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Andreas König, Pioneer Investments

Putting the currency wars in perspective

The strength of currencies has become a source of tension between some of the world’s biggest economies, especially the US and China, writes Elliot Smither. But how worried should private investors be?

Stéphane Wathier, Société Générale

A more sophisticated approach to meet multiple objectives

The worse than expected performance of core satellite strategies over recent years has seen the model lose credibility with private clients. Wealth managers are now responding with a range of measures aimed at improving portfolio construction. Ceri Jones reports.

Location paramount to achieving returns

A region’s economic fundamentals are key when investing in property, a lesson learnt by those with exposure to the asset class who have suffered heavy losses in recent years, writes Elisa Trovato.

Dr Magne Orgland, Wegelin & Co

Flexible solutions in asset allocation

Multi-asset funds that combine risk diversification with a total return approach are finding their way into client portfolios, although private banks view them with some scepticism, writes Elisa Trovato.

Eli Koen, Union Bancaire Privée

Resurgent Turkey broadens horizons

The Turkish economy has shrugged off the effects of the downturn, with the banking sector leading the recovery. However both the government and Turkish companies are increasingly looking eastwards rather than towards Europe as they have in the past. Elliot Smither reports.

Richard Davis, BlackRock

Agriculture provides food for thought

A rising global population, increased wealth in the developing world and the growing biofuels industry all demand increased agricultural output, which a number of new funds are looking to target, writes Elliot Smither.

Wolfgang Leoni, Sal Oppenheim

Rebalancing for the new world order

Wealth managers need to fundamentally re-evaluate the way they assess risk as traditional methods of diversification are unlikely to offer much protection in a world significantly altered by the financial crisis, writes Elisa Trovato

Joanne Warner, FirstState

Uncertain outlook brings return to volatility

As government stimulus packages draw to a close, commodity prices have fallen, and continued demand from the emerging markets, and China in particular, is of increasing importance to the sector. Ceri Jones reports.

Burkhard Varnholt, Bank Sarasin

ESG principles move into the mainstream

As awareness of climate change issues increase, providers of SRI products are enjoying increased demand, with investors attracted by the impressive returns these vehicles have displayed. Ceri Jones reports.

Patel Pinakin, JPMorgan

Thai value amongst political turbulence

Despite the political turmoil, Thailand remains attractive in terms of investment potential, although foreign investors may prefer other countries in the region that appear to be more stable, writes Elliot Smither.

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