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In conversation with Innocent Drinks’ Richard Reed

Innocent Drinks, launched by three friends in 1999, is a socially and environmentally responsible company which produces healthy fruit drinks and supports rural development in countries that supply their ingredients.

China faces a delicate rebalancing

China is going through a transition phase, and the Chinese authorities face a tricky challenge to avoid a crash, explains Christophe Donay, Chief Strategist at Pictet Wealth Management.

Correction in China calls for diversification

There is a risk of a financial and economic crash in China, creating considerable contagion to the rest of the world. However, we think that the Chinese authorities are likely to succeed in stabilising the economy. China’s slowdown creates concerns Underlying the current market turmoil are concerns about China’s economic slowdown. The country has been […]

New monetary policy regime will continue to support equities

Equity valuations in the US and Europe are now back to levels last seen during the emergence of the dotcom bubble and ahead of the 2008-09 financial crisis. Although developed market equity valuations are stretched, they could continue to rise — contrary to consensus. The current bullishness is built less on earnings growth, which remains […]

In conversation with Ladurée’s David Holder

  Ladurée is a pâtisserie which opened in Paris in 1862 and has become famous for the macarons it now sells around the world. It was acquired in 1993 by Groupe Holder, which has expanded the business from its original base in the Rue Royale to a global chain operating in five continents. Today, under […]

Should investors focus on Developed or Emerging markets?

Emerging Market equities will suffer from a stronger dollar and lower commodities prices in comparison with Domestic Market equities, explains Alexandre Tavazzi, Chief Equity Strategist at Pictet Wealth Management.

In conversation with Mar Raventós

The oldest family business in Spain, which dates back more than 460 years, produced the first and the most famous brand of cava under the leadership of the founder’s descendants who are always striving to improve their wines.

Pictet on defensive equities

The food and beverages businesses in this issue of Pictet Report highlight the remarkable achievements of the entrepreneurs who have built them up — often over generations. But their success also reflects the characteristics of sectors that can offer attractive long-term returns with below-market volatility. Food and drink companies have been profitable sectors to invest in […]

In conversation with William Heinecke

The American-born founder of one of the largest hospitality and leisure groups in the Asia-Pacific region has faced many challenges since starting his first business while still at school, but continues to look for gaps in the market that he can fill. There are many wealthy entrepreneurs in Thailand, but one who stands out from […]

In conversation with INSEAD Craig Smith

Consumer product companies may be penalised if they ignore customers’ concerns over sustainability issues and practices seen as socially irresponsible, according to a leading business school expert on corporate ethics.

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