UBS and the Subprime Mortgage Crisis

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Case Code : FINC061
Case Length : 22 Pages
Period : 2001-2009
Pub. Date : 2010
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : UBS AG
Industry : Banking
Countries : Switzerland, US

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Background Note

UBS traces its origins to a bank, Bankverein, started by six private banking houses in Basel, Switzerland in 1854, to cater to the growing needs of a few industries and railway networks in Switzerland. In 1917, the name of the bank was changed to Swiss Bank Corporation...

The Subprime Mortgage Crisis

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UBS - Exposure to Subprime Mortgage Assets

UBS' exposure to the subprime mortgage crisis was attributed to its aggressive global expansion strategy. It started investing in asset backed securities (ABS) in the US from 2002 onward. These included car loans, credit cards, and commercial and residential mortgages...

Crisis at UBS

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