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davos : the daily update from Patrick Odier, our senior managing partner

Established in 1971, The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting (also known as Davos) is a place where influencers, world leaders, great businessmen and societal rethinkers gather together to innovate, problem solve and discuss topical issues, in interests of global society. At Lombard Odier, our 222-year heritage is underpinned by our pioneering spirit and commitment to responsible investing. Today, investors are not only interested in meeting their wealth goals -  it is incumbent upon them to help shape the future. And this attitude is aligned with that of the Davos delegates.  To discover more about the role our Senior Managing Partner, Patrick Odier, plays at Davos, read the daily blog below and view our live Twitter feed.

Responsible Capital has arrived

The World Economic Forum wrapped up last Friday. The annual gathering is always a source of reflection, stimulation and inspiration and this year was certainly an opportunity to Create a Shared Future in a Fractured World. With over 400 sessions on the official programme, it would be impossible to provide you with a comprehensive recap of everything that happened. read more here

friday 26 january, a powerful force for change - the UN’s sustainable development goals and risk/adjusted returns

I’m very pleased to see and hear that the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are being adopted as a standard by political, economic and societal stakeholders. This is important not just because it enables a commonality of language and understanding, but also because that, in turn, can be a powerful force for change. 
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friday 26 january, beyond the rhetoric

Jack Ma’s comments yesterday struck an interesting chord. Ma, who is Executive Chairman of Alibaba said: “If trade stops, war starts.”
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thursday 25 january, protectionism and today’s ‘dangerous’ normal

My first post from Davos looked at the growing contradictions we are seeing in the world today, which made me question whether we are in a ‘dangerous’ new normal or not.  I have since heard a few things here at Davos that reinforce this question in my mind. 
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thursday 25 january, 2018 - back to school

Yesterday evening I went back to school. I sat in on a session hosted by the University of Chicago, where I studied, which raised some very interesting questions about how to shape the digital world so it develops in a safe, inclusive way, and how to teach tomorrow’s thinkers to adapt.
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wednesday 24 january, 2018 - It’s all about the data

The big topic so far at this year’s World Economic Forum is the ‘Fourth Revolution’, essentially the digitalisation of our world. Whether it’s Narendra Modi’s comments that data is the biggest asset today, and that it creates the biggest challenges and the biggest opportunities, or Anne Richards’ suggestion that information infrastructure could be the source of the next systemic crisis, all eyes are focussed on the impact digitalisation is likely to have on our societies and our economies.
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tuesday 23 january, 2018 - a world of contradictions

I was a lot younger when I first started coming to the World Economic Forum at Davos, which transforms from a small village into a global centre for a short period every year. Much has changed over the last 30 years. What strikes me most is how much the global context has changed. We find ourselves today in a ‘new normal’ characterised by geopolitical, social, economic and financial market fractures.
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monday 22 january, 2018 - bridging the gap

What makes the World Economic Forum so valuable is its unique role in bringing together governments, NGOs, academic institutions, businesses and civil society in a spirit of collaboration and innovation. If we are going to succeed in ‘Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World’, it is imperative that we build bridges between all of these different parties.
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