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The Entrepreneurs episode 20: Eyewear entrepreneurs, running a franchise, IDEO

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. This week, The Entrepreneurs start with an indepth look at the New York based entrepreneurs causing waves in the entrenched eyewear industry, launching an online offer that undercuts the […]

Switzerland: Economic expansion almost came to a standstill in Q4 2011

Swiss GDP grew by 0.1% quarter-on-quarter in Q4 2011 (+0.4% annualised), above consensus expectations (-0.1%), but below the growth rate recorded in Q3 (+0.3%, revised up from +0.2%). On a year-on-year basis, GDP growth edged down from 1.6% in Q3 (revised up from 1.3%) to 1.3% in Q4. Consensus expectations were heading for a lower […]

Central banks’ coincident quantitative easing

By shifting from an allocation structured on the basis of asset classes to one organised along the lines of strategies and risk factors, we are in effect choosing to focus on three very distinct categories of equities. First, at the strategic allocation level, we distinguish between defensives and growth stocks. Second, for the portion of […]

The Family Consilium

The March 2012 edition of Pictet Briefing presents highlights from this year’s Family Consilium, an informal symposium held in the Swiss Alps over three days in March 2012. Once every two years, in a unique and intimate environment, Pictet brings together large business-owning families from around the world to discuss topics of strategic importance for […]

Euro area: Second 3Y LTRO, the ECB part of the solution

Success for the second 3Y LTRO Following today’s second 3-year long-term refinancing operation (3Y LTRO), 800 financial institutions tapped €529.5bn liquidity, well above December’s first operation, which was worth 489bn (bid by 523 participants). The amount was also above the 470bn predicted by economists surveyed by Bloomberg. €311bn additional liquidity In order to estimate the […]

United States: S&P Case-Shiller index fell further towards the end of last year

The S&P Case-Shiller index of house prices posted a month-on-month drop of 0.5% in December 2011, slightly above consensus expectations (-0.4%) and following a 0.7% fall in November. Year-on-year, this index was down 4.0% in December. Mixed results for the other house price indices December’s readings for the other main indices measuring house prices were […]

United States: S&P Case-Shiller index fell further towards the end of last year

The S&P Case-Shiller index of house prices posted a month-on-month drop of 0.5% in December 2011, slightly above consensus expectations (-0.4%) and following a 0.7% fall in November. Year-on-year, this index was down 4.0% in December. Mixed results for the other house price indices December’s readings for the other main indices measuring house prices were […]

Tangible success with tangible products

The latest of Monocle’s regular roundtable discussions involved Lyn Harris of Miller Harris perfumes, Simon Duffy of bulldog male skincare and Tom Hulme of IDEO, and highlighted, among other things, how even entrepreneurs within the same broad sector can develop very different, but successful, strategies.

Jury announced for fourth Prix Pictet photography prize

American photographer Mitch Epstein won the 2011 Prix Pictet for his series entitled American Power. For the first time, the winner of the Prix Pictet will be announced in London. The prize for the fourth cycle of the Award will be presented by Honorary President Kofi Annan at the opening of the finalists’ exhibition at […]

Euro area: 3Y LTRO alleviates the credit crunch

Monetary aggregates remain depressed The annual growth rate of the monetary aggregate M3 jumped to 2.5% y-o-y in January, from 1.5% in December 2011, but remains well below its reference value (4.5%). Loans to the private sector remained subdued at 1.1% y-o-y compared to 1.0% the previous month. The 3Y LTRO[definition] helped to alleviate the […]

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