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December 1, 2014

Russian aggression in Ukraine, Ebola in West Africa, Middle Eastern conflict, US midterm elections and a continuing debt crisis in Europe. Even if global macro funds are poor performers, geopolitics and macroeconomic data needs to be central to your asset allocation decision-making. 

In terms of performance, hedge funds have had it rough the past few years. And of all the alternative investment styles, global macro has arguably had it the worst. Global macro strategies try to forecast macroeconomic developments around the world, such as interest rates, geopolitics, government policies and so on.

September 25, 2014

Merck to acquire US Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion; Colombian family-owned bank raises $1.26 billion at IPO; and Ikea announces €2 billion expansion in Russia

Merck to acquire US Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion; Colombian family-owned bank raises $1.26 billion at IPO; and Ikea announces €2 billion expansion in Russia

Merck to acquire US Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion 

German pharmaceutical company Merck, 70% owned by the eponymous founding family, has agreed to buy US firm Sigma-Aldrich for $17 billion (€13.3 billion) in order to bolster its laboratory supplies business. 

August 1, 2014

German family businesses are feeling the pinch from Russia’s confrontation with the West, particularly carmaker Volkswagen, who has reported an 8% year-on-year decrease in Russian sales. 

German family businesses are feeling the pinch from Russia’s confrontation with the West, particularly carmaker Volkswagen, who has reported an 8% year-on-year decrease in Russian sales.

With further sanctions on the horizon, Volkswagen, controlled by the Piech family, is just one of approximately 6,000 German family businesses operating in Russia that are expected to suffer from the incoming “level three” sanctions.

February 19, 2014

Corruption, red tape and staffing pressures have been some of the key risks weighing on Russian entrepreneurs’ minds in the past 12 months, but the investment outlook is still buoyant and there is an increasing interest in the family office model. CampdenFB reports

Russia continues to offer great rewards and great challenges for its wealthy. The process of getting rich, however, is different to the process of staying rich. The fourth annual UBS/Campden Wealth report, Russia’s Wealth Creators, highlighted corruption, too much regulation and the greater need, but limited ability, to secure qualified management and staff, as the key challenges facing Russia’s entrepreneurs. These particular challenges have grown dramatically in importance when compared to last year’s survey.

November 27, 2013

Louis Vuitton, a subsidiary of the Arnault family's luxury-goods giant LVMH, has ruffled feathers in Moscow this week by installing a giant monogrammed suitcase mere metres from the mummified body of former leader Vladimir Lenin.

Louis Vuitton, a subsidiary of the Arnault family's luxury-goods giant LVMH, has ruffled feathers in Moscow this week by installing a giant monogrammed suitcase mere metres from the mummified body of former leader Vladimir Lenin.

The replica of its iconic travelling trunk will house a temporary museum, due to open in just under a week, which will document the company’s 120-year history.

March 28, 2013

First-generation wealth still dominates fortunes in emerging markets, meaning that companies started by entrepreneurs in these regions haven’t yet established recognisable global brands.

First-generation wealth still dominates fortunes in emerging markets, meaning that companies started by entrepreneurs in these regions haven’t yet established recognisable global brands.

These are among the main findings of a new study by Forbes Insights and Societe Generale Private Banking, which found the majority – 78% – of emerging-market fortunes were first-generation and came from entrepreneurial ventures. Only 20% of those surveyed had inherited their wealth.

September 19, 2012

Russian entrepreneurs show little desire to pass their companies onto their children, as concern about the business environment in the country means most are focused on short-term goals, rather than long-term ones.

Russian entrepreneurs show little desire to pass their companies onto their children, as concern about the business environment in the country means most are focused on short-term goals, rather than long-term ones.

This was the main finding of the third Campden/UBS Russia’s Wealth Creators research, which spoke to a wide variety of entrepreneurs across the world’s largest country.

February 17, 2011

For the first time in over 10 years, Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich has released details of his assets, which are worth an estimated £11 billion

For the first time in over 10 years, Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich has released details of his assets, which are worth an estimated £11 billion.

February 14, 2011

Russia’s tycoons have come back remarkably in 2010 as the country has set a new record for its number of billionaires. According to Finans magazine, Russia has 114 dollar billionaires, compared with less than 50 at the end of 2008, when the credit crisis saw the fortunes of the country’s billionaires drastically drop.

Russia’s tycoons have come back remarkably in 2010 as the country has set a new record for its number of billionaires. According to Finans magazine, Russia has 114 dollar billionaires, compared with less than 50 at the end of 2008 when the credit crisis saw the fortunes of the country’s billionaires drastically drop.

According to the top 500 rich list compiled by Russian magazine Finans', everyone on the list is worth at least $160 million, with the top 10 wealthiest Russians together worth $182 billion, up by 30% from $139 billion in 2009.

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