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Hedge funds: alpha at the end of the QE tunnel

A few years back, news that the Fed was reducing its balance sheet and considering rate rises would have prompted a severe market reaction. Today, as the ECB sets out plans for shrinking its own quantitative easing (QE) programme, the calm on financial markets is striking, affording, we believe, new opportunities for hedge funds. In […]

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    Doing nicely

    The upturn in economic growth, benign central banks and improving corporate fundamentals have all ensured that most asset classes are set to finish 2017 in positive territory. But will the good times last? In the view of Pictet Wealth Management’s (PWM) chief investment manager, Cesar Perez Ruiz, next year “currently looks set to be a […]

    Deceptive calm, ‘Perspectives’, October-November 2017

    The strong equity gains of early 2017 petered out over the summer, in spite of buoyant earnings, reflecting the market’s belief that remaining upside in equites remains limited, especially in the absence of meaningful tax stimulus in the US. Reflecting relatively modest prospects, Pictet Wealth Management (PWM) recently moved from a positive to a neutral […]

    Time to deliver, ‘Perspectives’, March-April 2017

    With President Trump’s plans to ‘reform and repeal’ Obamacare suffering a serious setback in Congress in March, attention is once again turning to the new administration’s plans for tax cuts and fiscal reform. The so-called ‘reflationary trade’, while in large part based on improving economic dynamics, also owes something to expectations that the new US […]

    The unleashing of animal spirits

    Donald Trump’s presidential win has unleashed animal spirits in the US that are likely to continue to drive equities forward in 2017. So argues Frank Bigler, head of equity investment research at Pictet Wealth Management, in the latest special edition of Perspectives. There are undoubtedly risks, but for the moment, “the overall direction of the market […]

    From deflation to reflation, from bonds to equities

    Although Pictet Wealth Management does not expect a significant acceleration in real global economic growth next year, it believes 2017 will see an upturn in price pressures that spark a rise in nominal GDP growth and provides momentum for global reflation. In December’s Perspectives, Pictet Wealth Management’s head asset of asset allocation and macro research, […]

    Time is ripe for change in monetary policy style

    In spite of large doses of policy easing, inflation and global growth remain tepid. With the effectiveness of existing monetary policy styles therefore being increasingly questioned, the November 2016 issue of Perspectives looks at three of the most plausible alternatives. One is asset-price targeting. Could central banks assume responsibility for ensuring the stability of asset […]

    Gauging the economic plans of U.S. presidential candidates

    Both main candidates in the US presidential election have outlined their plans in numerous areas. Whoever wins, both are promising to raise government spending, especially on infrastructure. Writing in the October issue of Perspectives, Pictet Wealth Management’s chief economist Bernard Lambert outlines various scenarios. Should Hilary Clinton win the presidency but the Democrats fail to […]

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