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Benefits of the 2nd and 3rd Swiss Pillar Pensions That You Might Not Yet Know

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If you are here in Switzerland as an expat, it can be time-consuming and confusing researching your pension options. And while everyone’s situation differs, there are three key benefits of the 2nd and 3rd Pillar Pensions that you may not be aware of and more importantly, can actually save you money. Our head of Investment Management Alastair McCaig has been…

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Major equity indices head higher in January erasing some of the negativity seen in the last quarter of 2018

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Synopsis of the week Although most of the Geopolitical problems we saw in 2018 persist, equity markets have been able to shrug off the negative sentiment at the start of the year. Fed Chairman, Jerome Powell, has overseen a shift in policy thinking in the last few weeks. As inflationary pressure in the US has eased, currency markets are now…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Trump agree to get back to the negotiating table and suspend any tariff increases for at least 3 months.

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Synopsis of the week The latest G20 meeting in Argentina has helped ease trade tariff tensions and saw all the attending nations sign off on a mutually agreeable joint statement. Fed Chairman, Jerome Powell, stated US Interest rates were “just below” neutral, triggering a bounce in US equity markets and a reassessment of US Dollar strength. Robust sales figures following…

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Equity markets sell-off as the US Thanksgiving day bank holiday struggles to give investors much to cheer about.

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Synopsis of the week US equity markets turn negative for the year, led lower by the technology sector. EU leaders sign off on the Brexit deal leaving UK Prime minister Theresa May needing to get the House of Commons approval. Oil prices fall for a seventh week in a row, raising doubt about the expected pace of interest rate increases…

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The release of the latest Brexit agreement was met with widespread disappointment, triggering a collapse in Sterling and calling into question the security of UK Prime minister Theresa May’s position.

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Synopsis of the week Confidence in European equities took a hit with the dual problems of the UK and Brexit negotiations and Italy and its unwillingness to rebalance its budget proposals weighing on investor sentiment. The sell-off in Apple shares and its importance to both the Nasdaq and the Dow Jones saw US equities lower last week. Oil prices fell…

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US Equity markets bounced last week with the S&P 500 closing up by 2.4% although this was too little too late to prevent October being a disappointing month.

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Synopsis of the week Markets enjoyed some resilience last week as the S&P 500, Dow & Nasdaq all closed the week up by over 2.4%. Three-quarters of the way through the reporting season and US equities look set to record their strongest profits growth for eight years. The Trump twitter account suggested the G20 would see substantial progress in trade…

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Equity markets remain choppy as traders go “risk off” following cautionary forward guidance from some of the Technology heavyweights.

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Synopsis of the week Last week, markets reacted badly to both Amazon & Alphabet figures denting the Tech sector’s track record. With Apple up this week, we hope the sector will have something to be more optimistic about. UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s reign looks increasingly fragile and with the UK Budget on Monday and the Bank of England’s interest…

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News the US, Mexico & Canada have now managed to strike a new deal (USMCA) was not enough to offset the bearish sentiment surrounding current US Chinese trade discussions.

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Synopsis of the week Friday saw the US unemployment rate drop to 3.7% and average hourly earnings continue to grow, confirming strong economic fundamentals are still in place in the US. US 10 year sovereign debt yields spiked to over 3.2%, the highest levels seen since 2011 as investors began to factor in even more rate rises in the US…

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