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From Comment / Editor's Analysis April 22, 2021

Bank bosses must step in to curtail ‘greed is good’ culture

The integrated ‘one bank’ model which links investment banking and wealth management has certainly helped cultivate an aggressive sales culture within the industry, but if things are to change it is up to those at the top to take charge

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis February 25, 2021

Let’s all dance to digitalisation, democratisation and diversity

Financial centres are focused on the rivalry between competing hubs, but so much more can be achieved by working together

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis December 10, 2020

Asset diversification unites rival post-pandemic visions

The world is changing, with a US presidential transition under way and encouraging results from vaccine trials showing a possible way out of the Covid crisis. But what will the new world order look like and how should private banks respond?

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis October 29, 2020

Striking a balance between performance and personality

Private banks have, in large part, adapted well to the challenges thrown up by the pandemic. But the real winners going forward will be those which are able to combine relationship management with investment performance

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis August 20, 2020

Private asset nirvana clouded by recent hedge fund history

Leading private banks are scrambling to boost their private equity operations, claiming the hard-to-reach asset class will give clients the returns they need, and bring in healthy fees to boot. But haven’t we seen this all before, back when structured products and hedge funds were all the rage?

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From Comment / Editor's Analysis June 25, 2020

Opportunities abound for leaders who embrace reform

The world is changing and many political leaders appear out of touch. But those businesses and financial firms which embrace diversity, ESG criteria and the digital world will find they are in step with their client base

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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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