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Richard Duncan, Macro Watch
From Regions / Europe February 23, 2015

Will the ECB’s QE bazooka send European stocks higher?

As the ECB turns on the QE tap, what does this mean for stockmarkets? Macro Watch’s Richard Duncan and Raoul Ruparel from Open Europe give their views

Shelby Du Pasquier, Lenz & Staehelin
From Regions / Europe / Switzerland February 20, 2015

HSBC claims Swiss client list slashed since 2007

HSBC admits that it suffered from “control failures” in the past, but insists it has taken steps to clean up its act and its current client base

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From Regions / Europe / Switzerland February 20, 2015

‘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

Cesar Perez, JP Morgan Private Bank
From Regions / Europe / Russia January 26, 2015

Bargains to be found as emerging markets fall out of fashion

Most private banks are underweight emerging market equities following a torrid couple of years for these economies, but attractive valuations could represent something of a buying opportunity

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From Regions / Europe / Switzerland January 23, 2015

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 

Peter Raskin, Berenberg
From Regions / Europe / United Kingdom January 7, 2015

Berenberg battles for bigger slice of global private banking business

Peter Raskin, who runs Berenberg’s international operations out of London, explains why the German stalwart is determined to increase its global presence 

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From Regions / Europe / United Kingdom December 9, 2014

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

From Regions / Europe November 17, 2014

Europe a relatively bright spot within active management

Those active managers dealing in European equities, who have kept things simple and correctly identified and stuck to top-down trends, have tended to add alpha

Sofia Merlo, BNP Paribas Wealth Management
From Regions / Europe / France November 4, 2014

BNP Paribas locks horns with European heavyweights

As both Europe and Asia emerge as key markets for BNP Paribas Wealth Management, co-heads Vincent Lecomte and Sofia Merlo discuss the French bank’s ambitious growth strategy

David Ferguson, Nucleus Financial
From Regions / Europe / United Kingdom October 6, 2014

Banks ignore technology at their peril warns Nucleus Financial

Clients crave the transparency and efficiency technology brings and those banks which are unwilling to adopt full online trading will suffer, believes David Ferguson of Nucleus Financial

Clients of private banks share a huge amount of data and family information with their financial providers, yet the service they receive seldom matches expectations. The time has come for these wealth managers to learn from other industries.

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