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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 […]

In conversation with Thaddaeus Ropac

An Austrian with a passion for Contemporary Art opened a gallery in Salzburg in 1983 which soon attracted a new generation of artists. With two more galleries in Paris, he now represents some 60 famous artists around the world. For a man who tried to become an artist as a young man, Thaddaeus Ropac has […]

In conversation with Bernar Venet

The renowned creator of giant sculptures and paintings featuring mathematical concepts, who grew up in difficult circumstances in a remote French village, continues to explore new artistic forms in his eighth decade. Many artists come from humble origins, but Bernar Venet’s were more humble than most. He grew up in a small village in south-east […]

Sub-zero interest rates paradigm

In this video, Yves Bonzon, Chief Investment Officer for Pictet Wealth Management, explains how negative interest rates impact the economy and what countries will outperform in this new paradigm.

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