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CNBC: UPDATE 1-French consumer confidence drops to lowest since November 2014

French consumer confidence fell in December to its lowest since November 2014, putting more pressure on the euro zone’s second-biggest economy, which has been hit by anti-government protests. In this article,  you can read Lorne Baring of B Capital commentary on this topic.

Reuters: French consumer spending recovered in October

Lorne Baring of B Capital comments: “In general business activity across the EU has slowed to the worst growth rate since 2014 and France is not immune to this slowdown, even though services growth in France is performing better than manufacturing,”

Reuters: French consumer morale hits lowest in nearly two years in June

Lorne Baring of B Capital comments:  “With the rhetoric from Donald Trump causing countries around the world to retaliate, it’s hardly surprising that both consumers and CEOs are reading the headlines and thinking that ‘our next spend could wait a bit while we see what comes next”

Reuters: French unemployment edges up, dampening Macron’s hopes

French unemployment rose slightly in the first three months of the year, confounding economists’ expectations for a decline. Lorne Baring of B Capital comments on the first quarter data and shares his view for the second quarter.

Reuters: EU could compensate firms hit by U.S. sanctions over Iran: French minister

Lorne Baring of B Capital comments:  “There might be some element of arbitration for the European companies in Iran, but ultimately nobody will want to get on the wrong side of U.S. sanctions”

Dukascopy TV : USD - Peaking or Consolidating?

Lorne Baring of B Capital comments on the recent USD price movements and what he thinks about the future of Bitcoin and the Blockchain technology in a TV interview with Dukascopy TV.

Citywire UK: Walking with Wealth Managers: Lorne Baring of B Capital

Libby Ashby from Citywire heads to Ardington House in Oxfordshire to meet Lorne Baring, managing director at B Capital.

Reuters: French industrial production up 0.5 percent in December, beating forecasts

Asset prices in many regions are still looking attractive and with a strong global economic background in support, they will appreciate in well diversified portfolios.  Lorne Baring comments to Reuters today.

Citywire UK: What was your most important call in Q3?

Citywire Wealth Manager magazine has recently published an article that features Lorne Baring’s analysis for Q3.

Reuters: UPDATE 1-French second-quarter jobless rate dips to lowest in 5 years

Lorne Baring of B Capital said the unemployment data reaffirmed that France, the euro zone’s second largest economy, was part of a wider recovery in the bloc.France, which has seen a pick up in activity this year, is turning around after having previously diverged from Germany’s lead.


Dukascopy TV: Europe Playing Catch Up

The story is, although the US economy is doing very well, other economies are starting to catch up and Europe was the one that was behind. Lorne Baring of B Capital comments on this in a TV interview with Dukascopy TV.

Citywire UK: How are you protecting yourself from the current cyber threat?

The WannaCry ransomware incident recently exposed widespread failures by organisations around the world to protect their systems from outside attacks. In a recent article published by Citywire, Lorne Baring from B Capital talks about Cyber security.

Citywire Switzerland: Swiss advisers: how in-house funds fit our business model

Citywire Switzerland talked to Lorne Baring and other independent asset managers about their funds and what impact they have on the business.

Dukascopy TV: What’s Next For Precious Metals?

In a TV interview with Dukascopy TV, Lorne Baring talks about Precious Metals and Emerging Markets.

Reuters: French stock market sets new 15-month high, moves above 5,000 points

Lorne Baring of B Capital comments on the French market and the coming elections.

Reuters: European shares hit Q4 high as banks advance further

Lorne Baring of B Capital comments on the market. Two big political events have passed without calamity. The market is starting to digest the terrible level of politics in Europe and the focus has turned back to the economy

Reuters: Rally in basic resources stocks boosts European indices

Lorne Baring of B Capital comments on the market, which is trading higher today.

Reuters: European shares edge up before U.S. vote results

Clinton or Trump? European shares up in cautious trading, focus on U.S. vote.

Reuters: European shares up in cautious trading, focus on U.S. vote

Lorne Baring of B Capital comments on the market before the election battle in the United States.

