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How can I buy shares in Switzerland?

Hello. I'm planning on staying in Switzerland for a long time and have some savings which I'm willing to invest in the stock market. I have no interest in daily trading or anything of that kind. In fact I may just buy some shares now and sell them in 10 years. What is the process that I must follow? Can I just go to my bank and ask them to invest my money in Coca Cola or Apple for me? I'd appreciate if you explain the details as I have no previous investment experience. Thank you for your help.
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Re: How can I buy shares in Switzerland?

fatmanfilms will probably suggest fundsmith.co.uk so have a look at that.
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Re: How can I buy shares in Switzerland?

Thank you. Funny thing I have to do it through UK. One would expect capitalism to have already reached Switzerland.
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Re: How can I buy shares in Switzerland?

Reading the title.... I thought you literally wanted to buy shares in the Country
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Re: How can I buy shares in Switzerland?

I just asked my bank (UBS) and they opened a depot for me, whee I can log in and place my buy and sell orders just like I pay my bills through online banking. Was as simple as requesting a bank account. The only thing is, they asked me to sign, I would not purchase american shares.

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Re: How can I buy shares in Switzerland?

So the online interface allows you to purchase American shares, but they took your word that you will never do it? Odd as a fairly tale.
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Re: How can I buy shares in Switzerland?

Interactive Brokers? The No. 1 choice of the EF
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The only thing is, they asked me to sign, I would not purchase american shares.
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So the online interface allows you to purchase American shares, but they took your word that you will never do it? Odd as a fairly tale.
Uhm, he signed for it. And don´t you think UBS will do checks on the depots to see who bought what?
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Hello. I'm planning on staying in Switzerland for a long time and have some savings which I'm willing to invest in the stock market. I have no interest in daily trading or anything of that kind. In fact I may just buy some shares now and sell them in 10 years. What is the process that I must follow? Can I just go to my bank and ask them to invest my money in Coca Cola or Apple for me? I'd appreciate if you explain the details as I have no previous investment experience. Thank you for your help.
Do a basic forum search? https://www.englishforum.ch/search2....ding&logic=and

Come on guys there are a few existing threads, at least tell people how to find them themselves.
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Hello. I'm planning on staying in Switzerland for a long time and have some savings which I'm willing to invest in the stock market. I have no interest in daily trading or anything of that kind. In fact I may just buy some shares now and sell them in 10 years. What is the process that I must follow? Can I just go to my bank and ask them to invest my money in Coca Cola or Apple for me? I'd appreciate if you explain the details as I have no previous investment experience. Thank you for your help.
Let's assume you wanted to renovate your house by yourself. Where would you (presumably a white collar guy without particular knowledge on construction) start? Would you buy some tools and materials without having a plan on the final outcome and tear down some random stuff, or would you start with educating yourself on what it takes to do the plumbing and carpentry? And wouldn't you formulate a plan as preparation for the actual work?

Certainly you'd start with educating yourself (assuming you aren't already) followed by the preparations, rather than jump right in the middle and tearing down a random wall or two.

You want to do the likewise with investing:
Before you do anythng you want to educate yourself, starting with basic info on investing like the stuff covered by "Investing for Dummies" (no offense intended at all, IMHO the series is excellent for entry level information). When you do buy the stuff you're probably much better served by buying some low-cost ETFs (TER at most 0.25% for stocks [preferably not more than 0.1%], less than 0.1% for bonds) rather than individual stocks (or a combination of ETFs plus individual stocks, based for instance on the core-satellite approach).
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Let's assume you wanted to renovate your house by yourself. Where would you (presumably a white collar guy without particular knowledge on construction) start? Would you buy some tools and materials without having a plan on the final outcome and tear down some random stuff, or would you start with educating yourself on what it takes to do the plumbing and carpentry? And wouldn't you formulate a plan as preparation for the actual work?

Certainly you'd start with educating yourself (assuming you aren't already) followed by the preparations, rather than jump right in the middle and tearing down a random wall or two.

You want to do the likewise with investing:
Before you do anythng you want to educate yourself, starting with basic info on investing like the stuff covered by "Investing for Dummies" (no offense intended at all, IMHO the series is excellent for entry level information). When you do buy the stuff you're probably much better served by buying some low-cost ETFs (TER at most 0.25% for stocks [preferably not more than 0.1%], less than 0.1% for bonds) rather than individual stocks (or a combination of ETFs plus individual stocks, based for instance on the core-satellite approach).
Thank you for your helpful answer. But my questions is much simpler than this. I am just looking for an institution, preferably offline and headquartered in Switzerland who can help me with buying shares of companies (or ETFs). I don't want to do it online, in fear of being hacked; and I don't want to involve another country, as it complicates the taxation process. Thank you.
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Re: How can I buy shares in Switzerland?

