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  1. A Surfeit of Apartments

    At 1.47%, the vacancy rate is at its highest level in 18 years. This surge is largely due to the situation in the market for rental apartments. On the other hand, vacancies in owner-occupied housing are still low.

  2. Switzerland Needs New Growth Drivers

    Switzerland Needs New Growth Drivers

    Thanks to an improved earnings situation, companies are likely to invest more again in 2018. But immigration and the real-estate boom – which have been key growth drivers until now – are losing momentum. Alongside its proven export champions, Switzerland needs an upsurge in productivity in its domestic economy if it is to achieve sustainable gains in prosperity over the next few years.

  3. Tax Proposal 17 Will Intensify Locational Competition

    Tax Proposal 17 Will Intensify Locational Competition

    The cantons of Zug, Zurich, and Aargau hold on to top rankings in the 2017 Credit Suisse Locational Quality Indicator. Appenzell Ausserrhoden overtook Thurgau and Obwalden. The competition for companies is likely to enter a new phase.

  4. Busy New Issuer Activity in the Swiss Franc Capital Market

    Busy New Issuer Activity in the Swiss Franc Capital Market

    The Credit Suisse Swiss Credit Handbook 2017 examines the creditworthiness of the largest Swiss bond issuers and main participants in the Swiss franc capital market. Companies in the coverage universe are overall healthy and fit.

  5. Inflation. A Loyal Swiss Ally

    Inflation. A Loyal Swiss Ally

    Switzerland has been classified as one of the happiest countries in the world. Commonly stated reasons for this are the sense of community, beautiful landscapes, fresh air, and clean water. Not to mention prosperity. 'Switzerland: A Financial Market History', by the Credit Suisse Research Institute in partnership with leading experts from the London Business School and Cambridge Judge Business School, investigates the sources of the country's economic success. The report highlights low inflation as one of the key success factors.

  6. Brexit and Its Consequences 

    Beware of excessive optimism: It would be risky to assume that the Swiss financial center will automatically benefit from Brexit. The situation according to Urs Rohner, chairman of Credit Suisse Group.

  7. Political "Noise" Does Not Impress Companies

    Political "Noise" Does Not Impress Companies

    The Credit Suisse economists are leaving their quarterly growth forecast for the Swiss economy in 2017 unchanged at 1.5 percent. For 2018 they expect growth to accelerate slightly to 1.7 percent, according to the latest issue of "Monitor Switzerland." Inflation is likely to be 0.5 percent in both years.

  8. Residential Property: The End of an Era

    Residential Property: The End of an Era

    The almost 15-year era of rising prices for residential properties appears to be at an end. In the coming quarters, an overall sideways trend can be expected. Single-family dwellings ought to outpace condominiums in terms of price growth.

  9. Swiss Real Estate Market 2017: Tenants Wanted

    Swiss Real Estate Market 2017: Tenants Wanted

    The downturn in the rental apartments market is progressing at full speed. Despite rising vacancies, construction activity in the rental apartments segment is boosting. Vacancies will continue to grow. Negative interest rates are driving this trend. These circumstances are likely to cause prices of multi-family dwellings to increase again in 2017, despite falling rents. Prices of owner-occupied housing, on the other hand, are no longer rising. After 14 years, the price growth came to an end in the fourth quarter of 2016.

  10. Pension Fund Study: Low Interest Rates and Redistribution Are Putting Pressure to Act

    Pension Fund Study: Low Interest Rates and Redistribution Are Putting Pressure to Act

    Credit Suisse has conducted a survey of nearly 200 Swiss pension funds. The greatest challenge named by participants continues to be the prevailing low interest rate environment. Demographic change and an excessive minimum conversion rate also rank among the main concerns of pension funds.