Dukascopy TV: US Dollar Moves In Us Election

The US Election is moving FX Markets. Lorne Baring tells us what to watch and how to trade around the big event.

Reuters: FTSE rises as Fed’s update buoys mining stocks

Lorne Baring of B Capital comments on the market after the Federal Reserve’s decision to keep U.S. interest rates on hold buoyed stock markets around the world.

Citywire: Little clarity for overseas wealth firms

The spotlight may now be on how firms based in London are affected by the Brexit vote, but what about the overseas wealth players operating in the capital?
From passporting to freedom of movement, there is little clarity on what the future holds and Lorne Baring, managing director of Swiss firm B Capital says regulatory and operational issues are his main concerns.

Reuters: Britain’s FTSE closes down 3.2 pct, banks and housebuilders slump

Britain’s top shares index fell on Friday June 24, led lower by banks and homebuilders, but staged a sharp recovery from its initial slump caused by the country’s decision to leave the European Union.

Bloomberg: Shuttered Geneva Offices Show Impact of Lost Banking Secrecy

North American and European banks are quitting Geneva as companies battle with the loss of financial secrecy, the strong Swiss franc and pressure on profitability from low interest rates and tougher regulatory demands.

Bloomberg: Brits in Switzerland Say Brexit Won’t Mean Freedom From Brussels

Lorne Baring of B Capital comments on “Brexit”.

Reuters: European shares seen rising as much as 8 percent by end-2016

The poll of over 20 traders, strategists and fund managers gave a median forecast for the pan-European STOXX Europe 600 index of 365 points by the end of the year.

Citywire: Geneva-based wealth firm in double fund launch

Geneva-based B Capital is set to launch two new active strategies in April to complement its existing passive fund range. Both funds have been created to meet existing investor demand.

Citywire : $3 trillion and counting: how to play the plentiful ETF field

B Capital founder Lorne Baring was an early adopter of passives. He tells Amy Maxwell why this $3 trillion market is set to grow even further.

Reuters: European shares fall led by travel stocks after Brussels attacks

European shares fell on Tuesday March 22nd with travel and leisure stocks leading the market lower after attacks at Brussels airport and in the city’s metro.

Reuters: Weaker commodity stocks and gloomy BOJ view hit European shares

Lorne Baring of B Capital comments on the Bank of Japan and Asia.

The Spectator: The other side of the Alps: living and investing in Switzerland

The Swiss guide to Brexit.  The Spectator and Lorne Baring provide an idea on how to handle life in Europe without an overdose of Brussels. A model for the UK or is it time to leave?

Bloomberg: U.K. Stock Traders Shun Pound Paranoia, Are Cool on `Brexit’

Lorne Baring of B Capital comments on “Brexit”.

Reuters: ‘Short interest’ in Rio and Antofagasta hit multi-year highs

Feb 22 “Short interest” in miners Rio Tinto and Antofagasta have surged to multi-year highs, suggesting that some investors are not convinced about the sustainability of their recent share price rally, analysts said.

City A.M. : No pressure, Janet

The financial world’s attention will fall on Janet Yellen today February 10, as the Federal Reserve chief faces a grilling by Congress, in the middle of a week of chaos on global trading floors.

Reuters: Global stocks hit the rocks after Asian markets slump

A drop in bank shares kept European shares under pressure on Tuesday February 9th, after losses in Asian markets sent investors scurrying for safe havens.

Reuters: European shares steady after Monday’s slump, sentiment fragile

Lorne Baring of B Capital comments on the market and the banking sector.

Dukascopy TV: Is the China stock market crash over or is there more pain ahead?

Is the China stock market crash over or is there more pain ahead?  In a TV interview Lorne Baring says what he expects will happen next.

Bloomberg: Europe Stocks Enter Bear Market Only 9 Months After Record High

Lorne Baring of B Capital comments on the market since start of 2016.

