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From Comment / Editor's Analysis August 15, 2019

Hong Kong cries out for strong and honest leadership

The civil unrest going on in Hong Kong is nothing new, rather part of a long history of protest which has previously led to social reforms. But with a looming threat of Chinese intervention, the hope is that the territory’s leaders engage in dialogue with civil society to maintain the city’s advantages as a financial centre

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis June 25, 2019

Banks must do more to shield clients from falling fund stars

Private banks’ are frequently dazzled by the size and past performance of ‘blockbuster’ funds and ‘star’ managers and include them on their approved lists of funds without carrying out robust checks. They need to up their game

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis April 15, 2019

Private banks must take goals-based tech to heart

Private banks need to put technological solutions at the heart of their operations if they are to meet the demands raised by clients and relationship managers, though there will always be a need for human interaction

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis February 25, 2019

Private bankers retune to families’ global mindset

Today’s ‘global families’ are no longer simply looking for portfolio management from wealth managers. The modern private bank must adapt to offer a much wider range of services to all members and branches of these increasingly international clans

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis December 17, 2018

Focus on ‘will of the people’ misses bigger Brexit picture

Much of the talk around the ongoing Brexit process ignores the importance of trade and the myriad benefits of closer relationships with neighbouring countries

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis November 8, 2018

‘Tech and talent’ tonic key to banks’ slimline future

Although private banks in Asia remain in expansion mode, most of global institutions are starting to review the efficiency of their operations, both in terms of headcounts and jurisdictions in which they operate 

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis November 8, 2018

Global Private Banking Awards 2018 - Analysis: US private banks spread their wings

Citi unseating UBS for top spot in PWM’s annual private banking awards is indicative of a wider trend of US institutions’ increasingly ambitious global plans

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis August 22, 2018

London left in limbo as banks await Brexit fallout

Although most believe the London will remain a high profile hub, the appeal of rival centres is growing and banks would rather wait to discover what the future holds before committing to the UK capital 

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis June 14, 2018

Banks could learn lessons from innovative CIOs

Only a handful of private banks have truly embraced the realities of the tech revolution, although their chief investment officers have long been targeting the themes which underpin the evolution of a digital society

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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

Nannette Hechler Fayd'herbe, chief investment officer for international wealth management and global head of economics and research at Credit Suisse, discusses the global economic outlook, trade wars and central bank policy with Elliot Smither.

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