Why Swiss start-ups shouldn’t compete on price  Why Swiss start-ups shouldn’t compete on price  Why Swiss start-ups shouldn’t compete on price
Sure, you need smarts to succeed, but you don’t need to be a genius. So says leadership professor Ingo Stolz from Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. He also tells us that Swiss start-ups shouldn’t compete on price.
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BB Biotech’s building blocks
Pioneering spirit, know-how and growth are the basis for BB Biotech's success over the past 25 years and have made the investment trust one of the world's largest biotech investors. Learn more about the key factors of this success story.
Martina Fuchs
China expert explains cultural misunderstanding after economist’s comment
China Railway Construction Corporation excluded UBS from a bond deal after the bank’s global chief economist used the phrase “Chinese pig,” adding another chapter to an unexpected tiff between Switzerland’s largest bank and China. According to Ji Bo, chief representative for Europe at the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business, cultural awareness is key.
Martina Fuchs
Framework deal turns Switzerland and the EU into David and Goliath
With the European Commission and Switzerland unlikely to sign off tomorrow on their long-awaited treaty, Stefan Legge, lecturer in economics at the University of St. Gallen, says it’s imperative that “David and Goliath” reach a deal. Entering a prolonged tit-for-tat game, he adds, could jeopardize existing good relations.
Hannah Wise
Investors are moving to direct lending, but what’s the risk?
After the financial crisis, many institutional investors have moved to direct lending in search of higher returns. Kirsten Bode, co-head of private debt, pan Europe at Muzinich & Co., talks about the origins of that market and how she sees the risks in this asset class.
Hannah Wise
Women’s strike: What’s the real message?
As women in Switzerland took to the streets on Friday to call for equality and respect, Isabelle Fellrath, a lawyer at SwissLegal, says much of the message had been diminished by the debate around whether it could even be called a strike or not. Legalities aside, Fellrath argues that “we are walking on eggshells” in addressing sensitive issues and the key message is that something substantial needs to be done.
Martina Fuchs
A positive outlook for the Swiss economy
The SNB, KOF, and SECO all have different growth outlooks for the Swiss economy. Find out why KOF’s Jan-Egbert Sturm has the brightest forecast of them all.
Frédéric Lelièvre
Could Swiss rates go even more negative? “Absolutely,” says the SNB
Banks may be asking the SNB to end its negative interest rate policy, which weighs on their profitability. But the central bank is nowhere close to that, according to the SNB’s Andréa Maechler. She also stresses that it is ready to intervene on the FX market if need be. She starts by explaining what SARON, the new reference rate, actually means for mortgages.
Hannah Wise
Facebook’s cryptocurrency plans: Where does Switzerland fit in?
Facebook will soon unveil its plan to introduce a digital coin, the so-called Libra. Philippe A. Naegeli, co-founder and CEO of the financial firm GENTWO, discusses Switzerland’s role.
Hannah Wise
SNB meets tomorrow with less room to maneuver
The Swiss National Bank is under growing pressure to push rates further into negative territory. Patrice Gautry, chief economist of UBP, discusses the prospect of yet more easing in the months to come.
Hannah Wise
Manpower: Job cuts expected in Zurich, Ticino regions
Employers in Ticino and Zurich expect to trim their payrolls over the next three months, according to the latest survey from Manpower Switzerland.
Hannah Wise
Invesco: Non-transparent ETFs are ultimately a good thing
The SEC gave the go-ahead last week for non-transparent ETFs in the U.S., a move, that Dan Draper, global head of ETFs at Invesco, says was “ultimately a good thing” in balancing one’s portfolio between traditional index-based ETFs and more actively managed assets to achieve a better long-term outcome.
Hannah Wise
Pictet AM: Swiss franc undervalued
The Swiss franc further appreciated this week as investors flocked to the safe haven currency, amid rising trade tensions. But Patrick Zweifel, Chief Economist at Pictet Asset Management, argues that the Swissie is still undervalued relative to the euro. His comments come as SNB policy makers prepare to meet next week.
Hannah Wise
Is Switzerland heading toward a Brexit scenario?
After months of silence, the Swiss Federal Council has decided to say “yes, but” to the proposed framework agreement between the EU and Switzerland. Economist Cornelia Meyer talks about the outcome of this decision and compares the situation with the Brexit discussions between the UK and the EU.
Hannah Wise
Trade war puts limitations on ECB control
The European Central Bank has announced plans to hold rates through at least the first half of 2020, citing ongoing uncertainties and growing protectionism. Samy Chaar, chief economist at Banque Lombard Odier & Cie, said the move reflects the limitations the ECB faces when the European economy is impacted by factors outside of its control, such as the trade war.

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