September 13 Markets Summary: Spotlight on central banks September 13 Markets Summary: Spotlight on central banks September 13 Markets Summary: Spotlight on central banks
The SMI wraps up the day unchanged, the spotlight shines on central banks, and Apple suppliers get a boost. Here’s your wrap-up of what happened in markets around the world today.
Ana Maria Montero
“There is no systematic crisis in emerging markets,” says Arthur Lau of Pinebridge Investments
Be it Turkey, Argentina or Indonesia, investors are getting cautious when it comes to investing in emerging markets. Arthur Lau, co-head of emerging markets fixed income at Pinebridge Investments, advises investors to be selective.
Ana Maria Montero
Oil prices on the rise again
Oil prices rose on Friday ahead of this weekend’s meeting between OPEC and other large crude exporters. According to Cornelia Meyer, economist and energy expert, we will continue to see gains as the market tightens.
Ana Maria Montero
September 21 Markets Summary: Jumping oil prices and a cannabis IPO
This Friday the SMI closed down 0.06 percent at 8995.38. Tonight’s Markets Summary looks at the latest surge in oil prices and investors' fresh interest in a new IPO by Danish company StenoCare.
Hannah Wise
Trade war is really about who will take over the leadership in tech, says Rudolf Minsch of Economiesuisse
Trade war is really about who will take over the leadership in tech, says Rudolf Minsch of Economiesuisse
Hannah Wise
Will Switzerland stick to ultra-low interest rates?
The SNB predicts inflation in Switzerland will be lower than expected. For Thomas Stucki, CIO of the St. Galler Kantonalbank, the signal is clear: It gives the SNB more freedom to wait for the European Central Bank to raise interest rates. This, though, won’t be before 2019.
Hannah Wise
September 20 Markets Summary: Bank shares boom as SNB keeps interest rates low
This Thursday, the SMI closed up 0.68 percent at 9000.81. Tonight’s Markets Summary looks at what drove stocks upward and what to make of the SNB’s latest inflation forecast.
Olivia Chang
Guess what everyone’s talking about at the WEF in China?
The Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2018—or the Summer Davos Forum—starts on Wednesday in Tianjin, China. In his opening speech, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that unilateral trade actions will not solve any problems, stressing that multilateralism should instead be upheld. Experts argue that the Chinese economy will not be hit hard by the latest trade tensions with the U.S.
Ana Maria Montero
How attractive is the real estate market in Switzerland?
Despite all the warnings of regulators, Stefan Heitmann, founder and CEO of MoneyPark, still sees opportunities in the Swiss real estate market. In his opinion, mortage rates will continue to move sideways and property prices will not rise as they have been in the last few years.
Ana Maria Montero
“The stimulus is coming back into the Chinese market,” says David Stubbs of J.P. Morgan Private Bank
As trade war tensions increase yet again, investors have a lot to consider. According to David Stubbs, head of client investment strategy at J.P. Morgan Private Bank, there’s still a bumpy road ahead. But in his view, valuations in most markets, which have been hit in the last month, might recover. One of them could be China.
Hannah Wise
Why markets recovered after latest trade war rhetoric
Since the Trump administration initiated the latest round of the U.S.-China trade war, markets have recovered. According to Eleanor Taylor Jolidon, co-head of Swiss & Global Equity at UBP, investors still hope that a trade resolution will be reached.
Hannah Wise
September 18 Markets Summary: Equities rise but not the SMI
The tough talk on tariffs is, for the moment, yesterday’s news, and markets were in full recovery mode today—all, that is, except the Swiss stock exchange. The SMI closed down 0.23 percent at 8915.87 points. Watch our Markets Summary to find out why.
Hannah Wise
Oliver Adler of Credit Suisse: Why wages don’t increase with economic boom
The Swiss economy is booming. According to the forecast Monitor Switzerland by Credit Suisse published Tuesday, it is set to grow by a stronger-than-average 2.7 percent in 2018. Despite this positive news, wages aren’t following this trend. Nominal wages in Switzerland have on average risen by less than 1 percent per year since the financial crisis and in 2017 only went up by 0.4 percent. According to Oliver Adler, chief economist of Credit Suisse, there are many reasons for this. One of them is that wage demands from trade unions have also been moderate compared to the demands made 20 years ago.
Hannah Wise
Saying goodbye to LIBOR
The London Inter-bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) plays a critical role in today’s financial world. Some USD 350 trillion in financial contracts are tied to it worldwide. But the system is about to change, and Switzerland is the first to move to a new reference rate: the Swiss Average Rate Overnight (SARON). This is a huge challenge for the whole financial industry. According to Silvia Devulder, director at EY, there are still some preconditions to be fulfilled before the full transition
Hannah Wise
It would be nice to get a signal from the SNB, says Stefan Gerlach from EFG
The Swiss National Bank will give its latest update on monetary police this week. Experts are not expecting any changes until the European Central Bank moves—and that will be not before next fall. EFG’s Chief Economist Stefan Gerlach would still appreciate if the SNB would give some signal on how it plans to address the higher inflation in Switzerland.

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