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August 2018

  1. 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.
  2. UBS Global Wealth Management’s Chief Investment Office (CIO) uses econometric tools, usually applied to assess investment opportunities, to predict the winner of this year’s football World Cup. Simulations indicate no country has higher odds of winning the tournament than Germany, leading the table with a likelihood of 24 percent. Brazil and Spain also stand a good chance of lifting the trophy, with chances of 19.8 and 16.1 percent respectively. Host nation Russia will start in the Cup’s weakest group and is expected to progress to the round of 16, where it is likely to lose against Spain or Portugal. Economically, Russia’s estimated spending on the tournament of 0.7 percent of GDP is not expected to boost the nation’s economy in a significant way. However, it might generate greater economic benefits compared with hosts in more developed economies such as Spain, Italy or France.
  3. The UBS Swiss Real Estate Bubble Index recorded a strong decline in the first quarter of 2018 and is currently at 1.10 index points. Household incomes rose significantly in the past quarter, while owner-occupied housing prices fell slightly. The regions of Lucerne and Zurich Oberland no longer count as exposed regions.
  4. 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 Jeremy Anderson and Fred Hu as new members of the Board. They approved the payment of an ordinary dividend of CHF 0.65 per share, an increase compared with 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 2017. 1,160 shareholders attended the meeting, representing 2,211,306,377 votes.

April 2018

  1. UBS delivered strong first-quarter 2018 results with reported PBT up 17% year over year to CHF 1,973m.
  2. UBS invites you to the presentation of its first quarter 2018 results on Monday, 23 April 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.