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February 26, 2020

The epicentre of risk in the financial system has moved. In 2008, it was leverage in the banks. Today, the equivalent risk is in the asset management industry, where a series of interlocking factors have come together to make markets increasingly ‘avalanche prone’. There is an illusion of stability. Low volatility has lulled many to sleep. We believe this will end badly—and are positioning portfolios to protect our clients from the avalanche.

This is the first of two white papers published by our chief investment officer, Henry Maxey, on the current investment climate and where we see the risks. The second paper, Dismantling the Deflation Machine, will be published in March.

February 21, 2020

An inconvenient side effect to living in today’s fully digitised world is that threats have also gone digital—become more difficult to discover, track and neutralise. All financial institutions are now faced with the colossal task of protecting against increased threats to their business, no matter how ‘under the radar’ their profiles have traditionally been—family offices included.

An inconvenient side effect to living in today’s fully digitised world is that threats have also gone digital—become more difficult to discover, track and neutralise. All financial institutions are now faced with the colossal task of protecting against increased threats to their business, no matter how ‘under the radar’ their profiles have traditionally been—family offices included.

February 19, 2020

Walmart is disappointed with festive consumer spending and Asda but online sales up 35%, JCB cuts UK production as the coronavirus hits Chinese suppliers, and fifth-generation US newspaper dynasty McClatchy Co files for bankruptcy.

Walmart disappointed with festive consumer spending and Asda but online sales up 35%.

Walmart, the world’s biggest family business with $524 billion in revenue and an economic bellwether, says holiday sales were weaker than anticipated despite online sales jumping 35% in the fiscal year.

February 18, 2020

A significant number of family businesses do not have a succession plan in place. Failure to address this is likely to be to the detriment of the business in the long-run. The family need to decide what the future of the business looks like, and crucially which family members, if any, wish to be involved.

A significant number of family businesses do not have a succession plan in place. Failure to address this is likely to be to the detriment of the business in the long-run. The family need to decide what the future of the business looks like, and crucially which family members, if any, wish to be involved.

February 12, 2020

Ronald Reagan ran in 1984 with a famous TV commercial which started with the line ‘It’s morning in America’. This was to signify that the best was yet to come. We think there is a chance, just a chance, that the UK could also be at the start of an exciting period.

Ronald Reagan ran in 1984 with a famous TV commercial which started with the line ‘It’s morning in America’. This was to signify that the best was yet to come. We think there is a chance, just a chance, that the UK could also be at the start of an exciting period.

February 10, 2020

Agnelli family office weighs selling PartnerRe to Covea for $9 billion, Reimann family looks to float $7 billion coffee empire, L’Oreal family actions next gen succession.

Agnelli family office weighs selling PartnerRe to Covea for $9 billion

The family office of Italy’s Agnelli dynasty has confirmed it has entered into exclusive discussions with French insurer Covea about a possible all-cash acquisition of reinsurer PartnerRe.

February 3, 2020

Chinese families started shifting their investment strategy from wealth generation to preservation in anticipation of a global economic downturn even before the deadly coronavirus outbreak disrupted China’s slowing economy.

Chinese families started shifting their investment strategy from wealth generation to preservation in anticipation of a global economic downturn even before the deadly coronavirus outbreak disrupted China’s slowing economy.

January 31, 2020

Principal makes way for next gen succession at H&M, Louis Dreyfus Company heiress open to selling stake and Hong Kong headwinds hit LVMH.

Principal makes way for next gen succession at H&M

The billionaire Persson family principal of Sweden’s Hennes & Mauritz has called for his son to succeed him as chairman as the $1.7 billion fast fashion family business welcomes its first female chief executive in its 73-year history.

January 30, 2020

If you listen closely to leading business figures from Asia, you get a sense for their economic fears and expectations. After visiting a leadership summit in Singapore, I am ever more convinced that we will be facing a new global Cold War, which will be fought over technology dominance. Europe needs to prepare for that.

If you listen closely to leading business figures from Asia, you get a sense for their economic fears and expectations. After visiting a leadership summit in Singapore, I am ever more convinced that we will be facing a new global Cold War, which will be fought over technology dominance. Europe needs to prepare for that.

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