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Reshaping the world. Jan 1, 2014 923
A taxing business. Nov 1, 2013 916
Wise wealth building. Oct 1, 2013 868
Preventing online fraud. Sep 1, 2013 913
Buying a Swiss property. Jul 1, 2013 998
Why Switzerland is a great place to locate or expand your business. Jun 1, 2013 877
Time to tackle tax: the tax form is one of the more laborious tasks you face in Switzerland and, as the fiscal year corresponds to the calendar year, you will have received your 2012 tax form by now. Here are some tips to help you complete it. Calendar Mar 1, 2013 846
World Economic Forum 2013: driving dynamism and protecting prosperity. Feb 1, 2013 645
Be sure about insurance. Dec 1, 2012 823
Health insurance in Switzerland. Interview Nov 1, 2012 1024
Offshore U.S. tax disclosure. Oct 1, 2012 999
Moving goods. Sep 1, 2012 971
Life insurance: often referred to as the last taboo, our own death--or that of a loved one-is so painful to contemplate that many of us leave life insurance to accident or fate. However, discussing and planning for it can give you and your relatives peace of mind. Jul 1, 2012 819
Look out London, here comes Heuscher! Jul 1, 2012 603
Working in Switzerland: last month's article covered topics such as salary, unemployment and family allowance. Below, we conclude this short series on working in Switzerland. Jun 1, 2012 855
Working in Switzerland: compared to neighbouring countries, Swiss labour law is very liberal and contains only a few mandatory provisions. May 1, 2012 952
Being your own boss. Apr 1, 2012 831
Filing your tax form. Mar 1, 2012 634
The World Economic Forum 2012. Company overview Feb 1, 2012 1500
Minimising Swiss income tax: it is human nature to consider tax saving opportunities when it is too late and the tax form has landed with a thud on the doormat. So come on fellow procrastinators, there has never been a better time than now to start planning for the current tax year! Dec 1, 2011 728
Q A: unravelling Switzerland's mythical pillars: a solid pension is a guarantee for a financially carefree retirement and Switzerland's pillar 3a plays a significant role in this, This month, we interview Andreas Moosmann, Head of Product Management--Pensions & Financial Planning at the Cantonal Bank of Zurich. Interview Nov 1, 2011 950
The business of social media. Oct 1, 2011 1234
Putting a shine on your portfolio: the turbulent stock and currency markets have confirmed it's never too late to invest in gold. Most see this precious metal as a favourable component of any long-term investment portfolio, as well as a relatively safe haven--partly because it doesn't rely on an issuer's promise to pay. But gold isn't the only metal in demand among investors. Sep 1, 2011 1402
The benefits of owning a second-home getaway. Aug 1, 2011 1389
Playing the currency game. Jul 1, 2011 1330
This old house: in many areas of Switzerland, property prices are rising to levels where home ownership is beyond the reach of most buyers. The Swiss public tend not to buy old properties to renovate, and it is also difficult to find long-term renters for such properties. But, if you have the necessary capital for the down-payment and renovation work, it can be a lucrative endeavour. Jun 1, 2011 1467
Investing with passion. Apr 1, 2011 1176
Make your tax return less taxing: even the Swiss have trouble fully understanding their income tax system. The array of taxes, including tax at source, on-account payments, a safeguard tax--plus differences between almost every canton, town and village--can be more than a little confusing. And of course, nothing is in English. So, let's look at some ways to make filing your return a little easier. Mar 1, 2011 1336
Eco-nomic investments: as soon as climate change began gaining recognition as the main challenge facing humanity, it was unexpectedly overshadowed by turmoil in the global economy. Now we face two huge hurdles. Could greener investing offer a ray of hope for both these problems? Feb 1, 2011 1379
Global outlook 2011: a mixture of minor bull and bear markets made 2010 a turbulent year. Many expect 2011 to bring a slowdown in global economic growth, thanks to a combination of economic and geo-political factors. Let's take a closer look ... Jan 1, 2011 1187
Investing in Swiss real estate: with favourable mortgage interest rates and high demand for residential property, it is hardly surprising that many expats are looking to dip their bread into the fondue-pot of Swiss real estate. But with a variety of options available, which is best for you? Dec 1, 2010 1451
Mega-trends: predicting the future has many guises: there's weather forecasting, betting on sport, the stock market or currencies. However, the world of business relies on more accurate forecasting to plan for possible developments. When a development's impact is likely to last for 10 years or more, it is commonly known as a mega-trend. Nov 1, 2010 1313