Reuters: European shares rally as Fed move shows confidence in U.S. economy

European shares surged on Thursday December 17th with investors taking the U.S. Federal Reserve’s interest rate rise and promises of more as a sign of confidence in the world’s biggest economy.

Citywire Private Office: article covering B Capital Private Office

In the second issue of the Private Office magazine, there is an article written by Lorne Baring and covering the subject “Are you or would you consider working with an international client base? If so which markets might offer the most interesting opportunities?”

Reuters: European stocks rise sharply, Greek shares surge after deal

Investors are showing resilience to the recent attacks in Paris despite mounting worries over security in Europe.

Reuters: Global shares, dollar rally as markets shrug off Paris attacks

Global shares gained convincingly on Tuesday November 17th, clawing back all the ground lost the previous day as investors bet that Friday’s attacks on Paris would have little lasting impact on the economy.

Reutrs: European shares dip, Germany’s DAX outperforms

Lorne Baring from B Capital comments on the DAX.

Reuters: European shares close at five-week high helped by Carrefour

Lorne Baring from B Capital SA comments on European market and share prices.

Reuters: European shares end slightly up as rally loses momentum

Lorne Baring from B Capital comments on the commodities sector.

Reuters: Commodities help European shares set 1-month high

Lorne Baring from B Capital comments on the commodities sector.

Reuters: Falling knife or screaming buy? Glencore ticks both boxes

Lorne Baring of B Capital comments on Glencore.

Bloomberg: Italy’s Time to Shine as Stocks Outperform After 10-Year Plunge

Lorne Baring of B Capital comments on the Italien market.

Reuters: European shares hit by Chinese data, miners slump

European equities fell sharply on Tuesday September 1st, with miners slumping after weak manufacturing data from China again raised concerns over the economic health of the world’s biggest metals consuming country.

Reuters: European shares jump back up as Sept. U.S. rate rise seen less likely

European shares rose on Thursday August 27, buoyed by gains on Asian and U.S. markets after a U.S. central bank official said the prospect of a September rate hike seemed “less compelling” than before

Reuters: Europe blue-chip shares on the cheap? Think again

Lorne Baring of B Capital comments on the recent stock market situation.

Reuters: Miners lead European shares higher, Greece stays in focus

Miners lead European shares higher, Greece stays in focus.

Bloomberg: Best of Times Turn Sour as Europe Quarterly Stock Gains Fade

Lorne Baring of B Capital comments on the Greek saga.

Reuters: Euro zone shares off lows on hopes of last-minute Greek deal

The euro zone’s top share index steadied on Tuesday June 30, a day after posting its biggest one-day percentage drop since 2011, as the European Union made a last-ditch bid to salvage a Greek bailout deal.

Reuters: FTSE slips on Greek jitters, travel and banking stocks worst hit

Britain’s top share index fell sharply on Monday June 29, with investor sentiment punctured by Greece’s deepening debt crisis following the breakdown of talks with creditors and Athens’ imposition of capital controls.

Reuters: Popularity of “smart” funds push fees to record lows

Smart Beta - the way to go or not smart at all? B Capital tells you what you need to know about factor based investing.

Dukascopy TV: Could the Eurozone handle a “GREXIT”?

Daniel Schwenger from Dukascopy TV speaks to Lorne Baring about “Grexit” and the Eurozone.

Dukascopy TV: Follow up-Oil price

Daniel Schwenger from Dukascopy TV speaks to Lorne Baring about the oil price staying low. The loan ranger contacted B Capital’s Bob Atkinson, who offers an overview of the options available to potential buyers who are seeking mortgages to finance new and secondhand yachts.

Reuters: ECB’s Draghi defends private meetings after criticism of hedge-fund dinner

The head of the European Central Bank has defended a private discussion about money printing plans with a group of hedge funds, saying closed-door meetings with special audiences helped the ECB do its job.

Reuters: Pharma and real estate firms help European shares to edge higher

Pharma and real estate firms help European shares to edge higher.

Bloomberg: For Italian Stocks, Bullishness More Contagious Than Greece

While European shares fall amid Greek debt wranglings, one market in the region stands out: Italy.

