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Opinions on the stock market: Swatch

The Swatch share is at the same price level as in the year 2000, even though the company has more than doubled its turnover and profit during this time. The weak share price can be attributed to the vague corporate strategy, a lack of vision and poor communication with shareholders and financial analysts.

perspectives 01/2024

2023 was a challenging year for stock markets. Ultimately it drew to a positive end, but along the way it showed us the increasing importance of good risk management. 2024 too has risks investors should not underestimate. There is no end in sight to the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, and the tensions in the Far East are also unlikely to ease. On top of that, some countries are facing elections which could have consequences beyond national borders or even for the whole world.

Is ESG worthwhile for investors?

ESG is becoming an increasingly prominent issue for private clients, and for younger ones in particular sustainable investing is essential. Even more attention will be focused on the issue from 1 January 2024, when the mandatory minimum investment standards of the Swiss Bankers Association come into effect.

Opinions on the stock market: Roche

from the collapse in demand for COVID tests. Even so, it grew 7% in the third quarter and reported double-digit growth rates in the high-margin pharma division for the first time in years. Patent expires on the three big cancer drugs (Avastin, Herceptin and Rituxan) are becoming less significant, as are the COVID tests, and from 2024 onwards Roche will be back on track for double-digit growth.

Navigating Stressed Real Estate in 2023: Overcoming Challenges and Uncovering Opportunities

In the fast-paced world of real estate investing, 2023 has brought forth a myriad of challenges for investors. From soaring inflation rates to the collapse of prominent banks (such as SVB) and ongoing geopolitical tensions, the real estate market has been significantly impacted. However, amidst these challenges lie hidden opportunities for those willing to navigate the stormy waters of the industry.

perspectives 04/2023

The Swiss economy stagnated in the second quarter. However, the labour market remained strong, which had a positive impact on private consumption. The data published suggest that the Swiss economy is becoming less resilient. The problems encountered by Germany, Switzerland’s largest trading partner, are becoming increasingly evident. Meanwhile, the weakness of China is weighing on industrial exports. This suggests that the slowdown in global growth appears to have reached Switzerland.

«Food Revolution» - Investing in the sustainable food production of the future

«Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,» proclaimed Hippocrates, founder of western medicine, as long ago as 460 BC. This means just as much now as it did then. The pressing health and social challenges of today include not only obesity and sugar, but also the growing impact of food production on the planet. But it is precisely here that we are experiencing more than just a trend reversal – it is an outright food revolution. This presents attractive investment opportunities.

Luca Carrozzo, Chief Investment Officer of Bank CIC in an interview on the current market situation

On 1 January 2023, Luca Carrozzo became the new Chief Investment Officer of Bank CIC, making him responsible for investment strategy. It’s time to take a look at the markets with him.

Ukraine, Russia and trade finance

Ukraine has long been recognised as one of the largest producers of grain in the world. Its fertile land and favourable climate make it an agricultural powerhouse, contributing significantly to the world’s food supply. According to the European Commission, Ukraine accounts for 10% of the global wheat market, 15% of the corn market and 13% of the barley market. It is also a key global player in the sunflower oil market. As of today, with the Black Sea Grain Corridor agreement not being extended by Russia, trade finance managers find themselves at a crossroads.

Perspectives 03/2023

The Swiss economy got off to a surprisingly good start to the year, growing by 0.5% quarter on quarter in the first quarter. This was largely driven by domestic demand and capital investment. Annual inflation has been falling steadily in the past few months as a result of energy prices returning to normal, and the situation in the labour market still looks extremely positive.

A comparison of term deposits and savings accounts – increase your money with a higher interest rate

When it comes to saving, choosing the right investment matters. This article looks at two popular ways of investing: term deposits and savings accounts. Find out more and take a well-informed decision in order to make the most of your savings potential.

Opinions on the stock market: After the bull rally...

The sizeable revision to Nvidia second-quarter revenue forecasts set off a series of events on the markets. Valuations of AI stocks rose, cheering investors’ spirits.

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