Switzerland is known for its neutrality, stability, security, and banking secrecy. But, there are many other things that makes it attractive to investors:
It is number 4 in terms of nominal Gross Domestic Product per capita of large European countries. It is number 10 in terms of per capita GDP at purchasing power parity in Europe. Its unemployment rate is well below the European Union (NYSEARCA:EU) unemployment average of 8%. It has very liberal trade and investment policies. The Swiss franc is one of the world's most stable, and strongest currencies. Its manufacturing businesses are known for precision and quality. The United States is the second-largest importer of Swiss goods. The United States is the largest foreign investor in Switzerland. Switzerland invests more in the United States than any other country. The days lost to strikes are among the lowest in Europe. It has four official languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh, and most residents also speak English. It has been independent since the year 1291.
Here are some Swiss securities worth looking into. All of the stocks, except one, pay dividends, and all of those that pay dividends, pay annually.
The highest yielding stock is Swisscom AG (NYSE:SCM). It is the largest telephone company in Switzerland, and based on its latest dividend payment, has a yield of 3.8%. It has a P/E of 14.4, and a PEG of 1.24. The stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange.
Credit Suisse Group (NYSE:CS) is one of the famous Swiss banks, and the second largest in Switzerland. It has a reasonable forward P/E of 10, and a PEG of 1.1. The stock yields 2.5%, and trades on the NYSE.
Nestle SA (OTCPK:NSRGY) is a multinational packaged food company that is especially known for its chocolate. It has a forward P/E of 16, and a PEG of 2.24. The stock yields 2.2%, and trades on the pink sheets.
Syngenta AG (NYSE:SYT) is in the business of seeds and crop production. It has a P/E of 29. The stock yields 2%, and trades on the NYSE.
UBS AG (NYSE:UBS) is Switzerland's other big bank. It's the second largest bank in Europe and is the world's largest manager of private wealth assets. It has a P/E of 13 and a very low PEG of .82. The stock yields 1.8% and trades on the NYSE.
Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) is a developer and marketer of pharmaceuticals and health care products. Its divisions also include Animal Health, Gerber, and CIBA Vision. One of its subsidiaries is Sandoz, the inventor of LSD, and a manufacturer of saccharin. It has a forward P/E of 18, and a PEG of 1.3. The stock yields 1.7%, and trades on the NYSE.
Roche Hldg. (OTCQX:RHHBY) is the large pharmaceuticals and diagnostics biotechnology company. It has a forward P/E of 27, and PEG of 1.6. The stock yields 1.52%, and trades on the pink sheets.
ABB (NYSE:ABB) is in the power and automation technology industry. It has a P/E of 27.7, and a PEG of 1.9. The stock yields .8%, and trades on the NYSE.
CIBA Specialty Chemicals Holding, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSB) produces chemicals for consumer and industrial products. It has a forward P/E of 5.2. The stock yields 3.8%, and trades on the NYSE.
Logitech International SA (NASDAQ:LOGI) is the famous manufacturer of mice, and other peripheral and personal interface devices for personal computers. It has a P/E of 21.7, and a PEG of 1.2. The stock does not pay a dividend, and trades on NASDAQ.
Disclosure: The author does not own any of the above.