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Despite some clouds gathering on the global trade horizon, Panagiotis Spiliopoulos, head of research at Vontobel, does not foresee much damage being done to Swiss companies. With the exception of big industrial players like ABB or Sulzer, he says, there is not much to worry about. Additionally, higher interest rates could be a boon to banks and insurers.
Ana Maria Montero
Alastair McCaig: “Market corrections have been sharp and aggressive”
After a week of higher stock market volatility, Alastair McCaig, head of investment management at Fern Wealth, believes that another correction lies ahead.
Ana Maria Montero
How much protectionism is good for Switzerland?
How far should Switzerland go when it comes to shielding state-owned companies from foreign takeovers? According to Marco Salvi, senior fellow at think tank Avenir Suisse, Swiss companies don’t need to be saved.
Ana Maria Montero
October 12 Markets Summary: Shy rebound for markets
Asian indexes ended the day markedly up, but European stock exchanges struggled to recover fully. The SMI closed slightly up: 0.24% at 8660.25 points. Wall Street remains hesitant, while tech equities in Asia and the U.S. are finding momentum.
Ana Maria Montero
Did the chairman of the Fed really trigger the latest sell-off?
U.S. President Donald Trump has said that he doesn’t like the Federal Reserve’s decision to continue to hike interest rates. According to Esty Dwek, senior investment strategist at Natixis Investment Managers, you can’t really blame the Fed alone for the latest market sell-off.
Ana Maria Montero
October 11 Markets Summary: stocks tumble, SMI feels the pain
This Thursday, global markets continued to struggle with the SMI hit badly, closing down 2.85 percent to 8,639.19. Tonight’s Markets Summary looks at the sell-off in U.S. stocks and why Swiss banks were hit hard.
Ana Maria Montero
“India is like a sleeping giant,” says Chrys Kamber of Picard Angst
For IMF chief Christine Lagarde, India has the potential to become the world’s fastest growing economy. In an interview with CNNMoney Switzerland, Chrys Kamber, head of Indian investments at Picard Angst, sees positive signals despite the macroeconomic headwinds.
Hannah Wise
China playing the yuan game against the U.S.
Patrice Gautry, chief economist at UBP, explains the weakening of the renminbi is part of Beijing’s response to the trade dispute with Washington. He warns that the RMB could be further devalued. Gautry also gives his assessment on what the finance industry can do against global warming.
Hannah Wise
October 10 Markets Summary: shaky markets, stable Bitcoin, slipping renminbi
The SMI was under pressure today and closed down 0.79 percent to 8,892.88. Global markets showed concern over the Italian budget and trade tensions, while Bitcoin reached its lowest volatility point in 17 months.
Hannah Wise
A cryptocurrency surprise expected for Christmas
Jan Brzezek, CEO and co-founder of Crypto Finance, anticipates volatility and the price of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to increase again soon. Brzezek also explains what his new crypto asset-management license—the first ever granted by Finma—will change.
Hannah Wise
Why Italians are investing their savings abroad?
Despite being under financial pressure, Italy still has significant resources—but they are private and increasingly invested abroad. Anastassios Frangulidis, of Pictet Asset Management, explains this dynamic. He also gives his take on the IMF’s latest forecasts for the U.S., China, and Switzerland.
Hannah Wise
October 9 Markets Summary: Stocks dip on IMF’s forecast
It was a bumpy day for the SMI, but it eventually closed flat at 8,964.11 points. Global markets reacted to the latest IMF forecasts, and the euro weakened against the dollar amid the Italian sovereign bonds sell-off.
Hannah Wise
Yves Mirabaud: “Geneva has no choice” but to accept the tax reform
Will banks in Geneva remain optimistic? It depends on the coming tax and pension reforms, says Yves Mirabaud, chairman of the Geneva Financial Center. The banker also shares his views on the relationship between Switzerland and the EU.
Hannah Wise
There is a very good reason behind the bonds sell-off, economist says
Karsten Junius, chief economist at the research division of Bank J. Safra Sarasin, explains why investors have been selling U.S. treasury bonds pushing yields up. Junius also tries to decipher Italy’s public spending strategy.
Hannah Wise
Why investors should pay attention to climate change
Marie Owens Thomsen, chief economist at Indosuez Wealth Management, discusses the IPCC report and Nobel Prize in economics. She also explains why she’s concerned asset prices don’t reflect the impact of global warming on businesses.

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