Do you know what is the commission for each transaction?

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I just asked my bank (UBS) and they opened a depot for me, whee I can log in and place my buy and sell orders just like I pay my bills through online banking. Was as simple as requesting a bank account. The only thing is, they asked me to sign, I would not purchase american shares.

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Re: How can I buy shares in Switzerland?

Just go to any bank (e.g. Postfinance, UBS, CS, etc.) or Chose a Company and ask for their avdice: http://www.nestle.com/investors/faqs#howshares
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Just go to any bank (e.g. Postfinance, UBS, CS, etc.) or Chose a Company and ask for their avdice: http://www.nestle.com/investors/faqs#howshares
OK, thank you!
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do you know what is the commission for each transaction?
$$$ - $$$$

It's for rich people who have no clue

For $$$$ - $$$$$ they can even assign you a personal bankster to advise you what to buy if you have no clue there either. It's expensive to be clueless.

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Re: How can I buy shares in Switzerland?

Apparently that is exactly what OP wants to do.

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Let's assume you wanted to renovate your house by yourself. Where would you (presumably a white collar guy without particular knowledge on construction) start? Would you buy some tools and materials without having a plan on the final outcome and tear down some random stuff, or would you start with educating yourself on what it takes to do the plumbing and carpentry? And wouldn't you formulate a plan as preparation for the actual work?

Certainly you'd start with educating yourself (assuming you aren't already) followed by the preparations, rather than jump right in the middle and tearing down a random wall or two.

You want to do the likewise with investing:
Before you do anythng you want to educate yourself, starting with basic info on investing like the stuff covered by "Investing for Dummies" (no offense intended at all, IMHO the series is excellent for entry level information). When you do buy the stuff you're probably much better served by buying some low-cost ETFs (TER at most 0.25% for stocks [preferably not more than 0.1%], less than 0.1% for bonds) rather than individual stocks (or a combination of ETFs plus individual stocks, based for instance on the core-satellite approach).
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Thank you for your helpful answer. But my questions is much simpler than this. I am just looking for an institution, preferably offline and headquartered in Switzerland who can help me with buying shares of companies (or ETFs). I don't want to do it online, in fear of being hacked; and I don't want to involve another country, as it complicates the taxation process. Thank you.
Talk to your bank about opening a "Wertschriftendepot". But be prepared to be eaten alive and ripped off, albeit in a legal manner.
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Apparently that is exactly what OP wants to do.
S/he's been warned. Though one should welcome the willingness to finance jobs.
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Reading the title.... I thought you literally wanted to buy shares in the Country
That was my thought too. And in that case you can buy CHF banknotes. These can be redeemed for various bits of Switzerland all over the country.
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Re: How can I buy shares in Switzerland?

You can actually buy the shares of the swiss national bank, not just its obligations and banknotes: https://www.six-swiss-exchange.com/s...0001319265CHF4

Their intrinsic worth however is extremely limited due to the special law about it, too bad you can't short them due to low liquidity
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Thank you for your helpful answer. But my questions is much simpler than this. I am just looking for an institution, preferably offline and headquartered in Switzerland who can help me with buying shares of companies (or ETFs). I don't want to do it online, in fear of being hacked; and I don't want to involve another country, as it complicates the taxation process. Thank you.
Go to UBS or CS or your bank.

In most cases, they will have an investment fund that you can buy units of. You can track the appreciation (or depreciation) in internet banking. you decide how much you invest, and when you take your money out. They have different funds that you can buy units of, depending on your risk appetite.

https://www.ubs.com/ch/en/swissbank/...d-account.html

The UBS one above is up your street. You decide how much money to put in, and you are basically buying 'shares' in the fund. over time the value of each share goes up or down. when youve had enough, you 'sell' the shares back to the bank at the prevailing price. The shares appreciate in value, but you will also get (small) dividends paid out on a yearly basis.

If youve got a few thousand francs you want to invest, i'd park it there. Note that you will pay fees for this- usually an entry charge and an annual maintenence fee, as a % of the value of your investment. UBS fees are higher then the competition. As well, the bank will invest the money as they see fit - you cannot ask fir shares in a particular company.

If you want to have shares in particular companies, you can do that with any broker but also through most banks as well. They charge fees for this too.
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