Reuters: European shares slide as euro’s rebound hits German market

European equities suffered one of their worst days so far this year last Wednesday April 29, pulled down by weaker-than-expected corporate results, a euro rebound and disappointing U.S. growth data.

Reuters: European shares retreat from multi-year highs, Casino and Pearson dip

European equities retreated from 14-year highs on Thursday April 16th, led lower by shares in French retailer Casino, which reported slower sales growth, and Pearson, on a report that one of its educational technology projects was in trouble.

Reuters: Europe stock indexes on track for best first quarter in years

B Capital comments on how quantitative easing in Europe has helped markets so far this year.

Reuters: European shares fall sharply, LSE and tech stocks weigh

Lorne Baring of B Capital comments on the geopolitical risks for investors to consider.

Reuters: European shares slip from highs, automakers weigh

European shares retreated from a 7-1/2-year high on Tuesday March 17th, with PSA Peugeot Citroen leading automakers lower after the release of car sales data and a disappointing German economic sentiment survey.

Reuters: Hedging demand signals confidence in U.S. stocks shaky

Investors put more money in February into hedging against a U.S. stock market fall than in any month for almost two years, signalling confidence in the market’s surge to all-time highs may be shakier than it seems.

Reuters: Stronger commodity stocks boost FTSE to five-month high

Britain’s top share index advanced to a five-month high on Friday February 13th, trading less than 2 percent below its record peak, boosted by energy and mining stocks that benefited from a rise in commodity prices.

Bloomberg: Franc’s Surge Leaves Swiss Private Bankers Facing Pay Cuts

Switzerland’s private banks are under pressure to cut pay and jobs as the surge in the country’s currency raises costs for companies already hurt by dwindling assets.

Reuters: Oil price slide expected to boost earnings for many euro firms

An oil price slump to multi-year lows, along with a weakening euro, is expected to boost most euro zone firms’ earnings, even though economic growth is slowing and the energy sector itself will get squeezed.

Reuters: Swiss stocks sink for second day after SNB’s surprise move

Swiss stocks sank on Friday January 16, extending the sell-off sparked by the Swiss National Bank’s surprise decision to remove a ceiling on the Swiss franc that sent the currency soaring.

Dukascopy TV: The development of the oil price

Daniel Schwenger from Dukascopy TV speaks to Lorne Baring about the current slump in oil price.

Reuters: Investors wary of market forecasts after 15 years of misses

Investors are taking stock market forecasts sent out by analysts at the end of the year with a pinch of salt after annual predictions fell wide of the mark for best part of 15 years.

BSCC: UK Mission Geneva Special Business Briefing

B Capital was recently represented at the UK Embassy in Geneva where BSCC members and guests were provided with a full and comprehensive briefing on recent developments in the World Trade Organization, the negotiations for a Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) and Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) as well UK Trade & Investment’s recent, and forthcoming, bi-lateral activities

Reuters: European shares erase gains ahead of Fed minutes

European shares ended flat after hitting a seven-week high earlier on Wednesday November 19th, with investors trading cautiously ahead of minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve policy meeting.

Citywire: Volatility spike: How ETFs can soften the blow

Citywire interviews Deborah Fuhr (ETFGI) and Lorne Baring of B Capital about the use of ETF’s during market volatility and which asset managers and traders might use them.

Reuters: European shares extend losses after report on challenge to Draghi

European shares extended losses in late trading on Tuesday November 4th after Reuters reported that central bankers in the euro area planned to challenge European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi over his secretive management style.

Reuters: European shares retreat from highs on disappointing data

In an interview with Reuters, B Capital shared their views on European shares: “The euro zone data confirmed the ongoing stagnation worry for Europe and highlighted the necessity for the ECB actively to help the region’s economy”.

Reuters: European shares slip from 4-week high, utilities weigh

European equities retreated from a four-week high on Monday November 3rd, with a survey showing sluggish euro zone factory growth hurting market sentiment and gas transport group Snam leading the utilities sector lower following a gas storage ruling.

