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The rally in financial markets: can money creation by central banks explain it?

Money creation by central banks cannot explain everything but we are in a very peculiar situation where the largest central banks have embarked on quantitative easing. If the scenario of a decent global economic recovery is confirmed, there is a clear possibility of seeing this liquidity feeding most financial markets and particularly risk assets such […]

The Entrepreneurs episode 22: Bespoke tailoring, bell-makers, cheese in China and wellness

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. We invite you to take this week’s show with you for the week-end! Bespoke tailoring is a notoriously tough market to make your name in, with brands having client […]

Perspectives: March 2012 views on asset classes and currencies

Equities, high-yield and, to a lesser extent, investment-grade corporate bonds are among those assets benefiting most from the prevailing mode on markets of ‘average volatility’, according to our definition. Find more analysis and views in this month’s Perspectives, available for downloading. Favourable volatility regime Equities Euphoria not subsiding   Bonds Sovereign bonds resilient as optimism […]

Clues to long-lost Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece found

Italian art expert Maurizio Seracini, who is interviewed in the last issue of Pictet Report, made headlines around the world earlier this week when he and his team revealed they have “found tantalizing clues to a mystery that has puzzled the art world for five centuries: the fate of a lost masterpiece by Leonardo da […]

Perspectives: March 2012 strategy

Equity markets were in high-volatility mode in the second half of 2011, reflecting intense pressures exerted by systemic risk, but they have now shifted back into the average-volatility regime. Find more analysis and views in this month’s Perspectives, available for downloading. Reflation hopes encouraging the markets Economic numbers have continued to show progress in both […]

Perspectives: March 2012 headlines from around the world

Here are this month’s headline news from around the world. Find more analysis and views in this month’s Perspectives, available for downloading. Economic recovery confirmed in Germany At times, economic indicators can appear at odds with each other. When such contradictions occur, investors need to focus not just on their trends and patterns, but also […]

Perspectives: March 2012 macroeconomics

The eurozone debt crisis took a fresh, but positive turn on 21 February: eurozone Finance Ministers and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreed a second bailout deal totalling 130 billion euros to run to the end of 2014. Find more analysis and views in this month’s Perspectives, available for downloading. Haphazard default avoided in Greece […]

Yves Bonzon in Le Temps

Chief Investment Officer Yves Bonzon has published a column (in French) in Monday’s Le Temps. Find an excerpt below, and the link to the full article. Allocation par stratégie La diversification perd de son efficacité. Il faut revoir l’investissement dans les actions Une des constantes de l’art d’investir réside dans l’incertitude liée à toute prévision […]

Perspectives’ editorial outlook for March 2012

The March 2012 issue of Perspectives is now available for downloading. We start previewing the articles of this edition with the opening column by Chief Investment Officer Yves Bonzon. The anomalous case of defensive shares By shifting from an allocation structured on the basis of asset classes to one organised along the lines of strategies and risk […]

Perspectives’ editorial outlook for March 2012

The March 2012 issue of Perspectives is now available for downloading. We start previewing the articles of this edition with the opening column by Chief Investment Officer Yves Bonzon. The anomalous case of defensive shares By shifting from an allocation structured on the basis of asset classes to one organised along the lines of strategies and risk […]

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