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July 12, 2021

We have been talking of inflation for well over a decade—which is not the same thing as calling its timing. An impasse was created by the failure of the economy to grow after the 2008 crisis—all the risks (as we patiently explained) were deflationary, and in vain did the central banks and governments try to force an inflationary impulse into a sluggish world. Their primary weapon? An invention, deployed on a grand scale—quantitative easing (QE to its friends).

I am writing this just before a US inflation report which, to quote Bloomberg, “May provide clues on the monetary-policy outlook; S&P futures were little changed, as were European stocks [awaiting] the next policy statement from the European Central Bank…”

July 5, 2021

More families recognise the need to invest in the family capital as a means to sustain the financial capital of the family, Dr Kirby Rosplock says.

More families recognise the need to invest in the family capital as a means to sustain the financial capital of the family, Dr Kirby Rosplock says.

The family member turned recognised researcher, innovator, adviser, author and speaker in the family business and family office space tells CampdenFB about the shifts she is seeing take place in wealth management, investment strategy and technological sophistication within family offices in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

May 18, 2021

The recent losses caused by Archegos Capital Management on Wall Street have shone what may be an unwelcome spotlight on the regulation of family offices. This has led to concerns, particularly in the United States, that new disclosure requirements may now be imposed on family offices.

The recent losses caused by Archegos Capital Management on Wall Street have shone what may be an unwelcome spotlight on the regulation of family offices. This has led to concerns, particularly in the United States, that new disclosure requirements may now be imposed on family offices.

The issue has been highlighted by the $10 billion losses caused to a number of major banks as a result of providing prime brokerage finance to Archegos to invest in the stock market.

May 17, 2021

We have reached the point where many family offices are open to some form of crypto-assets investment, and a number have allocated serious resources to crypto-assets. In some cases, this is driven by the lure of returns, in other cases by next generation family members advocating crypto investment.

I wrote an article for CampdenFB in November 2017, which included the following statement:

“Only a courageous chief investment officer would stand before a family committee meeting to advocate a crypto investment... But perceptions are changing.”

May 7, 2021

Does it make sense to professionalise the management of my wealth (or that of my family), treating it in a manner comparable to how I treat my company or other businesses? In other words, should we create a family office?

Does it make sense to professionalise the management of my wealth (or that of my family), treating it in a manner comparable to how I treat my company or other businesses? In other words, should we create a family office?

December 15, 2020

The United Kingdom left the European Union last year and the transitional period which applies EU law to UK divorces expires on 31 December, 2020 at 23:00 GMT. This expiry will have potentially dramatic changes in international family law which will affect every wealthy family with a European connection.

The United Kingdom left the European Union last year and the transitional period which applies EU law to UK divorces expires on 31 December, 2020 at 23:00 GMT. This expiry will have potentially dramatic changes in international family law which will affect every wealthy family with a European connection.

And there will be profound changes in the way that family law operates within Europe after that date.

October 28, 2020

Families have accelerated their wealth transfers to their next generation before a possible victory by Democrat challenger Joe Biden in the US presidential election.

Families have accelerated their wealth transfers to their next generation before a possible victory by Democrat challenger Joe Biden in the US presidential election.

However, families should only consider how much and how to give away funds as part of their longer term multigenerational goals and if they could afford it, warned TwinFocus, a Boston and London based multi family office.

October 21, 2020

When in The Godfather—cinema’s most brilliant depiction of a business family—the Corleone family come under attack, they ‘go to the mattresses’, ordering their foot soldiers to move into secret apartments, where they will sleep side-by-side on mattresses and await further instruction. 

When in The Godfather—cinema’s most brilliant depiction of a business family—the Corleone family come under attack, they ‘go to the mattresses’, ordering their foot soldiers to move into secret apartments, where they will sleep side-by-side on mattresses and await further instruction.

September 29, 2020

The past decade has been one of the most successful investment decades in history: US stocks rose by an average of 248%, the US real estate market by 200%, and gold as a “safe haven” climbed by 40%. The loose monetary policy as a result of the financial crisis has certainly contributed a great deal to this trend, as alternatives such as saving accounts or life insurance are simply no longer an option in times of low interest rates and increased monetary supply.

Monetary policy and a very successful investment decade

The past decade has been one of the most successful investment decades in history: US stocks rose by an average of 248%, the US real estate market by 200%, and gold as a “safe haven” climbed by 40%. The loose monetary policy as a result of the financial crisis has certainly contributed a great deal to this trend, as alternatives such as saving accounts or life insurance are simply no longer an option in times of low interest rates and increased monetary supply.

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