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May 8, 2020

ArcelorMittal upbeat about steel recovery despite $1.1 billion coronavirus loss, Escarrer family has Melia Hotels audited for Covid-19 health and safety, H&M clothing sales plummet 57% in two months as lockdowns bite.

ArcelorMittal upbeat about steel recovery despite $1.1 billion coronavirus loss

Family-owned steel giant ArcelorMittal has suspended its dividend after a net $1.1 billion loss in the first coronavirus-stricken quarter of 2020, but its family principal says steel demand is beginning to rally as lockdowns ease.

May 7, 2020

The valuation of financial assets is based on expectations of future returns—but what if the next half century is vastly different from the previous one? Environmental changes are affecting companies and countries in a number of ways. Investors need to understand the key environmental trends and grapple with the implications for geopolitics and markets.

The valuation of financial assets is based on expectations of future returns—but what if the next half century is vastly different from the previous one? Environmental changes are affecting companies and countries in a number of ways. Investors need to understand the key environmental trends and grapple with the implications for geopolitics and markets.

April 20, 2020

After the first wave of the Covid-19 outbreak in China and East Asia, and the second wave in Western Europe and North America, a third wave now looks to be building in several Emerging Markets (EM) and frontier countries, says Amundi Asset Management. EM and frontier countries may be able to benefit from the experiences and best practices then put in place in countries affected by the pandemic earlier. However, most of them do not have well-equipped health systems and lack the resources to deal with a health emergency vs developed countries. Covid-19 will have very significant negative effects on the economic outlooks for EM, mostly leading to recessions.

After the first wave of the Covid-19 outbreak in China and East Asia, and the second wave in Western Europe and North America, a third wave now looks to be building in several Emerging Markets (EM) and frontier countries, says Amundi Asset Management.

April 17, 2020

Sir Hughe Knatchbull-Hugessen, who served as the British Ambassador to China and later wrote a memoir titled Diplomat in Peace and War recalled the following conversation: “Before I left England for China in 1936 a friend told me that there exists a Chinese curse—‘May you live in interesting times’. If so, our generation has certainly witnessed that curse’s fulfilment.

Sir Hughe Knatchbull-Hugessen, who served as the British Ambassador to China and later wrote a memoir titled Diplomat in Peace and War recalled the following conversation: “Before I left England for China in 1936 a friend told me that there exists a Chinese curse—‘May you live in interesting times’. If so, our generation has certainly witnessed that curse’s fulfilment.

April 3, 2020

Sodexo mobilises and board cut salaries, Henkel makes disinfectants and donates millions, coronavirus-testing Roche hailed by UK government.

Sodexo mobilises globally and board cuts pay to support laid-off staff

The family principal and chiefs of Sodexo, the French family-owned food services and facilities management group, will cut their pay and support their staff made redundant because of the coronavirus outbreak with a $32.6 million fund.

March 23, 2020

Seeking to escape the inflation of the 1970s, policymakers have inadvertently engineered an equally powerful deflation machine. Over the past 30 years, this has been mightily reinforced by the transformation of China’s economy and the impact of technology.

Seeking to escape the inflation of the 1970s, policymakers have inadvertently engineered an equally powerful deflation machine. Over the past 30 years, this has been mightily reinforced by the transformation of China’s economy and the impact of technology.

March 15, 2020

Global family businesses are stepping up to the challenge of the deadly coronavirus pandemic by safeguarding staff, adapting production lines and pledging millions of dollars to the medical relief effort.

Global family businesses are stepping up to the challenge of the deadly coronavirus pandemic by safeguarding staff, adapting production lines and pledging millions of dollars to the medical relief effort.

Lord Bamford (pictured), the second-generation chairman of JCB, said his $5 billion manufacturing family business had been approached by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to see if it can help with the production of ventilators. The machines help the breathing of patients whose lungs have been damaged by COVID-19.

March 12, 2020

February saw concerns over coronavirus truly go global, as cases emerged across Europe and the US, shattering the illusion that this was an infection limited to China.

February saw concerns over coronavirus truly go global, as cases emerged across Europe and the US, shattering the illusion that this was an infection limited to China.

Whilst public safety and containment of the outbreak must clearly be the primary concern, for financial markets the key question is will the virus cause a recession?

February 28, 2020

Slim investment pickings but succession “urgent” for Warren Buffett, Maersk braces for coronavirus hit on 2020 business, Mack family makes a splash with biggest ever $197 million Europa-Park extension.

Slim investment pickings but succession “urgent” for Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett, the influential US investor and family office principal, is having trouble finding the next big acquisition to spend $128 billion on, but his successors may have better luck.

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