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January 7, 2013

Family-controlled LG Group has announced big investment plans for the coming year. It has outlined a budget of 20 trillion won (€14 billion) for growth and development – a 19.1% increase on 2012’s research and development spending of 16.8 trillion won.

Family-controlled LG Group has announced big investment plans for the coming year. It has outlined a budget of 20 trillion won (€14 billion) for growth and development – a 19.1% increase on 2012’s research and development spending of 16.8 trillion won.

Headed by chief executive Bon-Joon Koo, grandson of founder In-hwoi Koo, LG plans to increase its share in the fiercely competitive electronics market – continuing its battle with the likes of Samsung and Apple for growth.

December 20, 2012

Seventeenth century mathematician Blaise Pascal once wrote: “People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.” And things haven’t changed much since. If anything, they’ve got worse. And things haven’t changed much since. If anything, they’ve got worse.

Seventeenth century mathematician Blaise Pascal once wrote: “People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.” And things haven’t changed much since. If anything, they’ve got worse.

This is because, in this age of anxiety, investors can’t escape bad news. The global media is magnifying every problem in sight in a desperate bid to compete for our attention and advertising spend.

December 14, 2012

The nomadic lifestyle of the modern high net worth individual is one of the biggest influences on their investment and charitable giving patterns, according to research by the wealth management division of Royal Bank of Canada and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The nomadic lifestyle of the modern high net worth individual is one of the biggest influences on their investment and charitable giving patterns, according to research by the wealth management division of Royal Bank of Canada and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

November 27, 2012

Investors have grappled with emerging market investing for more than 30 years. Some have made serious money, many haven’t. Post the financial crisis, now is the right time for a fresh perspective.

When the German chancellor Angela Merkel visited Beijing in late August 2012, a new and strange dynamic in world affairs was in full view. In London, Frankfurt and New York, markets waited anxiously to hear not what Merkel might say about China, but what her counterparts would say about Europe.

November 22, 2012

Two swallows do not necessarily make a summer, but US banks JP Morgan and Wells Fargo are chirpy over prospects for the US housing market. Both reported a surge in mortgage lending in the quarter to September. JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon said: “We believe the housing market has turned a corner.”

Two swallows do not necessarily make a summer, but US banks JP Morgan and Wells Fargo are chirpy over prospects for the US housing market. Both reported a surge in mortgage lending in the quarter to September. JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon said: “We believe the housing market has turned a corner.”

This follows the Federal Reserve’s decision to print new dollar bills worth $40 billion (€30.5 billion), once a month, and use them to buy mortgage debt from the banks. In theory, this will encourage them to make new loans and juice the US economy.

November 20, 2012

Danish family business AP Moeller-Maersk’s plans to reduce investment in its flagship container shipping division is simply part of its goal to “create a more balanced group”.

Danish family business AP Moeller-Maersk’s plans to reduce investment in its flagship container shipping division is simply part of its goal to “create a more balanced group”.

That’s according to a spokesman for the conglomerate, who was commenting on the back of a statement by the company’s non-family chief, Nils Andersen, that Maersk will move away from “the shipping side of things”.

November 19, 2012

Billionaire Lakshmi Mittal appears to be betting on a strong recovery of the UK’s construction industry, by investing more than £200 million (€248 million) of his family’s money into the sector.

Billionaire Lakshmi Mittal appears to be betting on a strong recovery of the UK’s construction industry, by investing more than £200 million (€248 million) of his family’s money into the sector.

Mittal Investments, the private investment vehicle of the family, is buying £285 million worth of assets in the UK from Lafarge and Anglo American, said a statement.

September 7, 2012

Ultra-high net worth investors in the US are renewing their love affair with hedge funds and other alternative investments as they move to protect their assets, according to a new survey. 

Ultra-high net worth investors in the US are renewing their love affair with hedge funds and other alternative investments as they move to protect their assets, according to a new survey.

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?

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