Triple or nothing: Swisspartners CIO predicts 15-year growth
Equity investors could triple their returns over the next 15 years, according to Peter Ahluwalia, CIO at Swisspartners, shrugging off current geopolitical risks. He says that investors “have just finished paying the bills for the millennium hangover party” and predicts a period of economic growth ahead.
Can business leaders act as mediators in the Middle East?
Business leaders should have a bigger role in mediating conflicts in the Middle East since many have close relationships with the actors involved, says Achim Wennmann, senior researcher at the Graduate Institute Geneva. “Business people, in particular senior business people, are some of the best connected people in the world.”
MoneyPark: Swiss mortgage rates set to rise in 2020
Swiss mortgage rates have increased since mid-2019 as recession fears fade, and they will probably continue to inch upward in 2020 “albeit from a very attractive and low base,” says Stefan Heitmann, CEO of MoneyPark.
Rough road ahead for Swiss auto-part makers
Auto-part makers—a sector that comprises 580 companies and employs 35,000 people in Switzerland—urgently need to overhaul their business models and cut costs to survive the changes sweeping the car industry, says Sven Siepen, senior partner at Roland Berger.
IBM announces blockchain-based app to trace coffee
Coffee lovers will soon be able to trace their daily brew back to the farmer by using a Swiss-made mobile app based on blockchain technology. Tatjana Meier, senior managing consultant at IBM in Switzerland, is leading development of the “Thank My Farmer” app. She says consumers, especially young adults, want to know that their coffee has been processed “in a sustainable way and in a fair way.”