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Perspectives: Special edition 2015

Jean Monnet, in the aftermath of the Great Depression and well before he made his central contribution to realisation of the European ideal, remarked: “People only accept change when they are faced with necessity, and only recognise necessity when a crisis is upon them”. Shock-waves from the two major systemic crises of the last decade […]

Investors having to cope with pressures on long-term interest rates

The merits of private equity Depending on the example taken, private equity (shares in unquoted companies) is seen as either an opaque and expensive investment for an unpredictable outcome, or as a safe and compelling investment that allows one to invest in known companies with a clearly identified economic function over which one exercises control, […]

Emerging debt is back in fashion

In this video, Christophe Donay, Head of Strategy for Pictet Wealth Management, explains why emerging debt could benefit from a temporary coincidental re-synchronisation of economic growth.

In conversation with Dennis Gassner

The Oscar-winning production designer, who is working on the next Bond movie at Pinewood Studios near London, describes the artistic nature of the role he has played in making iconic films over a 37-year Hollywood career. It is a key creative role in the making of a film or television drama, but it is little […]

World’s major economic blocs out of sync with each other

Should investors cross the Atlantic? With an increase of up to 20% in certain indices, equity markets in the eurozone began 2015 with a bang, leading many investors to wonder if it might be sensible to reduce their US equity allocation in favour of European stocks. Quite a few have already taken the plunge, as […]

In conversation with Hervé van der Straeten

Trained as a painter, the talented French artist designs furniture, lights, mirrors, jewellery and even for industrial design, breaking down traditional boundaries between art and design to the delight of his growing fan club. This is an exciting time for Hervé van der Straeten, who has applied his artistic skills to the design of many […]

In conversation with Teresita Sy-Coson

A shoe store in Manila has grown into one of the largest conglomerates in the Philippines, with interests in retailing, shopping malls and banking that meet the needs of the country’s growing middle class. As a young child growing up in Manila, the capital of the Philippines, Teresita Sy-Coson worked part-time in the family shoe […]

Safe-haven assets beating a retreat

Gold and bonds regarded as being the most secure, like US Treasuries or German Bunds, lost ground in February as they reacted to hopes of a favourable outcome to talks between Greece and eurozone authorities.

New paradigm of negative interest rates raises a number of issues

Two ways to manage negative rates Some believed that the race towards monetary easing had reached its climax with quantitative easing (QE) and the zero interest-rate policy. Yet against all odds, a further stage occurred with the introduction of negative interest rates in the eurozone, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland. In the process, the yield to […]

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