DEFINITION of 'UBS'

A multinational diversified financial services company headquartered in Switzerland. UBS is involved in virtually all major financial activities, including retail and commercial banking, investment banking, investment management and wealth management. UBS has a major presence in the United States and has its American headquarters in New York City.

BREAKING DOWN 'UBS'

The name UBS is derived from one of its predecessor corporations, the Union Bank of Switzerland. The current UBS was formed when the Union Bank of Switzerland merged with the Swiss Bank Corporation. Thus, UBS is now used as the company name, not as an acronym. The UBS logo consists of three keys, a symbol taken from the Swiss Bank Corporation. The keys symbolize confidence, security and discretion.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Swiss National Bank

    The Swiss National Bank is the bank that is responsible for setting ...
  2. Universal Banking

    A banking system in which banks provide a wide variety of financial ...
  3. Investment Bank - IB

    A financial intermediary that performs a variety of services. ...
  4. Top-Down Investing

    An investment approach that involves looking at the "big picture" ...
  5. CHF

    In currencies, this is the abbreviation for the Swiss franc. ...
  6. Corporate Headquarters

    A place where a company's executive offices and executives' direct ...
Related Articles
  1. Financial Advisor

    UBS Asset Management: Investment Manager Highlight

    Read about the investment management operations of UBS Asset Management, a global operation with $649 billion in assets under management.
  2. Investing

    FTSE Could Lose 20% On Brexit Vote: UBS

    UBS analyst says the FTSE could fall as low as 4900 if the U.K. votes to leave the EU
  3. Financial Advisor

    What are Top 3 UBS Global Funds?

    Learn about UBS's asset management business, past mutual fund performance and the top three UBS mutual funds to consider for retirement diversification.
  4. Investing

    34% Probability of U.S. Recession by Q1 2017, UBS Warns

    Learn why UBS thinks there is an increasing likelihood of a U.S. recession by 2017, as well as why it believes that high-yield bonds will be affected the most.
  5. Investing

    Gold Hits Two-Year High as Silver Climbs

    Gold prices have risen for the sixth day in a row following Brexit​ to reach two-year highs. Many analysts see this recent rise as the beginning of a renewed bull run
  6. Investing

    The Top Financial Services/Banking Stocks of 2016

    These financial services and banking stocks offer the best potential in 2016 for those with a long-term outlook.
  7. Insights

    Which Are the World's 10 Largest Private Banks?

    Most of the largest private banking providers in the world are headquartered in Europe or the United States.
  8. Personal Finance

    The World's Top 10 Investment Banks

    These banks come out on top as measured by revenue numbers, global reach, employee headcount, income, and a number of other factors.
  9. Investing

    The Top 5 Positions in Credit Suisse's Portfolio (CS)

    Take a look inside the in-house investment portfolio of Credit Suisse Bank and learn about the bank's top five stock holdings as of last report.
  10. Investing

    EverBank Explores Sale Advised by UBS (EVER)

    EverBank, the largest bank by deposits in Florida, is talking exploring buyout options aided by adviser UBS
RELATED FAQS
  1. What developed countries have the highest concentration in the banking sector?

    Learn about the developed countries that have the greatest concentration in the banking sector and the most important emerging ... Read Answer >>
  2. Why is Switzerland considered a tax haven?

    Learn how Switzerland is considered a tax haven, even though its government has signed agreements to disclose information ... Read Answer >>
  3. How does investment banking differ from commercial banking?

    Discover how investment banking differs from commercial banking, the responsibilities of each and how the two can be combined ... Read Answer >>
  4. What are the main reasons an investor should consider an allocation to the banking ...

    Learn about investment opportunities in the commercial and investment banking industry. Find out why many investors choose ... Read Answer >>
  5. What's the difference between investment banks and commercial banks?

    Understand the principal differences between investment banks and commercial banks, and the areas of banking services that ... Read Answer >>
  6. What are examples of popular companies in the banking sector?

    Learn about some of the popular companies for bank stocks in the banking industry, a prime component of the financial services ... Read Answer >>
Trading Center