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“Progress is critical,” says Didier Denat of Credit Suisse “Progress is critical,” says Didier Denat of Credit Suisse “Progress is critical,” says Didier Denat of Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse has just launched its new Progress Barometer, a survey of where Switzerland is heading. Didier Denat, head of corporate and investment banking Switzerland at CS, tells Ana Maria Montero why the country can’t afford to be complacent.
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Ana Maria Montero
January 22 Markets Summary: A bad day for UBS
Logitech, Galenica, Arbonia, and Komax released their earnings, but UBS grabbed most of the market attention. The stock price of Switzerland’s largest bank fell sharply amid capital outflows in its core business: the wealth management unit. The SMI closed down 0.50 percent to 8,966.34.
Ana Maria Montero
January 21 Markets Summary: Quiet trading day
Wall Street was closed today for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, as other stock markets experienced diverging trading sessions. In Switzerland, the SMI was down 0.14 percent to 9,011.41. Interroll and China’s slow growth were also in focus.
Hannah Wise
Expect “token” rate hike from the ECB by the end of the year
Despite the European economic slowdown, JP Morgan’s David Stubbs, head of client investment for the EMEA region, tells us he expects the ECB to raise rates in late 2019.
Hannah Wise
January 18 Markets Summary: SMI above 9,000 points
Hopes for peace in the trade dispute between the United States and China have supported markets across the board. The SMI ended the day up 1.23 percent at 9,023.96. We also look at the UBS CEO’s personal bet.
Hannah Wise
Europe has “gangbuster” economy despite pockets of weakness
Join investor Kenneth Fisher, Handelszeitung’s Melanie Loos and CNNMoney Switzerland’s Hannah Wise for a positive spin on the Swiss economy despite concerning GDP figures for Q3.
Hannah Wise
Could the SNB could let the franc go below 1.10 against the euro?
René Morgenthaler, head of discretionary at Banque Bonhôte & Cie, is surprised that, amid Brexit and Italy’s situation, the Swiss franc isn’t even stronger than its current level. But if the franc were to strengthen, he explains why he believes the Swiss National Bank would not react immediately.
Hannah Wise
Housing is not affordable anymore, says Swiss Life chief economist
Marc Brütsch, chief economist at Swiss Life, argues that despite low mortgage rates, it’s expensive to buy a home, especially for the young. He also warns that the recent good numbers in the Swiss labor market are lagging indicators, and don’t reflect the actual slowdown.
Hannah Wise
January 17 Markets Summary: Geberit leads the pack
Earnings season is here, and Geberit produced good figures. Also on our radar, the low mortage rates in Switzerland as the housing market slows down, and the expected results from Nexflix. Finally, the SMI ended the day up 0.45 percent to 8,914.14.
Martina Fuchs
Challenging conditions for investors after UK vote
In our special Brexit debate, Eleanor Taylor Jolidon, co-head of Swiss & Global Equity at UBP, and Esty Dwek, senior investment strategist at Natixis Investment Managers, examine the markets after UK lawmakers rejected the divorce deal with the EU.
Martina Fuchs
January 16 Markets Summary: Investors turn to Panalpina
On Wednesday, Denmark’s DSV made a USD 4.1 billion takeover bid for Swiss transport giant Panalpina. Investors, speculating on another bid by Swiss rival Kuehne + Nagel, sent Panalpina shares soaring over 27 percent. The SMI ended the day up 0.56 percent to 8,873.77.
Hannah Wise
Why PIMCO remains cautious on Europe
With the trade war still going strong, Geraldine Sundstrom, managing director at PIMCO, says Europe may eventually be hit the hardest since authorities like central banks have little room to maneuver.
Hannah Wise
Will emerging markets rebound?
Investing in emerging markets is on the radar of many investors these days. Luc D’hooge of Vontobel Asset Management remains cautious when it comes to Turkey or India, but in his view Argentina is on the right track.
Hannah Wise
January 15 Markets Summary: Chocolate and catastrophes
This Tuesday, Lindt & Sprüngli shares dipped after it revised its growth targets. Meanwhile, reinsurer Swiss Re revealed the heavy cost of catastrophes, from wildfires to hurricanes. Finally, the SMI bounced back finishing the day up 0.74 percent to 8,824.73.
Martina Fuchs
The investment climate is getting better, says Carlos Mejia
With markets back on a bumpy road, Carlos Mejia, head of investments at Rothschild & Co Bank, actually has a positive outlook for the coming weeks, but volatility, in his view, is going to stay high for the rest of the year, meaning investors will need to be more disciplined going forward.
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