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  1. Bull or Bear? Politics and Capital Markets

    Bull or Bear? Politics and Capital Markets

    Capital markets do not operate in a vacuum; turbulence on the global political scene has a significant impact on their performance. Robert Parker, Chairman of the Asset Management and Investors Council at Credit Suisse, identifies current major political trends investors should watch out for.

  2. Globalization and Politics

    Globalization and Politics

    The past three years have seen political volatility rising against a backdrop of improving economic growth across the major regions and increasingly becalmed financial markets. How does economic output correlate with voter behavior? As globalization slows, the transition away from "globalization" toward a more decisively multipolar world is an emerging trend that will shape politics. In this essay, we analyze how the potential "end of globalization as we know it" will challenge politicians, and what kind of new political issues may be spawned by a more dispersed world order.

  3. The Rise of Populist Nationalism

    The Rise of Populist Nationalism

    The world experienced a political earthquake in the year 2016 with the British vote to leave the European Union in June and the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States in November. These events were the culmination of a longer-term trend away from the postwar liberal international order, one that had been building for at least a decade earlier, and marked the rise of a new form of populist nationalism. A critical question for the future concerns whether this is merely a "democratic recession," in the words of political sociologist Larry Diamond, or marks a longer-term downturn in the fortunes of liberal democracy worldwide.

  4. Globalization and Its Discontents

    Globalization and Its Discontents

    Are we witnessing a breakdown of the global order as we know it?

  5. Global Wealth Pyramid: Decreased Base

    Global Wealth Pyramid: Decreased Base

    With global wealth growing to 280 trillion dollars, the poorest base tier of the wealth pyramid shrank slightly. The three other tiers took in new members and the world welcomed over 2,000,000 new dollar millionaires.

  6. Global Wealth: 341 Trillion Dollars by 2022

    Global Wealth: 341 Trillion Dollars by 2022

    Credit Suisse Research Institute expects the world to generate 60 trillion dollars over the next five years. The overall pace of wealth creation will be relatively moderate. Unsurprisingly, emerging markets will advance more dynamically then their developed peers. In terms of wealth segments, nearly a quarter of the global population will belong to the middle class by 2022.

  7. Global Wealth Report 2017

    Global Wealth Report 2017: Where Are We Ten Years after the Crisis?

    As shown in the latest edition of the Global Wealth Report by the Credit Suisse Research Institute (CSRI), total global wealth has now reached USD 280 trillion and is 27 percent higher than a decade ago at the onset of the financial crisis.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  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.