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From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management March 28, 2012

Threats from inflation lie in wait over the horizon

The likelihood of high levels of inflation in the short term seem remote, but portfolios must be positioned so that they are protected from its longer term risks

From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management March 28, 2012

Booming ETF industry faces construction issues

European ETFs may continue to attract record inflows, but the synthetic vs physical debate is gathering pace, while some commentators are questioning the levels of risk these vehicles contain

From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management March 28, 2012

Money market funds hit by perils of low rates and rising regulation

With low interest rates set to continue and the threat of further regulation just over the horizon, the future continues to look bleak for money market funds

Hongbin Qu, HSBC
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management March 28, 2012

The gradual rise of the renminbi

China’s currency may have a long way to go before it reaches “reserve” status, but other nations are under no illusions as to the renminbi’s potential

From Asset Allocation / Equity March 28, 2012

European equity funds provide rich pickings

The huge number of European equity funds on offer provides plenty of opportunities, but fund selectors need to be aware of managers’ preferences for their home nation

Climate Change Roundtable

PWM invited seven leading figures in private banking and asset management to discuss the role climate change and sustainable investing considerations are having within the industry. Topics covered included the key drivers for sustainable investing and the prevalence of thematic funds

From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management February 28, 2012

Opportunities opening up in time of distress

Distressed prices are creating interesting opportunities in private credit, but clients need to be reminded that it takes a while for these investments to bear fruit

From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management February 28, 2012

Long-term view essential in fight against inflation

Knowing the difference between inflation-beating and inflation-hedging strategies is key when making long-term asset allocations

From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management February 28, 2012

Private credit opportunities opening up in time of distress

Distressed prices are creating interesting opportunities in private credit, but clients need to be reminded that it takes a while for these investments to bear fruit

From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management February 28, 2012

Investors convinced Africa is a continent worth exploring

Investors intend to increase allocations to Africa, buoyed by macroeconomic changes and the region’s potential for growth. But investment also carries huge risks

Investors in emerging markets are beginning to see Ukraine as an interesting macro-economic story, says ICU Founding Partner Makar Paseniuk; while the firm’s Head of Venture and Tech Investments discusses start-up potential.

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