We are executing relentlessly for our clients

Our clients continued to put their trust in us as was evident from the continued momentum in flows and volume growth. Together with favorable market conditions and investor sentiment, this led to growth across the firm. Invested assets in GWM and AM of USD 4.4trn rose 4% sequentially, GWM saw USD 25bn of net new fee-generating assets with inflows in all regions, and there was USD 8bn in net new lending across GWM and Personal Banking, while strong client activity drove YoY increases of 16% in transaction-based income in GWM and 68% in Global Banking income.

We are delivering on our strategic initiatives to drive growth and efficiency

During 1H21, we facilitated more than USD 18bn of investments into private markets from private and institutional investors, helping our private clients benefit from our scale to get institutional-level access and pricing. Sustainability remains an important topic for our clients and for us, and our Sustainable Investing mandate in GWM attracted USD 8bn of net inflows in 1H21, while invested assets with a sustainability or impact focus in AM increased by 33% since year-end 2020. Our integrated SMA offering in the US continues to attract inflows, as do our mandates through My Way. Regionally, we are focusing on capturing growth in the largest and fastest growing markets: the US and APAC.

We are committed to driving higher returns by unlocking the power of UBS

PBT was USD 2,593m (up 64% YoY), including net credit loss releases of USD 80m. The cost/income ratio was 71.8%, 4.1 percentage points lower YoY. Operating income increased by 21% YoY, while operating expenses increased by 10%. Net profit attributable to shareholders was USD 2,006m (up 63% YoY), with diluted earnings per share of USD 0.55. Return on CET1 capital1 was 19.3%. The quarter-end CET1 capital ratio was 14.5% (guidance: ~13%) and the CET1 leverage ratio was 4.09% (guidance: >3.7%), both up QoQ. We repurchased USD 1.4bn of shares in 1H21 under our share repurchase programs. We intend to repurchase USD 0.6bn of shares during 3Q21.