SFAMA's Markus Fuchs expects healthy growth for Swiss funds industry SFAMA's Markus Fuchs expects healthy growth for Swiss funds industry SFAMA's Markus Fuchs expects healthy growth for Swiss funds industry
In 2017, asset managers in Switzerland looked after around 2 trillion Swiss francs, a volume increase of 5 percent year-on-year. On Friday, the Swiss Funds and Asset Management Association (SFAMA) will hold its 25th Annual General Meeting in Bern. Ahead of the event, Martina Fuchs spoke exclusively to its Managing Director Markus Fuchs, and asked him about the key drivers behind that growth.
Hannah Wise
Will the Swiss franc continue to weaken?
In an interview with CNNMoney Switzerland, Marc Brütsch, chief economist of Swiss Life Asset Managers, discusses the future of the Swiss franc. Under a friendly economic environment, he sees the currency moving to 1.21 against the Euro.
Amanda Kayne
The big question is why wages aren't going up, asks Marie Owens Thomsen of Indosuez
There's been record low unemployment in Germany for years, and now in the U.S. and Switzerland, as well. But wage increases remain stagnant, says Marie Owens Thomsen, global chief economist at Indosuez Wealth Management. The reason, she adds, is probably to be found in global trade flows.
Amanda Kayne
Swiss franc to weaken further against the euro, expects Swissquote Rosenstreich
The Swiss franc fell 1.20 to the euro once again, and according to Peter Rosenstreich, head of market strategy at Swissquote, the franc will continue to weaken. That's due in part to the strengthening of the European economy and because the European Central Bank will tighten its monetary policy before the Swiss National Bank can take action.
Amanda Kayne
Weakened rouble "helps Russia adjust to sanctions"
The Russian rouble took a tumble after the U.S. announced additional sanctions on the country. According to Paul Domjan, global head of research at Exotix, the sanctions are not harming the economy at large
Andreas Schaffner
UBS CEO Sergio Ermotti warns of geopolitical risks and protectionism
UBS CEO Sergio Ermotti warns of geopolitical risks and protectionism. More tonight in an interview with Andreas Schaffner on CNNMoney Switzerland.
Amanda Kayne
"Profitability is quite strong," says Yves Bonzon of Julius Bär
In an interview with CNNMoney Switzerland Yves Bonzon, Chief Investment Officer of Julius Baer takes a closer look at the first quarter earnings.
Ana Maria Montero
Trade war woes are the focus, says Sandra Navidi of BeyondGlobal
The spring meeting with the IMF and the World Bank Group was all about a possible trade war, says best-selling author and international financial markets expert Sandra Navidi in an interview with CNNMoney Switzerland.
Ana Maria Montero
Oil demand could decline, says Economist Cornelia Meyer
The cooperation agreement between the 14-member OPEC cartel and the 10 non-OPEC producers, led by Russia, to cut oil production by 1.8 million barrels per day led to higher oil prices last year. A possible trade war could have an impact on global economic growth and therefore on the future demand, says oil expert Cornelia Meyer in an interview with CNNMoney Switzerland.
Amanda Kayne
Taxation next potential challenge for tech companies, says GAM chief economist
FANG stocks – Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google – have seen their prices tumble by up to 10% in just one week. Investors had not anticipated the regulation now coming amid the Facebook privacy revelations, says Larry Hatheway, chief economist at GAM. Now, another challenge is looming: a higher taxation regime, especially in the European Union, with concerns that tech firms may be set to pay taxes at the same rate as other companies.
Ana Maria Montero
Markets appreciate changes at the top of Swiss companies, says Alastair McCaig of Fern Wealth
As large Swiss companies report their results for the first quarter of 2018, Alastair McCaig, head of investment management at Fern Wealth, looks at the commonalities. In his view, it took a while for markets to absorb structural rebalancing, which was followed by changes at the top.
Ana Maria Montero
Economist: "Debt could be a major problem in next recession"
As the world's debt load balloons to a record USD 164 trillion, the International Monetary Fund says governments should use the current level of strong economic growth to strengthen their finances. However, debt will not affect investors in the short to mid-term, according to Larry Hatheway of Gam Investments.
Hannah Wise
Responsible investment can address investors' long-term expectations, says Candriam
For today's investors, it's not enough to perform well financially. They now seek investments that also have a positive impact on society. But that can't be done overnight, argues Wim Van Hyfte, global head of responsible investments and research at Candriam Investors Group. He says that sustainable investments will lead to a sustainable economy, and eventually deliver what investors expect in the long run.
Hannah Wise
ETFs are robust and can resist market corrections, argues J.P. Morgan's Bryon Lake
Exchange traded funds have experienced 20 percent annual growth over the past decade to reach $4.6 trillion globally. On the 25th anniversary of ETFs last month, Swiss funds and asset management association director Markus Fuchs said: "The real acid test for ETFs will probably not come until the next substantial correction on the stock markets." Bryon Lake, head of international ETF at J.P. Morgan disagrees. He believes ETF structures are "extremely robust" and that investors should not be worried.
Hannah Wise
"The intent makes sense," says UBP's Norman Villamin on the sovereign money initiative
According to Norman Villamin, chief investment officer at UBP, a lot has been done when it comes to banking regulations. Given the economic situation and the current leverage ratios of banks, the radical measures required by the sovereign money (Vollgeld) initiative seem to be too extreme.

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