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February 2017

  1. The UBS Swiss Real Estate Bubble Index stood in the risk zone at 1.35 points after a slight increase in the final quarter of 2016. The further increase in the ratio of purchase prices to rents and income reflects increasing interest rate risks. The stabilization of the Real Estate Bubble Index in the last few quarters is due to the sharp slowdown in household debt growth.

January 2017

  1. The UBS Chief Investment Office Wealth Management expects solid growth for the Swiss economy this year, which will likely be supported by more sectors than last year. Rising oil prices should bring inflation for the first time since 2014. The SNB will keep interest rates in the negative zone, however, because the ECB is not ready to raise rates.
  2. Commissioned by UBS, the exhibition of new photographs opens to the public on 28 January 2017 at ewz-Unterwerk Selnau. Access to the exhibition will be free.
  3. The UBS consumption indicator rose from 1.45 to 1.50 points in December. The positive trend of last fall continued and signalizes solid growth prospects for private consumption this year. New car registrations in the automobile sector, which are at an all-time high, are at the root of this positive outlook.
  4. UBS invites you to the presentation of its fourth quarterand full-year 2016 results on Friday, 27 January 2017. The results will bepresented by Sergio P. Ermotti, Group Chief Executive Officer, Kirt Gardner,Group Chief Financial Officer, Martin Osinga, Group Head of Investor Relationsad interim and Hubertus Kuelps, Group Head Communications & Branding.
  5. Record-breaking purchase prices and increased vacancy rates are making property investments a careful balancing act. Achieving full occupancy for an investment property now requires active space management and discounted rents – in every segment. Rents for investment properties are expected to fall this year, while house prices stagnate.
  6. In its white paper for the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos, UBS unveils a blueprint for channelling private wealth towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) – one aspect of the WEF’s Annual Meeting theme “responsive and responsible leadership”.

December 2016

  1. TheUBS Consumption Indicator climbed to 1.43 points in November from 1.39. Anotherstrong month in domestic tourism and the positive trend on the automobilemarket made the rise possible. Initially a solid start is to be expected for2017, but momentum is expected to subside.
  2. In the second and third quarters, the Swiss pension system trended negatively, as indicated by the UBS Pension Index Switzerland, which presents the current state of the Swiss pension system. A slowing real estate market and a rapidly aging population are keeping the index in negative territory.
  3. The politically challenging Pension Reform 2020 is an important step forward for the Swiss retirement system. Using the methodology of intergenerational accounting UBS aims to increase transparency around the funding gaps in the first pillar (AHV). The results of the latest consultation round (National Council) imply that the improvements in the AHV funding gap would be comparable with those resulting from the resolution of the Council of States, but smaller than if the Federal Council's original proposal was implemented.
  4. UBSis announcing today that it has combined most of its Wealth Managementbusinesses in Europe into one legal entity, UBS Europe SE. The new Europeansubsidiary is headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany and will operate in Europeanmarkets through a network of branches. The choice of a societas Europaea as thecorporate structure for the entity provides UBS with strategic flexibility.
  5. The measures for both small- and medium-sized industrial enterprises still lie below the long-term averages. However, the SME barometer rose again to -0.16 points in October, while the barometer for large companies fell marginally to -0.24 points. Among the service providers, large companies are also under greater pressure.

November 2016

  1. In October, the UBS consumption indicator rose from 1.47 to 1.49 points. Positive developments in the automobile market and robust domestic tourism continue to support private consumption. However, the slump in the retail sector prevented a stronger rise of the indicator.
  2. Exclusive research by UBS and published on its UNLIMITED platform reveals new global powers are now providing more confidence to the next generation than traditional economies
  3. Commissioned by UBS, the exhibition of new photographs will open to the public on 28 January 2017 at ewz-Unterwerk Selnau. Access to the exhibition will be free.
  4. UBS will increase the salaries for its employees in Switzerland, up to and including middle management, by an aggregate of 0.8%.