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Goodbye Switzerland, hello Asia

Asia's financial centres compete for wealth management supremacy

October 1, 2012

As the economic scales tip in favour of emerging economies – particularly those in Asia – it seems increasingly likely that one of the region's leading financial centres will steal the status of global wealth management capital from Switzerland. The question is, which city will it be?

Intervention habit drives up reserves

Central banks' intervention habit drives up reserves

September 12, 2012

The Swiss National Bank has been the most aggressive central bank in a developed economy when it comes to seeking to stop its safe haven status from driving excessive currency appreciation, but many other such institutions are using other, more varied techniques.

Rapid response puts Credit Suisse capital bank on track TEASER

Rapid response puts Credit Suisse capital bank on track

September 3, 2012

Switzerland’s second largest bank had to react quickly with an innovative convertible offering after the country’s central bank demanded an increase in its capital base.

TEASER-Switzerland loosens grip on the wealth management sector

Switzerland loosens grip on the wealth management sector

August 1, 2012

A stagnant home market and declining prospects in western Europe have encouraged Swiss wealth managers to expand in emerging markets. But the strategy for success is not always straightforward, and now a number of regional players have come to the fore looking to challenge Swiss dominance in this field.

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The ties that bind commodities players

June 1, 2012

Emerging market growth is changing the strategy for the commodities business at the same time that tighter regulation is altering the relationship between banks, merchant traders and investment funds.

We need a rule book on how to fail

January 3, 2012

Strengthening the legal framework to manage an international financial failure does not make failures more likely.

Credit Suisse defied CoCo critics with $2bn issue

May 4, 2011

Contingent capital is still the subject of furious debate. Some have called it a dangerous instrument, while others say it may not do what regulators want. Some argue that it will be difficult to create a market big enough to absorb the needs of the banking sector if it becomes a compulsory part of the capital structure. But none of this stopped Credit Suisse's $2bn issue from being a storming success. 

Rebuilding UBS: Can UBS revive its business and reputation?

March 3, 2010

UBS has endured a catastrophic three years. Now, under the stewardship of former Credit Suisse chief Oswald Grübel, the bank is attempting to restore its reputation and revive its business. Geraldine Lambe reports.

UBS returns to its roots

June 4, 2009

Investment banking losses and US tax evasion charges sent clients of the leading wealth manager scurrying for the exits. But the crisis has renewed UBS's determination to succeed in private banking. Writer Philip Alexander

Roche's perfect storm

April 7, 2009

Drug company Roche made a rare foray into the markets recently, with BNP Paribas being among the bookrunners putting together its record-breaking euro bond deal to finance the purchase of US biotech firm Genentech. Writer Edward Russell-Walling

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