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Monocle 24: The Bulletin With UBS


Delivering insights into the people, places and products shaping the financial week ahead. Hear from the finest minds and freshest thinkers as they take you beyond the numbers and the hype to get to the heart of the day’s big issues.

Delivering insights into the people, places and products shaping the financial week ahead. Hear from the finest minds and freshest thinkers as they take you beyond the numbers and the hype to get to the heart of the day’s big issues.
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Delivering insights into the people, places and products shaping the financial week ahead. Hear from the finest minds and freshest thinkers as they take you beyond the numbers and the hype to get to the heart of the day’s big issues.




Lessons from the Development Impact Bond

Two years since the inception of the world’s first Development Impact Bond, our panellists discuss the robust results delivered by this unique and innovative product, which is on track to meet, or even exceed, its ambitious three-year targets. We will hear from the investor, the UBS Optimus Foundation; from the service provider, Indian NGO Educate Girls; and the outcome payer, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, to learn how the programme works, what it delivers in terms of social as...


Chinese real estate

Armed with the findings of new research from UBS, we take the temperature of this fascinating market and gauge whether unprecedented prices and activity are poised to slow, and ask the authors of the report to give us their base case. Plus: what does it mean for investors – should they prioritise earnings over capital gains?


Nobel perspectives: Professor Oliver Hart

To help address the big questions that shape our world, UBS has sought out a number of Nobel Laureates in the economic sciences to ask them to share insights, discuss their research and open their inquiring minds. This week we’re hearing from Oliver Hart, the Andrew E Furer Professor of Economics at Harvard University, and 2016 Nobel prize recipient. Hart discusses his recent focus on the theme of corporate social responsibility and how this fits i to his life’s work on the theory of the...


Spotlight on trade

After another turbulent week of Brexit developments, we ask our panel whether the emergence of new trade alliances offers real progress beyond the white noise of politics. Wel track some recent deals – such as the EU’s recently inked agreement with Japan – to see whether they provide a template for a post-Brexit UK to follow.


Nico Rosberg and Donald Sadoway

What happens when a scintillating Formula 1 world champion and a brilliant MIT professor sit down to discuss the future of mobility and sustainable energy? Join them to find out in a special edition of the programme, as Nico Rosberg takes over the microphone to interview UBS global visionary Donald Sadoway


Pride and prejudice

The economics of LGBT equality is the economics of prejudice. This week the panel explains how the need for flexible labour shapes a compelling economic argument to counter prejudice, alongside the compelling moral case for inclusivity. Our guests share not only their professional expertise but also their personal insights and experiences, bringing focus to the ways that this profound challenge can be met most effectively in the future.


UBS Global Visionaries: Neema Kaseje from Surgical Systems Research Group

This week we are joined by another of the inspirational thought leaders and innovators that UBS supports and celebrates through its Global Visionaries programme. We hear from Neema Kaseje, founder of Surgical Systems Research Group, who is leading the charge to address the lack of access to quality surgical care for children around the world.


Ed Ruscha VERY: Works from the UBS Art Collection

This week, in a special edition of the programme, we celebrate an exhibition of more than 50 works by the legendary Ed Ruscha from UBS’s collection at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. We hear from the man himself, and from the head of the collection.


Who will win the race to autonomous cars?

This week we’re setting our sights on advances in vehicular autonomy and digesting the findings of a recent UBS Evidence Lab Q Series report. The report’s lead author joins us to discuss who is likely to win in a world of autonomous vehicles, explain how the bank conducted its research and talk us through a raft of conclusions on the theme that can help shape decision-making by investors.


Prices and earnings

The freshly published 17th edition of the UBS report that first appeared back in 1971 reveals how 77 international cities fare against each other in terms of purchasing power. For individuals or investors trying to understand long-term shifts in economic power or simply planning their next vacation, this study provides the most detailed analysis of global prices. Our panel, including the report’s key author, will explain that while residents of European and North American cities continue...


Sustainability solutions

We discuss the first wholly sustainable-investing, cross-asset strategic allocation from UBS. The bank joined other financial firms and multilateral development banks to find sustainability solutions and launch this trailblazing allocation, filled exclusively with SI instruments, earlier this year. We hear how the bank’s thinking is informed by the urgent challenge of meeting the United Nations’ sustainable-development goals and learn how the innovative products that UBS has developed with...


Investing and football: the World Cup in Russia

The World Cup kicks off in Moscow on 14 June. Our experts preview the event with the help of a new UBS report exploring the intersection of good investment practice and the beautiful game.


Volatility is back

This week we’re asking our panel what the return of volatility, following an abnormally calm 2017, means for investors. We’ll discuss some specific markets, in particular those across Asia, as we assess the macroeconomic and geopolitical factors that are shaping the space. The panel will consider how investors should best position portfolios to capitalise on volatile markets.


Korea opportunity

Our panel looks back on a historic day on the Korean peninsula and asks whether the meeting between the respective presidents of the North and South might finally signal a shift towards ending the 70-year conflict between the nations. How much we should read into the covenants undertaken by the respective administrations? What did the markets make of the moves that day? What will happen next?


The century club

We ruminate on the rising likelihood of 100-year lifespans. Once confined to science fiction, this idea is now a minimum requirement for many of the world’s most wealthy. This is one of the findings of a new global UBS Investor Watch, the largest survey of wealthy investors in the world. With ageing populations a core UBS long-term investment theme, our panel reflects on the meaning of this global trend and discusses the key conclusions of the new research.


Private capital and a sustainable world

This week: the fruits of a remarkable partnership between institutional investors, development banks and wealth managers in pursuit of sustainable and inclusive growth. We focus on the creation of new indices that aim to create reliable benchmarks that can measure the creation of long-term value. Our panel will remind us why collaboration is crucial and why the latest developments promise to deliver truly win-win scenarios.


Sustainability and fossil fuels

Are sustainability and fossil fuels mutually exclusive? Our panellists share insights into how they see supply-and-demand patterns evolving and consider the implications for investors.


Challenges for the tech sector

The tech sector has appeared embattled in recent weeks, enduring a blizzard of negative headlines regarding privacy, safety and data protection, and also in some other cases more rigorous scrutiny of the underlying technology. As a result, the sector has started to underperform the broader index. We’ll be asking: can technology stocks make a comeback or might we expect them to pause for breath... or even to slump?


Change in South Africa

This week our panel gauges the political and economic impact of the recent leadership transition in South Africa. We’ll ask how the Zuma exit and Ramaphosa arrival have shaped the story in the terms of growth, reform and investor sentiment.


Transition time

This week we focus on the ongoing Brexit negotiations and the breakthrough – of sorts – in terms of agreement on the transition period that’s designed to smooth the implementation of the UK’s departure from the bloc. Our panel will give us their perspective on the week’s developments and explain why they agree – or disagree – with the assertion of Brussels’ chief EU negotiator, Michel Barnier, that this week has seen a “decisive moment”.