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"Global growth presents new challenges and opportunities to wealth management industry"

The latest issue of the Capco Institute’s "Journal of Financial Transformation" turns its attention to the wealth management industry.

London, New York, 5th December 2005 – Capco, the global financial services and technology solutions provider, is pleased to announce the publication of the 15th issue of the Capco Institute’s "Journal of Financial Transformation", entitled "Wealth", which aims to improve the understanding of how wealth can be preserved for future generations.

Bill Irving, President, Capco, states: "Both the individual accumulation and institutional management of wealth have exploded over the past few decades in the developed, and increasingly in the developing, world. This global growth, along with related economic, demographic and risk challenges, have introduced new complexities and opportunities to policy makers and wealth managers alike. This 15th issue of the Journal explores a number of wealth issues, responses, and viewpoints from leading observers and practioners."

Dr Shahin Shojai, Director of Research at Capco, and Editor of the "Journal of Financial Transformation", said, "This issue of the Journal aims to help our readers get a better understanding of how wealth, be it human or financial, can be preserved for future generations; how it can be managed to help its accumulation; and finally, and perhaps most importantly, how it can be released. We have a great number of wonderful articles covering these topics, representing some of the most well known experts in their respective fields from the Director of the Adam Smith Institute and the enduring relevance of the ‘Wealth of Nations’ to the thoughts of two Nobel Prize winners along with many others."

Professor Sir Clive Granger, the joint winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize for Economics, discusses his views on the reliability of financial and economic models in helping to improve our predictive capabilities; while Michael Christ, Executive Director of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, shares his views on how we should use the lessons learned from recent natural disasters to prevent similar man made catastrophes from a nuclear war.

Contributions to the Journal cover the following main areas of discussion: ‘preservation’, ‘management’, and ‘release’. The highlights of the articles which feature in this issue of the Journal are:

A perspective on the reliability of economic and financial predictive models - a discussion with Prof. Sir Clive W.J. Granger, recipient of the Nobel prize in economics in 2003.

Wealth and charity: Financial techniques and modern philanthropy - David Clark, Chairman, Charity Bank, and Member of the Board of Editors, Journal of Financial Transformation

The importance of wealth for subjective well-being - Bruce Headey, Principal Fellow and Mark Wooden, Professorial Fellow and Deputy Director both of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne.

Reporting value to the private equity fund investor - Andreas Kemmerer, Chair of Banking, University of Frankfurt am Main and Tom Weidig, CEO, QuantExperts

From regulation to over-regulation and back — How to break the vicious circle - Michel Y. Dérobert, Secretary General, Swiss Private Bankers Association (SPBA)

Residential property — what role in individual wealth and investment? - John Smullen, Greenwich Business School and Keith MacDonald, Partner, Capco

The development of the reverse mortgage market - Bill Irving, President, Capco and Tom Roughan, Principal Consultant, Capco