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From Comment / Editor's Analysis April 17, 2018

Lick of paint not enough to save private banks

Private banks may talk a good game about how they are transforming themselves, but most are really only repackaging existing services. A much more significant change is required, in areas such as ESG investing and in the digital arena, if they are to engage with a new generation of clients

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis February 21, 2018

Asia can set tails wagging in Chinese Year of the Dog

There are huge opportunities to be found across Asia, but both local and global investors risk missing out 

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis December 20, 2017

Pictet’s Collardi coup rewards bank on right track

Having ruled the roost at Julius Baer for almost a decade, eyebrows were raised when Boris Collardi signed up to run Pictet’s wealth management business. But will he be able to exert the same influence he enjoyed in his old role? 

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis October 27, 2017

New wave of private banks better placed to perform to regional audience

The younger, more dynamic private banks which cut their teeth in the emerging regions appear better placed to rise up and challenge the global leaders for a seat at the top table than the more traditional European names 

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis August 22, 2017

Could private bankers become the new ‘Masters of the Universe’?

Investment bankers used to call the shots, with private banking and asset management seen as little more than diversifiers. But times have changed, and as banks redraw business models, wealth management divisions are being placed front and centre

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis June 19, 2017

Paris looks to profit from London’s Brexit own goal

While the UK lurches from one political crisis to the next, its European rivals are gearing up to capitalise on the Brexit fallout, with a revitalised Paris claiming it is the natural choice for any firms fleeing London 

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis February 22, 2017

Brexit could prove trigger for finance jobs reshuffle

No one quite knows what the UK’s vote to leave the EU will mean for London as a financial centre, but rival cities across the continent are readying themselves for the fallout and the opportunities that will surely arise. But the biggest winner could well be New York

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis December 20, 2016

Winds of change present investment opportunities

The year ahead is likely to see big changes on both economic and political fronts. With themes such as Trumponomics, increased global infrastructure spending and a resurgent Russia beginning to emerge, investment advice will be top of clients’ wish lists

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis November 10, 2016

Financial world braces itself for period of uncertainty following Trump victory

Investors must be aware of heightened political risks following Donald Trump’s win in the US election, including keeping an eye on developments in Europe

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis October 27, 2016

Private banks finally ask: why are we here?

Is the prime role of a private bank to provide investment expertise to its clients or to build a close relationship through a much wider range of services? Opinion is divided, but the industry is at last asking the right question

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