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A message from our Chairman

Renaud de Planta, Chairman

Renaud de Planta discusses some of the challenges and opportunities facing investors in today's world.

With the world economy showing signs of stagnation, policymakers running out of options and nationalism threatening to send globalisation into reverse, we believe that investing is entering a new era.

While the broader economy might be experiencing slower growth, the same cannot be said of every single industry sector or region in the world. The digital transformation, for example, creates new business models, new winners and new investment opportunities.

Investors need to be more tactical, look beyond mainstream asset classes and pay greater attention to structural trends.

For institutional investors looking to thrive in this complex new world we think there are some key imperatives: be more tactical, look beyond mainstream asset classes and pay greater attention to structural trends that evolve independently of the economic cycle.

In our view we have re-entered an age of tactical allocation. Gone are the days when investors could simply rely on buying equities and holding them for the long term. Investors must be a lot more tactical. More mobile. More agile but somewhat paradoxically still think long-term enough so as to not destroy value through excessive rotation of asset allocation.

At Pictet Asset Management we have been managing assets for institutional clients since 1980. From the beginning, our aim has been to provide institutional clients with the highest level of investment performance and client service. We like to think we are big enough to offer our clients access to the world's best investment opportunities yet small enough for them to feel they always matter.