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May 2016

  1. UBS shareholders approved all the Board of Directors' proposals at today's Annual General Meeting in Basel. Shareholders confirmed the re-election of the Chairman and the members of the Board of Directors. They elected Robert W. Scully and Dieter Wemmer as new members of the Board. They approved the Board's proposed payout of an ordinary dividend and a special dividend. They approved the proposals relating to the remuneration of the members of the Board of Directors and the Group Executive Board and accepted the Compensation Report 2015. 1,476 shareholders attended the meeting, representing 2,174,538,561 votes.
  2. The UBS Swiss Real Estate Bubble Index stood at 1.38 points after a slight decrease in the first quarter of 2016. Stagnating nominal home prices and a slowdown in household debt growth dampened the housing bubble index. Demand for buy-to-let investments declined for the fourth quarter in a row.

April 2016

  1. Companies in high-tech sectors grow the fastest, create the most jobs and are internationally competitive. Switzerland’s 20 most innovative companies have created around 91,000 jobs here and are indirectly responsible for another 270,000. Switzerland should focus on improving its economic environment for research and development to keep innovative companies in Switzerland and attract new companies from abroad.
  2. World’s largest global wealth manager concludes fundraising for innovative impact investing fund aimed at developing cancer treatments
  3. UBS invites you to the presentation of its first quarter 2016 results on Tuesday, 3 May 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.
  4. Celebrating women making a difference #ShareYourHero
  5. Robert W. Scully and Dieter Wemmer proposed for election to the Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting.

March 2016

  1. UBS’s Annual Report 2015 and Compensation Report available at www.ubs.com/annualreporting
  2. The prospects for industrial enterprises remain bleak. However, large enterprises are reporting less difficulty with the current economic situation than small and medium-sized enterprises. The barometer improved slightly from -0.80 to -0.58 points over the past three months for large enterprises, but fell 0.33 points to -1.02 points for small and medium-sized enterprises. Domestically-focused service providers tend to do better, but they too are unable to entirely escape the economic slowdown.

February 2016

  1. The UBS Consumption Indicator rose from 1.61 to 1.66 points in January, continuing its upward trend into the new year. Consumer and retail business sentiment has recovered slightly, but remains muted.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.