Company pensions: Switzerland's pension system is composed of three sections, or pillars. In this article, we are going to look specifically at Pillar 2--the occupational benefit plan (Berufliche Vorsorge/BV(G) or Prevoyance Professionelle/PP) or, as it is often referred to, the company pension scheme--to see how you can get the most out of your retirement fund. Oct 1, 2010 1363
When leaving Switzerland, remember ... Sep 1, 2010 1254
Your own four walls: buying a property can be overwhelming, but careful planning and preparation will provide peace of mind and help you avoid a number of pitfalls. This is the biggest investment decision most of us will ever make, so diligence is the key. Aug 1, 2010 1795
Life insurance: at some point in our lives many of us will ask ourselves whether or not we need life insurance. This financial instrument allows us to protect loved ones when we're gone and provides a means to finance our objectives--from education to retirement--while we are alive. It can be a major investment, so we strongly recommend that you learn the basics before speaking to an insurance company.... Jul 1, 2010 1133
The healthy choice. Jun 1, 2010 1265
Planning for the unthinkable. Apr 1, 2010 1758
Financing education: parents should arguably begin financial planning for their children's education as soon as they start their family. Due to the upwardly spiralling costs of education, it is possible that in 18 years it will be something for the privileged few. Currently, semester and living costs for four years at a private university in Switzerland can cost in excess of SFr 100,000. Mar 1, 2010 1194
Financial forecast 2010: a new year brings with it great expectations and hopes for the future. Let's take a look to see what the experts predict and find out how confident they are of a global recovery in 2010. Feb 1, 2010 1528
The end of the fiscal year is nigh: Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat; time to put some money in the taxman's hat ... At least that's the situation here in Switzerland. The fiscal year-end deadline is looming, but it's still not too late to reduce your tax burden. Dec 1, 2009 948
Scams: spot and avoid them: frauds and scams are nothing new. The Internet, however, makes it easier for criminals to circulate and scams to proliferate. Scammers and fraudsters come from diverse backgrounds, and are often difficult to spot. Many manipulate without guilt or remorse. Here, we outline some of the most common frauds so that you can avoid them. Nov 1, 2009 1667
Setting up shop in CH: many businesses fail within their first year. However, with the right approach and an element of luck, you can establish a successful business for a lifetime of pride and satisfaction. We provide some tools to aid your approach. Oct 1, 2009 1140
To your good health! Health insurance gives everyone living in Switzerland access to high-quality, comprehensive health care in the event of a sickness, or accident if they are not already covered by accident insurance. Premiums are expected to rise in 2010, so now is the time to compare offers. Sep 1, 2009 1072
Buying and selling property. Aug 1, 2009 1570
Renting in Switzerland: prior to arriving in Switzerland, you'll probably have to find a place to live, which can be easier said than done. While we usually move for positive reasons, such as a new job, the move itself can be harrowing. Here are some tips to help you avoid the pitfalls--especially if you're renting. Jul 1, 2009 1243
Life insurance: losing a loved on is never easy. Adding financial burden to the grief only increases the strain. There are many reasons to consider life insurance, and it's worthwhile to spend a bit of time to determine whether it's appropriate for you. Jun 1, 2009 1208
We love to hate it ... Insurance. While most of us despise it, we find it difficult to sidestep. Insurance protects us and our belongings against adverse events. You may have enough savings to cope with the expenses of the unexpected but if you don't, insurance is a solution for avoiding additional hardships. May 1, 2009 1202
Responsible investing: global business leaders, together with governments and climate specialists, recently drew up a comprehensive set of recommendations for global climate policy. Called the Green Investing report, it was unveiled at the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos earlier this year. Apr 1, 2009 1148
Reading the fine print: since 2001, the market for structured investment products grew rapidly as investors lost faith in equities. Now, these so-called 'safe' retail investment products are fighting to salvage a reputation dented by financial chaos and customer losses. Below, we examine a variety of investment options currently available. Mar 1, 2009 1176
Investment profiling: the global financial system is undergoing a meltdown not seen since the 1930s. Most investments have been hit by substantial losses, and for many, it is unclear what to do next. Following is a basic guideline to determine which type of investor you are, so you'll be ready when it's time to jump back into the market. Feb 1, 2009 1147
