Wealth management: Universal benefits
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Wealth management: Universal benefits

Should spirituality be one of the lenses through which the wealthy manage their money? Faith-based investors certainly think so. Euromoney talks to funds and wealth advisers who believe that positive energy or religion-driven strategies can bring enhanced returns.


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When Patricia Woo stood up to speak at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club in Bermuda in June 2019, delegates snoozing in the afternoon heat thought they knew what was coming. 

They had no idea. 

The annual forum on transcontinental trusts, which brings together more than 300 global banking, tax and legal practitioners, asked speakers to convey the foremost concerns of their clients, mostly high net-worth (HNW) and ultra-high net-worth (UHNW) families. Most did their boilerplate duty, citing protectionism, the US war on Chinese tariffs, or the UK’s looming departure from the EU

When it was her turn to address the room, Woo, a fund, trust and tax lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs in Hong Kong, who helps UHNW families build and manage full-service family offices, decided to tack against the wind. Rather than discuss trade wars or the riots in her home city, she plunged straight into a topic that absorbs her: spiritualism and the pursuit of oneness with the universe. 

“I told delegates [that day in Bermuda] how close my clients are to me,” Woo says over a lunch of salad and pasta in Hong Kong’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

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