Daily News Analysis
24 May 2013
At a time when gold prices have been in retreat, ending what had been a decade-long ascent, private bank Kleinwort Benson is cutting gold exposure and adding holdings of dollars instead. Although it has recovered slightly of late – gold fetched around $1,387 per ounce at 12 noon in London today – the price slipped in April, and is now some way from the record of $1,921 achieved in September, 2011 . “We have held gold in portfolios for a number of years on account of its defensive characteristics in times of financial stress and because its sensitivity to inflation is better than most other asset classes.
23 May 2013
There is a statistical basis for the “sell in May then go away” adage, but investors are still better off staying invested year-round, says BMO Private Bank. The bank released a report which divided the year up into six-month chunks (May-October and November-April) and compared stock market performance dating back to 1900 . The report tracked how $1,000 would fare if invested for six months of the year in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and six months in non-interest-bearing cash, for each period.
17 May 2013
Inflows for long-term mutual funds stood at a “healthy” $37. 8 billion in April, but continued to moderate from levels seen earlier this year, according to Morningstar data . Inflows for US equity funds slowed to $895 million, their lowest intake this year.
16 May 2013
The US has been identified as the best market for fund investors, whilst South Africa has been rated as the worst, according to a new study by investment researcher Morningstar. Morningstar's Global Fund Investor Experience report assesses the experiences of mutual fund investors in 24 countries across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and is based on criteria including investor protection, transparency, fees, taxation and investment distribution . Each country was assigned a letter grade for each category, which was then used to produce an overall country grade.
26 April 2013
Although equity markets have been strong, further record nominal highs will be no cause for surprise, with the US economy proving to be resilient, the chief investment officer of Rockefeller & Co says in a note. On April 11, the S&P 500 Index of US stocks set a closing high of 1,593 . 37 and has come close to that level since.
7 November 2012
Jeff Sica made investment in tangible assets a bedrock of the firm he founded in 2010 because he believed – and continues to believe – that entrepreneurial and wealthy clients will always seek out these assets.
20 August 2012
A growing number of wealth management businesses are incorporating consideration to ESG factors into their practices, due to investor demand and in a sign that the industry is seeing a transfer of power from firms to clients.
5 July 2012
Guernsey is set to beat all the world’s other jurisdictions in overhauling its intellectual property regime to better protect the image rights of high-profile individuals like sports and media stars. A ground-breaking, yet relatively unknown piece of new legislation is set to put Guernsey firmly on the celebrity radar, making the island a top jurisdiction for sports, media and entertainment stars looking to protect their image rights . Several jurisdictions are said to be looking to sharpen up their intellectual property regimes to take better account of today’s celebrity-mad, advertising-driven culture.
27 June 2012
Editor’s note: The following article, exploring issues of longevity and asset allocation, is by Ian Martin, chief investment officer at Lloyds TSB Private Banking. As ever, the views expressed here are not necessarily shared by this publication . We do invite readers to respond.
29 May 2012
As part of a series analyzing the Californian wealth management industry, here Family Wealth Report shares insights from firms on their Californian operations.
News and Features
Comment and Analysis
Zürcher Kantonalbank, the biggest Swiss cantonal bank, expects to pay a fine to US authorities as part of a deferred prosecution agreement for its alleged role in helping US citizens evade taxes, media reports said.
24 May 2013
Here Diane Harrison, principal and owner of Panegyric Marketing, argues that the debate over fees in the hedge fund industry often focuses on the wrong topics.
20 March 2013
Here, Jimmy Chang, a senior portfolio manager and a managing director of Rockefeller & Co, discusses some issues around investing in the current environment.
4 April 2013
The period between 2008 and 2012 saw an uptick in risk reviewing business at New York’s Rothstein Kass Family Offices Group, says partner Evan Jehle.
9 April 2013
Building functionality into a family’s business affairs involves defining each person’s role but it’s never easy to think differently about family members who were children at the dinner table, but are now adults around the board table.
8 April 2013
Marc Odo, director of research at software and business intelligence firm Informa Investment Solutions, discusses why diversification failed during the credit crisis.
25 March 2013