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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.

June 25, 2013

Economists are the crystal-ball gazers of our age, but number-crunching isn’t always the best way to make predictions.
 

May 30, 2013

Poison pills are back in the news. But are they as sinister as the term suggests? Not necessarily if you are a family business.

Poison pills are back in the news. But are they as sinister as the term suggests? Not necessarily if you are a family business.

What exactly are poison pills? Put simply, they are shareholder structures that make it harder for hostile takeovers of businesses. They normally work by using discount share purchase agreements, whereby the existing shareholders are able to buy shares at a cheaper price than outsiders.

Poison pills gained notoriety during the 1980s when they were typically used to defend against the leverage buyout craze of the times.

May 27, 2013

Given all the fuss in the media about problems in southern Europe, you would have thought the entire region was about to go pop. 

Given all the fuss in the media about problems in southern Europe, you would have thought the entire region was about to go pop.

May 13, 2013

The world has learned to love its central bankers, now their “Invisible Touch” is giving an unprecedented boost to market sentiment.

“She’s got something you just can’t trust
It’s something mysterious
And now it seems I’m falling, falling for her.”

- Genesis

The world has learned to love its central bankers, now their “Invisible Touch” is giving an unprecedented boost to market sentiment.

In a recent note, Tom Becket, chief investment officer at Psigma Investment Management said second-guessing their intentions had become key to asset allocation.

May 9, 2013

Dr John Coors, fourth-gen chief executive of ceramics company CoorsTek and a member of the Coors brewing dynasty, is behind the launch of an investment group targeting Africa that plans a new approach to investing in the continent.

Dr John Coors, fourth-gen chief executive of ceramics company CoorsTek and a member of the Coors brewing dynasty, is behind the launch of an investment group targeting Africa that plans a new approach to investing in the continent.

April 8, 2013

Ask Geoffroy Dedieu how family offices should invest and you’re likely to get a long and passionate response. Dedieu, who heads the UK-based family office of one of Nigeria’s wealthiest individuals, Theophilus Danjuma, reckons not just family offices, but all investors should invest directly in underlying assets when they can.

Ask Geoffroy Dedieu how family offices should invest and you’re likely to get a long and passionate response. Dedieu, who heads the UK-based family office of one of Nigeria’s wealthiest individuals, Theophilus Danjuma, reckons not just family offices, but all investors should invest directly in underlying assets when they can.

April 1, 2013

After upheavals in the family fortune, Murray Capital, a Scottish family office, is using the direct approach to ensure a lasting legacy for future generations.

David Murray wants to make sure future generations of the Murray family are left a legacy. So he’s ensuring a large part of the family fortune is being invested in businesses with long-term prospects. As he would no doubt agree, earnings from traditional manufacturing companies with strong cash flows, much of it earned in international markets, are a good way of guaranteeing that legacy.

March 14, 2013

Global equity markets might have rallied at the beginning of 2013, but there is still plenty of uncertainty about the health of the world economy.

Global equity markets might have rallied at the beginning of 2013, but there is still plenty of uncertainty about the health of the world economy.

Equity markets and risk appetite have come back to life so emphatically in recent months that it’s fair to ask if we are moving into a “post-crisis era”. Is this the true beginning of recovery, not just of our battered economies but also of our investment returns? Can they regain the heights enjoyed before all the trouble started?

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