Stock Market Guide to the Swiss Exchange

The infrastructure of the financial market in Switzerland is known

as the

Swiss Value Chain. This infrastructure developed and implemented the

STP

(Straight Through Processing) system that restructured the framework of

the

automated systems, to meet international standards. This system reduces

the

cost of trade. The Swiss Value Chain is therefore the most efficient

system

in processing of securities in Europe.

Due to the success of the economy in Switzerland, the export and

import

market is very well balanced. The products that are imported

correspond

with the products that are exported, with varying amounts due to demand. International banking and trading facilities ensure a

strong

economy, as does the health care, education, living standards and

productivity of work. Switzerland has extremely low inflation rates and

minimal unemployment. Almost 20 percent of the current labor force

consists

of foreigners. Food products and raw materials are the most imported

items,

as Switzerland does not have many mineral resources. Tourism plays a

very

important role in the economy as it assists in balancing the trade

deficit

in Switzerland. The major trading partners in the import and export

market

are Japan, Italy, the US, France, Germany, the UK, Netherlands and

Austria.

Frequently imported and exported goods include watches, jewelry,

clothing,

leather, textiles, sand, stone, paper, tools, metals, vehicles and

machinery. The Swiss Exchange continues to play an integral role in the economy of Switzerland.

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