The high profile of product safety scandals in China continues to dent consumers’ confidence and loyalty in the hair care realm, as the market is repeatedly associated with chemical ingredients that are found to be toxic or carcinogenic. As a result, consumers are becoming more cautious when it comes to product choice. Indeed, according to the latest Mintel research, 81% of urban Chinese consumers* say they prefer to buy all-natural hair care products and 10% rate the presence of natural ingredients as their most important purchase influence.
In 2011, almost 64% of new hair care products released in China touted a ‘natural’ claim, while in the global market, products with the same claim accounted for 50% of launch activity.
Gluten-free cosmetics take off
Gluten-free cosmetics are now being seen in skin creams, body care, vitamins and other products absorbed by the skin as celiac disease sufferers and consumers aim to avoid allergic reactions or accidental ingestion. There has been a 43% increase in body care products being labeled and certified as gluten-free in the U.S., according to the Gluten Intolerance Group and U.S. organic companies with gluten-free ranges such as Sensible Organics and Tru Organics are ramping up product launches and distribution. (source: Organic & Wellness News)
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Spotting the skin care trends so far in 2012
According to Euromonitor expert Irina Barbalova, the industry has seen a definitive shift in skin care product positioning which can be seen through "category cross overs, multitasking, multi-functionality and generally a more holistic approach to anti-ageing.
An Investment Fund under Liechtenstein Law
The fund is an Investment Fund under Liechtenstein Law (of the category: Investment company for other assets). It invests exclusively in the two monetary precious metals gold and silver, and in stocks of companies that produce these metals as well as in derivatives of these three basic types of investments. Besides the use of traditional instruments, the fund is permitted the limited use of alternative investments (put and call options are allowed, but it may not enter into credit or other obligations for the purpose of leverage), whose risks cannot be compared to investment undertakings in securities.
Total monetary metals gold & silver: 34,8 %.
The physical part is hedged against the US$.
Gold physical: 6,8%; (with LLB Vaduz).
20 SFr. Vrneli (Swiss coins): 3,9%, 1 kg bars 2,9%.
Silver physical: 28,0%; 4,8 % in 1 Kg bars, 3,9 % in standardbars of 30 Kg, both with LLB Vaduz. Total ETFs: 19,3%:( ZKB ETF: 11,5%, UBS ETF 4,1%, Julius Bär ETF 3,7%.)
Options: Silver Calls: 63,4%;
Strike 30$, Sept. 2011: 3'647'500 ounces as of Sept. 2011, 125'000 oz as of Dec. 2011.
Amount of silver ounces via options: 3,7725 Mio ounces.
Counter parties: UBS (14,9%), DB (9,2%), ABN-AMRO (0.0%), Vontobel (17,1%), SocGen (0.0%), Goldman Sachs (0,0%), Comex (0.0%), ZKB (18.7%). In percentage of purchasingprice-index.
Cash: 0,0% .
Win/Loss of forward: + 1,8%
Total gearing: ca. 3,75
Size of Fund: 30,8 Mio SFr.
Manager: Rolf Nef, 8134 Adliswil, Switzerland.
With dedicated research resources in 4 continents, Milltrust helps institutional investors invest with confidence across developing markets. Here, James Cotton, our man in Thailand, discusses the markets of the region.
23 April 2012
By James Cotton, Senior Investment Advisor at Milltrust
As Milltrust's "point man" based in Bangkok, I wanted to combine some reflections on the local economies with an overview of Milltrust's activities in both public markets and private equity in recent months. From Burma to Vietnam we have a series of frontier markets at various stages of economic development and certainly most remain under the radar for most investors.
Perhaps the most significant recent event in the region has been the "peace dividend" in Burma, with the historic release of Aung Sang Suu Kyi from long term house arrest by the junta's ruling generals being followed by the continuing release of countless political prisoners and the seminal blessing of the West from a recent 3 day visit to the country by Hillary Clinton.
The Emerging Field of Litigation Finance
Jack Simony to be a Keynote Speaker at Shorex Wealth Management Forum Singapore 2011
SUNTEC CITY, SINGAPORE, 12th April 2011 – Shorex, one of the world's leading organizers of wealth-management conferences for high net worth individuals and their professional advisors, is pleased to announce that Jack Simony, a pioneer in the rapidly emerging field of Litigation Finance, will be speaking at The Shorex Wealth Management Forum Singapore 2011, to be held at the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre on 12 – 13 April 2011. Mr. Simony has an outstanding 10 year track record in the field of Litigation Finance and is widely regarded as one of the industry's leaders.
We repositioned our portfolio in the quake induced sell-off, electing to exit our 2 Japanese holdings Canon and Rakuten and reinvesting the proceeds into new positions in HSBC and CSE Global. SPH and Suntec REIT were also added back to the portfolio for dividends.
With 55% of its group assets in Europe, 20% in North America, and the remaining in Asia, HSBC was de-rated following the global financial crisis as provisions spiked and earnings drivers collapsed. These provision expenses have peaked and HSBC is likely to report lower provisions going forward. Rising loan growth in Asia has resulted in 75% of income now coming from Hong Kong, Asia and South America.
For the longest time, I have had a fear of the open sea. So, in 2002, when the markets and I took some time off one another, I decided to learn to sail a catamaran. Not just any catamaran but a competition grade Taipan in which as part of a 2-man crew I competed in sailing races in Changi, Nongsa and Koh Samui. After 12 months I not only got over my fear of the sea but had collected several pennants to my name. I haven't sailed since, but recent market tumult reminded me of the whole adventure.
The markets which began hesitantly in 2011, rose to a 3 yr high in early Feb, only to succumb to profit taking, leaving it nearly 4% below where it started.
Bali, Indonesia, 2012 - Amongst the many attractions on the vibrant island of Bali, is the recent introduction of Banyan Tree Ungasan, offering 73 stunning pool villas perched on the pristine southernmost cliffs. Located just 35 minutes by car from Ngurah Rai International Airport and the thriving beaches of Kuta, Seminyak and Sanur, the resort promises panoramic ocean views, effortless rejuvenation and unforgettable cultural discoveries for new and return visitors to Bali alike.
The jewel in its crown is Ju-Ma-Na restaurant, a unique addition to Bali's culinary scene with its novel cuisine, impeccable service and dramatic cliff-edge views of the Indian Ocean.
Bintan, Indonesia - Banyan Tree Bintan, a luxury resort of Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts, is Bintan island's most exclusive resort getaway established in 1995. In this rustic Asian environment, guests have space and time to contemplate the natural beauty surrounding them, both indoors and outdoors.
Located in the Riau archipelago on the spectacular talcum-white private beach of Tanjong Said on Bintan Island, Banyan Tree Bintan is about an hour away from Singapore by ferry. This award- winning resort is built on elevated surroundings with breathtaking views of the South China Sea. It comprises 61 beautiful villas modelled on traditional Balinese architecture, designed and decorated with a colloquial flavour.