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On 1 January 2017 the new Swissness legislation entered into force. The background and aim of this legislation is to regulate more precisely the usage of the appellation of origin "Switzerland" along with the Swiss cross, and therefore to maintain over the long term the value of the "brand Switzerland.
The financial sector in Switzerland is facing fundamental structural change: Margins in conventional banking business are under pressure and falling profitability is becoming a fundamental problem. The exacerbated problems with profitability and the onset of structural change are obliging banks to concentrate even more on costs and efficiency.
In EY's first DNA of the CFO study, conducted in 2010, the role of the CFO had broadened to encompass not only traditional financial skills, but also more strategic and market facing responsibilities. This latest research -- conducted from December 2015 to February 2016 and including 61 life sciences respondents among the 769 overall respondents-- shows four forces that continue to transform the face of finance leadership: digital, data, risk and uncertainty, and stakeholder scrutiny and regulation.
The latest edition provides insurance executives with current developments in the ever-changing world of tax around the globe. Topics discussed in this issue are BEPS Action 4 on taxation of captive insurance companies, recent trends in offshore reinsurance in Canada, Singapore as a regional hub for insurers and Insurance premium tax stepping out of its shadow.
This EY survey has been designed to understand the changing dynamics in the outlook of the risk function and the manner in which the role of CRO is evolving. The goal of the survey is to gain insights into the role risk functions play in their organizations indicating the key priorities of CROs in the short and medium term.
The insurance market is under increasing pressure to find new and innovative solutions to help drive strong and sustainable returns. In the current low-yield environment, insurers are seeking new types of investments that capitalize on the competitive advantages, which they have over other investors in capital markets.
Until recently, IoT was on the strategic agenda of only progressive insurers. The IoT was largely viewed as a futuristic concept, and many insurers adopted a "wait and see" attitude. Such a posture is no longer viable. This paper will outline the key components of the right strategy including their impact, the risks to manage and data security.
The interest margins of Swiss retail banks continue their downward trend, which started in 2007 and persisted into last year. Interest rates for loans and savings have been decoupled from the capital market interest rate. However, according to an EY analysis, there are first signs of negative interest rates being passed on to savers.
Today, the potential of media and entertainment companies to understand their customers is greater than at any time in history. Successfully capturing insights from an array of sources and translating them into viable products, services and business models will go a long way in defining the leaders of today and the leaders of tomorrow.
This report captures feedback gained during 2015 from CCOs in 20 global insurance entities with head offices in Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. Our findings indicate that substantial changes have taken place in many compliance functions, while others are still underway with more likely to follow.
Transformation of the insurance sector was a key driver of the recent large deal activity in 2015. This industry transformation is ongoing and expected to accelerate, fueling a highly active insurance M&A market in 2016 and beyond. Global insurance M&A themes 2016 explores some of the key sector transformational themes driving M&A and how insurers are responding to post-merger integration and transformation challenges.
MiFID II, a keystone of the European Union's response to the financial crisis, is now the biggest regulatory iceberg on European wealth and asset managers' radar. Its reach, complexity, growing scope and entry into effect as of January 2018 make it a top compliance priority for global giants and niche specialists alike.
While investors continue to find the Swiss real estate market attractive, the outlook has grown somewhat gloomier since last year. EY Real Estate Trend Barometer participants see the best opportunities for gains in the residential sector. The picture for hotel property prices, by contrast, is bleak.
After years of intense focus on compliance, CFOs are finding that much of the business no longer relies on their insights. According to the "EY Finance 2020 Survey - Banking in Switzerland and Liechtenstein", 84% of senior finance professionals in Switzerland and Liechtenstein indicate that "Being a better business partner" ranked among their top three priorities through 2020.