Reuters: European shares sink to 8-month low on growth jitters

Europe’s benchmark share index slipped to an eight-month low on Tuesday October 14th on growing concerns about the pace of global growth, as a survey showed German investor morale has plunged to its lowest in almost two years.

Reuters: Rio Tinto ADRs rise on Bloomberg report of Glencore merger plan

Lorne Baring has been quoted in a Reuters article on Rio Tinto and its merger plans with Glencore.

Reuters: European shares pulled down by disappointing economic data

In an interview with Reuters, B Capital shared their views on European shares: “The French business activity data is indicative of the general state of Europe at the moment. It’s a reminder that Europe is stagnant. It’s going to be problematic for all of Europe and especially for the banking sector. We are likely to see more poor data from other countries in Europe.”

Dukascopy TV: Does Portugal’s woes threaten periphery interest?

Natalie Macdonald from Dukascopy TV speaks to Lorne Baring about his views on the Peripheral European Markets and the Portuguese Stock Market.

Reuters: European shares slide to 2-month low; Portuguese stocks slump

European shares fell on Thursday as southern European indexes tumbled on weak data from Italy and growing concerns over the financial health of Portugal’s largest listed bank.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares hit a two-month low, dropping 1.2 percent to 1,346,72 points as of 1104 GMT, taking its losses since early this month to about 4 percent.

Reuters: Doubts about Portuguese stocks grow as bank woes simmer

As a new banking crisis in Portugal exposes Banco Espirito Santo to scrutiny, B Capital answers questions to Reuters as the story develops.

FundForum International is almost here

With the FundForum International conference taking place in Monaco next week, Lorne Baring is looking forward to joining a panel debate on ‘Industrial changes at the forefront of wealth management as retrocession dies’, on 23rd June.

The event is the world’s largest investment management conference. If you are interested in attending, as an associate of Lorne Baring, a 15% discount will be applied to your booking using the following code: FKN2394EMSPK.

Click here for further information.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Equity markets struggle to maintain momentum

Equity markets are struggling to maintain momentum whilst there are effectively two fronts of unrest, with Iraq and Ukraine. Lorne Baring told Bloomberg BusinessWeek that, “Investors are digesting the possibility of escalating military and civil unrest in both countries. Iraq came as a surprise and we’re unable to predict what’s coming next, so this will be a period of day-by-day monitoring and trading.”

Reuters: European equities set new highs

Lorne Baring has made some predictions in 2014. Speaking to Reuters, he said that there will be a sense of normality in 2014 and there should be more M&As and IPOs, which would be a bullish indicator for the rest of the year. He thinks that the European stock market’s outlook appears to be positive as there is some momentum and the European election has passed without any great surprise.

Reuters: Positive U.S. results push European shares up

B Capital commented in an interview with Reuters on the rise of European share prices following positive U.S. results announcements and emphasised that clients should continue to stay invested in equities: “We forecast that over half of the U.S. companies that are reporting over the current results period will beat analysts’ estimates and that looks like it is happening, as this week’s results show,” said Lorne Baring, managing director of B Capital Wealth Management in Geneva. “We are advising investors to hold the line and stay invested in equities as there’s upside on both sides of the Atlantic from current levels.”

Citywire Wealth Manager: B Capital on why it is a great time to be a boutique in the wealth sector

In an exclusive interview with Citywire Wealth Manager, Lorne Baring explains how M&A is transforming the wealth sector and highlights why it is a great time for boutique wealth management firms: “Investors are still wary of the big banks. It is essential for any boutique firm to find the right balance between keeping costs to a minimum while also delivering a highly personalised service to clients.”

TheWealthNet: Exclusive interview on B Capital and the future of the wealth management industry

In an exclusive interview with TheWealthNet, Lorne Baring explained B Capital’s business model, approach to client satisfaction and the future of the firm. He went on to shed light on the future of the wealth management industry and shared that B Capital is expecting an uptick in M&A activity in the wealth management industry in the coming months; highlighting that this is not a route B Capital is planning to take, and instead to rather build on organic growth.

