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Bernhard Martin, Credit Suisse

Real estate feels the impact of technology

The continued growth of the tech, media and telecoms sector in certain cities has created renewed demand for office space, while e-commerce is transforming the retail sector

Denise Pauli Pavarina, Banco Bradesco

Carnival spirit could turn Brazil’s fortunes around

The Brazilian stockmarket has endured a torrid time of late, but the economy has good long-term growth prospects

Stability amid Asian uncertainty

While worries over the global economy persist, meaning allocations to cash and fixed income continue, wealthy Asian investors are looking for yield in some selective local and international markets

Catherine Raw, BlackRock

Commodities suffer as investors flock to equities

Slowing growth in China has hit demand for commodities while funds have suffered outflows as investors reallocated to equities. But there are opportunities in the sector, for example in metals and timber

Katia Coudray Cornu, Banque Syz & Co

Absolute return products and the promise of a smoother ride for investors

Absolute return products promise to reduce a portfolio’s volatility, but with no clear definition about what makes up these vehicles, investors need to be certain just where they are putting their money

Christian Gattiker, Julius Baer

Private banks put brakes on inflation

With central banks prioritising growth over curbing inflation, investors are searching for safe havens in which to hide their assets from the threat of rising prices

Lionel Paquin, Lyxor
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management January 31, 2013

Investors urged to act in times of distress

Wealth managers now have enough faith in the global economy to recommend buying up distressed assets, but any moves into the asset class must be considered long-term

Peter Harrison, RWC Partners
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management January 31, 2013

Private banks pressed to use ESG lens

By boosting its headcount, London-based RWC Partners has improved the firm’s ability to forge links with wealth managers

From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management January 31, 2013

Flexibility a strength in times of uncertainty

With ongoing doubts about the future of the global economy the ability of multi-asset funds to move easily between classes is making these vehicles more popular

Russ Koesterich, BlackRock
From Asset Allocation / Portfolio Management December 4, 2012

Wealth managers plot course through economic minefield

The global economy is under threat from the US ‘fiscal cliff’, slowing growth in China and the ongoing eurozone crisis. So how should portfolios be positioned to weather such a risky environment?

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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