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October 5, 2017

Anat Bar-Gera’s parents did not have a penny when they relocated to Israel following the Second World War. Her father, who had been unable to finish high school, worked hard, opened his own business, and eventually earned a university degree.

Anat Bar-Gera’s parents did not have a penny when they relocated to Israel following the Second World War. Her father, who had been unable to finish high school, worked hard, opened his own business, and eventually earned a university degree.

Decades later, his daughter is one of Switzerland’s most successful telecommunications and internet entrepreneurs. Bar-Gera, pictured below right, attributes her ambition and work ethic to her parents.

September 2, 2011

The global economic crisis has left Asian consumers increasingly mistrustful of foreign banks, with many preferring to use local institutions, according to new research from McKinsey. 

The global economic crisis has left Asian consumers increasingly mistrustful of foreign banks, with many preferring to use local institutions, according to new research from McKinsey.

The study, published in the latest McKinsey Quarterly, comes at the same time as many multinational banks are focusing heavily on growing their presence in Asian markets, amid a rise in the number of wealthy individuals in the area.

September 1, 2011

The number of high net worth individuals in Asia looks set to soar over the next four years, thanks to currency appreciation and massive economic growth in the continent, according to a new report. 

The number of high net worth individuals in Asia looks set to soar over the next four years, thanks to currency appreciation and massive economic growth in the continent, according to a new report.

Swiss private banking group Julius Baer said wealth in the region is expected to triple in the next few years to $15.81 trillion from $5.60 trillion, while the number of high net worth individuals will jump to 2.82 million from 1.16 million.

August 18, 2010

Family ownership is a big factor in the success of the luxury consumer sector, which has rebounded sharply since the credit crisis, according to a leading analyst, writes Marc Smith.

Family ownership is a big factor in the success of the luxury consumer sector, which has rebounded sharply since the credit crisis, according to a leading analyst, writes Marc Smith. 
 
Scilla Huang Sun, the lead fund manager for Julius Baer's luxury brands fund, said: "Luxury brands that have a majority owner like a family are likely to have a long-term strategy in place, which is vital to their success."
 

April 9, 2010

Raymond J Baer, founding family member and chairman of Julius Baer Group Ltd, launched an impassioned defence of Switzerland as a financial centre at the company’s AGM yesterday, but predicted that lessons learned by investors from the financial crisis would not be remembered in the future.

Raymond J Baer (pictured), founding family member and chairman of Julius Baer Group Ltd, launched an impassioned defence of Switzerland as a financial centre at the company's AGM yesterday, but predicted that lessons learned by investors from the financial crisis would not be remembered in the future.

August 27, 2009

Professor Randel Carlock, INSEAD’s Berghmans Lhoist chaired professor in Entrepreneurial Leadership and director, Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise, outlines strategies to help your family business through the current storm.

In recent months many firms have laid off employees, shelved growth plans and cut budgets as the recession and general pessimism continues to afflict the business world. Amid the deepest and most widespread economic downturn for more than 50 years, international trade is forecast to fall by more than 13% and world economic activity to shrink by 2.7%, according to Paris-based body the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

May 20, 2009

Swiss wealth manager Julius Baer has announced it is to separate its private banking and asset management businesses into two fully independent entities on the Swiss stock exchange.

Swiss wealth manager Julius Baer has announced it is to separate its private banking and asset management businesses into two fully independent entities on the Swiss stock exchange.

Julius Baer Group Ltd will be a leading pure-play private banking group, with a focus on servicing and advising private clients. GAM Holding Ltd will be an independent active asset manager, composed of GAM, Artio Global Investors and Julius Baer Asset Management Europe.

December 5, 2008

The 52-year-old CEO of Swiss private bank Julius Baer has died unexpectedly, it has been announced.

The 52-year-old CEO of Swiss private bank Julius Baer has died unexpectedly, it has been announced. Alex Widmer (pictured), who joined the Julius Baer Group in 2005 and became CEO of Bank Julius Baer just over a year ago, was described as being "the very epitome of a Swiss private banker" in a statement.

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