Omnis’ thoughts on the Credit Suisse situation
FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY
The announcement that Saudi Bank (who own around 10% of Credit Suisse) would not invest in more equity in Credit Suisse triggered yesterday’s share price collapse (and large widening in credit spreads). In reality, regulation prohibits Saudi Bank to own more than 10% in any case. The Swiss National Bank has stepped in to provide Credit Suisse with additional liquidity. Importantly, both the Swiss National Bank and the Swiss Regulator have confirmed that Credit Suisse continues to meet all their liquidity and solvency requirements – they do not consider the bank as ‘non-viable’. Credit Suisse shares bounced back on Thursday.
Credit Suisse is currently on a restructuring programme to become a simple Swiss Retail Bank, Investment Bank to finance Swiss clients and Wealth Management, which whilst it may take a while to achieve, will make it a simple and well-capitalised bank. In the meantime, there may be some bumpy periods as some more deposits exit the bank – though clearly the Swiss National Bank is willing to assist. There is no evidence to suggest that there is widespread problem in the banking sector.
Within Omnis’ funds, we do not own any shares of Credit Suisse and some of our bond funds have a small exposure to Credit Suisse’s bonds. For a Balanced* client, the exposure to Credit Suisse bonds equates to 0.07%. The Multi-Asset Income fund has 0.7% exposure to Credit Suisse-issued bonds. We have no derivate's with Credit Suisse across any of our funds so have no counterparty risk.
*using OMPS Balanced
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