Swiss clients who have been to China are interested in investing there, says Jian Shi Cortesi of GAM   Swiss clients who have been to China are interested in investing there, says Jian Shi Cortesi of GAM   Swiss clients who have been to China are interested in investing there, says Jian Shi Cortesi of GAM
Global index compiler MSCI included 226 Chinese large-cap A shares on its MSCI Emerging Markets Index and other global indexes as of June 1. According to Jian Shi Cortesi, fund manager at GAM, this will increase foreign participation and help the market to become more mature.
Martina Fuchs
Lucatelli: “A Swiss digital currency could be an export success”
The Swiss stock exchange wants the Swiss National Bank to issue a digital coin. For Adriano Lucatelli, co-founder and CEO of Descartes Finance, this would be a good move for Switzerland. In his view, a “digital Swissie” could be a successful export product like “chocolate and cheese.”
Martina Fuchs
SGKB sees franc hitting parity with euro in 5-10 years
The Swiss franc could hit parity with the euro within 5 to 10 years if it continues to appreciate by around 2 percent a year, says Thomas Stucki, CIO of St. Galler Kantonalbank. He adds that the speed at which the franc appreciates, rather than the level, will be the bigger deciding factor for the Swiss National Bank on when to intervene. But, he says, if it sinks below 1.07 then it can pose a challenge to the economy.
Martina Fuchs
Switzerland and EU at a stand-off
Even though Dan Scott, deputy chief investment officer at Vontobel Wealth Management, expects Swiss stocks to lose access to EU markets, he’s not losing any sleep over the “non-event.”
Martina Fuchs
Lombard Odier: A cautious outlook for Swiss investors
Amid various trade disputes, Johan Utterman, head of Swiss equities at Lombard Odier Asset Management, sees some Swiss large and medium caps well-positioned in case of an economic downturn, especially companies in the tech sector.
Martina Fuchs
Aviva Investors: positive outlook for emerging markets
Despite the uncertainties regarding global growth and the weakening of the U.S dollar, Liam Spillane, head of emerging markets debt at Aviva Investors, sees a positive outlook for fixed income in emerging markets.
Martina Fuchs
As U.S.-Iran tensions rise, what’s at stake for oil?
U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday to impose further sanctions on Iran. Carsten Menke, commodities expert and head of next generation research at Julius Baer, gives his insight on recent gains in oil prices, arguing that the news of recent weeks hasn’t changed the outlook for the oil market output.
Hannah Wise
Facebook faces privacy pushback over digital currency
Facebook will have a hard time building trust in its digital currency because of its poor record on privacy, says billionaire investor Ken Fisher.
Martina Fuchs
Don’t forget women refugees, says Plan International
Refugees can be valuable contributors to the economy but need the opportunity to thrive, says Suba Umathevan, CEO of Plan International Switzerland. She also sees the need to focus on female refugees.
Martina Fuchs
From welfare to workforce
The number of people fleeing war, conflict, and persecution surpassed 70 million last year. But how can refugees be included in the economies of their new countries? Valentina Velandia, co-founder of Capacity, sees an entrepreneurial approach.
Hannah Wise
Carmignac: When you are a central banker, you cannot lose credibility
With all eyes on the U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary policy statement, Didier Saint-Georges, member of investment committee at Carmignac, argues that Chair Jerome Powell’s must show that the Fed’s decision hasn’t been swayed by political pressure—otherwise credibility is questioned.
Hannah Wise
Can you afford to live until 100?
As we age, our pensions tend to push us toward less risky assets. But with many of us now facing a life span of over 100 years, AXA Investment Managers suggest that we should in fact embrace more risk than we normally would.
Martina Fuchs
EU declines access to Swiss stock exchange—for now
The European Union on Tuesday refused to give the Swiss stock exchange access to EU markets beyond June after Bern failed to sign a new treaty with Brussels. Christopher Gannatti, head of European research at WisdomTree, says the two sides still have 12 days to find a solution to the impasse.
Martina Fuchs
Facebook’s new cryptocurrency divides experts in Switzerland
Facebook will launch Libra as a global cryptocurrency. Switzerland’s vibrant crypto industry, however, is divided when it comes to judging the latest announcement from the social media giant, as CNNMoney Switzerland’s Olivia Chang reports.
Martina Fuchs
Why Facebook is going into crypto
On Tuesday, Facebook formally unveiled Libra, its highly-anticipated digital currency project, and also announced the creation of the Libra Association. According to Dante Disparte, head of policy and communications for the Libra Association, here’s what we can expect.

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