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‘Perfect story’ scuppers Swiss brand clean-up

Switzerland’s private banks have been trying to remodel themselves but the HSBC affair is the latest in a series of setbacks proving they still have a long way to go

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Swiss stagger under weight of franc fallout

The profitability of Swiss private banks will be hit by the SNB’s withdrawal of the currency ceiling and could speed up the shift of some operations overseas 

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Family offices join forces to take on banks

As global banks struggle with damaged reputations, smaller investment firms sense an opportunity to win market share and the recent M&A activity could be a sign of things to come

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Industry marvels at rise of the ‘Superbanks’

Only the biggest players have the reach and technological innovation necessary to compete on a global scale, but a deeper understanding of client needs is necessary

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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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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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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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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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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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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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