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August 2017

  1. The Real Estate Bubble Index remained unchanged in the second quarter compared to the previous one. Improving economic conditions and the slight fall in inflation-adjusted prices for owner-occupied homes helped stabilize imbalances. Geneva and Nyon no longer count as exposed regions.

July 2017

  1. UBS consumption indicator printed 1.38 in June, pointing to subdued growth in Swiss private consumption in recent months. Relatively weak growth in employment was much to blame for the lackluster number, however this was offset somewhat by robust new car registrations data and overnight hotel stays by Swiss nationals.
  2. UBS invitesyou to the presentation of its second quarter 2017 results on Friday, 28 July 2017. The results will be presented by Sergio P. Ermotti, Group Chief ExecutiveOfficer, Kirt Gardner, Group Chief Financial Officer, Caroline Stewart, Global Head of Investor Relations, and Hubertus Kuelps, Group Head of Communications & Branding.
  3. Lucian Freud: Closer, Etchings from the UBS Art Collection on view at the Martin-Gropius-Bau from 22 July 2017 until 22 October 2017
  4. UBS invites you to the presentation of its second quarter 2017 results on Friday, 28 July 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. A longer working life can counteract the demography-related shortage of skilled workers and spiraling social security expenditure. For this to happen, however, the reintegration of older employees must be improved and gainful employment made more attractive beyond the age of retirement. New, innovative concepts are needed that point the way toward a labor market that is more flexible and better-oriented to the needs older employed workers.
  6. Report highlights the advantages that UHNW investors have when constructing portfolios

June 2017

  1. The UBS consumption indicator registered 1.39 points in May, suggesting slightly below-average growth in private consumption. This matches the UBS CIO consumption growth forecast of 1.3% in 2017. The data published in June regarding new car registrations and hotel overnight stays by Swiss residents was robust and supported the consumption indicator.
  2. UBSlaunches second global competition to find innovative solutions for the bank ofthe future
  3. In the first edition of the UBS Alpine Property Focus study, the UBS Chief Investment Office Wealth Management investigates 25 top vacation locations in Switzerland, Austria, France and Italy. 14 other Alpine destinations in Switzerland are also analyzed. The study compares residential property prices, location characteristics and market prospects.
  4. Between January and April the barometer of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the industrial sector climbed from -0.39 to 0.49 points. The figure rose from -0.56 to 0.51 points in the case of large industrial firms. Both barometers are above their long-term averages, and the economic situation for service providers also improved across a broad front.

May 2017

  1. The UBS consumption indicator stood at 1.48 points in April, indicating average private consumption growth. The improved mood in the retail sector supported the indicator, while a decline in new car registrations had a negative effect. The index of consumer sentiment measured by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs also fell slightly.
  2. The final results of the analysis of the proposed Pension Reform 2020 show that the reform would improve long-term pension funding and make the system more sustainable. Given the large size of implicit funding gaps, it is, however, only a small step that comes at the cost of worsening intergenerational equity. The UBS Retirement Index, which measures the pulse of the Swiss pension system, shows continued weakening in the last quarter of 2016 and the first of 2017.
  3. A major study of high net worth individuals in seven different markets has provided a detailed view of the attitudes, fears and hopes of wealthy people around the world.
  4. UBS Group AG (UBSG), has been informed by GIC Private Limited that it intends to sell up to 93 million existing shares in UBS Group AG, equivalent to 2.4% of the outstanding shares and voting rights in UBS Group AG through an accelerated bookbuild offering to institutional investors.
  5. The UBS Swiss Real Estate Bubble Index remained in the risk zone at 1.39 points in the first quarter of 2017 following a moderate increase. The increase in home prices outpaced the increase in rents and income. Demand for buy-to-let investments also rose, in spite of heightened market risks.
  6. 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 Julie G. Richardson as a new member of the Board. They approved the payout of an ordinary dividend of CHF 0.60 per share, unchanged from the previous year. 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 2016. 1,377 shareholders attended the meeting, representing 2,197,313,223 votes.