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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.

November 2017

  1. The UBS consumption indicator was quoted at 1.54 points in October, suggesting that private consumption is growing at a solid pace in the fourth quarter. A weaker Swiss franc and a drop in unemployment provide support for it, but rising inflation and the accompanying stagnation of real wages are likely to cap any growth in it.
  2. UBS will increase the salaries for its employees in Switzerland, up to and including middle management, by an aggregate of 1.0%.
  3. Around 41% of Swiss companies are seriously affected by digitization and will have to significantly adjust their business models. This is the conclusion of a survey of around 2,500 companies. In combination with demographic trends, digitization could lead to some dramatic employment shifts among sectors in Switzerland.
  4. TheUBS Swiss Real Estate Bubble Index declined somewhat in the third quarter of2017 and is currently in the risk zone at 1.38 index points. A slight fall inprices and a lower increase in mortgage volumes than in the previous quarterreduced imbalances. The demand for buy-to-let investments saw a marginal drop,but is at a level that is not sustainable in the long term.

October 2017

  1. UBS expects an average nominal wage increase of 0.7 percent in Switzerland next year. Companies are confident about the robust Eurozone economy and the weakening of the Swiss franc. Projected 2018 inflation of 0.6 percent means that real wages will be almost stagnant.Companies gave more promising responses about the new concepts they're using to lessen the expected, demographically related shortage of skilled workers. It remains to be seen whether their offers will be sufficiently taken up.