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December 24, 2014

A messy divorce, impact investing, and Indonesian rich lists – these were just some of the themes that kept CampdenFB readers hooked during 2014. Below we’ve listed the most read stories of the year.

A messy divorce, impact investing, and Indonesian rich lists – these were just some of the themes that kept CampdenFB readers hooked during 2014. Below we’ve listed the most read stories of the year.

1.    Berkshire Hathaway offers long-term alternative for family offices

November 24, 2014

Ever been in a car with a backseat driver? At best, they are annoying to drive with and, at worst, a downright distraction. Ultimately, they can affect the safety of all passengers – themselves included – and make the driver feel like they’re not up to the task.

Ever been in a car with a backseat driver? At best, they are annoying to drive with and, at worst, a downright distraction. Ultimately, they can affect the safety of all passengers – themselves included – and make the driver feel like they’re not up to the task.

October 27, 2014

As one of the fastest growing groups of impact investors, family offices will benefit from the recommendations of a G7 taskforce seeking to unleash the sector’s $1 trillion potential.

As one of the fastest growing groups of impact investors, family offices will benefit from the recommendations of a G7 taskforce seeking to unleash the sector’s $1 trillion potential.

Led by Sir Ronald Cohen, the taskforce, launched last year, has established guidelines for governments and the financial sector to grow impact investing, the practice of creating measureable social and environmental good through investment.

December 10, 2013

Business founders in Asia are delaying passing the reins on to the next generation, despite wanting to keep their company in family hands, a new report out of Singapore reveals.

Business founders in Asia are delaying passing the reins on to the next generation, despite wanting to keep their company in family hands, a new report out of Singapore reveals.

According to Asian business families succession: going the distance with the next generation, the first generation of a family firm is only likely to cede management control in their 70s.

September 9, 2013

What are the key characteristics that distinguish a family office from a private bank or asset manager? In a follow up to last week’s CampdenFB editorial examining misuse of the term, Greg Ellison, chief executive of financial services provider and family office Boston Group, adds his two cents to the debate.

As David Bain highlighted in Family Offices and Nightclubs the label "family office" seems to be appearing everywhere these days. Bain questions, "Are they really family offices or just private banks in family offices’ clothing?"

September 2, 2013

What is it with family offices these days? They appear to be everywhere. But are they really family offices or just private banks in family offices' clothing? The new vogue for the title "family office" could be undermining the credibility of the model. 

What is it with family offices these days? They appear to be everywhere. How much so? Well for starters Bloomberg Markets recently ran a big story about the top 50 multi family offices in the world, which was picked up by much of the world’s financial press afterwards.

July 18, 2013

Smartphone apps may traditionally have been seen as mediums to purchase music or gifts, but a Saudi Arabian family office has taken mobile commerce to the next level – chartering a private jet in a $500,000 (€381,000) transaction.

Smartphone apps may traditionally have been seen as mediums to purchase music or gifts, but a Saudi Arabian family office has taken mobile commerce to the next level – chartering a private jet in a $500,000 (€381,000) transaction.

Booked through PrivateFly.com, the family office hired a Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) – a converted 737, which includes an office, boardroom, lounge, bedroom and two bathrooms.

May 30, 2013

The conversion of embattled US hedge fund SAC Capital into a family office could damage the reputation of the industry and prompt authorities to reconsider family offices’ exemption from the Dodd-Frank Act, a wealth sector expert says.

The conversion of embattled US hedge fund SAC Capital into a family office could damage the reputation of the industry and prompt authorities to reconsider family offices’ exemption from the Dodd-Frank Act, a wealth sector expert says.

September 2, 2011

It is not surprising to hear that some asset-rich family offices have cash-flow concerns. A number of family offices need to generate more cash to support family expenditures.

It is not surprising to hear that some asset-rich family offices have cash-flow concerns. A number of family offices need to generate more cash to support family expenditures. Every office has its own reasons for this: marriages, divorces, births, illnesses, deaths etcetera…

At the same time, family offices are dealing with a unique combination of historically low interest rates and inflationary pressures. A lack of liquidity, not just yields, in some markets and asset classes has also become a key investment concern for family office executives.

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