Completing your tax form: sometime during the first two months of 2009 the last remnants of festive joy will be quelled by the sound of the 2008 tax form landing in your post box, In this article we look at how to prepare yourself to avoid the annual stress associated with filing tax returns. Jan 1, 2009 1181
Axe your tax: with 2008 quickly drawing to a close, it is time to take advantage of the available opportunities to save on your taxes in Switzerland. In this article we'll take a look at the primary ways to reduce your income taxes. Dec 1, 2008 943
Relocating to Switzerland: at best, relocation is difficult, but if the process isn't micro-managed, it can be a potential nightmare. Here is a little advice to ensure a happy ending to your Swiss move. Nov 1, 2008 1136
Heading home or moving on: moving home is renowned as one of the most stressful tasks you will ever experience, especially in Switzerland. In this article we consider some of the most important points to help you avoid move-induced headaches. Oct 1, 2008 1137
Travel insurance: in one way or another, most of us work hard and so we look forward to a well-earned holiday. Trip planning generally comes with all manner of expenses, therefore it is definitely worthwhile to consider investing in travel insurance. Sep 1, 2008 1205
Buying a home: for many people, owning a home is a major life goal. Whether you're buying, refinancing or renovating, you need to understand the issues involved. Let's take a look at buying your dream home in Switzerland. Aug 1, 2008 1289
Insurance saving tips: since the national health insurance scheme was introduced in 1996, all permanent residents of Switzerland have been able to purchase coverage regardless of age or pre-existing physical conditions, Let's look at how the system works and where you might save some money. Jul 1, 2008 1255
Insuring your life: life insurance could be one of the more important purchases you make in life. In this article we will outline the requirements of a basic life insurance policy and how the right life cover can be used to protect your family or business partners if the worst should happen. Jun 1, 2008 958
Market watch--the view from inside: the sub-prime disaster and subsequent stock market turmoil has left most of us confused and uncertain as to what to do next. It seems that every specialist has a different view on how we should react. May 1, 2008 982
Payment protection insurance: payment protection insurance is sold to borrowers providing reassurance that credit repayments will be covered if they fall on hard times, due to unforeseen events including redundancy, disability or illness. Apr 1, 2008 1049
The credit crunch and its effects: if the newspapers are to be believed, the mood at the recent 2008 World Economic Forum in Davos was nothing like the upbeat atmosphere of days past. Mar 1, 2008 980
Sustainable investing: the term 'sustainability is widely used to describe a way of prolonging human economic activities with fewer impacts on ecological systems--in particular, those resulting in climate change, oil depletion or poverty. Feb 1, 2008 938
Planning for retirement: last month we looked at the financial investments that are often used to prepare for retirement. But where to start? Let's explore the process of putting a effective plan in place. Jan 1, 2008 1171
Retirement planning 101: retirement means different things to different people, but one thing is certain--a secure retirement requires careful planning. My experience suggests most of us are not ready to consider retirement planning until we are in our forties. Dec 1, 2007 687
The taxman cometh: the tax form for 2007 will arrive in early 2008, however, if you want to save on your taxes for this year then you will have to take action before December 31. Nov 1, 2007 983
Health insurance: Switzerland arguably has one of the best private healthcare systems in the world, but the fact remains that it is also one of the most expensive and complex. Let's take a closer look at what is on offer ... Oct 1, 2007 1717
BVG pension reforms: on June 1, new restrictions regarding the cashing out of company pensions came into effect. here, we look at how this agreement applies to you. Sep 1, 2007 811
Structured products: structured products are investments that combine bonds and equities with derivatives--instruments whose value is derived from futures and options to buy, rather than from a physical asset. Aug 1, 2007 1403
Buying property: European banks have once again warned of further interest rate hikes and we have received many calls from clients asking if they should switch to a fixed-rate mortgage. Their concerns increased when Swiss banks recently decided to increase their variable lending rate from 3.0 per cent to 3.25 per cent, the first increase for many since 1995. Jul 1, 2007 1378
Getting credit for your assets: Swiss mortgages and Lombard loans are very popular among expatriates, foreign investors and native Swiss who wish to buy property or start a business. Let's take a closer look at these popular sources of cash. Jun 1, 2007 1323
Annuities: choosing a suitable annuity? Beware, it's a minefield out there! May 1, 2007 737

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