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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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. They Know What They're Doing

    They Know What They're Doing

    Young people and digital media are a phenomenon that parents find disconcerting and that keep an army of (adult) specialists on their toes. But young people themselves know quite well how to protect their privacy – it's the adults who have some catching up to do.

  7. Omega European Masters – Credit Suisse Silver Pro-Am 2017

    Omega European Masters – Credit Suisse Silver Pro-Am 2017

    The Credit Suisse Silver Pro-Am traditionally marks the start of the week-long golf tournament in Crans-Montana. Our host Christophe Bonjour, Head of Region Valais, answered five questions for us.

  8. Swiss SMEs: Strategies to Counteract the Shortage of Skilled Labor

    Swiss SMEs: Strategies to Counteract the Shortage of Skilled Labor

    Credit Suisse has surveyed around 1,900 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Switzerland. On the whole, they have a positive view of Switzerland as a place to do business. However, about half of all firms surveyed regard the shortage of skilled labor as a major cause for concern. The companies affected are responding to this challenge in different ways.

  9. The Company Is a Family Affair

    The Company Is a Family Affair

    They seldom make headlines, and yet they employ four out of every ten workers in Switzerland: Family firms are a pillar of the Swiss economy. 

  10. 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.