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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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From Comment / Editor's Analysis September 26, 2013

Learn from experience in emerging markets

Emerging markets have underperformed global equities so far this year but investors should not be too quick to write them off

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis August 29, 2013

Lack of contagion no reason for complacency

As long as the safety of their assets is assured, clients are not too concerned about their banks’ reputations. But branding still matters

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis July 2, 2013

Banks getting the hang of family affairs

Both clients and asset managers are warming to the idea of multi-family offices, while the larger players are taking this threat very seriously

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis May 30, 2013

Private banks lowering the bar to pick up profits

Private banks have realised they must turn to the mass wealth market to make money but business models need even more of an overhaul

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis May 1, 2013

Smaller product menus appeal to Asian private banks

With the sale of mutual funds becoming ever-more complex, the benefits of slimming down the number of products on offer are considerable

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