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From Comment / Editor's Analysis September 24, 2014

Europe fears chill of new Cold War

The impact of Russia’s actions in Ukraine has been felt far beyond those countries’ borders, and the consequences for European countries could be huge if the situation worsens

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis August 26, 2014

Private banks fear savvy clients could cast them adrift

Europe’s wealthiest individuals are demanding relationships with private banks be run on their terms, but not all firms have embraced this new reality

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis July 3, 2014

Private banks ready to scale back and shift online

A period of consolidation is underway as banks refocus efforts on their most profitable markets

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis June 2, 2014

Clients in danger of losing in private banking kickabout

Clients could end up with higher fees as private banks pull out of their unprofitable regions and implement new business models

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis April 28, 2014

Wealth players tune into big brand beat

With banks looking to deal with fewer providers and clients finding comfort in brand names, the biggest fund houses are on the up

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis March 21, 2014

Société Générale's return home a sign of things to come

SocGen’s sale of its Asian private banking unit to DBS marks a change of emphasis for the bank and could be the first of many

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis February 28, 2014

Time for alternative investments to play their part

Private investors continue to sit on piles of cash, but it is up to bankers to educate them about the need for efficient allocations

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis January 30, 2014

‘Gatsby’ era draws to a close for private banks

Private banks are reworking business models in response to new regulations such as RDR, but there are other costs, for example spiralling salaries, which need to be addressed

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis November 29, 2013

Swiss must use crisis to forge new models

Swiss private banks face problems which in combination may prove fatal for some, but those that adapt can enjoy a bright future

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis October 30, 2013

Clients remain buried as the dust settles

Private banking may be changing fast but wealth managers are still refusing to put clients first

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