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August 21, 2014

US women are showing a greater interest in alternative investments than men, according to new research, challenging traditional stereotypes that female investors are risk averse.

US women are showing a greater interest in alternative investments than men, according to new research, challenging traditional stereotypes that female investors are risk averse.

According to research by US investment firm MainStay Investments, 60% of women surveyed expect alternatives to become a core part of their portfolio over the next five to 10 years.

By comparison, only 47% of men expect the likes of commodities, private equity, and hedge funds to become a “mainstream” part of their investment holdings over that same period.

March 17, 2014

Last year the so-called commodities “supercycle” was widely declared dead, but with price drops – and investors more optimistic about the global economy on the whole – it may be worth rethinking shunning this sector. 

Last year the so-called commodities “supercycle” was widely declared dead, but with price drops – and investors more optimistic about the global economy on the whole – it may be worth rethinking shunning this sector.

From the late 1990s to the 2008 crisis, the price of oil rose 1,062%, while copper shot up 487%, according to investment house Pimco. Behind this meteoric rise were emerging markets where wealth was growing quickly, causing increased demand for food, energy and the inputs of industrialisation and urbanisation.

January 13, 2011

Cargill, the world’s largest agricultural commodities trader, announced on 12 January that its profits for the quarter ending November tripled, which was helped by accurate predictions of the weather and shifts in trade flows.

Cargill, the world's largest agricultural commodities trader, announced on 12 January that its profits for the quarter ending November tripled, which was helped by accurate predictions of the weather and shifts in trade flows.

Cargill's net earnings for the three months ending November rose to $1.49 billion from $489 million for the same period the year before. Also, first-half earnings more than doubled from $1.01 billion to $2.37 billion.

October 13, 2010

Cargill, the world’s largest agricultural commodities trader, notched up a 68% year-on-year rise in net profits in the first quarter ended August 31st on the back of strong demand for grain.

Cargill, the world's largest agricultural commodities trader, notched up a 68% year-on-year rise in net profits in the first quarter ended August 31st on the back of strong demand for grain.
 
The Minnesota-based company said buoyant growth in its trading and processing segments bolstered profits. Revenues in the quarter were $27.8 billion.
 

September 27, 2010

Louis Dreyfus, the family-owned French conglomerate, is in preliminary discussions with supply-chain management company Olam over business collaboration and a possible merger.

Louis Dreyfus, the family-owned French conglomerate, is in preliminary discussions with supply-chain management company Olam over business collaboration and a possible merger.

Olam made the announcement in a letter to shareholders on 24 September in response to press speculation yesterday concerning Louis Dreyfus. The statement went on to stress that the discussions "are still preliminary" and that "the possible collaboration may not even proceed," the letter read.

September 23, 2010

Louis Dreyfus Group, the family-owned French conglomerate, is considering listing shares of some of its businesses, according to people close to the matter cited by the Financial Times.

Louis Dreyfus Group, the family-owned French conglomerate, is considering listing shares of some of its businesses, according to people close to the matter cited by the Financial Times.

The group, which is a global commodities, energy, real estate and diversified trader and processor, is discussing an initial public offering for some of its subsidiaries and may also consider the sale of Louis Dreyfus Commodities.

July 1, 2006

There’s money to be made from globalisation. Thematic investing allows business families to look at the financial world in a new light, taking advantage of the emerging markets and changing macroeconomic trends. Eric Sarasin explains how business families can profit

Eric Sarasin is head of private banking at Bank Sarasin in Switzerland, and a member of the bank's founding family.

There's money to be made from globalisation. Thematic investing allows business families to look at the financial world in a new light, taking advantage of the emerging markets and changing macroeconomic trends. Eric Sarasin explains how business families can profit

May 1, 2006

With the price of gold increasing to over $600 an ounce and the fundamentals underpinning its continued rise still strong, many investors will be considering their returns on this precious metal. So how to go about investing in it? asks Richard Willsher

Richard Willsher is a finance and business writer with a background in international investment banking. www.richardwillsher.com

With the price of gold increasing to over $600 an ounce and the fundamentals underpinning its continued rise still strong, many investors will be considering their returns on this precious metal. So how to go about investing in it? asks Richard Willsher

January 1, 2004

Willem van Eeghen is managing director of Van Eeghen International, a 14th-generation privately held business based in Amsterdam and with activity in 60 countries. Since 1662 the company has been active in commodities, shipping, private banking, insurance and food ingredients. Today the firm’s core business lies in functional and dehydrated food ingredients. Willem is married to Petra and they have three sons – Feike, Max and Boudewijn and a daughter, Erica

Willem van Eeghen is managing director of Van Eeghen International, a 14th-generation privately held business based in Amsterdam and with activity in 60 countries. Since 1662 the company has been active in commodities, shipping, private banking, insurance and food ingredients. Today the firm's core business lies in functional and dehydrated food ingredients. Willem is married to Petra and they have three sons – Feike, Max and Boudewijn and a daughter, Erica

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