Performance of Swiss Private Banks
A recent study conducted by KPMG Switzerland and the University of St. Gallen has shown that the gap between Swiss private banks is widening. Christian Hintermann summarizes the key findings of the study.
"Unfocused action won't help"
Hans-Ulrich Bigler, Director of the Swiss Federation of Small and Medium Enterprises, talks in an interview about the repercussions of the strong franc, the innovative capacity of local SMEs and the economic burden of regulation.
What does the electricity industry need?
Urs Gasche, Chairman of the Board of Directors of BKW, talks in an interview about his expectations of politicians, negotiations with the EU and Switzerland’s energy situation in 15 years.
The Future of Financial Reporting
Roland Abt and Daniel Bösiger talk in an interview about key changes, the importance of annual reports and other challenges connected to this year’s financial reporting activities.
The role of commodities trading in global economy
Richard Sharman summarizes in the interview the current challenges facing the commodities trading industry, talks about Switzerland as a business location and points out the global trends of the sector.
Panel Talk – Clarity on Swiss Taxes
Councilor Peter Hegglin and tax experts Bruno Gurtner and Peter Uebelhart talk about Switzerland in the context of national and international tax competition.
“Excellent social insurance system”
Ivo Furrer, Chief Executive Officer Switzerland at Swiss Life, and Thomas Gerber, Head of Life and Executive Committee member at AXA Winterthur, discuss the business environment for life insurance.
“I enjoy explaining complex relationships”
In an interview, Prof. Erwin Heri, founder of Fintool, talks about his efforts to create a more finance-savvy public, confidence in markets and how Switzerland’s financial sector has changed.
“M&A play a major role”
Christopher Minter, Head of Principal Investments & Acquisitions at Swiss Re, talks about the importance of mergers and acquisitions in the insurance industry.
"Bilateral agreements are the only reasonable solution"
Stéphane Rossini, President of the National Council, talks about the relevance of the relationship between Switzerland and the EU. He also reveals where he feels there is a need to reform social, healthcare, energy, financial and tax policies.
“To me, Christmas is all about being home”
Abbot Urban Federer explains what the upcoming holidays mean to him personally, what he finds particularly fascinating about Einsiedeln Abbey and which of his duties in the Bishops Conference are most important.
Performance of Swiss Private Banks
KPMG and the University of St. Gallen jointly analyzed the annual reports of 94 Swiss private banks and assessed their financial performance from 2006 to 2013. Christian Hintermann summarizes the key findings of the study.
“Fukushima completely transformed the situation”
Michael Frank, Director of VSE, shines some light on what changes the past few years have brought in terms of the production, distribution and sale of electricity. He also explains why feed-in remuneration at cost leads to distortions on the market.
“More than just banks, chocolate and watches”
Investor and author James Breiding talks in an interview about the attractiveness of Switzerland as a business location and life partners influence foreign specialists’ and executives’ choice of job location.
“Samba dancing on the football pitch?”
Gilbert Gress talks about his expectations for the World Cup, which major changes world football has undergone, his recently published biography and his personal plans for the future.
Insurance industry looks ahead to a rosy future
Bruno Pfister, Group CEO at SwissLife, talks about how innovative forces can be leveraged in the insurance business and explains which challenges the industry will be facing in the future.
“Switzerland has become a target”
In an interview Ruedi Lustenberger, President of the National Council, talks about Switzerland’s economic state, 2014 as a pre-election year and the complex relationship that exists between the media and politics.
Rising prices in the residential segment
What does the local investment real estate market look like right now? And what is making Swiss real estate so attractive to investors from insurance companies and pension funds? Ulrich Prien answers these and other questions.
“Further consolidation is conceivable”
In an interview, Philipp Rickert talks about the big economic and regulatory issues facing private banks and which business model will be successful in the future.
Switzerland as an island of stability
Professor Sturm talks on one hand about Switzerland’s stable economy and on the other hand about the potential unknowns that could endanger our future economic growth.
The world seen from above
In an interview, Claude Nicollier reveals what it felt like to hold the Hubble telescope in his hands and what he thinks of the ever-increasing popularity of space tourism.
“The financing could become critical”
In an interview Hélène Béguin, Head of SMEs at KPMG in Western Switzerland, explains the greatest challenges facing small and medium-sized enterprises in her region and how Western Switzerland can remain attractive as a business center.
“Innovation is a key factor”
In a video interview, Reto Benz and Prof. Artur Baldauf explain the challenges currently being faced by Swiss SMEs as well as their prospects from both a practical and scientific perspective.
“Companies are under great pressure”
In an interview Peter Uebelhart talks about the latest developments in the Swiss tax system and explains some possible ways to keep the country attractive as a business center and place to work.
“Grocery stores will change dramatically”
Jürg Meisterhans talks in an interview about the results of the new study entitled ‘The Future of Shopping’ and explains the outlook for the food retailing industry in Switzerland.
"I look forward to the future"
In an interview, Nicola Spirig talks about how she felt after her photo finish in London, the challenge presented by triathlon sports and what her plans are for the future.
“Clues need to be followed up”
As Head of Forensic, Anne van Heerden is involved in investigations into cases of white-collar crime on a daily basis. In an interview, he talks about the most important results of the new study and possible preventive measures.
2013 will be an active M&A year
In an interview Patrik Kerler reflects on the highlights of the past M&A year and points out which sectors were most active.
In an interview, Matthias Altendorf talks about the importance of innovation and how new precision products can be created together with the courage to forge new paths.
The golden days are over
Wai Chiong Loke gives his views in an interview about trends and opportunities in the medtech industry and reveals the potential of the growth market that is China.
“With pride and strength”
In an interview Roger Neininger talks about the challenges he will be facing as new CEO of KPMG in Switzerland and what working for KPMG means to him.