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July 13, 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 9, 2021

Aponte family expands its Mediterranean Shipping Company to rival Maersk, EssilorLuxottica proceeds with $8.7 billion stake in GrandVision after tribunal, Albert music publishing dynasty ventures into impact investing.

Aponte family expands its Mediterranean Shipping Company to rival Maersk

The Aponte family’s Mediterranean Shipping Company has re-energised its efforts to become the world’s largest container line by attempting to overtake rival family-controlled conglomerate AP Moller-Maersk.

June 11, 2021

Mills family sells majority Medline stake in $34 billion private equity ‘club deal’, Ferrero takes another bite out of biscuit market with $509 million Burton’s deal, Auto heiress Alexandra Ford English becomes first female Ford director.

Mills family sells majority Medline stake in $34 billion private equity ‘club deal’

The fourth-generation Mills family which owns Medline Industries, the largest US privately held manufacturer and distributor of healthcare supplies, looks set to seal one of the largest private equity deals since the Global Financial Crisis.

May 28, 2021

Water, in many ways, is a proxy for life itself. Civilisations have sprung from fertile river valleys and along the trading routes of the seas. For NASA, when searching for extra-terrestrial life, the guiding principle has been to ‘follow the water’.

Water, in many ways, is a proxy for life itself. Civilisations have sprung from fertile river valleys and along the trading routes of the seas. For NASA, when searching for extra-terrestrial life, the guiding principle has been to ‘follow the water’.

What is water scarcity?

May 3, 2021

Samsung’s Lee family to pay $10.8 billion inheritance tax bill, Ferruccio Ferragamo passes leadership torch to brother Leonardo Ferragamo, Fifth-gen Robert Buchbauer declares Swarovski sustainability goals.

Samsung’s Lee family to pay $10.8 billion inheritance tax bill

The family of late Samsung patriarch Lee Kun-hee has unveiled an instalment plan to pay its 12 trillion won ($10.8 billion) inheritance tax bill, to include large donations to South Korean healthcare and museums.

April 28, 2021

Inflation is in the news again. Many prices are rising even before we can physically get out and spend, and governments are pouring vast amounts into the economy.

Inflation is in the news again. Many prices are rising even before we can physically get out and spend, and governments are pouring vast amounts into the economy.

Whichever side of the inflation debate you are on, it makes sense to assess the impact inflation could have on portfolios. Most of today’s investors have never seen meaningful inflation in the whole of their professional careers. So, as we emerge from lockdowns and pent-up demand meets ongoing supply constraints, we consider how different asset classes might fare if inflation does return.

March 30, 2021

Private debt markets have grown rapidly since the Great Financial Crisis, with global assets under management tripling from $275 billion in 2009 to more than $850 billion in 2019. The European market accounts for about a third of these assets.

Private debt markets have grown rapidly since the Great Financial Crisis, with global assets under management tripling from $275 billion in 2009 to more than $850 billion in 2019. The European market accounts for about a third of these assets.

March 16, 2020

Investment fund managers are appealing for calm among investors as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, anticipating a six-month market disruption but divided on if there will emerge a “new normal”.

Investment fund managers are appealing for calm among investors as the coronavirus pandemic spreads, anticipating a six-month market disruption but divided on if there will emerge a “new normal”.

Amundi Asset Management said the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak should prove “short-lived” to the first half of the year with the mobilisation of fiscal tools, leaving the medium-term potential growth of economies intact.

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