The trade war is looming, but thus far it hasn't impacted Swiss businesses, says Nicolas Bürki, portfolio manager at Mirabaud Asset Management. However, Bürki adds, companies need to know if the tariffs will be here to stay before they can adapt.
The brand-new ski and golf resort in Andermatt resides on former military ground. In dialogue with CNNMoney Switzerland’s Amanda Kayne, the CEO of Andermatt Swiss Alps explains why the locals are embracing the 1.8 billion Swiss franc makeover project.
"Most of our employees are local and we have to train them," says CEO of Dätwyler Group, Dirk Lambrecht. In dialogue with CNNMoney Switzerland’s Amanda Kayne, he tells us what his company is doing to transform what has traditionally been a man’s world.
Every year in January, 65,000 people gather in Solothurn to check out the latest Swiss short films, documentaries and features. However, the spotlight is on the movies, not the stars, says Solothurn Film Festival Director Seraina Rohrer. In a conversation with Olivia Chang, Rohrer explains why sponsorship is harder to come by and what international audiences find appealing about Swiss storytelling.
Solothurn is home to about 15,000 companies, including pro bike manufacturer BMC, which supplies top athletes around the world. But BMC Switzerland will no longer sponsor the BMC Racing Team from 2019, the company has confirmed to CNNMoney Switzerland. In an interview with Olivia Chang, CEO David Zurcher tells us how the brand will maintain its global presence and why e-bikes are the future.
Marzipan and poppy seed, pineapple and basil, or mare di nutella anyone? As temperatures rise, CNNMoney Switzerland’s new series “The Big Tour” stops at the Gelateria di Berna, one of Switzerland’s hottest artisanal gelaterias. The capital of Switzerland is not just the country's political center but also has a major sweet tooth. It was where the renowned chocolate Toblerone was born and also where the first industrially-made ice cream was produced in 1925. In Switzerland, small local parlors like Gelateria di Berna are now shaking up the market with organic flavors. Martina Fuchs met up with co-founder David Amrein to take a look behind the ice cream scoops and find out about his dream to set up shop in the Big Apple.
On the Big Picture tonight, CNNMoney Switzerland launches “The Big Tour,” a new summer series that will take viewers on a journey to each of the country's 26 cantons. It starts off in Bern, the second-largest canton and home to the national capital. Our first guest is Bern-native Tamara Funiciello, the president of the Young Socialists Switzerland, who is known for her sometimes outspoken views. Martina Fuchs met up with the 28-year-old to get her opinion on Bern and its relationship to the rest of the country and the world.
With several blockchain start-ups headquartered in Zug, Switzerland is considered a pioneer in the new technology. At the recent TechCrunch conference held in Zug's "cryptovalley," editor at large Mike Butcher told CNNMoney Switzerland's Eléonore Payro why decentralization is one of the reasons Switzerland is ahead of the curve in what he calls "the new internet."
It's Friday! As this year's Montreux Jazz Festival comes to a close, CEO Mathieu Jaton wraps up the event with CNNMoney Switzerland's Ana Maria Montero, citing British trip-hoppers Massive Attack and acid-jazz band Jamiroquai as personal highlights. Meanwhile, in film news, insects can be superheroes, too, especially when they have the might of the Marvel brand behind them. The "Ant-Man and the Wasp" are buzzing to Switzerland. Check it out!
Streaming has given audiences access to more artists globally, a development that music business expert Paul Zilk applauds. Zilk is the CEO of Reed MIDEM, which organizes an annual gathering of the global music industry in Cannes. In a discussion with CNNMoney Switzerland at the Montreux Jazz Festival, he explained that the consumption of live music is at a record high, and what it takes for music festivals to make the most of it.
In CNNMoney Switzerland’s special coverage of the Montreux Jazz Festival, we sat down with Mathieu Jaton, CEO of the festival, and Sébastien Bazin, CEO of French hotel giant AccorHotels. Both explained how they entered into a sponsoring agreement just before the kickoff of the event. At that time, Bazin said he knew "nothing about jazz" but was confident the music festival would help him shift the hotel business from a product to a client focus. The hospitality CEO also touches on his ambitions about Air France.
As the trend for cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum has gathered momentum in the last months, token owners don’t always know how to spend them in everyday situations. Kris Marszalek, CEO and co-founder of blockchain-based startup Crypto.com, thinks he has the solution: a Visa card linked to a cryptocurrency account, which allows users to spend their digital money for goods and services everywhere the card is accepted. According to Marszalek, this innovation could even mark the end of traditional banking, as he told CNNMoney Switzerland at the TechCrunch conference in Zug.
Galia Benartzi is the co-founder of Bancor Protocol, which raised more than USD 150 million last year, making it one of the largest ICOs of 2017. With its foundation based in Zug and its research center in Tel-Aviv, Bancor proposes to create cryptocurrencies for any community in the world. Benartzi was at the TechCrunch conference in Zug, where she talked to CNNMoney Switzerland. She started by explaining what Bancor is about.
Online alternative finance is a broad term that has allowed trading to occur outside the traditional realms of banking. Crowdfunding is one such example, occupying a large piece of the alternative finance pie. It gathers money from multiple sources to fund a venture or a project. Ardian Gjeloshi, co-founder of Crowdhouse, tells CNNMoney Switzerland's Amanda Kayn, why crowdfunding is particularly useful in the buy-to-let property market.
Online alternative finance is reaching new heights as more and more peer-to-peer lenders take on some of the world's most conservative banks to perform the role of money machine. CNNMoney Switzerland discusses this growing trend with Daniel Sandmeier, CEO of Instimatch Global, and Alwin Meyer, CEO of Swisspeers.