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ESG: from “nice to have” to “must have”

  • 2019 may well be be remembered as the turning point for ESG investing
  • The range of ESG vehicles is fast expanding, with large asset managers joining the fray
  • As money continues to pour into this space, ESG rating systems will need to improve

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Retro strikes back !

  • Millennials, as well as Generation Z, have spun the wheel of fashion back three decades
  • In furnishing, cars and entertainment too, a form of nostalgia prevails
  • Brands can serve to unite generations – and deliver value to investors

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Decarbonising the planet

  • 15 years after inception, the EU carbon allowance market is finally doing its job
  • The rising cost of emissions will push economic agents to rethink their processes
  • Expect massive investments in renewable energy, electric vehicles, hydrogen, biofuels and carbon capture

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DECALIA strengthens its presence in Italy thanks to a distribution agreement with Banca Generali Private

Banca Generali Private, the private banker network of the leading private bank in Italy in financial planning and asset protection for clients, will distribute the UCITS thematic funds of DECALIA Sicav, managed by DECALIA Asset Management.

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Trend Focus – Fitness Generation

Fitness has known an unprecedented boom over the latest few years as the health and wellness trend boomed globally. This trend was driven by the rise to power of millennials, to date the healthiest modern generation to grace the earth.

Suffice to look at the recent google search trends when it comes to some hot topics in today’s fitness world to see that there is a quite visible craze coinciding with the coming of age of millennials

 

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Health-e Connections

  • Medical information-sharing & intelligent devices are transforming the healthcare industry
  • But data security and privacy concerns must be addressed to embrace this revolution
  • MedTech companies, new entrants, IT/healthcare partnerships: investment opportunities abound

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Fabrizio Quirighetti joins DECALIA as CIO

The Geneva-based asset management company DECALIA Asset Management has hired Fabrizio Quirighetti as the Group’s Chief Investment Officer. As part of his responsibilities, he will sit on the Strategy and Investment Committees and will supervise the management of asset allocation and bond funds. He will assume the role on 1 October 2019.

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Fashion victims

  • Increasingly frequent purchases of inexpensive garments cause severe environmental damage
  • Circular business models are now gaining traction all along the fashion supply-chain
  • Recycled materials, clothing repair/re-commerce/rental or virtual styling: opportunities abound

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Shake or Break?

  • Regulators are considering toughening their stance on Silicon Valley giants
  • Breaking up the GAFA companies or forcing greater competition: that is the question
  • Either way, investors are set to benefit from greater levels of scrutiny and transparency

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Another “G”, Sir?

  • 5G promises much greater speed, more density, less latency – and better energy-efficiency
  • Huawei under US fire – more to do with global 5G domination than trade considerations
  • These technological advances will transform our world – opening up investment opportunities too

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DECALIA appoints Bernhard Utiger as new Region Head for German-speaking Switzerland

Swiss investment management company DECALIA Asset Management has appointed Bernhard Utiger as Region Head for the development of its asset management business in German-speaking Switzerland. DECALIA started to tackle the Swiss-German market in 2017 and, through this new hire, underlines its strong commitment to the region. In just a few years, DECALIA has begun to establish itself as an innovation leader by launching thematic strategies and private market solutions that successfully capture promising long-term investment trends.

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Pump’N’Dunk

  • With their millions of followers, star athletes boast an ever-greater marketing clout
  • Basketball epitomizes the importance of lucrative endorsements – and young talents
  • On the court are Nike and Adidas… but also up-and-coming Chinese challengers

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REdesign, REuse, REduce

The case for circular economy

From linear to circular: our civilization functions with a linear approach in which we draw from a finite stock of raw materials and energy to make goods and services that we then throw away, generating often-toxic waste in a unbridled wastage of resources. This model is obviously not sustainable in the long term.

The circular economy entails a revolutionary way of thinking across the value chain and provides a more sustainable model.

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Rent-All services

  • Product as a Service – Why purchase a product when you could instead share it?
  • A pay-for-use model promotes quality and longevity, rather than volume of production
  • Rethinking how products are brought to consumers matters to all companies – and investors

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Streaming out loud

  • Streaming media platforms have disrupted the entire entertainment ecosystem – More to come
  • With the technology now mainstream, the (expensive) race for content is on…
  • Picking the winning content makers will be key… but alternative investments offer value too

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DECALIA thrice crowned at the WealthBriefing Swiss Awards 2019

During the WealthBriefing Swiss Awards 2019 awards dinner held yesterday in front of 200 members of the financial industry, Geneva investment management company DECALIA Asset Management won three of the four categories in which it was shortlisted. DECALIA received the best external asset manager, best asset management firm serving family offices and private banks, and best fund manager trophies.

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SM-ART DIVERSIFICATION

  • 2018 was another record year for art auction houses – The hype is real but can it last?
  • Art brings welcome portfolio diversification – but it also lacks transparency and liquidity…
  • Amid current late-cycle signs, selectivity should overrule speculative considerations

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MEAT THE NEW BURGER

  • Excessive animal meat-eating is depleting Earth’s natural resources, beyond being unhealthy
  • A more balanced diet, local produce and alternative protein sources are the path forward
  • Check out for companies that stand to benefit from this meaty transition

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HURRICANE SEASON CRUISING

  • Navigating global financial markets requires more than a compass, a map, and a sextant
  • The transition away from a Goldilocks macro scenario is now stirring up troubled waters
  • Staying the course in this new volatility regime warrants more active portfolio management

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DECALIA launches a Merger Arbitrage fund with W Capital

DECALIA continues to develop its range of funds with the launch of a merger arbitrage strategy. This strategy aims at generating an attractive absolute performance with low volatility, while remaining uncorrelated with conventional assets. Management of the fund has been entrusted to W Capital, a specialist in this strategy with one of the best track records in the industry. This fund is aimed at qualified investors and is structured in the form of a Luxembourg Reserved Alternative Investment Fund (“RAIF”).

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