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Swiss banking confidentiality: perceptions vs. reality

Spero C. Peppas (Ph.D., Professor of International Business and Director of the Center for International Business Relations at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

Management Research News

ISSN: 0140-9174

Article publication date: 1 July 2004



Switzerland has long been known as a world leader in the financial services arena. However, in recent years the Swiss banking industry has come under considerable attack, in particular with regard to money laundering, Holocaust accounts and European Union tax evasion issues. This article examines Swiss banking confidentiality, reports perceptions of a sample of US Americans with regard to banking secrecy, and compares and contrasts perceptions with reality. The results of this study indicate that the general public holds negative perceptions of Swiss banking practices. This article should serve to correct misperceptions of Swiss banking held by the public at large and should be of particular interest to those involved in Swiss banking and the marketing of financial services.



Peppas, S.C. (2004), "Swiss banking confidentiality: perceptions vs. reality", Management Research News, Vol. 27 No. 7, pp. 14-33.



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