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We revise our forecast for the EUR/USD cross to 1.40 in 6 months

We have updated our view on the EUR/USD cross strengthening towards 1.40 in the next 6 months, due to four indicators suggesting that the single currency should appreciate:   1. Central banks on both sides of the Atlantic have lengthened their balance sheets via two quantitative easing (QE) programmes and an operation Twist in the […]

Internet, reinventing business models

Summary of the entrepreneurs debate organised by Pictet Wealth Management at LeShop, Switzerland’s leading online supermarket.

Deleveraging forces at work in the background

The first quarter of 2012 ended on a uniformly positive note for risk assets.They were given a boost, initially, by the European Central Bank’s 180-degree shift to an activist approach to monetary policy, and then by persistent and carefully stage-managed rumours of a third round of quantitative easing by the US Federal Reserve. By no […]

Next generation

It has never been easier to become an entrepreneur, and young people today are in many ways ideally qualified to start and run businesses. Yet the retirement of the baby-boomer generation is raising troubling questions for many established owner-managed companies and older family businesses. They are finding that the next generation often remains to be […]

Investment Strategy Highlights Brief for April 2012

Focus on equity markets Our investment strategy reflects the macroeconomic environment which we describe below. Over the past few weeks, financial markets continued to be torn between the deflationary forces of the global economic backdrop and renewed optimism linked to improved economic data. Markets continue to be in such a state, alternating hopes of central […]

United States: gradual slowdown in profit growth

 US corporate profits rose by $16.8bn q-o-q in Q4 11 (+3.5% annualised), following +$32.5bn in Q3 (+6.9%). On a yearly average basis, corporate profits were up by “only” 7.9% in 2011, compared to +32.2% in 2010. This slowdown in profit growth is mainly the reflection of the marked weakening in labour productivity increases witnessed during […]

Financial Times: "Demand for mobile data growing fast"

Amidst the release of Pictet Asset Management’s new iPad app, the Financial Times is reporting on the growing demand for mobile data. Pictet has rolled out an iPad app for investors, joining a host of other asset managers that have responded to growing demand for fund data on-the-go. The Pictet app, which is free to […]

Financial Times: “Demand for mobile data growing fast”

Amidst the release of Pictet Asset Management’s new iPad app, the Financial Times is reporting on the growing demand for mobile data. Pictet has rolled out an iPad app for investors, joining a host of other asset managers that have responded to growing demand for fund data on-the-go. The Pictet app, which is free to […]

Talk by Matt Ridley “The rational optimist”

During Pictet’s March 2012 Family Consilium, speakers gathered in Gstaad to share their insights on managing the multi-polar world, from uncertainty to optimism. Because he could not attend the event in person, Matt Ridley recorded a video that has been made available to the public. A fascinating talk by the author of the Rational Optimist, […]

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