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March 17, 2014

Last year the so-called commodities “supercycle” was widely declared dead, but with price drops – and investors more optimistic about the global economy on the whole – it may be worth rethinking shunning this sector. 

Last year the so-called commodities “supercycle” was widely declared dead, but with price drops – and investors more optimistic about the global economy on the whole – it may be worth rethinking shunning this sector.

From the late 1990s to the 2008 crisis, the price of oil rose 1,062%, while copper shot up 487%, according to investment house Pimco. Behind this meteoric rise were emerging markets where wealth was growing quickly, causing increased demand for food, energy and the inputs of industrialisation and urbanisation.

February 27, 2014

Proposals to reform the way high net worth investors can gain fast-track entry to the UK, including an eBay-style auction of 100 visas, has been met with skepticism by immigration specialists. 

Proposals to reform the way high net worth investors can gain fast-track entry to the UK, including an eBay-style auction of 100 visas, has been met with skepticism by immigration specialists.

The proposals for changes to the Tier 1 investor visa programme from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), a non-departmental public body, included:

December 17, 2013

The UK’s ultra-high net worth individuals rank equities as the best investment to sustain wealth for the next generation, according to a new survey examining investment predictions for the next three decades.

The UK’s ultra-high net worth individuals rank equities as the best investment to sustain wealth for the next generation, according to a new survey examining investment predictions for the next three decades.

According to The world in 2043: wealth strategies for intergenerational success, launched by multi family office Fleming Family & Partners (FF&P), British adults will hand down as much as £5 trillion (€5.9 trillion) over the next three decades.

September 5, 2013

Equities ended the second quarter well off their highs, with Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke shouldering much of the blame. This could prove to be a buying opportunity if the world’s biggest economy shows it can strengthen without the use of stimulus. 

Equities ended the second quarter well off their highs, with Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke shouldering much of the blame. This could prove to be a buying opportunity if the world’s biggest economy shows it can strengthen without the use of stimulus.

July 19, 2013

The world’s wealthy intend to take on more risk this year as they try to regain money lost during the global financial crisis, new research reveals.

The world’s wealthy intend to take on more risk this year as they try to regain money lost during the global financial crisis, new research reveals.

In a survey completed by the Institute for Private Investors, an educational and networking service for ultra-high net worth individuals, 63% of respondents said they planned to increase their allocation to global equities in 2013 and 53% plan to increase their positions in domestic equities.

July 15, 2013

A new generation of philanthropists is making the world a better place, and making money too. But think carefully before you embark on a social enterprise.

At a time when the world is still feeling the effects of the worst financial crisis since the 1930s and banker bashing is a global pastime, communities and policymakers are seeking ways to carve out a better future.

June 25, 2013

Economists are the crystal-ball gazers of our age, but number-crunching isn’t always the best way to make predictions.
 

May 30, 2013

Poison pills are back in the news. But are they as sinister as the term suggests? Not necessarily if you are a family business.

Poison pills are back in the news. But are they as sinister as the term suggests? Not necessarily if you are a family business.

What exactly are poison pills? Put simply, they are shareholder structures that make it harder for hostile takeovers of businesses. They normally work by using discount share purchase agreements, whereby the existing shareholders are able to buy shares at a cheaper price than outsiders.

Poison pills gained notoriety during the 1980s when they were typically used to defend against the leverage buyout craze of the times.

May 27, 2013

Given all the fuss in the media about problems in southern Europe, you would have thought the entire region was about to go pop. 

Given all the fuss in the media about problems in southern Europe, you would have thought the entire region was about to go pop.

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