Julius Baer: Lower profits, slows capital outflows at hedge fund

Earthtimes – Julius Baer, one of Switzerland’s largest wealth managers, reported Monday a net profit of 324 million Swiss francs (303 million dollars) in the first half of the year, down 37 per cent compared to the same period in 2008.

The private bank said it had 299 billion Swiss francs of assets under management at the end of June, 25 per cent less, year-on-year. Compared however, to the end of last year, when the financial markets were in turmoil, the bank said its position had improved and was experiencing inflows of new capital.

The bank dropped 2 per cent of its workforce, which now stands at 4,255 staff, and personnel expenses fell by 13 per cent to 587 million francs, reflecting a lowering of performance-related bonuses.

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