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Interview with François-Paul Journe

In less than three decades, the Geneva-based Frenchman has become famous among discerning collectors for timepieces which combine traditional Swiss quality with revolutionary innovation and exceptionally beautiful design.

Quality at bargain prices

After the current phase of consolidation of European indices, one of two things can happen. Either we exit this phase on the up, which seems unlikely without the big European names being involved. Or we return to renewed cyclical or political tensions, in which case quality stocks will benefit from their defensive characteristics. Either way, it seems wise not to offload large blue chips.

Interview with Helen and Vic Jacob (Suvretta House)

In an era when numbers have come to dominate the hospitality industry, a family-owned hotel high in the Alps offers outstanding personal service to guests who return year after year to enjoy its unique and peaceful location.

Pictet opens Munich branch

The Swiss-based Pictet Group has announced today that it is to open an office in Munich.

Interview with Mario Testino

The renowned Peruvian photographer Mario Testino has created a cultural institute in Lima to exhibit his work, celebrate the artistic heritage of his native country and provide a focus for his philanthropic activities.

Fears hanging over emerging markets are receding

Risk assets, especially equities, are once again whetting investors’ appetites as fears that had loomed large over emerging markets have gradually been diminishing. After the January setback, we have witnessed a mirror-image positive showing in February.

Emerging-world uncertainties not holding developed markets back

We have described the current economic cycle as being driven by the technology sector and by innovation. In this respect it echoes the 1990s, which were marked by the growth of the Internet and the mobile telephone. Today, innovation is found on varied fronts.These include the transition from PC to mobile, robotics, the convergence of life sciences and technology, low-cost ‘big data’ processing, electric cars.

Interview of Tomas Prenosil (Confiserie Sprüngli)

An iconic family business in the heart of Zürich, established in 1836 and now in the sixth generation of its management, is famous across the world for its delicious Luxemburgerli truffles, pralines, tarts and pastries.

Back to the nineties

Yves Bonzon sees the US market no longer responding to QE moves by the Fed, suggesting that while a correction in equities and Treasuries may come in the summer, the year should still progress positively.

Interview with Professor Klaus Schwab

The founder of the World Economic Forum says that Switzerland has retained its top place in the Global Competitiveness Index for the fifth year running as a result of the excellence of its economic and business performance, its human capital and the strength of its public institutions.

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