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July 2019

  1. Swiss investors are increasingly upbeat on the Swiss economy and markets, new UBS survey finds
  2. UBS delivered strong second quarter 2019 results.
  3. Switzerland will need up to half a million more workers in the next decade – but not every worker is equally sought after. Demand is high in the health and care sectors, whereas employment will stagnate in many other industries. Companies and politicians should not try to fill the gap in the labor market merely by means of immigration, but should also pursue other approaches, such as greater integration of the unemployed, a more flexible retirement age and a (further) increase in the participation of women in the labor market.
  4. UBS invites you to the presentation of its second-quarter results on Tuesday, July 23, 2019. They will be presented by Sergio P. Ermotti, Group Chief Executive Officer, Kirt Gardner, Group Chief Financial Officer, Martin Osinga, Investor Relations, and Hubertus Kuelps, Group Head of Communications & Branding.

June 2019

  1. Pension promises from the AHV exceed its future income by about 170% of Swiss GDP. The reform projects Tax reform and AHV financing (TRAF) and AHV 21 notably improve AHV financing, but put a disproportionate burden on younger generations. Extending working careers within the context of more flexible retirement arrangements is the only measure that can stabilize AHV financing while not reducing the prosperity of any generation. Comprehensive public-sector accounting would increase transparency and improve the basis for policy decision-making.
  2. Both barometers (for large companies and for SMEs) improved slightly between January and April.
  3. • Planned joint venture will be first between a global banking group and a leading Japanese trust bank • Partnership combines UBS's wealth management expertise with SuMi Trust Holdings' comprehensive trust banking capabilities • Cross-referrals of UBS, SuMi Trust Holdings offerings set to begin by end-2019 • Co-branded entity aims to begin operations in 2021

May 2019

  1. The UBS Chief Investment Office GWM is publishing two studies: one on the luxury home market, and another on the vacation home market. The UBS Luxury Property Focus analyzes developments in the market for the most expensive homes in Switzerland. The UBS Alpine Property Focus examines the market for traditional vacation apartments in the Alps. The most expensive second home markets rank at the top of the luxury segment as well.
  2. UBS is bringing a newDigital Factory location in the up-and-coming Zurich-West district on stream,expanding the successful operating model of the Digital Factory. The newpremises will be home to up to 600 staff from more than 20 disciplines,developing new digital products on a cross-divisional basis.
  3. High net worth individuals and business owners globally are optimistic and looking for opportunities to invest as markets rebound in 2019, according to UBS Global Wealth Management's new quarterly Investor Sentiment survey.
  4. Shareholders confirmed the re-election of the Chairman and the members of the Board of Directors. They elected William C. Dudley and Jeanette Wong as new members of the Board. They approved the payment of an ordinary dividend of CHF 0.70 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 2018. 1,254 shareholders attended the meeting, representing 2,174,560,674 votes.

April 2019

  1. UBS delivered resilient first-quarter 2019 results compared with a very strong prior-year quarter, which also benefitted from a USD 241m pension credit.
  2. Ecological business practices are important to Swiss companies. Key drivers for greater sustainability include entrepreneurial aspects such as cost savings and reputation enhancement. With regard to various stakeholder groups, companies feel committed to greater ecological awareness primarily because of their employees and clients – state regulations play only a minor role. Even when it comes to achieving environmental targets, companies prefer voluntary targets and education, and if there has to be state intervention, then market-based instruments and no bans or directives.
  3. UBS invites you to the presentation of its first quarter results on Thursday, 25 April 2019. They will be presented by Sergio P. Ermotti, Group Chief Executive Officer, Kirt Gardner, Group Chief Financial Officer, Martin Osinga, Global Head of Investor Relations ad interim, and Hubertus Kuelps, Group Head of Communications & Branding.
  4. • In its latest report, UBS Global Wealth Management examines recession scenarios for the monetary union's economy and the euro. • ECB succession, Brexit and populism are all risk factors to be taken into account by investors, report warns. • Concentrated scenario risks are found in Italy, where potential credit downgrades loom, and Greece. Structural changes could have repercussions even in Germany, according to the findings. • In a severe recession scenario in the euro zone, safe haven currencies, such as the Swiss franc, could be exposed to massive inflows and thus gain significantly in value. A strong appreciation of the Swiss franc against the euro is likely to pose challenges for the insurance and pension fund sectors in particular.
  5. Digital platform will showcase the achievements of leading female economists.
  6. Jeanette Wong and William C. Dudley are nominated for election to the Board of Directors of UBS Group AG at the Annual General Meeting. Ann F. Godbehere and Michel Demaré will not stand for re-election after 10 years of Board membership. The UBS Group AG Board of Directors intends to propose to shareholders an ordinary dividend of CHF 0.70 per share for the financial year 2018, an increase of 8% compared with the previous year.

March 2019

  1. Employees are one of the most important elements in the success of a company. It is crucial to make a job attractive in order to recruit the best people. This means that the chosen occupational pension solution is an essential strategic HR management tool. Wrong decisions are often made, however, which usually end up having wide-ranging consequences and serious effects at a later stage for both companies and individuals. UBS has introduced a new guide that can help companies navigate their way through this issue.