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January 5, 2021

Will support for environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing in the United States increase under the administration of President-elect Joe Biden? 

Will support for environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing in the United States increase under the administration of President-elect Joe Biden?

Broadly speaking, we believe the answer is yes—but we don’t expect this to lead to a sea change in ESG integration. To understand why, let’s dig under the surface a bit.

What to expect from a Biden administration

December 9, 2020

Covid-19 has created challenges for short-term investment performance and fundraising, but the longer-term prospects are strong and the capital shift to real assets will continue. In 2021, more than ever, real assets are likely to be a source of attractive risk adjusted returns.

Covid-19 has created challenges for short-term investment performance and fundraising, but the longer-term prospects are strong and the capital shift to real assets will continue. In 2021, more than ever, real assets are likely to be a source of attractive risk adjusted returns.

December 3, 2020

Sustainable finance is an area that is really picking up traction in the private wealth and investment sphere, experiencing strong growth globally. The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance estimates there are more than $30 trillion in assets that fall under “sustainable” investment strategies.

Sustainable finance is an area that is really picking up traction in the private wealth and investment sphere, experiencing strong growth globally. The Global Sustainable Investment Alliance estimates there are more than $30 trillion in assets that fall under “sustainable” investment strategies.

December 2, 2020

The unique shape of the Covid-19 crisis and accompanying recession has meant some industries have thrived while others have dived. In caricature, everyone now uses Zoom and Peloton, while offices and gyms were forced to close.

The unique shape of the Covid-19 crisis and accompanying recession has meant some industries have thrived while others have dived. In caricature, everyone now uses Zoom and Peloton, while offices and gyms were forced to close.

What does the K mean? Online shopping wins, traditional retailing loses. Commercial property such as offices and shops lose, but logistics warehouses thrive. City apartments struggle, suburbs with gardens boom. The digital economy beats everything.

November 26, 2020

The growing global $344 billion legal cannabis market is maturing, attracting sophisticated capital and proving attractive for family office investors seeking returns, says Chrystal Capital Partners.

The growing global $344 billion legal cannabis market is maturing, attracting sophisticated capital and proving attractive for family office investors seeking returns, says Chrystal Capital Partners.

Kingsley Wilson (pictured above), investment partner and co-founder of the London-based entrepreneurial corporate finance and investment house, discusses the opportunities and shatters the myths in the alternative asset class with Geordie Hadden-Paton (pictured below), investment associate at CCP.

November 18, 2020

The future looks even more uncertain than usual. Normally uncertainty translates into lower asset prices. But not this time. And with the prices of all assets buoyed by abundant liquidity, we fear a traditional ‘diversified’ portfolio is not going to be much protection in the next market convulsion.

The future looks even more uncertain than usual. Normally uncertainty translates into lower asset prices. But not this time. And with the prices of all assets buoyed by abundant liquidity, we fear a traditional ‘diversified’ portfolio is not going to be much protection in the next market convulsion.

In particular, we believe that conventional bonds will provide neither acceptable returns in good times, nor much protection in a downturn.

November 9, 2020

The Covid-19 crisis obviously caught us off guard by the speed with which it spread and the force of the virus. We had to deal with it by adapting to a new environment and new ways of working. Countries in Europe are now learning to live with the virus, and its impact is not behind us by any means, and the coming months could be crucial for our industry.

Covid-19 has created challenges for performance and fundraising in the short term, but the longer-term prospects are strong and the capital shift to alternatives will continue, says Amundi Asset Management.

October 13, 2020

The volatility throughout this global pandemic has served as a blunt reminder of the vulnerability of our financial system to global shocks. Having spent 35 years in the private equity space, I have witnessed numerous economic cycles, but this downturn appears to be unique.

The volatility throughout this global pandemic has served as a blunt reminder of the vulnerability of our financial system to global shocks. Having spent 35 years in the private equity space, I have witnessed numerous economic cycles, but this downturn appears to be unique.

As we move further along the dreaded “second wave”, the main issue paralysing the finance sector is uncertainty. Concern over when consumer and investor confidence will return is widespread—and unfortunately, there is no immediate end in sight.

October 8, 2020

Whatever one’s outlook, there have been times in 2020 when the markets seemed to echo one’s innermost thoughts, and times when we shout out like Falstaff, that the whole world has gone mad. The bulls and the bears have had their time in the sun, and their time on the dark face of the moon—what follows is a digested diary of our journey through the year 2020 so far.

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