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October 27, 2017

Hackers crack offshore law firm; Ferrero eats up Ferrara; and Kraft in peanut butter battle down under.

Hackers crack offshore law firm

Ultra-high net worth clients of a Bermuda-based law firm may be at risk of having their financial details exposed, as journalists investigate information stolen in a cyber-attack.

September 7, 2017

Businesses need to do more on climate change, says Mars chief; Lego revenue drops, 1,400 jobs to go; and Walmart family member sells $62 million in shares.

Businesses need to do more on climate change, says Mars chief

US conglomerate Mars has announced it is combining its founding family’s principles with science to develop a plan to tackle the “urgent threats facing the planet and its people”.

August 14, 2017

A diversified investment portfolio for a family office often includes alternative investments such as precious metals. Having a portion of your wealth in precious metals is not only viewed by many as an appealing long-term investment, but also as a hedge against other assets in their portfolio.

A diversified investment portfolio for a family office often includes alternative investments such as precious metals. Having a portion of your wealth in precious metals is not only viewed by many as an appealing long-term investment, but also as a hedge against other assets in their portfolio.

July 6, 2017

Rothschild boast “record year”; Espresso House acquires Balzac Coffee; and Pinault family buy into luxury fashion house.

Rothschild boast “record year”

Advising the Arnault family on its €12 billion ($13.6 billion) Christian Dior acquisition was among the headline deals that led to a 15% jump in global merger and acquisition (M&A) revenue at sixth-generation Rothschild Group.

The significant rise in global M&A revenue to €875m, helped its global advisory unit achieve record performance for the second successive year and powered the 200-year-old family business to annual revenues of €1.77 billion – an 11% increase on 2016.

June 1, 2017

Family office executives say skills and resource gaps are the major challenges facing those who choose to invest directly, according to new research.

Family office executives say skills and resource gaps are the major challenges facing those who choose to invest directly, according to new research.

March 27, 2017

Global Emerging Markets are getting out of the doldrums but investors beware the influence of behavioural bias, says Andrew Cormie, portfolio manager at Eastspring Investments.

Global Emerging Markets are getting out of the doldrums but investors beware the influence of behavioural bias, says Andrew Cormie, portfolio manager at Eastspring Investments.

The previous five years of value investing in Global Emerging Markets (GEM) were pretty lack lustre, with 2015 a particularly difficult year for value stocks. This was a result of a weak global economic environment, falling commodity prices and political instability that combined with slowing economic and corporate growth in emerging markets.

January 17, 2017

Stay invested, stay patient and think long-term are words of advice for family business leaders from Coutts at the launch of its outlook for 2017.

Stay invested, stay patient and think long-term are words of advice for family business leaders from Coutts at the launch of its outlook for 2017.

October 25, 2016

The family controlled group known as the Estée Lauder Companies has bought BECCA Cosmetics for a speculated $200 million, rescuing its share price.

The family controlled group known as the Estée Lauder Companies has bought BECCA Cosmetics for a speculated $200 million, rescuing its share price.

October 10, 2016

Could currency volatility be the first symptom of wider stress in financial markets? William Cainreports 

Could currency volatility be the first symptom of wider stress in financial markets? William Cainreports 

Currency considerations are never far away from any debate about the economic fortunes of the world’s three largest economies. China’s switch to a freer-floating currency regime in mid-2015 saw the yuan devalue, triggering a bout of market panic in the third quarter of last year.

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