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August 16, 2012

Water, it would appear, is everywhere. But huge demand for the elixir of life is making the substance a big investment opportunity. Campden reports.

From the perspective of someone living in northern Europe, where rain has been particularly prevalent this summer, it’s difficult to believe there could be any value from investing in water. You might ask, doesn’t the stuff literally fall from the sky?

July 3, 2012

Western family offices are just beginning to uncover the investment potential in Latin America. Their challenge is to track down local families and fund managers with whom to partner.

It’s accepted investment wisdom that Latin American economies offer spectacular returns for investors. The region’s economies are expected to continue to soar while Europe and North America bump along the bottom, printing more money just to survive. So is Latin America El Dorado for family offices?

June 22, 2012

Europe’s biggest and most successful economy might not seem the most obvious place to invest if you’re looking for high returns – traditionally you’re not going to make a lot of money by investing in the country, but nor are you going to lose much either.

Europe’s biggest and most successful economy might not seem the most obvious place to invest if you’re looking for high returns. After all, the country’s reputation for sobriety extends to its companies and public markets – traditionally you’re not going to make a lot of money by investing in them, but nor are you going to lose much either.

June 21, 2012

Do luxury brands have a place in an ethical portfolio? CampdenFB takes a look at the growing trend for sustainability among high-end companies and how family offices can get in on the action.

Luxury and sustainability do not seem like natural bedfellows. In fact during the worst excesses of the boom years, they appeared to be polar opposites. For some, luxury was synonymous with excess, waste and a culture that seemed to know the price of everything but the value of nothing. We live in different times today and the whole concept of luxury is undergoing something of a rethink.

June 12, 2012

Rich people across the world hold about 10% of their wealth in treasure assets, such as art, antiques and classic cars – with jewellery proving most popular. 

Rich people across the world hold about 10% of their wealth in treasure assets, such as art, antiques and classic cars – with jewellery proving most popular.

That’s the main finding of a study by Barclays Wealth, released 11 June, which said that amid market turmoil, investors are looking for tangible and familiar assets.

March 11, 2012

From George Soros to Bill Gates, western businessmen are increasingly visiting Myanmar (or Burma) in search of investment opportunities, as the country, rich in natural resources, slowly opens up its economy. 

From George Soros to Bill Gates, western businessmen are increasingly visiting Myanmar (or Burma) in search of investment opportunities, as the country, rich in natural resources, slowly opens up its economy.

Myanmar also has huge tourism potential, as the 4,000 temples of Bagan are expected to become one of the most popular destinations in south-east Asia.

However, human rights and legislation about ownership and investment protocols need to be improved, if the government, headed by former general Thein Sein, wants to attract foreign capital.

February 13, 2012

Hong Kong bank Stanhill Capital Partners has bought a controlling stake in Sovereign Gold, an investment company focusing on British sovereign gold coinage, as demand for gold remains strong. 

Hong Kong bank Stanhill Capital Partners has bought a controlling stake in Sovereign Gold, an investment company focusing on British sovereign gold coinage, as demand for gold remains strong.

The banking group didn’t reveal the value of the transaction.

Stanhill’s senior partner Ilyas Khan will serve as non-executive chairman of Sovereign Gold, which was established in 2011 and intends to list on the London Stock Exchange.

January 6, 2012

A disconnect is emerging between financial advisers and their high net worth clients, because of a lack of awareness about individual goals. 

A disconnect is emerging between financial advisers and their high net worth clients, because of a lack of awareness about individual goals.

That’s according to research released by asset management and investment operations firm SEI, which found that just 19% of financial advisers were aware of their clients’ personal goals and measured performance against them.

December 5, 2011

Wealthy individuals have dramatically decreased their investments in hedge funds in the half year to November 2011 and one in five expect to further reduce them in the next six months, according to a new study.

Wealthy individuals have dramatically decreased their investments in hedge funds in the half year to November 2011 and one in five expect to further reduce them in the next six months, according to a new study.

The research, conducted by wealth industry consultant Scorpio Partnership and lobby association LPEQ, found that high net worth individuals have reduced their allocation to alternative investments in all classes of investment but gold and real estate.

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