Summit Notebook

from Newsmaker:

Is the U.S. facing a productivity crisis?

February 16, 2011

Mercedes2.jpgGenerations of Americans have clocked in to work each morning confident that their daily toils would afford them a better standard of living than their parents. But that central promise of the American dream may now be under threat.

from Newsmaker:

Thriving in the new global economy

By Reuters Staff
February 16, 2011

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Our next Thomson Reuters Newsmaker -- "Thriving in the New Global Economy" -- with Dominic Barton of McKinsey is coming up on Tuesday, March 1.

Does Germany need Europe?

December 6, 2010

Jim O’Neill, the new Goldman Sachs Asset Management chairman who is famous for coining the term BRICs for the world’s new emerging economic giants, reckons he knows why Germany might not be rushing to bail out all the euro zone debt that is under pressure. Europe is not as important to Berlin as it was.

Will Bjorn Lomborg be compared to Al Gore?

October 12, 2010

lomborgBjorn Lomborg (left) worries that people will conclude he’s becoming like Al Gore (right).gore

Is emerging Europe out of the woods yet?

By Michael Winfrey
October 8, 2010

A surge in portfolio inflows is flooding into emerging central Europe, although yield-hungry investors are picking solid HUNGARY IMF/MATOLCSYpolicy and higher growth over countries still struggling to put the crisis behind them.

Rich seek ways to sit on the hedge

October 6, 2010

Rich investors are taking more precautions than ever in their wealth, and instruments once seen as complex and exotic are becoming more commonplace in their portfolios, wealth managers said at the Reuters Private Banking Summit.

Trusts can help women win back their fair share

October 6, 2010

Investment trusts, financial constructions often associated to clever tax structuring, can actually help women inherit their fair share in countries were they are discriminated by law, a top private banker says.

Fear factor driving gold higher

October 5, 2010

“Gold is not an investment. It doesn’t pay you interest and it doesn’t increase wealth,” complained one investment advisor recently as he perused exploding client demand for the yellow metal.

You can’t avoid the taxman, but there may find a friendlier one in the Alps

October 5, 2010

With the German government hot on the heels of untaxed wealth stashed in Swiss bank accounts, and the U.K. government taking a tougher stance on clawing back bonuses, rich folks will likely head for the hills – or the Alps to be more precise – senior private banking executives said in Geneva. 

How rich is rich?

October 5, 2010

How rich is rich? For most people, the answer is simple: ”not me.” But for private bankers keen to handle the assets of the well-heeled from Moscow to Malibu, that question is a slippery one. Sometimes a simple number won’t do, either.