flexibility is vital to succeeding in 2016 and beyond.
  4. Commissioned by UBS, the exhibition opens to the public on 16 January at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, kicking off a 10-city world-wide tour. Access to the exhibition will be free.

December 2015

  1. UBS has accepted for repurchase certain of its senior and subordinated debt and covered bonds in an aggregate principal amount of approximately CHF 6.1 billion.
  2. Analysis shows fleeting nature of wealth with only 44% of billionaires from 1995 still billionaires today
  3. UBS has announced the winners of The UBS Future of Finance Challenge at the Global Final held in Zurich, Switzerland. Three winners of the UBS Future of Finance Challenge were selected from over 600 participants from 52 countries.
  4. Business conditions improved for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the fourth quarter, as it has for large industrial companies. However, the barometer for large and smaller companies lies below the long-term average. Service providers still assessed their business conditions as good, despite weaker momentum.

November 2015

  1. The UBS Consumption Indicator rose in October from 1.56 to 1.60 points. Slightly better retail trade prospects along with somewhat brighter consumer sentiment contributed to the mild increase.