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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.

EFG International and a different way of approaching sponsorship 13/11/2014
Culture and sport have always attracted copious amounts of sponsorship from the banking sector. The benefits are obvious, especially when it comes to raising an institution’s profile, or establishing a brand image.

The smart approach to smart beta 13/11/2014
Just over a year ago, the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel shone the spotlight on fund management as trio Eugene Fama, Lars Peter Hansen and Robert Shiller were recognised for their “empirical analysis of asset prices”.

Standard Chartered Bank's private banking and wealth management jewels revealed as well as its future ambitions 12/11/2014
The big UK banks, with the possible exception of HSBC, appear to have downgraded private banking and wealth management over the past twelve months or so. Standard Chartered Bank, however, appears to have bucked this trend.

Strategic bond managers versus absolute return bond managers 11/11/2014
Volatility has returned to the bond market with vigour. Since mid-October, bond markets have experienced savage moves, including a number of intra-day ‘flash crashes’. Many fund selectors have concluded that picking managers with greater flexibility to adjust to, and even benefit from, this volatility, is the right option. However, there remains a valid question as to whether absolute return bond or strategic bond fund managers are better equipped to deal with the new environment.

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