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Branding lessons for private bankers and wealth managers from an unlikely source 26/11/2014
Can jazz music offer banking, and particularly the private banking and wealth management sector, any useful insights or exemplars about how to run a successful business?

Forget the noise – one fund manager's approach to investing in Europe 25/11/2014
F&C Investments’ Sam Cosh hears macroeconomic concerns over Europe as sheer “noise”, which he has to tune out while running his European Asset Trust (EAT).

One step forward and one back at Kleinwort Benson 24/11/2014
At first sight Kleinwort Benson Wealth Management (KBWM) appears to be making progress, at least according to the data contained in the interim trading statement released by RHJ International, its owner (see thewealthnet 24/11/2014).

Japan - are professional investors backing Abenomics? 24/11/2014
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has now dissolved parliament ahead of a snap election for December. Abe has promised new measures to stimulate the consumer economy, plus an extension of the current quantitative easing package. The election has been labelled a vote on Abenomics, an endorsement – or otherwise – of the present government’s economic policies.

So how much is really needed to fund a family office? 20/11/2014
It used to the case, at least as far as those that make assertions on this particular subject, that a minimum of between $50 million to $100 million of assets was required to make the establishment of a family office a viable proposition.

ETFs more popular than ever – UBS 20/11/2014
ETFs are becoming increasingly popular, with issuers continually developing products and new launches becoming ever more frequent. According to research firm ETFGI, ETFs/ETPs listed in Europe gathered $8.7 billion in net new assets (NNA) in October 2014 and a record $56.2 billion in NNA year-to-date, which surpasses any full year NNA for the European-listed ETF/ETP industry. thewealthnet caught up with Andrew Walsh, head of UBS ETF sales for UK and Ireland to find out the latest news in the sector and at UBS in particular.

Recovering markets and growing creativity produce a range of niche opportunities for investors in European real estate 19/11/2014
Near record low yields for core assets and continued improvements in sentiment have forced real estate investors to become more creative in the search for returns, according Invesco Real Estate (IRE), Invesco’s real estate arm of Invesco. Its newly published Real Estate View: European Market Outlook for the second half of 2014 finds that investors are employing a wider range of strategies.

The active versus passive battleground 19/11/2014
Ten years ago, analyst Huw van Steenis predicted that investment management would polarise into commoditised beta and high alpha products. The middle ground – those active fund managers offering benchmark-led products, seeking to generate a few percent of annual outperformance – would be squeezed. Is this a fair interpretation of the market development over the past decade? Or has it held some surprises?

The UK's 2015 private pension regime: challenges and opportunities for the UK wealth management sector 17/11/2014
Until the past decade the UK wealth management sector tended to regard pensions with a certain degree of ambivalence. The perception appeared to be that although pensions were important they not part of the wealth management mainstream and best left to other institutions.

Are fines and compensation payments now ‘normal' business costs for banks and financial institutions? 14/11/2014
Another week and another announcement about the latest set of fines to be levied on big global banks (see thewealthnet 12/11/2014). So far the global banking sector has had to pay around £200 billion in fines and settlement fees according to some estimates for a wide range of misdemeanours over the past six years.

 
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