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From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management September 4, 2011

Brazil learning to cope with growing pains

Brazil makes for a compelling medium to long-term investment opportunity, but the country must first overcome high rates of inflation and the effects of a strong currency

From Asset Allocation / Equity September 4, 2011

Value abounds amid American gloom

The US maybe suffering from slowing growth and worries over the national debt but falling equity prices are creating opportunities for adventurous stock pickers

Lars Kalbreier, Credit Suisse Private Banking
From Asset Allocation / ETFs September 4, 2011

Are ETFs suitable for all investors?

Lars Kalbreier, Global head of investment funds & ETFs, Credit Suisse Private Banking, and Terry Smith, Chief Executive of Fundsmith, debate the role exchange traded funds should play in client portfolios

Arjuna Mahendran, HSBC Private Bank

Emerging market strategies move to core status

Emerging markets are now firmly at the centre of investors’ portfolios, but opinion remains divided as how best to harness the rapid growth seen across the developing world

Investing in regional expertise

Domestic and international groups are boosting their operations across Asia, but both agree that local knowledge is imperative

Kwang-Meng Quek, Citi Private Bank

Non-core properties offer best opportunities

As real estate becomes more global, investors must be careful how best to gain exposure, particularly when looking at non-core properties, which carry an element of risk but are attractively priced at present

Yonghao Pu, UBS

Forward-thinking needed to capture China’s shifting focus

China’s rapidly expanding economy is constantly evolving, and investors must manage this transition from an export-led to a more diversified, consumer-driven market

From Asset Allocation / Fixed Income June 28, 2011

Focus turns towards high yield debt

The all time highs enjoyed by corporate bonds over the past couple of years may be over, but the sector still offers attractive yield-based returns

Christophe Gruenig, Vontobel

Turning long-term trends into sustainable profits

The increasing demand for luxury brands and an ageing global population are two long-term trends that thematic funds are looking to target.

Debt burdens driving down valuations

Germany is leading northern Europe out of recession while the south continues to suffer from debt issues, but it is a company’s links to emerging markets that is catching investors’ attention.

Roosevelt Skerrit became the world's youngest head of state when he took up the position of prime minister of Dominica in 2004. He has since presided over a programme of reconstruction of storm-ravaged housing and infrastructure and revitalising the country's tourism industry. Moreover, his stewardship of the geothermal energy project has put Dominica on the road to clean energy self-sufficiency

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