Publications

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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Currency Warriors

  • As the pool of negatively-yielding debt grows, central banks need to rethink their toolbox
  • Currency manipulation (i.e. management): the last twist in the global trade dispute?
  • But no matter who wins the currency war, gold is usually the safest bet for investors…

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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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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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Rethinking Plastic

  • Public awareness of the plastic issue has never been so high – Change is underway
  • Reuse, Recycle and Redesign: the way forward toward a “new plastics economy”
  • Alternatives to plastic packaging set to regain long-lost market share – Spot the winners

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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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NEXT YEAR YOUNGER

  • Human life span has doubled over the last 200 years but expectancy at 70 has barely increased
  • Cure ageing, not (only) diseases! – Paradigm shift in the health industry now well underway
  • Big data as the game-changer – No end in sight for Tech giants longevity…

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THE SHOW MUST GO ON

  • From vinyl records to digital files, a wind of change has blown over the global music industry
  • Streaming & concerts have overtaken physical sales – Revenues back to their 2006 peak in the US
  • Digitalization has created new opportunities but not all players will top the Billboard charts

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JUST 👍 IT!

  • Worth USD 1.3 trillion, the global sport & fitness industry has become a major growth sector today
  • Baby-boomers anxious to remain healthy & body image obsessed Millennials are the main drivers
  • Digital natives have now taken sports to social media – A new societal phenomenon is born!

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REDESIGN, REUSE, REDUCE

  • Growing population & scarcer natural resources – Tomorrow’s world biggest challenge!
  • Transition from linear to circular now underway – The end of the world as you know it
  • Not just good for the ecosystem, but also for the economy & early business adopters

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INVESTMENT FOCUS – The Difficult Journey of The Long-term Investor

Warren Buffett once famously said, “The stock market is a device to transfer money from the impatient to the patient”. Long-term investment though, is not for the fainthearted and far from easy. Yet it can be a very rewarding strategy. Undoubtedly, it was for him at least as in more than 50 years – from 1964 to 2017 – he achieved a compounded annual return of +20.9%, well above the market at +9.9%. As a matter of fact, $1’000 USD invested with him in 1964 would have become $24M by 2017.

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“AND AT THE END, THE GERMANS ALWAYS WIN”

  • This month, 32 nations will be contending for the ultimate football championship trophy in Russia
  • Against all sportive odds, our proprietary macro scorings suggest Switzerland could reach the final
  • However, as often, Germany offers the best combination of factors and thus should snatch the title

 

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