Centennial edition

In this celebratory issue, we look back to all that has occurred – in financial markets and the world more generally – during the last 100 months. And, must we say, what a ride these eight and something years have been! Our first “Investment Insights” was written just weeks after the Swiss National Bank (SNB) […]

Bank run 101

The run on Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) happened largely online, but in essence it was no different to what generations of children have watched in Mary Poppins. When young Michael protests that he wants his tuppence back (to feed the street pigeons!), other customers question whether their own money is really “safe and sound” – […]

CDMO: an acronym that spells opportunity

After the empty supermarket shelves of the Covid days, it is now pharmacies that are struggling to procure even the most common cold and flu medicines, as many an anxious parent has no doubt experienced. Unusually high seasonal demand is playing a role, but the bigger issues clearly lie on the production side. Pressured by […]

The many virtues of sport

Among the usual new year resolutions, adopting a healthier lifestyle tends to figure high on the list. In 2023, investors too may be well inspired to increase their exposure to sport, with the industry looking extremely attractive at this juncture – particularly in the US. Solid top-line growth, margin expansion and business resiliency: the ingredients […]

From “just-in-time” to “just-in-case”

Chinese authorities seem to be finally putting an end to their strict zero Covid policy. But the pandemic, with its extended periods of factory lockdowns and port closures in China, will leave a lasting mark on supply chains. Starting in March 2020, populations and company managements alike learnt in the hard way that access to […]

And the ESG winner is…

As the “Qatar World Cup of Shame”, to quote Amnesty International, sees the top football nations compete in brand new air-conditioned stadiums, we in true DECALIA tradition – and with perhaps just a touch of irony – propose an alternative competition. One in which these 32 countries win or lose their games based not on […]

New forex order

In an inflationary world, long live the strongest currencies – USD and CHF notably At the corporate level, this new forex order is reshuffling competitiveness cards Consumers too may be laughing or crying, depending on where they live and travel Massive stock market correction, bond crash and extraordinary greenback appreciation: 2022 will certainly be remembered […]

The power of insulation

With nearly two thirds of European buildings at least 35 years of age… … the payback from better insulation is evident, and will be fast to come Can investors look to a similar opportunity in insulation manufacturers? Europe is headed for a tough winter on the energy front and policymakers’ immediate focus is obviously on […]

A new era for women’s sports

• Growing audiences, TV rights, sponsorships, company revenues… • … the ball is rolling fast on the women’s sports field • Enough to hope for the gender pay gap to recede? They brought it home! A feminine “they”, mind you, in the final match of a Euro 2022 tournament that heralds a new era for […]

Towards a bluer economy

•Sustainable exploitation of the maritime environment is key to fight climate change •Addressing the plastic waste issue will require significant (public and private) funds •Recycling should be expanded – making for diverse investment opportunities Those lucky to be enjoying a beach vacation this summer certainly want to swim in pristine waters. But it is not […]

Goodbye to tracking?

•Enabling iPhone users to refuse tracking was not just about defending privacy •Ad budgets are shifting to platforms with first-party access to customer data •Regulators need to balance risks to competition with privacy benefits for users When Apple introduced App Tracking Transparency (ATT) back in April 2021, forcing applications to request permission before monitoring user […]