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April 2017

  1. The UBS consumption indicator registered at 1.50 points in March, indicating private consumption growth around the long-term average. Solid automotive demand drove this figure. Domestic tourism, on the other hand, took a breather after a strong start in 2017. Pessimism still prevails in retail.
  2. Established markets facing biggest ever wealth transfer Asia’s share of single family offices stands at just 17 percent
  3. UBS TWINT, the mobile payment solution, can be used to make payments at stores such as Coop and Interdiscount, Selecta vending machines and at more than 1000 online shops such as Digitec, Brack, Microspot and Galaxus. In addition to the direct connection to the user's bank account, the established direct person-to-person ("P2P") transfer function remains central. By storing the client's card details directly in the app, UBS TWINT functions as a digital wallet. UBS is one of the first banks to offer TWINT. Existing users of UBS Paymit have been automatically migrated to the new app.
  4. UBS invites you to the presentation of its first quarter 2017 results on Friday, 28 April 2017. 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.
  5. The Bilateral Agreements I are crucial for long-term Swiss corporate success, a survey UBS initiated in February concluded. Almost two-thirds of Swiss companies endorsed modifying the Bilateral Agreements on the basis of a framework agreement, although most expressed skepticism regarding the EU's cohesion.
  6. Julie G. Richardson nominated for election to the Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting. Joseph Yam decided not to stand for re-election.

March 2017

  1. The UBS consumption indicator rose to 1.50 points in February from 1.44, indicating solid private consumption in the first quarter. Domestic tourism bottomed out and then rose significantly in January. On the other hand, dour sentiment in the retail trade is hemming further gains by the consumption indicator.
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  3. The barometer for small and medium-sized industrial companies fell from -0.16 points in October 2016 to -0.38 points in January 2017. The barometer for large companies saw a bigger 0.33-point drop to -0.56 points. In contrast, the economic situation for service providers in both business groups (SMEs and large companies) has improved slightly.
  4. The UBS consumption indicator rose from 1.38 to 1.43 points in January and continues to signal solid growth in private consumption. Swiss consumers view the economic and financial situation with considerably more optimism than in the last quarter. New car registrations and domestic tourism have, however, fallen compared with the previous January.

February 2017

  1. The UBS Swiss Real Estate Bubble Index stood in the risk zone at 1.35 points after a slight increase in the final quarter of 2016. The further increase in the ratio of purchase prices to rents and income reflects increasing interest rate risks. The stabilization of the Real Estate Bubble Index in the last few quarters is due to the sharp slowdown in household debt growth.

January 2017

  1. The UBS Chief Investment Office Wealth Management expects solid growth for the Swiss economy this year, which will likely be supported by more sectors than last year. Rising oil prices should bring inflation for the first time since 2014. The SNB will keep interest rates in the negative zone, however, because the ECB is not ready to raise rates.
  2. Commissioned by UBS, the exhibition of new photographs opens to the public on 28 January 2017 at ewz-Unterwerk Selnau. Access to the exhibition will be free.
  3. The UBS consumption indicator rose from 1.45 to 1.50 points in December. The positive trend of last fall continued and signalizes solid growth prospects for private consumption this year. New car registrations in the automobile sector, which are at an all-time high, are at the root of this positive outlook.
  4. UBS invites you to the presentation of its fourth quarterand full-year 2016 results on Friday, 27 January 2017. The results will bepresented by Sergio P. Ermotti, Group Chief Executive Officer, Kirt Gardner,Group Chief Financial Officer, Martin Osinga, Group Head of Investor Relationsad interim and Hubertus Kuelps, Group Head Communications & Branding.