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Roadmap to catastrophe: Down to three solutions for the Eurozone (1/3)

In this three-part series, Pictet Wealth Management’s head of financial market research Jean-Pierre Durante explains that although there is an inevitable mechanism driving Greece’s exit from the Eurozone, we are constructive on the matter in the short term. On a 3 month horizon, we believe that Europe will not take the risk of absorbing the shock of Greece’s […]

United States: a very weak employment report

Yesterday’s employment report was clearly weak and market unfriendly. Fortunately, April data on real consumption were quite encouraging, thanks to the fall in gasoline, and the ISM survey was mixed but roughly neutral (both report were also published yesterday). The recent deterioration in the US dataflow, together with the violent intensification of the euro area […]

Political decision-making in Europe the main factor driving markets

Almost three years ago, the exposure of a clever land swap orchestrated by the monks of an obscure monastery on Mount Athos rocked the then Greek government in a scandal that would expose state mismanagement of assets and plunge Europe into the greatest financial crisis in its history.The revelation of a current deficit close to […]

Managing assets with the Eurozone debt crisis in mind

Chief Investment Officer Yves Bonzon explains in the video below how to best manage assets with the Eurozone debt crisis in mind. “We are getting very close to a potentially defining moment in the European crisis. The catalyst of course will be whether or not Greece stays in the common currency, a decision that might […]

US bonds under the microscope

The period of US long-bond yields pitched at rock-bottom levels may well soon be coming to an end. Judging by the latest volleys of US economic numbers, the key growth driver is staging a comeback: the American consumer. Data in charts and tables dated as of 30 April 2012. Click on the images to see […]

INSEAD’s Philip Anderson: "There has never been a better time to start a business"

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 talk entrepreneurship with INSEAD professor Philip Anderson. He believes now is the best time ever to start a business. Philip Anderson Professor of entrepreneurship INSEAD The nature […]

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 […]

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