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Divergence between US and European equities

How Europe’s equities perform has always tended to be quite closely connected to what happens to share prices on Wall Street. Since 2011 though, the two seem to have been going their separate ways. European bourses are being penalised by top-heavy cyclical exposure and underexposure to technology, translating into much greater variability in profit margins. […]

Matthieu Ricard: "Can altruism be compatible with modern economic systems?"

To celebrate the release of the 10th edition of Pictet Report, we are republishing a selection of articles taken from our archives dating back to 2009. Today, Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard explains that, since the pursuit of selfish happiness is bound to fail, we must create a more compassionate society. Matthieu Ricard Buddhist monk, author, […]

Financial markets caught between two fronts

Financial markets are trapped between two fronts. On the one hand, they are reacting to developments in the eurozone debt crisis which is stoking up deflationary pressures. The other front is more favourable: the positive influence of a US economy progressing towards self-sustaining growth. Equities Stock markets pausing for breath   Bonds Renewed interest in […]

The Entrepreneurs episode 32: high speed rail, scarfs, and turning life threatening accidents into business opportunities

Pictet Wealth Management is the proud sponsor of The Entrepreneurs, Monocle‘s weekly business briefing featuring the most inspiring people, places and ideas from around the world. Load your ipods with the latest episode, and listen to the entrepreneurs during your week-end’s jogging! The latest edition of the Entrepreneurs kicks off this week in Italy, where […]

Internet, reinventing business models

With the objective to create a community of interests in which some of the leading players in the business world share their experience, Pictet brings together entrepreneurs for regular company visits and debates. Six weeks ago, a selected group of entrepreneurs gathered at LeShop, Switzerland’s leading online supermarket founded by Christian Wanner and his partners. […]

Surprise moves to ease monetary policy

Here are this month’s headline news from around the world. Find more analysis and views in this month’s Perspectives, available for downloading. Most central banks in the emerging world have been easing monetary policy against a backdrop of diminishing inflationary pressures and less robust economic growth. India and Brazil both wrongfooted financial markets when their […]

US bonds: risks mounting

Financial markets are still in a hesitant frame of mind, alternating rally and correction phases depending on how powerful the effects of two quite distinct and opposing influences are on the global economic outlook. On the one hand, US banks and households are entering the closing stages of their orderly deleveraging drive, with the upshot […]

Europe a drag on the world economy

Deflationary forces continue rumbling menacingly in the background to developed economies. They stem from the significant deleveraging being pushed through, most strikingly in Europe which, according to our calculations, is probably running about 3 years behind the US in the whole process of dismantling the wall of debt. Deflationary pressures in Europe are being aggravated […]

Euro area: economic slowdown will test monetary union

Leaks of steam from the German euro area locomotive are likely to trigger additional worries on the future of the monetary union. Furthermore, weak German figures for the second quarter are likely to reinforce the impression that synchronic austerity measures in Europe are killing growth. This will certainly result in widening sovereign spreads within the […]

Jacques-Antoine Granjon: "My first motivation was freedom"

To celebrate the release of the 10th edition of Pictet Report, we are republishing a selection of articles taken from our archives dating back to 2009. Today, we are sitting down with Jacques-Antoine Granjon, one of France’s most respected entrepreneurs. His e-commerce company, vente-privee.com, will soon be turning over €1bn a year. Predicting market trends, […]

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