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On the Brink of a New Era - Are You Prepared?

Special Guest:

Marc Bernegger

Conversation V - Thursday, April 22nd, 5PM CET

The future is sooner than you think - investment themes for the 'New Era'

We are currently in the midst of a powerful confluence of technologies and innovations that are about to change the way we live and work. Understanding the economic, social and ethical challenges and opportunities these changes pose is difficult. As investors, we also want early insight as to which trends to invest in. What are the top investment themes of the new era?

BFI Panelists:

Frank R. Suess, Dirk Steinhoff

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Conversation VI - Thursday, May 6th, 5PM CET

Time for 'real' and 'digital' assets - investment opportunities beyond traditional asset classes

We are entering a new era of investing. Asset allocation principles need to be questioned. Conventional asset classes may not afford the levels of safety and profits as in the past. Are bonds still a safe investment? What is the upside potential in traditional financial markets? And what alternatives need to be considered? How can you invest in these alternatives? What are the differences, and the similarities, between Bitcoin and Gold?

Special Guest:

Sune Sorensen

BFI Panelists:

Frank R. Suess, Dirk Steinhoff

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Conversation VI - Thursday, May 20th, 5PM CET

Getting out of Dodge - options and practical considerations of Plan B strategies for Americans 

Big Brother is back and getting more intrusive by the minute. Hopefully, individual rights and rule of law, founded in the solidity of the US Constitution, will survive and thrive. However, properly considering and mitigating the possible risks of an alternative outcome is a prudent exercise. What are your options? What legal structures might be employed for jurisdictional diversification? How do I obtain a second passport? Should I consider establishing a foreign residency? What countries are most suitable and attractive? Etc.

Special Guest:

Marc Bernegger

BFI Panelists:

Frank R. Suess, Bernarda Pesantez

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Conversation IV - December 8th, 2020

New Era Implications for Investments and Asset Allocation

The outlook for 2021, economically and politically, is admittedly somewhat dire, but this does not mean that investors should despair. What were we expecting next? And what were BFI’s recommendations for investments moving forward? We discussed in depth what our approach had been in 2020. We also discussed the key elements of our investment process and why it’s important to be disciplined and systematic, particularly in this context.

Special Guest:

Anastassios Frangulidis

BFI Panelists:

Frank R. Suess, Dirk Steinhoff, Daniel Zurbruegg

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Conversation III - November 24th, 2020

Special Risk Patterns Faced by Americans, and Available Offshore Wealth Protection Measures to Manage Those Risks.

Americans with substantial wealth are subject to a set of very unique threats and circumstances that require equally unique risk management measures. We work with American clients daily and in consulting with them, we are very familiar with their particular concerns. These worries may have been around for some time, but what is new now is the widely felt sense that these threats are imminent and quickly closing in. Let’s have a brief look at some of them.

Special Guest:

Ben Lodmell

BFI Panelists:

Frank R. Suess, Daniel Zurbruegg,

Bernarda Pesantez

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Conversation II - November 10th, 2020

Facing the Consequences of Excessive Debt 

Today, the consensus belief is that debt of advanced economies does not matter... However, history tells us, again and again, that continually piling up more debt, under the well-intentioned hope of fixing economic and social problems, always backfires. We will review the means by which governments could theoretically reduce debt, and more importantly, the most probable measures they will employ: Financial Repression and Inflation.

Special Guest:

Sune Sorensen

BFI Panelists:

Frank R. Suess, Daniel Zurbruegg, Dirk Steinhoff

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Conversation I - October 27th, 2020

A Difficult and Uncertain Recovery

The COVID-19 crisis has pushed the global economy into a deep recession. The question is now, how quickly will the economy recover? The financial markets recovered quickly and regained pre-COVID levels rapidly. However, they appear to have disconnected from the economy. Generally, when that happens, the markets and the economy always reconvene. How that will occur is at the core of our discussion in this first New Era, Fireside Chat.

Special Guest:

Felix Zulauf

BFI Panelists:

Frank R. Suess, Dirk Steinhoff, Daniel Zurbruegg

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