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December 11, 2015

Real estate, private equity and hedge funds were three asset categories that defined family office investment in 2014, but what other areas should family offices prioritise as they move into the next financial year? 

The multi-year trend of family offices taking on more risk continued in 2015, both in investment intentions and portfolio allocations, according to the second annual Global Family Office Report. Yet one unintended consequence of their ‘risk on’ approach is that many offices are excessively focused on investments, which in turn means they are failing to address several key areas of concern. 

December 9, 2015

Three quarters of single family offices report that their direct investments are outperforming their other holdings, with a further 70% stating that their private equity fund investments are outperforming.

Three quarters of single family offices report that their direct investments are outperforming their other holdings, with a further 70% stating that their private equity fund investments are outperforming.

The research, by online private equity platform iCapital Network, found 62% of single family offices invest in private equity, with 70% allocated between 10 to 20% of their portfolio. A small group (8%) allocated more than 50% to private investments.

December 3, 2015

Private equity was the most common asset class among family offices in 2014 and one of the year’s best performers. So why are some executives voicing caution about expectations moving forward? 

The popular belief that strong returns in private equity will continue into the future has been challenged by participants in the Global Family Office Report 2015, warning that a build-up in unallocated capital could lead to lesser returns. 

According to one chief executive from a single family office in North America, who participated in the report anonymously, the record level of unspent cash is creating undue levels of competition, which is in turn pushing up prices. 

July 8, 2015

When Riaz Currimjee, a member of one of the oldest and largest industrial family conglomerates in Mauritius, returned home for Christmas wearing a t-shirt with “Africa is the Future” emblazoned across the chest, many of his family thought he’d lost the plot. So when the 42-year-old announced he was going to focus his new private equity firm Surya Capital on the birthplace of mankind he got more than a few odd looks. 

It’s actually a little difficult to describe Surya Capital because in many ways my partners and I are trying to do something innovative and different, more akin to the 19th-century merchant bank, but in east Africa. Surya is a deal-by-deal principal investment firm, backed by a group of family offices and institutions. It is focused on high-growth markets in east Africa, including Ethiopia.

July 2, 2015

A pioneering survey examining the performance of impact investment funds, and comparing them with those that have no explicit social impact objective, has found market rate financial returns can be achieved, and in certain segments even exceeded.

A pioneering survey examining the performance of impact investment funds, and comparing them with those that have no explicit social impact objective, has found market rate financial returns can be achieved, and in certain segments even exceeded.

The new research from the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) validates industry advocates who say “doing good” while achieving financial returns is possible.

January 30, 2015

Multiple jurisdictions, private equity, generational mathematics, soft services and professionalisation are some of the trends set to rock the family office sector in 2015, according to three family office experts.

Multiple jurisdictions, private equity, generational mathematics, soft services and professionalisation are some of the trends set to rock the family office sector in 2015, according to three family office experts.

Andrew Porter is head of research at Campden Wealth and leads its annual Global Family Office Report project. His top five trends for 2015 are:

August 21, 2014

US women are showing a greater interest in alternative investments than men, according to new research, challenging traditional stereotypes that female investors are risk averse.

US women are showing a greater interest in alternative investments than men, according to new research, challenging traditional stereotypes that female investors are risk averse.

According to research by US investment firm MainStay Investments, 60% of women surveyed expect alternatives to become a core part of their portfolio over the next five to 10 years.

By comparison, only 47% of men expect the likes of commodities, private equity, and hedge funds to become a “mainstream” part of their investment holdings over that same period.

August 18, 2014

Shares in US holding company Berkshire Hathaway could provide an “interesting alternative” for family offices that are currently turning to private equity funds and direct deals for long-term returns, a private investment adviser says.

Shares in US holding company Berkshire Hathaway could provide an “interesting alternative” for family offices that are currently turning to private equity funds and direct deals for long-term returns, a private investment adviser says.

Last week voting stock in the company, headed by Warren Buffett, surpassed $200,000 a piece. The next most expensive stock on the US market is Seaboard Corp, says financial data company FactSet, selling for a meagre $2,883.

April 19, 2012

French luxury company LVMH has not been in contact with perfume and makeup retailer Douglas Holding about taking a stake in the family business, despite a media report to the contrary.

French luxury company LVMH has not been in contact with perfume and makeup retailer Douglas Holding about taking a stake in the family business, despite a media report to the contrary.

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