PWM hears how due diligence agencies can help countries with citizenship by investment programmes avoid fraudulent applications and detect ‘red flags’ highlighting investors with questionable reputations
With many jurisdictions suspending citizenship applications from wealthy Russians, countries seeking to preserve reputations in a time of turmoil are also asking due diligence agents to ‘re-scrub’ existing investors who may be on sanctions lists
Determining the ‘gold standard’ of due diligence, which defines the quality of competing citizenship by investment programmes
How countries seeking new citizens can work with law firms, intelligence agencies and due diligence investigation firms to assess high-risk and politically connected clients
After a decade-long ultra-loose monetary policy, which has driven interest rates to extremely low levels, we may be at the beginning of an era where central banks start actively seeking governments’ help for boosting growth.
Extremely low yields have forced investors to move up the risk curve, with assets flowing into emerging market debt and high yield bonds, but what are the prospects for these fixed income segments and what are the main risks?
With trillions of negative yielding debt, investors have shunned traditionally safe-haven fixed income solutions, such as investment grade government and corporate bonds, and invested in more risky parts of the bond universe.
Low cost, transparent and easy to trade bond ETFs are increasingly appealing, although in a distressed environment, liquidity risks in certain fixed income segments still raises concerns, whilst the growth of rules-based ETFs.
With selectivity becoming more important, smart ETFs capturing factor exposures through systematic, rules-based approaches can add value in private client portfolios, although the complexity of these instruments.
Sustainable ETFs greatly appeal to private investors’ emotions and values, and while these solutions lend themselves well to exclusionary screens, there is increasing demand for bespoke ETFs generating positive impact on the society and environment.