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From Comment / Editor's Analysis May 3, 2012

Thematic investing: the neverending story

The popularity of hedge funds and high yield investments will rise and fall, but the thematic approach appears to be a trend with staying power

Frank Frecentese, Citi
From Comment / Great Debate May 3, 2012

Do hedge funds have a place in client portfolios?

Francis Frecentese (left), global head of hedge fund research at Citi Private Bank, and  Burkhard Varnholt, CIO and head of asset management products and sales at Bank Sarasin, debate the role hedge funds should play in client portfolios

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis April 23, 2012

Investment houses must ride political tremors

While there are worries about upheavals among China’s political elite, regional rivalries are a fixture of Chinese finance and government

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis March 29, 2012

ETF backlash fails to diminish demand

Money continues to pour into exchange traded funds, despite questions over their construction and whether they are the best vehicle for a particular market

Xavier Denis, Societe Generale
From Comment / Great Debate March 29, 2012

Should investors go for growth or play it safe?

Xavier Denis, chief economist-strategist at Société Générale Private Banking (left), and Dirk Wiedmann, head of investments at Rothschild Wealth Management, debate whether now is the time for investors to be looking to grow their assets, or should they be playing it safe?

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis March 26, 2012

Managing family affairs

Money is moving fast from European private banks to family offices and the private investment arms which handle their asset allocation, as wealthy families become disappointed by the poor returns of major providers. Will this be a long-standing wealth management trend or just a temporary blip? Yuri Bender talks to Adam Wethered, founder of private investment office Lord North Street.

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis March 9, 2012

Tax attack on Swiss private banks

Switzerland has been under sustained attack from the US authorities, with the aim of shutting down any banks helping US citizens to avoid taxes. As a result of international pressures, the banks have been changing their business to highlight portfolio management and asset allocation, rather than earning money from luring clients into secret, tax-friendly structures. 

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis February 28, 2012

Switzerland learns to adapt to increased regulation

Increasing levels of regulation, especially from the US, are forcing the Swiss to make significant adjustments to preserve their status as a leading financial centre

Tindaro Siragusano, Berenberg
From Comment / Great Debate February 28, 2012

Does size matter for private banks?

Tindaro Siragusano, head of private banking and asset management at Berenberg Bank (left), and Blake Shorthouse, head, ultra high net worth, Europe Middle East Africa, at Credit Suisse, compare the benefits to clients of boutique private banks and the bigger players 

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis February 2, 2012

New thinking to target new wealth

Banks active in Asia are rethinking client offerings, to adjust to the changing mentality of the region’s increasingly currency conscious wealthy investors

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Entrepreneurial families are becoming increasing global in mindset, asset allocation and business reach, growing to resemble international firms. Yuri Bender, PWM's Editor-in-chief, talks about how private banks can adapt to these trends by providing tailored services to families in a variety of jurisdictions, through a new generation of relationship managers.

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