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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 well as financial returns and why this could reshape the social-investing landscape.

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20112 Aug 2018
15 min

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 well as financial returns and why this could reshape the social-investing landscape.

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2005 Aug 2018
15 min

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?

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19929 Jul 2018
15 min

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 in to his life’s work on the theory of the firm and contract theory

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19822 Jul 2018
15 min

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.

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19715 Jul 2018
15 min

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

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1968 Jul 2018
15 min

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 an 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.

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1951 Jul 2018
14 min

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.

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19424 Jun 2018
15 min

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.

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19317 Jun 2018
15 min

UBS Global Visionaries: Peek Vision’s Andrew Bastawrous: 

In this special edition we sit down with one of the thought leaders at the forefront of innovation that UBS supports and celebrates through its Global Visionaries programme. Today we meet Andrew Bastawrous, a man for whom the term visionary could scarcely be more apt. He’s the co-founder and CEO of an organisation committed to tackling curable and preventable eye conditions around the world: Peek Vision.

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19210 Jun 2018
15 min

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.

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1913 Jun 2018
15 min

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 to enjoy the best buying power overall, the picture is changing – and fast.

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19027 May 2018
15 min

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 its partners can deliver for a client base (and a wider investment community) eager to secure a sustainable future.

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18920 May 2018
17 min

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.

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18813 May 2018
15 min

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.

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1876 May 2018
15 min

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?

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