Credit Suisse CEO sees conditions improving after tough fourth quarter

Tidjane Thiam, CEO, Credit Suisse Group AG, speaks at the Milken Institute 21st Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., May 1, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake

ZURICH (Reuters) - Credit Suisse CSGN.S is seeing market conditions improve after a tough fourth quarter, Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam said on Tuesday as rival UBS UBSG.S reported disappointing fourth-quarter results.

“It was a really difficult Q4, you can see the results of our peers who have announced (amid) volatile markets,” Thiam told Bloomberg Television in an interview from Davos. “Overall things have gotten better since the beginning of the year, 2019 has started better,” he added.

Asked whether he was worried about client outflows amid market volatility, he said: “We have seen deleveraging, it was visible a bit in Q3 and Q4, but overall our assets under management have been very resilient.”

Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Oliver Hirt