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September 6, 2010

Following the financial crisis and huge redemptions, families are finally beginning to invest in hedge funds again reports Michael S Fischer

For much of the last decade, family offices, in common with other investors, were lulled into believing that hedge funds or a diversified portfolio of hedge funds would deliver consistent, predictable return streams. The events of 2008 gave the lie to that notion as many hedge funds were very highly leveraged, wreaking havoc on portfolios.
 

August 26, 2010

Stock buybacks have returned to prominence of late, but what are the reasons for family businesses to go down this avenue? Darrell Delamaide invesigates

After last year's dramatic decline, stock buybacks have surged in 2010 as companies bank on the fact that their stock is a good investment. It is also a way to return money to shareholders, because it juices earnings per share by reducing the denominator, which, all other things being equal, will then lift the share price. At the very least it can prevent dilution when shares are distributed for stock options or other purposes and it is this aspect of stock buybacks that is particularly important in family-controlled companies.

July 22, 2010

Today’s second quarter results from Credit Suisse showed that Switzerland’s biggest bank in terms of market capitalisation continues to attract money from the world’s wealthy, including business-owning families and family offices, writes David Bain.

Today's second quarter results from Credit Suisse showed that Switzerland's biggest bank in terms of market capitalisation continues to attract money from the world's wealthy, including business-owning families and family offices, writes David Bain.
 
Nearly SFr12 billion of net new money flowed into the bank's core private-banking unit in the quarter, which compliments the already SFr13 billion that swelled the private bank's assets under management in the first quarter.
 

July 14, 2010

JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford has promised his family-run business will invest in the future despite announcing poor final-year sales for 2009.

JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford has promised his family-run business will invest in the future despite announcing poor final-year sales for 2009.

Amid the deepest ever recession in the global construction equipment industry, the UK-based manufacturing firm saw sales drop by a third to £1.35 billion last year but was able to increase profit before tax marginally to £29 million.

June 18, 2010

John Maynard Keynes, that most famous of economists, has received a lot of renewed coverage since the financial crisis as most governments have followed his proposal that when suffering a downturn, they should borrow and spend money to boost economic activity.

John Maynard Keynes, that most famous of economists, has received a lot of renewed coverage since the financial crisis as most governments have followed his proposal that when suffering a downturn, they should borrow and spend money to boost economic activity.

May 17, 2010

Lee Kun Hee, the second-generation chairman of Samsung Electronics, became South Korea’s richest man in terms of stock ownership after the listing of Samsung Life Insurance Co last week.

Lee Kun Hee, the second-generation chairman of Samsung Electronics, became South Korea's richest man in terms of stock ownership after the listing of Samsung Life Insurance Co last week.

Based on the closing price after the IPO, stocks owned by Lee were valued at $10.71 billion making him the country's richest man, according the Chaebul.com, a specialist website that collates information on the country's family-owned conglomerates.
 

March 5, 2010

When investing in emerging markets, which countries are the most attractive and which ones are best avoided? And, which is the best strategy to adopt – a direct and or indirect approach?

When investing in emerging markets, which countries are the most attractive and which ones are best avoided? And, which is the best strategy to adopt – a direct and or indirect approach?

March 5, 2010

Investors are ploughing billions into farmland acquisitions convinced that food prices and land values are being driven upwards. Is farming as lucrative an investment as some commentators suggest?

Investors are ploughing billions into farmland acquisitions convinced that food prices and land values are being driven upwards. Is farming as lucrative an investment as some commentators suggest?

January 21, 2010

The William Pears Group, the property and investment company owned by the UK-based Pears family, are set to co-invest with private equity group Blackstone and investment firm Cambridge Place to launch a new UK bank.

The William Pears Group, the property and investment company owned by the UK-based Pears family, are set to co-invest with private equity group Blackstone and investment firm Cambridge Place to launch a new UK bank.

The family has invested £50 million into the venture according to media reports today, although no family members were available to comment when the firm was contacted by www.campdenFB.com.

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