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October 10, 2016

Could currency volatility be the first symptom of wider stress in financial markets? William Cainreports 

Could currency volatility be the first symptom of wider stress in financial markets? William Cainreports 

Currency considerations are never far away from any debate about the economic fortunes of the world’s three largest economies. China’s switch to a freer-floating currency regime in mid-2015 saw the yuan devalue, triggering a bout of market panic in the third quarter of last year.

September 21, 2016

US eco-friendly cleaning business Seventh Generation, owned by the Hollender family, has been snapped up by Dutch rival Unilever for an undisclosed sum.

US eco-friendly cleaning business Seventh Generation, owned by the Hollender family, has been snapped up by Dutch rival Unilever for an undisclosed sum.

The Vermont-based company, which produces sustainable, chlorine-free cleaning and toiletry products, was acquired as part of a drive by Unilever as it looks to increase its portfolio of natural products.

September 12, 2016

Private equity has a special pull for families used to running operating businesses. But with record levels of assets committed to private equity funds is it the best asset class to drive returns? 

Private equity has a special pull for families used to running operating businesses. But with record levels of assets committed to private equity funds is it the best asset class to drive returns? 

The plotline is one that has been played out countless times before. A family has made its wealth in an operating business, has exited and is now running a family office. Do they sit back and take a diversified approach to their wealth or eventually get itchy feet and pour their assets back into the sector they know best?

April 8, 2016

Family businesses claim superiority due to their long-term orientation. Nowhere is this more evident than their treatment of people

On a cold, rainy February night, I connected through New York’s La Guardia Airport. The plane stopped short of the gate, and the passengers walked down steps to the tarmac to collect our gate-checked bags and walk about 200 metres in the rain to the terminal.  This is the airport for America’s greatest city, I thought, yet it is clearly suffering from neglect.

March 31, 2016

Swedish investment company Kinnevik, whose executive chairman Cristina Stenbeck stepped down last week, has bought $65 million worth of shares in independent robo-advisor Betterment.

Swedish investment company Kinnevik, whose executive chairman Cristina Stenbeck stepped down last week, has bought $65 million worth of shares in independent robo-advisor Betterment.

According to a company statement, Kinnevik’s acquisition was part of a $100 million financing round that included previous investors Bessemer Venture Partners, a venture capital firm owned by the Phipps family, as well as Anthemis Group and Francisco Partners.

March 24, 2016

Making a dime from coin collecting is not a certainty, but with returns of 234% in the past 10 years, those numismatists with a passion for precious metal can do well out of these small pieces of history. Daniel Bardsley reports

The extraordinary success of the Rothschild banking dynasty can be traced back to a young man with a passion for collecting coins.

According to the family archive, Mayer Amschel Rothschild became interested in coins as a small boy and had not even reached his mid-teens when, in 1757, he took up a job in a bank’s rare-coins department.

March 4, 2016

Calling it the end of a two-decade bear market is perhaps a step too far. But analysts remain almost universally bullish on prospects for Japanese equities in 2016 even after the country was among the best performing markets in 2015.

Calling it the end of a two-decade bear market is perhaps a step too far.

But analysts remain almost universally bullish on prospects for Japanese equities in 2016 even after the country was among the best performing markets in 2015.

After decades of risk aversion, an improvement in the economy is leading companies to start addressing the chronically low returns on equity their investors have endured for years.

December 11, 2015

Donald Trump isn’t the first family business owner to ever run

for public office, but he’s certainly been the most vocal

It’s one thing to push your family’s political interests behind the scenes – using Super PACs and K Street lobbyists. But to intentionally position yourself under the harsh spotlight of a political campaign is something altogether different.

November 20, 2015

The MedTech sector is a maze of innovations that ranges from syringes to software. xxCampdenFOxx looks at how families are investing and flags five early-stage companies to watch

It could be an app, or it could be an autoinjector - there are more than 500,000 medical technologies seeking to innovate, or distribute, in the healthcare industry.

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