The Business Times (06.11.2017) - A year and a half after its acquisition of the international private banking business of centuries-old UK bank Coutts, Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) wants to move beyond the volume game and focus on its time-proven wealth advisory solutions.
Le Temps (23.10.2017) - The great wave of regulation following the 2008 crisis has been driven by the laudable aim of increasing transparency and client protection. However, it has also encouraged behaviour that favours passive investment at the expense of absolute returns.
Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) - Guy de Picciotto, CEO of Geneva-based bank UBP, believes the financial sector could be at the start of a new era, past problems have been solved, and banks now have the chance to draw on their traditional strengths.
The current market environment is contradictory to some extent. Economic activity remains strong, with firm, synchronised growth across all geographical zones, and inflation is neither too high nor too low, allowing central banks to take a very gradual approach when bringing their monetary policies back to normal.
Khaleej Time - Many will find it a bit of a mystery that Saudi Equities still do not form part of the most important international benchmarks. Despite solid macro-economic credentials, a market that has outperformed Emerging and Global Equities for the past 20 years is still kept out by major index providers.
Although they are often regarded as too risky, hard-currency emerging-market corporate bonds have their attractions, including a very competitive risk/return profile. As economic fundamentals improve, investment flows into this asset class are likely to continue growing.
After consolidating during the summer months, equity indexes resumed their upward trend last month. However, now is still a good time to take fresh positions in European equity markets, and particularly in the small- and mid-cap segment.
Market - With a team of more than 200 professionals, Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) has become a top-tier asset manager. UBP focuses on active management and is now a major player in the asset management industry. We spoke to Nicolas Faller, co-CEO of Asset Management at UBP.