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July 30, 2021

Porsche family joins billionaire space race with rocket investment, Amancio Ortega’s Inditex fortunes fall and rise with Covid-19 restrictions, Weston family puts Selfridges on the auction block for $5.5 billion.

Porsche family joins billionaire space race with rocket investment

The Porsche family is backing the European rocket launch startup Isar Aerospace Technologies with an eye on the spin-off innovations from easier access to space.

June 21, 2021

Benetton family channel $9.7 billion sale proceeds into co-investments, Weston family puts Selfridges up for sale for $5.5 billion, Walton family raises $2.1 billion from Walmart shares.

Benetton family channel $9.7 billion sale proceeds into co-investments

The Italian infrastructure company controlled by the Benetton family has offloaded its Italian road toll subsidiary for $9.7 billion and says it will use the proceeds to reinvest in technological, digital and sustainable partnerships.

April 23, 2021

A third-generation successor turned adviser and author says the fate of his family business could have been “radically different” if he had been humbler as its principal.

A third-generation successor turned adviser and author says the fate of his family business could have been “radically different” if he had been humbler as its principal.

David C Bentall worked for 20 years in his family’s major Canadian business, Dominion Construction, including seven years as its president and chief executive. During his tenure as principal, the business doubled in size to $240 million in sales.

April 19, 2021

Walton, Adani and Ambani families vie for Indian e-consumers, James Packer’s Crown casino courted by second US private equity firm, ‘Visionary’ retail magnate W Galen Weston dies aged 80.

Walton, Adani and Ambani families vie for Indian e-consumers

The Walton family-controlled e-commerce platform Flipkart and Gautam Adani, principal of India’s second wealthiest family, are taking on the Ambani family’s Reliance Industries and Amazon by building a huge new fulfilment centre in Mumbai.

March 31, 2021

Vaccines and US stimulus have the global economy on track for a strong rebound in the second half of the year. We expect the reopening trade to favour equities over bonds, the value factor over the growth factor and non-US stocks over US stocks.

Vaccines and US stimulus have the global economy on track for a strong rebound in the second half of the year. We expect the reopening trade to favour equities over bonds, the value factor over the growth factor and non-US stocks over US stocks.

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February 19, 2021

Humility can be a powerful asset for a family business leader, stimulating corporate innovation and employee loyalty, says David C Bentall, a Canadian third-generation family business veteran, in his new book.

Humility can be a powerful asset for a family business leader, stimulating corporate innovation and employee loyalty, says David C Bentall, a Canadian third-generation family business veteran, in his new book.

February 15, 2021

While 2021 has started not unlike how much of 2020 played out, with Covid-19 infections continuing to spread and many countries reimplementing lockdown measures, the approval and rollout of various vaccines to combat the coronavirus has been an undeniable game-changer for markets. It's provided a clearer road map for a return to some form of normality, although the path ahead is still likely to remain bumpy, with continued uncertainties in the offing.

While 2021 has started not unlike how much of 2020 played out, with Covid-19 infections continuing to spread and many countries reimplementing lockdown measures, the approval and rollout of various vaccines to combat the coronavirus has been an undeniable game-changer for markets. It's provided a clearer road map for a return to some form of normality, although the path ahead is still likely to remain bumpy, with continued uncertainties in the offing.

February 12, 2021

A Canadian next-generation entrepreneur says more families are investing sustainably in forestry to achieve their impact goals and for the long-term inflation-proof returns of timber as an asset in their portfolios.

A Canadian next-generation entrepreneur says more families are investing sustainably in forestry to achieve their impact goals and for the long-term inflation-proof returns of timber as an asset in their portfolios.

Michael Ackerman (pictured), 38, is the president and chief executive of EcoForests Asset Management. His socially responsible boutique forestry investment management company is headquartered in Toronto and operates 45 plantations in Latin America.

December 10, 2020

We believe that vaccine prospects are likely to make 2021 a year of global economic recovery. While markets have priced in a fair amount of the good news, more gains seem possible as corporate profits rebound and central banks remain on hold.

We believe that vaccine prospects are likely to make 2021 a year of global economic recovery. While markets have priced in a fair amount of the good news, more gains seem possible as corporate profits rebound and central banks remain on hold.

With the world in the early post-recession recovery phase of the business cycle, our medium-term outlook for economies and corporate earnings is positive. We believe that 2021 will feature an extended period of low-inflation, low-interest rate growth that favours equities over bonds.

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