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November 10, 2020 | Basel

Bankiervereinigung bedauert Austritt von Raiffeisen Schweiz

Raiffeisen Schweiz hat sich entschieden, die Schweizerische Bankiervereinigung (SBVg) per Ende März 2021 zu verlassen und ihre Interessen künftig eigenständig zu vertreten. «Die SBVg bedauert diesen Entscheid ausdrücklich», sagt Jörg Gasser, CEO der SBVg, und ergänzt: «Wir sind überzeugt, dass wir gemeinsam für unseren Finanzplatz mehr erreichen können. Wir halten deshalb die Türen für Raiffeisen weiterhin offen.»
March 25, 2020 | Basel

Coronavirus: federal government and banks launch SME loan programme. Rapid support for Swiss economy

The programme announced by the Federal Council to grant loans with joint and several guarantees for small and medium-sized enterprises takes effect as of 26 March 2020. Companies can apply to their bank for a loan from this date. The Swiss Bankers Association (SBA) informed all banks in Switzerland in advance, and many of those that operate a lending business have signed up to the programme. Further banks will follow in the next few days.
March 20, 2020 | Basel

Coronavirus: Bundesrat und Banken lancieren Garantieprogramm - KMU erhalten rasch Überbrückungskredite

Gemeinsam mit verschiedenen Banken und der Schweizerischen Bankiervereinigung (SBVg) haben die Behörden ein Garantieprogramm mit Überbrückungskrediten für Unternehmen mit Liquiditätsengpässen entwickelt. Die SBVg begrüsst das Garantieprogramm als Public-Private-Partnership-Lösung ausdrücklich. Mit dem Programm erhalten Unternehmen, die aufgrund der Corona-Situation in finanzielle Engpässe geraten sind, rasch und unkompliziert Unterstützung in Form von verbürgten Überbrückungskrediten. Die SBVg informiert alle Banken in der Schweiz und stellt die Koordination mit den Instituten sicher, damit das Garantieprogramm effizient genutzt wird und breit wirken kann.
August 29, 2019 | Basel

Banking Barometer 2019 - Banks in Switzerland defy challenging environment

The banks in Switzerland are operating in a challenging business environment: uncertainties relating to economic policy, restrictions to market access and the dynamic transformation of market structures are impacting the framework conditions for these institutions. In light of lower margins and the ongoing digitalisation of the financial sector, it can be expected that the structural realignment in the banking sector will continue in the coming years. However, despite the uncertain environment, the adjustment process and the economic challenges, the banks developed very solidly in 2018. The banks’ aggregate operating net income rose by 4.6 percent to CHF 65.3 bn in 2018. Compared to the previous year, the aggregate annual profit of the 248 banks operating in Switzerland rose by 17.3 percent to CHF 11.5 bn. Assets under management decreased by 4.8 percent to CHF 6,943 bn.
March 28, 2019 | Basel

Shaping the future with sovereignty: Swiss Bankers Association supports the institutional agreement with the EU

The banking sector has a keen interest in continuing the successful bilateral approach with the EU. As a major export industry, the banks are reliant on market access. At present, however, the banks have only limited access to the EU market. The SBA therefore supports the conclusion of the InstA. An institutional arrangement with the EU, such as the agreement under discussion, is a decisive step towards securing existing market access, as it brings dependable processes and improved legal certainty. At the same time, the InstA creates the basis on which concrete, practicable market access solutions can be developed. The SBA very much welcomes the agreement as a whole. From the point of view of the banking sector, however, there are still certain points that need to be clarified upon signing.

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