Indians‘ money in Swiss banks down 6% in 2019; hits 3rd lowest in over three decades – Times of India: NEW DELHI/ZURICH: Funds parked by Indian people and enterprises in Swiss banks, together with via India-based branches, fell practically 6 per cent in 2019 to 899 million Swiss francs (Rs 6,625 crore), annual information from Switzerland’s central financial institution confirmed on Thursday.

Indians’ money in Swiss banks down 6% in 2019; hits 3rd lowest in over three decades – Times of India

This marks the second consecutive 12 months of decline in combination funds of Indian purchasers with all Swiss banks, taking the determine to the third lowest stage in additional than three many years since 1987 when the Swiss Nationwide Financial institution (SNB) started compiling the information.

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The entire quantity of CHF 899.46 million, described by the SNB as combination ‘liabilities’ of Swiss banks or ‘quantities because of’ their Indian purchasers on the finish of 2019, included CHF 550 million (over Rs 4,000 crore) of buyer deposits; CHF 88 million (Rs 650 crore) held through different banks; 7.Four million (Rs 50 crore) via fiduciaries or trusts; and CHF 254 million (Rs 1,900 crore) as ‘different quantities because of prospects’ in type of securities and numerous monetary devices.
All of the 4 parts declined throughout 2019.
These are official figures reported by banks to the SNB and don’t point out the quantum of the much-debated alleged black cash held by Indians in Switzerland. These figures additionally don’t embody the cash that Indians, NRIs or others might need in Swiss banks in names of third-country entities.
In response to the SNB, its information for ‘complete liabilities’ of Swiss banks in direction of Indian purchasers takes into consideration all forms of funds of Indian prospects at Swiss banks, together with deposits from people, banks and enterprises. This consists of information for branches of Swiss banks in India, as additionally non-deposit liabilities.
Indian and Swiss authorities have earlier stated {that a} extra dependable measure for deposits by Indian people in Swiss banks is given by the ‘locational banking statistics’ of the Financial institution for Worldwide Settlement (BIS), which confirmed a marginal enhance of 0.07 per cent in 2019 to $90.6 million (practically Rs 646 crore).
This determine takes into consideration deposits in addition to loans of Indian non-bank purchasers of Swiss-domiciled banks and had proven a decline of 11 per cent in 2018 and of 44 per cent in 2017. It peaked at over $2.Three billion (over Rs 9,000 crore) on the finish of 2007.
Swiss authorities have all the time maintained that belongings held by Indian residents in Switzerland can’t be thought-about as ‘black cash’ they usually actively assist India in its battle towards tax fraud and evasion.
Whereas an computerized change of data in tax issues between Switzerland and India has been in drive since 2018. Beneath this framework, detailed monetary data on all Indian residents having accounts with Swiss monetary establishments since 2018 was offered for the primary time to Indian tax authorities in September 2019 and that is to be adopted yearly.
Along with this, Switzerland has been actively sharing particulars about accounts of Indians suspected to have indulged in monetary wrongdoings after submission of prima facie proof. Such change of data has taken place in a whole lot of circumstances to this point.
In response to the SNB information accessible since 1987, the bottom stage of funds held by Indians in Swiss banks was seen in 1995 at CHF 723 million, whereas the second lowest was in 2016 at CHF 676 million. The quantity had peaked at CHF 6.5 billion in 2006, earlier than declining for 5 consecutive years. Since these document ranges, there was an increase solely thrice — in 2011 (12 per cent), 2013 (43 per cent) after which in 2017.
General, buyer deposits in all Swiss banks rose marginally by 0.Three per cent to CHF 1.eight trillion (greater than Rs 130 lakh crore). Of this, home buyer deposits rose by CHF 25.Three billion to CHF 1.25 trillion, whereas international buyer deposits declined by CHF 20.5 billion to CHF 567.6 billion (practically Rs 42 lakh crore).
Mixture liabilities of Swiss banks, together with quantity because of prospects and banks and thru holding of assorted securities, rose by 2.9 per cent to CHF 3.Three trillion (over Rs 240 lakh crore). This included CHF 1.Three trillion (practically Rs 95 lakh crore) in direction of their international purchasers, which rose by practically 2 per cent.
The nations for which Swiss banks reported rise in quantities because of purchasers from there included the US and UK, whereas the cash parked by people and enterprises from Pakistan and Bangladesh additionally declined throughout 2019.
Similar to India, the problem of alleged black cash in Swiss banks has been a political sizzling potato within the two neighbouring nations as properly.
Whereas Pakistani cash in Swiss banks declined by practically 45 per cent to CHF 410 million (about Rs 3,000 crore), the determine for Bangladesh fell 2 per cent to CHF 605 million (Rs 4,500 crore).
As per the SNB, there have been 246 banks in Switzerland on the finish of 2019. Of those, 216 reported revenue totalling of CHF 13.1 billion, whereas the remaining 30 reported losses amounting to CHF 12.Three billion, leading to combination revenue of CHF 752 million (Rs 5,500 crore) — reflecting an enormous decline of over 93 per cent from the 2018 ranges.
The mixture steadiness sheet complete for all banks in Switzerland rose by 2.9 per cent to CHF 3.Three trillion.
Buyer holdings of securities in financial institution custody accounts elevated by 15.9 per cent to almost CHF 6.eight trillion, whereas fiduciary funds administered by banks had been additionally significantly increased in 2019 and closed the 12 months at CHF 197 billion with a rise of over 23 per cent.
The banks noticed a pronounced rise of CHF 15.7 billion in fiduciary deposits invested in Swiss francs, growing that foreign money’s share from 2.5 per cent to 10 per cent.
The headcount of Swiss banks declined by 1,304 to 1,06,084, which the SNB stated was primarily attributable to large banks having transferred employees to different group entities not included within the banking statistics.

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