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From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management September 27, 2010

Location paramount to achieving returns

A region’s economic fundamentals are key when investing in property, a lesson learnt by those with exposure to the asset class who have suffered heavy losses in recent years, writes Elisa Trovato.

Dr Magne Orgland, Wegelin & Co
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management September 2, 2010

Flexible solutions in asset allocation

Multi-asset funds that combine risk diversification with a total return approach are finding their way into client portfolios, although private banks view them with some scepticism, writes Elisa Trovato.

Eli Koen, Union Bancaire Privée
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management September 2, 2010

Resurgent Turkey broadens horizons

The Turkish economy has shrugged off the effects of the downturn, with the banking sector leading the recovery. However both the government and Turkish companies are increasingly looking eastwards rather than towards Europe as they have in the past. Elliot Smither reports.

Richard Davis, BlackRock
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management September 2, 2010

Agriculture provides food for thought

A rising global population, increased wealth in the developing world and the growing biofuels industry all demand increased agricultural output, which a number of new funds are looking to target, writes Elliot Smither.

Wolfgang Leoni, Sal Oppenheim

Rebalancing for the new world order

Wealth managers need to fundamentally re-evaluate the way they assess risk as traditional methods of diversification are unlikely to offer much protection in a world significantly altered by the financial crisis, writes Elisa Trovato

Joanne Warner, FirstState

Uncertain outlook brings return to volatility

As government stimulus packages draw to a close, commodity prices have fallen, and continued demand from the emerging markets, and China in particular, is of increasing importance to the sector. Ceri Jones reports.

Burkhard Varnholt, Bank Sarasin

ESG principles move into the mainstream

As awareness of climate change issues increase, providers of SRI products are enjoying increased demand, with investors attracted by the impressive returns these vehicles have displayed. Ceri Jones reports.

Patel Pinakin, JPMorgan

Thai value amongst political turbulence

Despite the political turmoil, Thailand remains attractive in terms of investment potential, although foreign investors may prefer other countries in the region that appear to be more stable, writes Elliot Smither.

Ferdinand Haas, DWS Investments
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management February 7, 2010

Guaranteed to protect and serve

Capital guaranteed products appeal to both high net worth and retail investors, writes Elisa Trovato, but it is vital that the client knows just how the funds work and the issues they are likely to encounter

Matt Christensen, Eurosif
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management November 1, 2009

Downturn boosts investors’ faith in SRI products

The European SRI market remains dominated by institutional investors, writes Elisa Trovato, but interest among private investors is growing as the fallout from the financial crisis leads people to consider investing in a more responsible way

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