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From Comment / Editor's Analysis March 28, 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 28, 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 25, 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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From Comment / Editor's Analysis January 30, 2012

Swiss scandals could signal end of an era

The scandal surrounding the Hildebrands may mark a watershed in the relationship between Swiss bankers and politicians

Bill O'Neill, Merrill Lynch
From Comment / Great Debate January 30, 2012

Will the euro survive the debt crisis?

Bill O'Neill, Chief Investment Officer, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management EMEA (left), and Elisa Parisi-Capone, Senior Economist for Western Europe and Finance and Banking at Roubini Global Economics, discuss what the future holds for Europe's common currency

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis November 28, 2011

Industry’s future lies in asset management

As PWM celebrates its tenth anniversary, we would like to ask: what should the private bank of the future look like? The answer to this both simple and complex question is “not like one of the past”, according to speakers at our recent private banking summit and awards ceremony, held in Geneva.

Clive McDonnell, head of global equity strategy at Standard Chartered Private Bank, tells Elliot Smither why he is bullish on US stocks, cautious on Europe and how private clients are feeling this late in the economic cycle.

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