July-August 2015

Betting chipsCentral bank policies after the financial crisis smoothed foreign exchange swings – but volatility has returned in recent months. David Stevenson looks at various approaches to currency management in this environment.

Fiona RintoulThe Eurogroup didn’t want to hear economic arguments during the Greek bailout discussions, Yanis Varoufakis told the New Statesman, shortly after resigning as Greece’s minister of finance in July.

MegacityWith cities growing at a rapid rate, Fiona Rintoul examines the urbanisation megatrend behind real estate and other investments.

An industry initiative aims to create a Swiss ‘Silicon Valley’ for asset management. But in a roundtable discussing the industry’s future, we start with retrocessions, which have been the focus of much attention in Switzerland’s banking sector. 

BrexitAfter the Conservative victory in May’s general election, Britain’s future in the EU is uncertain. Alix Robertson looks at what a ‘Brexit’ could mean for equities in the UK and mainland Europe.

Stephen KavanaghStephen Kavanagh has been at the helm of independent financial adviser Chase de Vere since 2010. He says the company will remain independent.

Red traffic lightEuropean stimulus measures created one-way traffic into European ETFs – but higher rates, the Greek debt conundrum and now China are causing friction. Or perhaps it’s just a round of profit-taking, writes David Stevenson.

Watch gearsCertain companies that are seemingly exposed to major currency risk still have the luxury of attracting investors. Wolfgang Fickus of Comgest explains why.

Adam Plainer and Chris Evan2015 is set to be another bumper year for non-performing loan (NPL) transactions in Europe – even larger than 2014, which saw more than €90 billion of deals completed, itself a 40% year-on-year increase.

FastOmar Selim of Arabesque Partners explains the shift of socially responsible investing into the mainstream.

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