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Another look at HSBC's wealth management activities 08:02 GMT
The activities of HSBC Global Private Banking (GPB), and in particular its Swiss operations, have dominated the headlines during February, especially in the general media. But GPB does not comprise the sum total of HSBC’s wealth management activities. Nor is it necessarily the most important, especially in terms of revenues, profits and client assets under management.

High yield bonds – a promising option? 08:02 GMT
High yield bond analysts certainly had their work cut out for them last year.

JP Morgan Private Bank claims global leadership in the super rich client segment 26/02/2015
JP Morgan Private Bank appears to be the preferred bank of the super rich, at least according to data included in a presentation given by Mary Erdoes, the chief executive of JP Morgan Asset Management at JP Morgan Chase’s Investors Day on 24 February.

Rory Tapner leaves Coutts on a high note 26/02/2015
If an epitaph was needed for Rory Taper, whose departure as chief executive of Coutts was confirmed this morning by RBS, then perhaps this would be most apt: the private bank has just reported a handsome rise in pre-tax profits for 2014 of £250 million, up from £170 million in 2013.

Dollar strength and US recovery – a potential stumbling block? 25/02/2015
The US recovery now looks unassailable: The economy added another 257,000 jobs in January, and revised employment figures for November and December suggest it is growing faster than previously thought. The Federal Reserve has sufficient faith in the strength of the recovery that it appears to be on the cusp of raising interest rates. The one black cloud on this otherwise benign horizon is the US Dollar and its impact on US companies.

Triumph of the pessimists as FTSE 100 reaches new all-time high (with the prospect of hitting 10,000 by the end of 2022) 25/02/2015
The FTSE 100 index closed at 6,949.63 on 24 February, finally breaking through its previous all-time high of 6,930 achieved on the final trading day of 1999.

The polarisation in emerging markets 24/02/2015
Emerging markets used to be seen as homogenous, rising or falling with global risk appetite. Partly this was a function of the growth of China, whose insatiable demand for commodities lifted many emerging markets in unison. However, there is now an increasing divergence in the fortunes of different emerging markets. Emerging market performance is increasingly determined by whether a country is a commodity producer or importer, the extent of their dollar debt exposure and whether they display significant political risk.

Switzerland and the US: HSBC Global Private Banking's 2014 silver lining 24/02/2015
2015 may well turn out to be an annus horribilis for HSBC as a result of the ongoing revelations about the role of its Swiss global private banking business in helping clients to avoid and/or evade tax.

Jonathan Fry to launch multi-family office 24/02/2015
More than 30 years since the launch of his eponymous financial planning and investment management firm, Jonathan Fry has departed jonathanfry plc to focus on a new multi-family office.

Smaller US banks set to rerate - Hermes 23/02/2015
Regional banks are looking like the most attractive value of the US small and mid-sized financials with a rerating on the horizon, according to Hermes Investment Management.

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