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January 1, 2005

The ranks of the world’s super wealthy have grown steadily over the past year, says Scott McCulloch. Now all the private banks must do is calculate how to serve them best and do it at a profit

Scott Mcculloch is editor of Families in Business magazine.

The ranks of the world's super wealthy have grown steadily over the past year, says Scott McCulloch. Now all the private banks must do is calculate how to serve them best and do it at a profit

January 1, 2005

British institutional pension funds are still struggling to marry a growing interest in ethical investments with their perceived fiduciary responsibilities, says Melanie Stern

Melanie Stern is section editor of Families in Business magazine.

British institutional pension funds are still struggling to marry a growing interest in ethical investments with their perceived fiduciary responsibilities, says Melanie Stern

"What does it mean to say that 'business' has responsibilities? Only people can have responsibilities."

January 1, 2005

Exacerbated by high-profile blow-ups, UK pension funds just can’t shake their fear of hedge fund risk, finds Melanie Stern

Melanie Stern is section editor for Families in Business magazine.

Exacerbated by high-profile blow-ups, UK pension funds just can't shake their fear of hedge fund risk, finds Melanie Stern

Not having a taste for risk in its genetics, the UK pension fund market has to work hard to get to grips with the seemingly swashbuckling world of hedge funds.

January 1, 2005

Money has been pouring into hedge funds but performance, in general, has been disappointing. Meanwhile new trends are emerging as funds and their investors seek better returns. Richard Willsher reports

Richard Willsher is a freelance journalist specialising in finance.

Money has been pouring into hedge funds but performance, in general, has been disappointing. Meanwhile new trends are emerging as funds and their investors seek better returns. Richard Willsher reports

January 1, 2005

Preparing a company to globalise its operations depends on the nature of the business and the suitability of its products. George Malim reviews the options open to family firms

George Malim is a freelance journalist based in London.

Preparing a company to globalise its operations depends on the nature of the business and the suitability of its products. George Malim reviews the options open to family firms

January 1, 2005

Following US fashion, older generations of British family businesses are ushering successors to sign pre-nuptial agreements as part of the ownership transfer – even if the contracts aren’t legally binding in the UK. Melanie Stern reports

Melanie Stern is section editor of Families in Business magazine.

January 1, 2005

It takes a lot more than entrepreneurial spirit to sustain a family and its long-term business success – vision, values and planning also play a role. The key, as Amy Braden discovers, is integrating them

Amy Braden is a managing director of JPMorgan Private Bank and head of its Family Wealth Centre in New York. www.jpmorgan.com/privatebank

Wealthy families with problems – business disputes, wayward children, expensive divorces – make for tasty media fare. What you won't often find in the news, however, are the families who have mastered the delicate art of successfully stewarding collective wealth for the benefit of family and society alike.

November 1, 2004

Britain’s former primer minister John Major wanted wealth to “cascade down the generations” through pension reforms. Now New Labour is tinkering with future of family wealth. Is your family trust fund safe? Matt Pitcher explains

Matt Pitcher is a financial consultant at Towry Law.
mpitcher@towrylaw.com

Britain's former primer minister John Major wanted wealth to "cascade down the generations" through pension reforms. Now New Labour is tinkering with future of family wealth. Is your family trust fund safe? Matt Pitcher explains

The UK's recent proposed changes to pensions are the widest ranging since the introduction of personal pensions in the 1980s. What many people haven't grasped is how the changes will affect them, their companies and their staff.
 

November 1, 2004

Setting up a discretionary trust can help reduce an inheritance tax bill. But, as Iris Wuenschmann-Lyall explains, retiring family businesses owners can also retain a good measure of control over their enterprise

Iris Wuenschmann-Lyall is a consultant with Toby Harris Tax Consultancy.

Setting up a discretionary trust can help reduce an inheritance tax bill. But, as Iris Wuenschmann-Lyall explains, retiring family businesses owners can also retain a good measure of control over their enterprise

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