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Risk management gains even more prominence

The impact of the financial crisis on the criteria employed to select external fund management companies is one of the key themes emerging from the seventh annual sub-advisory study conducted by PWM.

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Investors to rebalance portfolios

European institutional investors share common concerns, although country-specific differences may drive investment strategies. Ceri Jones reveals the results of our investor survey

Credit offers compelling value

Risk premiums on corporate credit entered 2009 at near-record levels and show little sign of a reversal in the near term. These risk premiums certainly appear attractive, although the outlook is clouded by a bleak economic backdrop, rising defaults and a global financial system in the throes of recapitalisation. The question of whether now is the time to raise allocations to credit versus other asset classes is certainly pre-occupying many investors. After all, the historically high risk premiums, and relatively ‘cheap’ price of securities are clearly a reflection of a high-risk environment.

The next step for equities

The events of the past several months have been unsettling for investors. With mounting concerns about a global recession and a near shutdown of the capital markets, the FTSE 100 has delivered its worst YTD return since 1931. The market has been characterised by fear, panic and forced selling, as mutual funds and levered hedge funds face record redemptions. For those that remain in equities, the top objective has been safety, as cash-rich companies have outperformed those with arguably better growth prospects.

Are hedge funds to blame for the financial crisis?

In the past fortnight hedge funds have been tarnished with a critical brush by investors and the media. On the one hand due to “disappointing returns” and also the downward spiral in equity prices as well as commodity speculation. These wide sweeping statements are not completely accurate and the activities of a few should not unjustly implicate the industry as a whole.

The fall-out from subprime – challenge or opportunity?

A year on from the credit crunch it is time to evaluate where portfolios are standing. At first glance it certainly appears to be a gloomy picture. We believe tighter credit conditions, increased defaults on loans and mortgages by consumers and bank write-downs will continue to create a challenging environment in the year ahead.

Is the party over for private equity managers?

Through the latter part of 2006 and the beginning of 2007, the UK press was full of reports about the good returns enjoyed by what were termed ‘the barbarians at the gate’ – private equity managers. By taking advantage of freely available and modestly priced lending over the past few years, deals became increasingly leveraged and the market witnessed a wealth of large public-to-private transactions.

Capitalising on credit risk

The global fixed income markets have seldom offered more attractive opportunities than investors will find in today’s environment. Since the summer of 2007, trading activity has been far from normal in many fixed income sectors as concerns about the US housing market and economy set off a widespread flight from almost every form of credit risk.

Assets we can all relate to

In last month’s column, we spoke about diversifying your portfolio to protect it from recent high levels of volatility in the market. This month we focus on one of the most liquid and inefficient markets which can be central to that diversification strategy – currency.

Benefits of diversification

When constructing a portfolio, two main challenges present themselves – picking the right asset classes and then picking the best managers to run those assets. Choosing an asset allocation strategy can help protect you from downside risk as well as helping to ensure that you maximise the benefit from potential upside. Interestingly, diversification is one of the few elements in a portfolio that is also free.

Global Private Banking Awards 2022 Highlights

More than 120 banks from 50 countries around the world entered this year’s annual global private banking awards. 19 of those entrants have won more than one award. Of these, six institutions - including Citi Private Bank, BTG Pactual, Erste Private Banking, HSBC Private Banking, Northern Trust, Itaú Private Bank – gained the top position in three categories each. Video highlights from the 2022 Global Private Banking Awards.

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