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Belgium’s conservative investors begin recovery

  • Author: PBI Editorial
  • Published: 13 Mar 2017

The wealth market in Belgium has experienced a rocky road in 2016. The ripple effect of the March terrorist attack paired with a volatile stock market has put the country into recovery mode. PBI digs deeper into a recent GlobalData report. read more

A small but growing wealth market in Indonesia

  • Author: PBI Editorial
  • Published: 17 Feb 2017

Indonesia’s HNWI population has been sheepish when it comes to onshore investments. However, newly found political stability and the implementation of a tax amnesty is likely to encourage prosperity in the wealth market in the coming years. PBI looks into GlobalData’s recent report. read more

Malaysian HNW population dips, but growth forecasts are promising

  • Published: 25 Jan 2017

Malaysia’s rapidly emerging economy provides a fertile ground for wealthy individuals. Although there was a dip in the wealthy population in 2015, WealthInsight forecasts growth in HNWI numbers over the coming years. PBI takes a closer look at the findings. read more

Dutch wealthy population to show growth spurt

  • Author: John Schaffer
  • Published: 25 Nov 2016

The population of wealthy individuals in the Netherlands experienced a slump in 2015. However, the tide is set to turn with a healthy forecast for performance over the coming five years. John Schaffer digs deeper into a recently published WealthInsight report on the Dutch wealth sector. read more

Offshore investments prized by Mexican private banking clients

  • Author: Robin Arnfield
  • Published: 16 Sep 2016

The Mexican private banking market has unique features such as a relatively small base of UHNWIs, a high level of offshore investments and domination by foreign-owned banks. However, in recent times the country has been plagued with fiscal deficits and slump in HWNI numbers. Robin Arnfield finds out how the private banking landscape has been affected. read more

Growing wealth in a tumultuous environment: Israel

  • Author: John Schaffer
  • Published: 16 Aug 2016

For a country that has experienced continuous political turmoil over the past decades, the performance of the HNWI population has been relatively strong. John Schaffer delves into a report from WealthInsight which suggests there will be notable growth among the wealthy in Israel. read more

All eyes on Canada

  • Author: John Schaffer
  • Published: 10 May 2016

A gold standard reputation, socioeconomic stability and liberal immigration policy are attracting a significant amount of international wealth into Canada. The country is also experiencing a boom in its domestic wealthy numbers, giving private banks ample opportunities to prosper. John Schaffer identifies the big trends dominating the wealth management market in the region and examines why Canada is the new wealth haven to watch. read more

Light at the end of the tunnel: Argentina

  • Author: John Schaffer
  • Published: 28 Apr 2016

The struggling Argentine economy has notably affected the wealthy population in the region. However, a recent report from WealthInsight indicates that although HNWI numbers have dropped, there are reasons to be optimistic for the future, with a more prosperous environment forecasted for HNWI growth. John Schaffer examines the findings. read more

UAE – A tough market to crack

  • Author: John Schaffer
  • Published: 22 Feb 2016

The UAE has been facing challenges in a post financial crisis environment that have weighed down on the wealth industry. Investors favour cash, are weary of equity markets and the sticky relationships with local advisors make it difficult for international players to make a mark. John Schaffer speaks with Boston Consulting Group and Capgemini analysts to gain more insights. read more

COUNTRY FOCUS: Growing wealth in Chile

  • Author: John Schaffer
  • Published: 2 Feb 2016

Chile displays a prosperous environment for HNWIs, especially when other Latin American countries have faced significant challenges of late. The private banking environment is highly concentrated on the domestic players, accounting for a 90% share. A recent report from WealthInsight suggests that wealth in the region is set to grow further. read more

Foreign banks dominate in Mexico

  • Author: John Schaffer
  • Published: 23 Dec 2015

Large foreign private banking players dominate Mexico’s private banking market, catering to a relatively small population of HNWIs. A recent report from WealthInsight forecasts that there will be an increase in HNWI numbers, presenting an opportunity for the wealth management sector to flourish further. read more

Brazil: An uncomfortable landscape

  • Author: John Schaffer
  • Published: 24 Nov 2015

Under extremely challenging and unpredictable economic conditions, it appears that HNWIs and the private banking industry in Brazil have been kept relatively secure by a high interest rate environment. However, wealth creation is almost non existent in the country and could pose challenges for the industry in the future if not rectified. John Schaffer explores..... read more

Leading lights: APAC top 20 AuM benchmark

  • Author: PBI Editorial
  • Published: 30 Oct 2015

With the rise in the number of potential private banking clients across Asia Pacific showing no signs of slowing down, the leading financial institutions in the region are busy expanding their offerings to gain more wallet-share and attention from wealthy individuals, Private Banker International's latest Asia Pacific Top 20 AuM Survey finds. read more

Malaysia: fertile growth market for the wealthy

  • Author: PBI Editorial
  • Published: 8 Oct 2015

Malaysia’s growing economy is providing a fertile ground for a rising high net worth population and presents myriad opportunities for the wealth management and private banking industry. A recent WealthInsight report looks into the trends of wealthy individuals in Malaysia in a review from 2010-14, and provides forecasts for growth in the period up to 2019. read more

UAE: Strong growth market for HNWIs

  • Author: PBI Editorial
  • Published: 4 Sep 2015

The UAE is one of the largest wealth hubs in the Middle East and presents a growing opportunity for the wealth management and private banking industry. A recent WealthInsight report looks into the trends of wealthy individuals in the UAE in a review from 2010-14, and provides forecasts for growth in the period up to 2019. read more

Wealth in an ageing nation

  • Author: John Schaffer
  • Published: 10 Aug 2015

Japan stands out as the most significant area for wealth across Asia, with a significant population of billionaires and a highly developed economy. However, the country’s ageing population may pose difficulties in the future. John Schaffer delves into WealthInsight’s findings to access the growth and trends of the wealthy population in the country. read more

Fields of gold

  • Author: John Schaffer
  • Published: 29 Jun 2015

The number of HNWIs continues to grow in the UK, providing a captive market for the private banking and wealth management industry. Amidst tighter regulatory controls, the UK is still amongst the most favourable locations for the wealthy to seek management of their assets. John Schaffer looks further into statistics provided by the WealthInsight database. read more

La belle France?

  • Author: John Schaffer
  • Published: 19 May 2015

With an incumbent socialist government and high levels of taxation, it would seem that France is a less favourable environment for wealthy individuals. However, WealthInsight data forecasts a growth in the high net worth population in the country. John Schaffer delves into the findings. read more

Wealth in a liberal state

  • Author: John Schaffer
  • Published: 28 Apr 2015

For a country that prides itself on an egalitarian society, the Netherlands has a large proportion of wealthy individuals. The growth of HNWIs in the region has contributed to one of the highest levels of wealth inequality in Europe. John Schaffer looks into a WealthInsight country report to find out more. read more

Spotlight on South Korea

  • Author: Paul Golden
  • Published: 1 Apr 2015

Competition for private banking business in South Korea remains fierce, despite the challenges of dealing with clients who demand a high level of attention while they continue to resist paying for advice. Paul Golden investigates further. read more


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