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April 2018

  1. 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.
  2. A recent survey by UBS shows that, when dealing with succession matters, SME owners place greater emphasis on aspects, such as securing jobs or maintaining the business philosophy, than on obtaining a high selling price. Most business heads only deal with succession as the handover date impends, when it is generally too late.
  3. Jeremy Anderson and Fred Hu nominated for election to the Board of Directors of UBS Group AG at the Annual General Meeting. William G. Parrett to focus on his new role as Chairman of the Board of UBS Americas Holding LLC in the US; not standing for re-election to the Board of Directors of UBS Group AG.

March 2018

  1. UBS’s Annual Report 2017 and Compensation Report available at www.ubs.com/annualreporting
  2. Large companies in Switzerland are benefiting more from the upturn than SMEs. From October 2017 to January 2018, the SME barometer for industrials fell slightly to 0.51 points from 0.73 points. On the other hand, the uptrend continued uninterrupted for large industrial enterprises, with the barometer rising to 0.82 from 0.53 points – its highest level since 2011. This trend is playing out in the service sector too.

February 2018

  1. The UBS Swiss Real Estate Bubble Index declined in the fourth quarter of 2017, and is currently in the risk zone at 1.32 index points. This second fall in succession was driven by the persistently low increase of mortgage volumes. However, this may have been underestimated, as the records of mortgages granted by insurers and pension funds are inadequate. The majority of the sub-indicators remained unchanged in the last quarter.
  2. UBS economists expect the economy to pick up considerably this year. The weaker Swiss franc and the strong global economy are helping the Swiss economy put the franc shock behind it once and for all. The devaluation of the Swiss franc is expected to give the Swiss National Bank the freedom to raise the target rate for the first time at the end of 2018.

January 2018

  1. At 1.69 points, the consumption indicator lay well above the long-term average in December 2017, conveying an optimistic snapshot of Swiss private consumption. Weaker figures for new car registrations prevented an even higher value.
  2. In the next three years, asking rents for apartments will probably drop by up to 10%. This will prevent a further increase in purchase prices of residential income properties. By contrast, single-family house prices will rise slightly this year thanks to low financing costs and the hope of land value appreciation through densification. New mobility forms will do little to alter the real estate price structure.
  3. The innovative new UBS Fund is the first of its kind to put gender equality and sustainability at its core as well as donating part (5%) of its fee to its philanthropic foundation UBS Optimus
  4. UBS invites you to the presentation of its fourth quarter 2017 results on Monday, 22 January 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.

December 2017

  1. At 1.67 points, the UBS consumption indicator was above its long-term average in November, indicating solid consumption growth in 2018. Thanks to solid economic growth, private consumption will likely continue expanding despite rising inflation.
  2. Jeremy Anderson to be nominated for election to the UBS Board of Directors at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting.
  3. Between July and October, the SME barometer for industrials climbed from 0.64 to 0.75 points. The barometer for large industrial companies increased from 0.41 to 0.54 points. Both barometers are above their long-term averages, although the situation for service providers deteriorated slightly.