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May 21, 2014

A growing world population provides not only an increasing global appetite for food production but also feeds growing investor hunger for exposure to the agricultural sector. 

Seven years ago Rod Jones, who runs his family’s Texas-based investment office Cain Capital, felt his portfolio was lacking in diversity. He began looking for deeper exposure to the agricultural sector. Initially he investigated institutional offerings, such as fund baskets and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), but was unimpressed with the vehicles he saw.

April 29, 2014

Independent films have a reputation as a high-risk yet glamorous investment, but there are opportunities for investors across the risk appetite spectrum. Campden takes a look at how family offices are investing.  

March 27, 2014

There’s little that kills as many so quickly as a natural disaster, and millions of people across the world dig deep when faced with so much suffering. Foundations have pockets deep enough to help, but might not know where to begin. 

There’s little that kills as many so quickly as a natural disaster, and millions of people across the world dig deep when faced with so much suffering. Foundations have pockets deep enough to help, but might not know where to begin.

March 14, 2014

When Giovanni Castiglioni's father died in 2010 he left a massive legacy - and the seemingly impossible job of turning round the legendary motorbike brand MV Agusta. In just three years, Giovanni has done it.

February 18, 2014

Working cheek by jowl with your family can be fraught with difficulty. Now there is a growing body of evidence to show that the family business environment can also be a big enabler of addiction problems in the heirs to the business. CampdenFB reports

There is no such thing as a stereotypical addict. Extreme wealth and an unhealthy penchant for narcotics have long been bedfellows, as proved by the slew of celebrities that check into rehab each year, but then again, addiction and poverty aren’t strangers either. It is almost impossible to run a line of best fit through the characteristics and backgrounds of addicts. But all that said, there is worrying evidence to show the rate of drug or alcohol dependency in family businesses is much higher than in their non-family counterparts.

February 13, 2014

A self-titled foundation established to leave a legacy in the world used to be the prerogative of the very wealthy, but increasingly philanthropists are abandoning their vanities in favour of high-impact spend-out models for their trusts. CampdenFB reports

The study of philanthropy is an imprecise science and there is no formula that can predict why a wealthy individual would decide to give and to which causes, much less why they would decide it’s time to stop.

January 30, 2014

From its beginnings supplying the theatres springing up in the early days of London’s West End to a £10-million-a-year business, the history of Angels the Costumiers is a glamorous mix of theatre, film and fashion. 

From its beginnings supplying the theatres springing up in the early days of London’s West End to a £10-million-a-year business, the history of Angels the Costumiers is a glamorous mix of theatre, film and fashion.

January 20, 2014

Socially responsible investing has got the backing of famous names, has seen a huge rise in assets under management and is focused on the future, but are family offices actually interested? CampdenFB takes a look

January 1, 2014

With email pushing the utilitarian value of stamps towards redundancy, what will become of the world’s philatelic collections and how do they stand as an investment?Campden reports.
 

As a child growing up in 1960s America, Donald Sundman’s father gave him a stamp album and some inexpensive stamps. “I lived in a small town in New Hampshire and so stamps were really a window into a larger world, where you could see stamps from countries that didn’t exist anymore, because World War I and World War II changed the map so much, and there were different languages. It was very exotic.”

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