Flight or Fight? Swiss private banks must come off the fence

Flight or Fight? Private banks are being faced with a tough decision: whether they prefer to adjust their business and operating models to the new realities or to exit the market. For sure, the recent news of a private bank's insolvency is still considered a rather extraordinary event.

CEOs facing major challenges – in Switzerland and around the world

A global KPMG survey of over 1,200 CEOs reveals the importance of transforming business models and the battle for satisfied customers.In Switzerland, these findings are even more relevant in light of the strong franc, negative interest rates in real terms and unresolved issues surrounding the country’s bilateral relations with the EU.

8 risk indicators in commodity trading companies

Increased competition, the growing sophistication of customers and investors have forced many organizations to introduce more complex trading products and strategies. With this increase in complexity comes an increase in the associated risks. We have identified eight red flags that could indicate increased risks for stakeholders of commodity trading companies.

Finance Transformation – the impact on actuaries and actuarial departments

Many leading insurers are currently undertaking a Finance Transformation program. Whilst Finance Transformation is wide ranging and typically affects most functional areas of an insurer, actuaries can play a key role in shaping the future landscape.

Effective Financial Planning – A foundation for steering your organization

As a cornerstone for true business partnering, many CFOs today are seeking to increase the value of financial planning and steering for the business. An effective planning process, linked to the overall strategy, can help to deliver more realistic and achievable forecasts with greater visibility into future operating performance of the company.

How to read International Site Selection Rankings

Rankings and indices play an important role in site selection. However, the devil is in the detail, and every ranking or index has to be critically questioned before being used to select a location.