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June 2017

  1. UBSlaunches second global competition to find innovative solutions for the bank ofthe future
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

April 2017

  1. The UBS consumption indicator registered at 1.50 points in March, indicating private consumption growth around the long-term average. Solid automotive demand drove this figure. Domestic tourism, on the other hand, took a breather after a strong start in 2017. Pessimism still prevails in retail.
  2. Established markets facing biggest ever wealth transfer Asia’s share of single family offices stands at just 17 percent
  3. UBS TWINT, the mobile payment solution, can be used to make payments at stores such as Coop and Interdiscount, Selecta vending machines and at more than 1000 online shops such as Digitec, Brack, Microspot and Galaxus. In addition to the direct connection to the user's bank account, the established direct person-to-person ("P2P") transfer function remains central. By storing the client's card details directly in the app, UBS TWINT functions as a digital wallet. UBS is one of the first banks to offer TWINT. Existing users of UBS Paymit have been automatically migrated to the new app.
  4. UBS invites you to the presentation of its first quarter 2017 results on Friday, 28 April 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. The Bilateral Agreements I are crucial for long-term Swiss corporate success, a survey UBS initiated in February concluded. Almost two-thirds of Swiss companies endorsed modifying the Bilateral Agreements on the basis of a framework agreement, although most expressed skepticism regarding the EU's cohesion.
  6. Julie G. Richardson nominated for election to the Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting. Joseph Yam decided not to stand for re-election.

March 2017

  1. The UBS consumption indicator rose to 1.50 points in February from 1.44, indicating solid private consumption in the first quarter. Domestic tourism bottomed out and then rose significantly in January. On the other hand, dour sentiment in the retail trade is hemming further gains by the consumption indicator.
  2. UBS’s Annual Report 2016 and Compensation Report available at
  3. The barometer for small and medium-sized industrial companies fell from -0.16 points in October 2016 to -0.38 points in January 2017. The barometer for large companies saw a bigger 0.33-point drop to -0.56 points. In contrast, the economic situation for service providers in both business groups (SMEs and large companies) has improved slightly.