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Dr Wolfgang Seidel: The Allure of Equities and Commodities

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Wolfgang Seidel, a keynote speaker at the marcus evans Elite Summit 2010 and Private Wealth Management Summit Fall 2010, explores the upcoming investment opportunities.

Interview with: Dr Wolfgang Seidel, Finance Professor, ESCP Europe Business School

Nicosia, Cyprus, November 18, 2010 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Equities and commodities offer very attractive investment opportunities, says Wolfgang Seidel, Finance Professor at ESCP Europe Business School. The performance drivers will be low valuations for equities and above-trend growth for commodities. A keynote speaker at the marcus evans Elite Summit 2010 in Montreux, Switzerland, and Private Wealth Management Summit Fall 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Seidel shares his opinion on the asset classes and sectors that family offices can capitalise on, and why equities and commodities should appeal to long-term investors.

How should family office directors position themselves?

Wolfgang Seidel: With 2010 moving toward its end the macroeconomic situation is highly precarious. Concerns are both, deflation and inflation, the European sovereign debt situation and currency interventions potentially leading to wider capital controls and trade barriers. Short term, I would therefore recommend to stay liquid in order to be able to react fast. Being vigilant and having a plan B in the drawer should help investors to move quickly.

Which asset classes and sectors would you recommend?

Wolfgang Seidel: On a one-year time scale, equities and commodities have good prospects. EU and US equities are highly attractive in terms of both, absolute valuations such as P/Es & P/Bs and relative valuations such as dividend yields against real treasury yields & equity risk premiums. Earnings development and earnings sentiment do also look favourable.

Stock picks should be guided by two themes: Many institutional investors are looking at high dividend stocks to replace part of their low yielding fixed income holdings; and economic growth and valuation multiples are high in EMs, but low in DMs. I would therefore favour companies with high dividends/dividend growth and companies listed in DMs with high sales exposure to EMs.

The demand for commodities is driven by global above-trend growth, particularly in emerging markets, where the commodity-intensity per unit of GDP is higher at the margin. As a consequence, commodities with a high sensitivity for the level of growth such as energy and industry metals are attractive. Additional roll yields are achievable with e.g. copper.

In addition, due to the low level of interest rates and a second round of quantitative easing there is a good case for a continuation of the precious metals surge.

Any untapped investment opportunities?

Wolfgang Seidel: Owing to the strong growth of the world population, limited availability of arable land, change of nutritional habits and abating production yield increases there is a strong macro case for soft commodities. Because of negative roll yields in the commodity futures space this segment has to be addressed through direct farmland investments in highly productive countries with still price-inefficient markets such as Brazil. Key will be to find the right investment managers with local presence and networks.

The same demographic and nutritional factors feed into a much higher future demand for water that will cause significant shortages. Water sources will appreciate substantially in value.

Another area is real assets in the oil and gas space, which seems underserved by dedicated fund managers. There are lots of inefficiencies that need specialised expertise, e.g. depleted oil fields that can get extracted further because a) higher oil price levels allow higher deployment of capex, and/or b) modern technologies allow substantially deeper depletions.

More liquid ideas are underpriced EuroStoxx dividend futures and Argentina GDP warrants.

If you had one message to family offices, what would it be?

Wolfgang Seidel: We won the war but we struggle to sustain the peace. In this uncertain economic environment extraordinary vigilance is indispensable.

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marcus evans Summits announces Daniel Mateos , keynote speaker at the Elite Summit 2010

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

12 October 2010

marcus evans Summits, is pleased to announce Daniel Mateos as the Keynote Speaker at the Elite Summit, on the 15 – 17 November 2010, taking place at the prestigious Fairmont Le Montreux Palace, Montreux, Switzerland.

The Elite Summit addresses the most current wealth management trends and provides attendees with fresh perspectives on adapting effectively to global changes and opportunities to sustain, grow and preserve family wealth. Over three days, a carefully scheduled series of presentations, case studies and one-to-one business meetings will provide you with strategic advice as well as networking opportunities with key decision makers from the most prominent family offices, trusts, foundations and endowments in Europe.

Daniel Mateos, Director of Werner Capital will be presenting on Why Emerging Market Wealth is Invested in Real Estate. Also adding to this year’s cutting edge programme, we have some of leading family office professionals in Europe offering their insight on Strategic Partnerships, Portfolio Safeguarding, Optimal Governance Structures and Growing, Protecting & Transferring Wealth amongst other key issues. Summit Chairman Todd Benjamin, Former Financial Editor, CNN International will be joined by keynote speakers including Constantinos G. Grigoriadis, CIO, Alpanco; Alexander Arnbäck, Manager, Passive Management and Russell Prior, Executive Director, Enterprise & Philanthropy Development, Charities Aid Foundation.

This year’s Elite Summit audience includes Presidents, Chairmen, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Investment Officers, Vice Presidents and Directors of Single-Family Offices, Multi-Family Offices, Trusts, Foundations and Endowments as well as Sponsors offering a wide range of products including Wealth & Asset Management, Integrated Planning, Lifestyle Planning, Legal Services, Insurance and Philanthropic Services.

marcus evans Summits (, produces high level business platforms for the world’s leading decision-makers. These dynamic and innovative forums initiate and develop business relationships one to one between director and C level practitioners from the world’s most influential organisations and with leading product and service suppliers. marcus evans Summits guarantees an exclusive format which enables participants to achieve the maximum amount of business and knowledge interaction over a three day event in a stimulating environment.

Please note that the Elite Summit is a closed business event and the number of participants is limited.

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Goal-Based Allocation “Strategies for Family Offices”

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

ORASI Congress: Building Better Families

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

ORASI is proud to announce the 1st ORASI CONGRESS, 16, and 17th May 2008, with the main theme Building Better Families. This theme is a very nowadays concern several international and well-known speakers, from several universities. The subthemes that will be discussed are the following:

1- Vulnerability of affects;
2- Impact of adverse childhood experiences in adulthood;
3- Attachment and development;
4- Drugs and family;
5- Maltreatment prevention and intervention;
6- Education, School and Family;
7- Parents, education and development;
8- Difficult children.

Distinguished as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the location of the event city of Oporto – is known by its typical hospitality, natural of its inhabitants, and by the extraordinary landscapes, namely the Douro’s River trajectory, where the elder wine production in the world is made.

The congress will be attended by exhibitors of health and education areas. Thus, the organization offers the enterprises the chance of becoming sponsors of the 1st ORASI’s Congress, giving them the chance of exposing and promoting their
services and/or products (e.g. editors, labs, universities, etc.), either as exhibitors, either in publicity in the Program and Abstracts Guide to be offered to participants.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, contact us by e-mail ( Exhibitors space is limited.

Some of our invited speakers are: Robert Neimeyer, PhD, Thomas Sayger, PhD, Arthur Horne, PhD, Timothy Melchert, PhD, Ayse Cifitci, PhD., Joao Salgado, PhD, Rui Nunes, PhD, Ines Jongnelem, PhD, among others that you can check online.