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Is European fund management sitting in a comfort zone? 31/07/2014
Delegates at the FundForum conference in Monaco in June could have been forgiven for feeling that they had been there before. Many of them probably had. The venue, the Grimaldi Forum, at the end of June remains a key meeting place for the European fund management industry. More than 1,200 manufacturers and distributers of pooled investment products gathered again this year.

Farewell Barclays Wealth and Investment Management 31/07/2014
It looks as if Barclays Wealth and Investment Management has gone the same way as Citigroup Private Bank, Goldman Sachs Private Wealth Management, and J.P. Morgan Private Bank.

Europe could be UBS' Achilles Heel 30/07/2014
Ongoing litigation problems will probably provide plenty of headlines in the future, as well obscuring the true financial performance of UBS.

How malt whisky and investment management go together 29/07/2014
The Spey Valley in the north of Scotland probably doesn’t feature on most people’s mental maps of the global investment management universe. But it does provide the home of at least at least one firm in addition to a plethora of whisky distilleries.

Why very rich clients may not be so 'high quality' after all 28/07/2014
Reality has a habit of confounding conventional wisdom in private banking and wealth management. Take the increased focus on very rich clients at big banks, for example.

Two trillion dollars and growing: the rise and rise of Morgan Stanley 23/07/2014
New York-based Morgan Stanley, along with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and UBS, dominant the global hierarchy of wealth management firms in terms of client assets under management (see thewealthnet 11/06/2014). So the news that it has just crossed the $2 trillion dollar threshold in this respect shouldn’t, at first glance at least, have caused much of a surprise.

MIFID II - just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water 22/07/2014
Abandoning the Retail Distribution Review's definition of independence and storing phone recordings for seven years could be among the regulations wealth managers will have to contend with in MIFID II according to the Wealth Management Association.

Anatomy of a Merger - Part Three 22/07/2014
Switzerland is not usually associated with transparency, especially within a private banking and wealth management context. Decades of bank secrecy created a miasma that often obscured much of the sector from the prying eyes of analysts, commentators and tax authorities.

Tips for AIFMD risk compliance – expert's comment 21/07/2014
With the AIFMD deadline only a day away, risk management solutions firm RiskSystem’s Simon O’Sullivan spoke to thewealthnet about preparing for the new rules, as well as about the impact the implementation will have on AIFMs.

Cycling and the science of better investment management 18/07/2014
Schroders’ decision to recruit Shane Sutton, British Cycling’s head coach, as a consultant, makes perfect sense given the extent to which sporting terms and metaphors are used in the banking and financial services sector.

 
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