Reuters: Tech shares decline

In an interview with Reuters B Capital commented on the latest slip of the usually well performing STOXX Europe 600 Technology index: “The tech sector seems to have become overvalued and there is a particular punishment for momentum stocks, which have run strongly ahead the last couple of months and are now taking a beating. The weakness could continue in the short term as there is a need for some of these price-earnings multiples to come back to more realistic levels.”

FTfm: Investor power in passive investments

B Capital shared their views with FTfm on passive investments and the power investors have, in order to ensure returns. B Capital argued that “passive investors do exit poor companies. Badly managed companies lose value and soon drop out of the index that the passive fund tracks. As an example, a FTSE 100 company that is underperforming the market will probably be ejected from the FTSE 100 and replaced by a stock that is performing well. The investor is passive, the fund is passive, however the mechanics of the tracker deselect companies that are underperforming.”

Reuters: Fed policy meeting and the impact on markets

In an interview with Reuters, B Capital shared their views on European share prices and the impact the Fed policy meeting will have on markets: “It’s still going to be a big announcement. We expect no change in the policy in terms of action, but there might be hints about the speed of the withdrawal of monetary stimulus. The markets will move based on the language.”

Lorne Baring to speak at the FundForum International 2014 conference

Lorne Baring is delighted to be speaking for the second consecutive year at the annual FundForum International conference in Monaco. Lorne Baring will join a panel debate on ‘Industrial changes at the forefront of wealth management as retrocession dies’, held on 23rd June. The latest full agenda is available here.

The event is the world’s largest investment management conference attended by 1,200 influential executives in the asset management, fund selection and distribution industries.

If you are interested in attending, as an associate of Lorne Baring, a 15% discount will be applied to your booking using the following code: FKN2394EMSPK.

Click here to register

Bloomberg: European Stock Market Commentary

In an interview with Bloomberg, B Capital shared their views on the latest developments of European stocks, which were little changed after data had been published on the region which showed services output expanded faster than expected: “Investors may have completely missed any economic data over the last couple of days and we may see a return of focus to that. After yesterday’s massive relief rally, it’s expected that the market may flip flop around, looking for direction. What we’re all looking for is some kind of regaining of composure, so we can get back to thinking about the fundamentals of markets.”

Reuters: Lorne Baring comments on the U.S. stock market

In an interview with Reuters, Lorne Baring shared his views on the latest developments on the U.S. stock market, and the impact Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s comments had on markets.

Lorne Baring said that “comments from Yellen indicate that there has been soft data recently in the U.S. and that has necessarily required consideration of reduced tapering. That does not mean that we expect the tapering to be changed, but her tone was distinctly dovish today…Markets are showing some relief that monetary policy may remain loose and that the Fed is clearly taking a pragmatic view quarter by quarter.”

Reuters: Lorne Baring shares his views on the latest political developments in Italy

Following the announcement that Enrico Letta would resign as Italy’s Prime Minister, Lorne Baring shared his views with Reuters on how these political changes will affect markets:

“There appears to be some progress in the Italian political platform and with that progress, investors are feeling more confident and certain that there won’t be any stalemate like we saw the last time,” he comments. “...Earnings are not sufficiently beating estimates to drive the markets up from here. However, European markets are more attractive than other developed markets and we think there will be continued rotation by investors to Europe.”

PWM: Lorne Baring shares predictions on the wealth management industry in 2014

Lorne Baring contributed to Professional Wealth Management’s outlook for the wealth management industry in 2014. He emphasises the challenge and opportunity of conflicting economic and regulatory pressures and provides insights into promising investments in 2014: “As the memory of the five-year crisis starts to dim, investors will feel more confident about taking risks. Equities will find fashion again as the combination of improving earnings and attractive dividends lure investors out of cash. More and more cash will leave the sidelines as fundamentals re-assert over macro-level intervention by central banks.”

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