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September 2, 2014

After five years where monetary policy for the major developed economies has been moving in the same direction, central banks have now started to diverge. 

After five years where monetary policy for the major developed economies has been moving in the same direction, central banks have now started to diverge. The US started the process by announcing a withdrawal from quantitative easing in December last year. Mark Carney in the UK surprised markets in early June by calling an interest rate rise as soon as August this year. In the meantime, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced further monetary easing, while the Bank of Japan continues to pursue an aggressive quantitative easing strategy.

August 21, 2014

US women are showing a greater interest in alternative investments than men, according to new research, challenging traditional stereotypes that female investors are risk averse.

US women are showing a greater interest in alternative investments than men, according to new research, challenging traditional stereotypes that female investors are risk averse.

According to research by US investment firm MainStay Investments, 60% of women surveyed expect alternatives to become a core part of their portfolio over the next five to 10 years.

By comparison, only 47% of men expect the likes of commodities, private equity, and hedge funds to become a “mainstream” part of their investment holdings over that same period.

March 20, 2014

Almost 60% of high net worth investors feel bullish about the investment outlook over the next 12 months, according to a new survey, the highest confidence has been since the global economic crash of 2008.

Almost 60% of high net worth investors feel bullish about the investment outlook over the next 12 months, according to a new survey, the highest confidence has been since the global economic crash of 2008.

Financial advisory company deVere Group said the number of investors who reported feeling bullish was up four percentage points from its 2013 poll to 57%.

The last time investor confidence levels were higher than this level was in 2007, when 59% of high net worth investors said they were feeling bullish in the annual international poll.

March 17, 2014

Last year the so-called commodities “supercycle” was widely declared dead, but with price drops – and investors more optimistic about the global economy on the whole – it may be worth rethinking shunning this sector. 

Last year the so-called commodities “supercycle” was widely declared dead, but with price drops – and investors more optimistic about the global economy on the whole – it may be worth rethinking shunning this sector.

From the late 1990s to the 2008 crisis, the price of oil rose 1,062%, while copper shot up 487%, according to investment house Pimco. Behind this meteoric rise were emerging markets where wealth was growing quickly, causing increased demand for food, energy and the inputs of industrialisation and urbanisation.

February 27, 2014

Proposals to reform the way high net worth investors can gain fast-track entry to the UK, including an eBay-style auction of 100 visas, has been met with skepticism by immigration specialists. 

Proposals to reform the way high net worth investors can gain fast-track entry to the UK, including an eBay-style auction of 100 visas, has been met with skepticism by immigration specialists.

The proposals for changes to the Tier 1 investor visa programme from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), a non-departmental public body, included:

December 17, 2013

The UK’s ultra-high net worth individuals rank equities as the best investment to sustain wealth for the next generation, according to a new survey examining investment predictions for the next three decades.

The UK’s ultra-high net worth individuals rank equities as the best investment to sustain wealth for the next generation, according to a new survey examining investment predictions for the next three decades.

According to The world in 2043: wealth strategies for intergenerational success, launched by multi family office Fleming Family & Partners (FF&P), British adults will hand down as much as £5 trillion (€5.9 trillion) over the next three decades.

September 5, 2013

Equities ended the second quarter well off their highs, with Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke shouldering much of the blame. This could prove to be a buying opportunity if the world’s biggest economy shows it can strengthen without the use of stimulus. 

Equities ended the second quarter well off their highs, with Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke shouldering much of the blame. This could prove to be a buying opportunity if the world’s biggest economy shows it can strengthen without the use of stimulus.

July 19, 2013

The world’s wealthy intend to take on more risk this year as they try to regain money lost during the global financial crisis, new research reveals.

The world’s wealthy intend to take on more risk this year as they try to regain money lost during the global financial crisis, new research reveals.

In a survey completed by the Institute for Private Investors, an educational and networking service for ultra-high net worth individuals, 63% of respondents said they planned to increase their allocation to global equities in 2013 and 53% plan to increase their positions in domestic equities.

July 15, 2013

A new generation of philanthropists is making the world a better place, and making money too. But think carefully before you embark on a social enterprise.

At a time when the world is still feeling the effects of the worst financial crisis since the 1930s and banker bashing is a global pastime, communities and policymakers are seeking ways to carve out a better future.

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