Switzerland is facing "absolute paralysis" by 2030, says Peter Grünenfelder, the director of Avenir Suisse Switzerland is facing "absolute paralysis" by 2030, says Peter Grünenfelder, the director of Avenir Suisse Switzerland is facing "absolute paralysis" by 2030, says Peter Grünenfelder, the director of Avenir Suisse
What will Switzerland's future look like? The think tank Avenir Suisse released a study outlining six possible scenarios of what the economic and political landscape could look like by the year 2030. Will the country join the European Union, or abandon the Swiss franc? The director of Avenir Suisse Peter Grünenfelder co-authored the report and warns that Switzerland is facing "absolute paralysis" and a return to the past.
Hannah Wise
Business Update: Our top three stories in three minutes!
Find out how Brexit is affecting us here in Switzerland, and why you should ask for a pay raise for the sake of the economy!
Martina Fuchs
What helps water investors ride the volatility wave?
The huge demand for water technologies to solve problems such as leaks is one reason these stocks tend to recover faster than others. That’s the view of Stefan Schütz, head of equity research at Tareno Global Water Solutions Fund, who also discusses why making water free to consumers has its pros and cons.
Hannah Wise
What does board member composition say about your company?
When it comes to board membership, Switzerland is “open for change.” A new survey by Denison Consulting says that the role of the board is transforming, and Swiss companies are making changes.
Ana Maria Montero
Is drive for more women at the top in danger of grinding to a halt?
Gender equality in the boardroom won’t happen if the pace of change continues to slow down. Simone Stebler from Egon Zehnder explains why recent improvements are being put under threat as new figures show just 2.7 percent of CEOs at large firms in Switzerland are women.
Hannah Wise
Business Update: Volatility is back with a vengeance
Are we being too emotional when it comes to trading? With volatility back this week on markets, how do we navigate these tense times? Business Update has more on this and the week’s other main financial headlines.
Martina Fuchs
Your home could pay for itself in this ecovillage of the future
Living in a neighborhood where residents are self-sufficient would not only help tackle climate change but also potentially help pay your mortgage, according to James Ehrlich, founder of ReGen Villages. A pilot project is planned for the Netherlands, where cars would also take a back seat.
Hannah Wise
What do you trust: words or numbers?
The Fed chair softened his rhetoric on interest rates, sparking tremendous movement on the markets. Business Update brings you the big stories of the week including that Fed announcement, G-20 anticipation and Swiss GDP surprises.
Olivia Chang
How much do the Swiss spend on Christmas gifts?
How much are you planning to spend on gifts this Christmas? And how early do the Swiss like to buy their presents?
Ana Maria Montero
Why workplace harassment against women is a double discrimination
Sexual violence and harassment at work is a double discrimination for women, as it’s the victim—not the perpetrator—who often ends up leaving their job. That’s the view of Rosa Logar, who helped set up Austria’s first women’s shelter. She spoke to us at a recent anti-violence summit in Bern.
Hannah Wise
Blockchain could be the “disruption of the disruption” at Swiss banks
Ahead of Investor Day at Credit Suisse, we’re putting the nation’s two biggest banks under the spotlight. ZKB’s Javier Lodeiro says it’s an “amazing time” to be a banking analyst and that blockchain technology could be the “disruption of the disruption” when it comes to the Swiss banking giants.
Martina Fuchs
Are the “big three” diseases making a comeback?
Doctors call them “the big three”: malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV/AIDS. These diseases account for 10 percent of all deaths worldwide. Seth Berkley, CEO of Geneva-based vaccine alliance Gavi, warns of more viruses to come: “We will see with evolutionary certainty more outbreaks in the future.”
Hannah Wise
Business Update: Bitcoin falling, political games in Italy and trading volumes in Switzerland
BlackRock warns that Italy is playing a political game when it comes to its budget, and the Bitcoin Association Switzerland cautions the sell-off may not yet be over. Also: Find out why the CEO of Six Group is so relaxed about market access.
Martina Fuchs
Why Switzerland is on thin ice over global warming despite early snow
Swiss ski resorts like Verbier are already open on weekends after early-season snow in the Alps. However, experts like Pam Pearson of the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative, warn that the world is facing an irreversible tipping point over global warming.
Hannah Wise
Forget the latest rankings—Switzerland is still innovative
Innovation is an industry, and business is booming—that’s according to our expert this week on Corporate Switzerland. Leadership coach Lisa Christen travels the country meeting Swiss companies and tells us why we are still succeeding.

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