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September 2018

  1. Hong Kong is themost overvalued housing market this year; Zurich and Geneva are moderately overvalued
  2. Novelli and Karofsky appointed co-Presidents Investment Bank–Andrea Orcel to leave UBS–Changes effective 1 October 2018
  3. Global Family OfficeReport 2018: the world’s leading family office research study offers insightinto performance, investments and structural issues
  4. Largest recurring study of High Net Worth Investors finds those in China, Brazil and the UAE have highest rates of adoption in sustainable investing; US and UK have lowest levels
  5. The new "UBS Vitainvest 100 World" focuses on a pure equity portfolio. This allows pension savers to participate in the performance of stock markets and to better exploit the attractive long-term return potential of the equity markets.
  6. In August, the big company index declined slightly when compared to July from 0.58 to 0.56 points, the SME index from 1.18 to 1.13. However, both barometers were still above their longstanding average in August. By contrast, large service companies had a more positive view of the economic position.

August 2018

  1. The cantons of Zug and Zurich continue to have the highest relative growth potential. Basel City is now also in the top group. The large alpine cantons are making up ground on the frontrunners. In the evenly matched middle ground, there have been changes in positioning.
  2. Switzerland's real estate bubble index underwent a further decline in the second quarter of 2018 and is currently at 1.00 index point. The owner-occupied market cooled off further, while income and consumer prices rose markedly. However, long-term sustainability risks remain comparatively high.

July 2018

  1. UBS delivered strong second-quarter results with reported profit before tax (PBT) up12% year over year.
  2. UBS invites you to the presentation of its second quarter 2018 results on Tuesday, 24 July 2018. The results will be presented by Sergio P. Ermotti, Group Chief Executive Officer, Kirt Gardner, Group Chief Financial Officer, Caroline Stewart, Global Head of Investor Relations, and Hubertus Kuelps, Group Head of Communications & Branding.
  3. UBS economists expect the Swiss franc to return to a fair valuation in the next several months after years of overvaluation. The shift will benefit some industries more than others. The future may look bright for the Swiss economy, but global risks still loom. The biggest such risk is protectionism, which open economies like Switzerland will need to take seriously in the long run.

June 2018

  1. More and more pension plan participants want to take control of their retirement provision themselves, pension experts report. This is no wonder given the holdup in reforms and the negative dynamics of Switzerland’s pension system. The 1e pension plans available within Pillar 2, although not yet widespread, offer more financial freedom and serve as an example for future innovations.
  2. The Optimus Study Switzerland published today, shows that every year, Swiss child protection agencies register between 30,000 and 50,000 cases of child endangerment. These children need help and support because they are subject to physical or psychological violence, are neglected, witness forms of violence, or are sexually abused.
  3. From January to April, the barometers of SME as well as large companies again improved to 1.14 points, thus reaching a high level similar to that of 2011, before the value of the Swiss franc skyrocketed. SME and large companies maintain a positive view of the current business performance, but have become somewhat skeptical of the future development, especially due to reduced volume of incoming orders.

May 2018

  1. Prices for vacation homes in the Swiss Alpine region have recovered slightly, but are failing to keep pace with those in top Austrian and French destinations. Long term, very little will prevent the stock of second homes in Switzerland from increasing despite the Second Home Act.