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September 23, 2019

More than half of the world’s leading family office principals say they expect a market downturn to start in 2020 and are considering how to safeguard against potential losses and capitalise on new opportunities.

More than half of the world’s leading family office principals say they expect a market downturn to start in 2020 and are considering how to safeguard against potential losses and capitalise on new opportunities.

Nearly half (45%) of principals surveyed said they were re-aligning their investment strategy to manage risk or take advantage of opportunistic events (42%). Another two-fifths (42%) said they were increasing their cash reserves, while a fifth (22%) are reducing leverage exposure within their investments.

September 19, 2019

Alessi sells sizable share to finance growth, Sodexo scores high on sustainability for 15th year, Rockefeller moves into tech founder succession planning.

Alessi sells sizable share to finance growth

The Italian Alessi family behind some of the most recognisable designer homeware products in the world has sold a 40% share of its business for an undisclosed sum to a UK private equity firm.

The Alessi company was fully owned by the founding family, who were looking for a partner to help them grow the firm, Oakley Capital announced this week. Alessi family members Alberto, Alessio, Michele and Stefano kept 60% of the company and pledged to reinvest in the firm.

September 19, 2017

“Is India a Teflon-coated economy?” That is a question on the minds of most following the recent 7% gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the last quarter of calendar year (CY) 2016...

“Is India a Teflon-coated economy?” That is a question on the minds of most following the recent 7% gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the last quarter of calendar year (CY) 2016.1 Did the long queues outside of the ATMs and the disruption to daily life last November and December as an aftermath of demonetisation, affecting nearly 87% of currency, only impact GDP growth by 50 bps?2

November 8, 2016

Switzerland is one of the most stable economies in the world.  Analysts say the Swiss economy is set to expand in 2017 and is currently fairly valued. Tanzeel Akhtar reports

Switzerland is one of the most stable economies in the world.  Analysts say the Swiss economy is set to expand in 2017 and is currently fairly valued. Tanzeel Akhtar reports

The country is known for its neutral political stance, growth economy, strong currency, and low unemployment rate. Not forgetting its highly competitive tax regime. Is Switzerland embarking on another boom phase?

February 8, 2011

Chief executive of carmakers Fiat and Chrysler, Sergio Marchionne, is facing wrath from Italy and the US for his comments on shifting Fiat’s headquarters, and describing the interest rates charged on American bailout loans as “shyster”.

Chief executive of carmakers Fiat and Chrysler, Sergio Marchionne, is facing wrath from Italy and the US for his comments on shifting Fiat's headquarters, and describing the interest rates charged on American bailout loans as "shyster".

January 12, 2011

Frontier markets could see an annual growth of 11% over the next 10 years, predicted asset managers Swiss & Global Asset Management, outperforming many developed and mature emerging markets.

Frontier markets could see an annual growth of 11% over the next 10 years, predicted asset managers Swiss & Global Asset Management, outperforming many developed and mature emerging markets.

Good economic prospects, strong demography and limited penetration by the stock market when compared to the overall GDP are some of the factors that can help these frontier markets grow, said the study.

May 1, 2008

Investors in Russia are reaping the rewards of a strong economy and improving corporate governance policies, discovers Marc Smith

Investors in Russia are reaping the rewards of a strong economy and improving corporate governance policies, discovers Marc Smith

As the credit crunch claims investment bank victims and hits western stock markets, one country is bucking the global trend and providing the savvy investor with a lucrative alternative. The Russian economy has performed exceptionally well in recent times, which has led to seven Russians making it into the top 25 wealthiest people in the world.

February 29, 2008

Family businesses are twice as important to the UK economy as private equity-backed firms, according to a report.

Family businesses are twice as important to the UK economy as private equity-backed firms, according to a report. The UK Family Business Sector report by the Institute of Family Business suggests that family firms generate sales of €1,392 billion compared to €555 billion from private equity-backed firms. The sectors also account for 9.5 million and 2.8 million employees respectively.

The report also suggests that family firms account for 65% of all the private sector enterprises in the UK and are responsible for around 31% of GDP in the whole economy.

January 1, 2004

The wellbeing of owner-managed and family businesses is central to the strength of the European economy as a whole.

The wellbeing of owner-managed and family businesses is central to the strength of the European economy as a whole. These firms account for more than 70% of employment in the EU and make a major contribution to economic output in all member countries. They provide a continuing source of entrepreneurial energy within the existing EU and are sure to play a key role in evolution of the economies of the new member states.

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