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November 30, 2022

In the new Asia-Pacific Family Office Report 2022, Campden Wealth and Raffles Family Office reveal Asia-Pacific family offices are on the lookout for investment opportunities across new and old asset classes, as portfolio diversification and alternative investments become top priorities.

Family offices based in the Asia-Pacific region are increasingly adopting strategies to mitigate the adverse impact of inflation, according to the new Asia-Pacific Family Office Report 2022 by Campden Wealth and Raffles Family Office.

November 17, 2022

While the unsettling multiple whammy of COVID-19 pandemic, a global inflation spike, rising interest rates, geopolitical perils and potential looming recession have driven a reduction in investment risk towards a more conservative and balanced strategy, Family Offices have nevertheless developed a taste for tech, according to Campden Wealth and RBC's The North America Family Office Report 2022.

While the unsettling multiple whammy of COVID-19 pandemic, a global inflation spike, rising interest rates, geopolitical perils and potential looming recession have driven a reduction in investment risk towards a more conservative and balanced strategy, North American Family Offices have nevertheless developed a taste for tech.

November 16, 2022

Campden Wealth and Royal Bank Of Canada reveal North American family offices outperformed their global peers in the new North America Family Office Report 2022. Despite a reduction in investment risk, family offices remain committed to private equity and new technologies.

North American family offices have continued to see their collective wealth and investment returns grow despite the aftershocks of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent hike in inflation, interest rates and geopolitical risks, according to the North America Family Office Report 2022 by RBC and Campden Wealth.

November 4, 2022

Cash is trash. Cash is a melting ice cube. Going to cash is giving up... Ruffer investment director Duncan MacInnes says there's still life in the folding stuff yet!

Cash is trash. Cash is a melting ice cube. Going to cash is giving up.

Ruffer currently has the highest weighting to cash or cash-like assets in our history. We are concerned that liquidity is the new leverage and that a degradation of liquidity conditions poses an imminent danger to investor portfolios. 

So why, unlike other investment managers, are we comfortable owning cash today?

July 6, 2022

With an increasing level of scrutiny on environmental, social and governance themes within the venture capital industry, leading VC firm Lakestar explains the processes they’ve put in place to ensure total transparency.

Lakestar has seen an increasing level of scrutiny on environmental, social and governance (ESG) themes within the venture capital (VC) industry. The introduction of the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) requiring mandatory reporting, the continued conversations on climate risk and the push for greater diversity amongst the workforce are just some of the topics driving the conversation on responsible investment and ESG. We will share some of the challenges we are seeing along with the initiatives we are undertaking in response.

June 10, 2022

Who’d be a central banker today? Once, they were the masters of the universe, bravely slaying the dragon of inflation and slashing interest rates to save the economy in times of peril. Today, they seem powerless to control inflation, says Ruffer LLP’s investment director Steve Russell.

Who’d be a central banker today? Once, they were the masters of the universe, bravely slaying the dragon of inflation and slashing interest rates to save the economy in times of peril.

Today, they seem powerless to control inflation. Fearful of raising interest rates too far, they issue hollow calls for wage restraint. No wonder Andrew Bailey, Governor of the Bank of England, admitted to MPs recently that “It’s a very, very difficult place for us to be in.”

May 20, 2022

Financial markets – with their twists and turns and unknowability – remind us just how hard it is to predict the future and just how wonderful perfect foresight would be, says Ruffer LLP’s Duncan MacInnes.

In the Back To The Future trilogy, the bad guy is a bully called Biff Tannen.

The megalomaniac mogul amassed his wealth because his older self travelled back in time to give his younger self the Grays Sports Almanac, a compilation of every sports result from 1950 to 2000. So Biff was able to earn a spectacular fortune from sports betting.

Financial markets – with their twists and turns and unknowability – remind us just how hard it is to predict the future and just how wonderful perfect foresight would be.

May 5, 2022

Globally, inflation is likely to be higher and more volatile. Inflation risk, an absent adversary throughout the careers of most investors today, will need to be priced once again, says Ruffer LLP’s Jamie Dannhauser.

In the late 1970s, the world was on the cusp of radical change. The ‘Deflation Machine’ was being born. Deng Xiaoping, having outmanoeuvred Mao Zedong’s preferred successor, began the process of reforming China’s moribund economy. In the West, liberal, free-market ideals were gaining traction, ideals that underpinned the subsequent regime of rapid, disinflationary global growth.

April 21, 2022

Inflation-linked bonds are a key defence in a world of deepening negative real yields, says Jasmine Yeo, investment manager at Ruffer LLP.

What was the real return on the US ten-year bond over the past two years? Flat? Down a little?

Wrong – down a lot. The bedrock of the balanced portfolio has delivered a real return of -20% over the past two years [1].

That’s the worst inflation-adjusted performance since 1981 [2].

Traditional balanced portfolios rely on equities and bonds fulfilling their roles – equities for good times, bonds to cushion the bad. But after a torrid three months for markets, investors are being forced to tear up the rulebook.

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