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From Comment / Editor's Analysis April 28, 2020

New multilateralism vital to preserve exchange of ideas

Western liberal democracy was shaken by the fallout from the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the global financial crisis, but the coronavirus pandemic looks likely to leave an even longer-lasting mark. With governments across the world dealing with the threat in their own countries, are we entering a world where national self-interest is the new normal? 

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis February 25, 2020

Should private banks have a licence to kill off bonds?

Fixed income has traditionally played an anchor role in both private and institutional portfolios, providing both yield and a counterbalance to equities. But right now traditional bonds are fulfilling neither of those roles, so it is time to replace them?

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis December 17, 2019

Banks out to prove they are in the same decade as clients

Private banks are well aware they need to adjust their offer to clients, with an increasing focus on private equity, real estate and ESG products along with a shift in the way they manage relationships

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis November 1, 2019

US ‘Superbanks’ leave Swiss rivals redrawing strategies

While US private banks have used the huge wealth generated by a booming economy to transform themselves, European players, and the Swiss in particular, are having to overcome multiple headwinds. One thing is certain though: the successful firms of tomorrow will be the ones who put clients firmly at the heart of their business

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis October 31, 2019

Global Private Banking Awards 2019 - Analysis: US private banks in tune with client-centric world

PWM’s annual private banking awards see a strong showing from leading US banks which are combining technological innovation, customer service and business acumen, in stark contrast to their risk-averse European rivals 

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis August 15, 2019

Hong Kong cries out for strong and honest leadership

The civil unrest going on in Hong Kong is nothing new, rather part of a long history of protest which has previously led to social reforms. But with a looming threat of Chinese intervention, the hope is that the territory’s leaders engage in dialogue with civil society to maintain the city’s advantages as a financial centre

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis June 25, 2019

Banks must do more to shield clients from falling fund stars

Private banks’ are frequently dazzled by the size and past performance of ‘blockbuster’ funds and ‘star’ managers and include them on their approved lists of funds without carrying out robust checks. They need to up their game

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis April 15, 2019

Private banks must take goals-based tech to heart

Private banks need to put technological solutions at the heart of their operations if they are to meet the demands raised by clients and relationship managers, though there will always be a need for human interaction

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis February 25, 2019

Private bankers retune to families’ global mindset

Today’s ‘global families’ are no longer simply looking for portfolio management from wealth managers. The modern private bank must adapt to offer a much wider range of services to all members and branches of these increasingly international clans

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis December 17, 2018

Focus on ‘will of the people’ misses bigger Brexit picture

Much of the talk around the ongoing Brexit process ignores the importance of trade and the myriad benefits of closer relationships with neighbouring countries

Use of data, improving the client experience and efficient marketing will be key challenges for wealth managers in the post-covid 19 world. Tune into our webinar to hear Jennifer Miller, global vice president of technology provider Vuture, discussing these topics with PWM's Yuri Bender.

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