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SummarySwitzerland’s biggest bank UBS AG has reported a fourth quarter net loss in 2012 of 1.9 billion francs ($2.08 billion) due to lawsuits and restructuring in the wake of a series of scandals.

UBS posts Q4 loss of 1.9 bn Swiss francs

Switzerland’s biggest bank UBS AG has reported a fourth quarter net loss in 2012 of 1.9 billion francs ($2.08 billion) due to lawsuits and restructuring in the wake of a series of scandals. That compares with a net profit of 324 million francs in the fourth quarter of 2011 in the wake of a $2-billion rogue trading scandal. The Zurich-based bank attributed the fourth-quarter loss mainly to “net charges for provisions for litigation, regulatory and similar matters as well as net restructuring charges and an own credit loss”.

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