Private Banking Survey 2015

Private Banking Survey 2015

US leaders march on Swiss banks’ global territory

Private banking CIO outlook 2015

Private banking CIO outlook 2015

Top CIOs from around the globe discuss the risks and surprises facing the wealth management industry today

News and opinion


  • The loan market fights back

    Europe’s great disintermediation is stalling. Yield-hungry institutional investors are driving demand for loans at the riskier end of the credit spectrum. Banks, pumped with ECB-printed liquidity and desperate to put their capital to work, are getting off the fence. It could be music to Mario Draghi’s ears. But is a sudden turn away from the bond markets, at increasingly aggressive lending rates, what Europe really needs?

  • Australia: More questions than answers in the Murray Report

    Everyone was a little nervous at the contents of the first inquiry into the nation’s financial services industry in over 25 years. It isn’t as traumatic as most feared, but it leaves some important issues unanswered.

  • Private banking in Latin America: Brazil reverts to type

    The private banking industry in Latin America had a difficult 12 months as wealth creation slowed throughout the region. The picture for the year ahead looks brighter for some countries, but Brazil remains the dominant market and its prospects are still murky.

  • Private banking in Africa: Winning over the continent's wealthy

    The slow and steady rise of high net-worth individuals across Africa has piqued the interest of wealth managers. But who has the upper hand – regional players close to their clients, or global names with solid reputations?

  • Private banking in Asia: Breaking borders

    Local private banks in Asia are starting to make inroads into the top end of the business, but most are still struggling to build a regional presence.

  • Regulators still calling the shots

    If systemic risk in the banking system really has been reduced as much as chief executives say, why are regulators set to have an even greater impact in 2015?

  • Correspondent banking: Clear & present danger

    A barely noticed bank rescue in the Seychelles should be a warning to all. As the cost of compliance and enforcement risk drives global firms to cut back their correspondent networks, many banks are in danger of losing the vital lifeblood of a dollar-clearing partner.

  • Latin America: Copper-bottomed Chile wrestles with risk

    Tax reforms from Chile’s new, left-leaning government are having an unsettling effect on the economy, which is also suffering from a plummeting copper price. The country’s new president is looking next to tackle inequality with further reforms, but as a result the pressure will ratchet up its strong credit rating.

  • Mugur Isarescu: Romania’s central figure

    While finance ministers come and go, one man has been a figure of constancy for the nation’s economy: central banker Mugur Isarescu. He has created a fully functioning central bank in a market economy from the shell of a communist regime. With inflation under control and the exchange rate stable, what is his next challenge?

  • Santander: Ana Botín’s whirlwind start

    Ana Botín has revamped the board of Santander, appointed a new management team and overseen a large and market-testing equity raise that reverses the capital-light policy of her father. Four months into the job, the new executive chairman now has the biggest challenge of all in her sights: achieving strong growth in a banking sector notable for its almost total absence

  • Private banking CIOs prepare for year of uncertainty and risk

    The job of the CIO, now intrinsic to wealth management, has become more challenging. Not only for the visibility of the calls they make, but because central banks seem to shift policy on a dime while geopolitical risk appears to be increasing. Euromoney interviews 10 CIOs of leading global private banks.

  • Banking since the Arab Spring: Tunisia faces pain before reward

    The World Bank reports that banks need profound reform; analysts catalogue a long list of problems; and the country’s new cabinet has been roundly rejected by most political parties. Can the new president juggle competing political factions and unblock the economic pipeline to bring badly needed growth quick enough?

  • Russia risks derailing banks’ regional plans

    As Europe has stagnated since the financial crisis, Russia proved an invaluable source of returns for a handful of lucky western banking groups. But with Putin on the offensive, the rouble on the slide and recession on the horizon, its days as an engine of regional growth look to be over.

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