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  1. ECB Meeting Will Likely Bring Fewer Purchases

    ECB Meeting Will Likely Bring Fewer Purchases

    There are different scenarios in which asset purchases by ECB could be scaled back next year. The pace could be significantly slower but with a longer extension.

  2. Japan: "Abe or not Abe" That is the question

    Japan: "Abe or not Abe". That is the question

    Conservative parties are gaining ground on the LDP. The debate is centered on the viability of a third run by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

  3. The Chinese Consumer in 2017: The Lifestyle Upgrade

    The Chinese Consumer in 2017: The Lifestyle Upgrade

    Chinese consumers are shifting their pattern of spending to discretionary items. They are spending less on housing and food, but more on upgrading their lifestyles, on items such as healthcare, travel and entertainment compared to other emerging markets, according to Credit Suisse Research Institute's 7th Emerging Consumer Survey.

  4. Michael Strobaek: "Equities do well in an economic recovery"

    Michael Strobaek: "Equities do well in an economic recovery"

    Global equities have risen to new heights. But, is this rally set to continue?

  5. Catalan Crisis: Is a Further Escalation Possible?

    The escalation of the crisis in Spain has weighed on financial markets. While additional market stress cannot be ruled out in coming days, contagion to the Eurozone should be limited.

  6. Urs Hölzle: "I've been waiting for calm since 1999"

    Urs Hölzle: "I've been waiting for calm since 1999"

    No other Swiss person has had such a strong and immediate effect on the digital revolution as Urs Hölzle. The eighth employee to join Google, Hölzle was described by Business Insider as a "tech guru"; the Swiss broadcasting company Schweizer Fernsehen called him "the most important Swiss transplant in Silicon Valley."

  7. 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.

  8. The Irresistible Charm of the "Family Factor"

    Family owned companies tend to outperform their non-family owned peers. This overall finding holds true for all regions, all sectors, and all company sizes. Over the last decade, the annual return generated by family owned companies was on average 5% higher. The latest report "The CS Family 1000" by the Credit Suisse Research Institute analyses this phenomenon.

  9. German Election: Merkel Weakened – Heightened Uncertainty

    German Election: Merkel Weakened – Heightened Uncertainty

    Angela Merkel wins fourth term. Focus now turns to the coalition she needs to forge.

  10. 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.