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September 17, 2013

Most global equity markets have recovered sharply in the last year, but that doesn’t mean family offices are piling in, as many of them still remain wary of risk. Campden reports. 

Don't mention the B-word – Bernanke. When the chairman of the Federal Reserve suggested the Fed was starting to think about winding down its asset-purchasing programme investors started heading for the exits, and US equities – not to mention assets in emerging markets, which had benefitted from the global search for yield – nose-dived.

May 13, 2013

The world has learned to love its central bankers, now their “Invisible Touch” is giving an unprecedented boost to market sentiment.

“She’s got something you just can’t trust
It’s something mysterious
And now it seems I’m falling, falling for her.”

- Genesis

The world has learned to love its central bankers, now their “Invisible Touch” is giving an unprecedented boost to market sentiment.

In a recent note, Tom Becket, chief investment officer at Psigma Investment Management said second-guessing their intentions had become key to asset allocation.

May 9, 2013

Dr John Coors, fourth-gen chief executive of ceramics company CoorsTek and a member of the Coors brewing dynasty, is behind the launch of an investment group targeting Africa that plans a new approach to investing in the continent.

Dr John Coors, fourth-gen chief executive of ceramics company CoorsTek and a member of the Coors brewing dynasty, is behind the launch of an investment group targeting Africa that plans a new approach to investing in the continent.

May 8, 2013

Record prices being paid for top-end art work and a big increase in insurance cover for them show the asset class is more popular than ever, as demand for tangible investments continues to flourish.

Record prices being paid for top-end art work and a big increase in insurance cover for them show the asset class is more popular than ever, as demand for tangible investments continues to flourish.

Sotheby’s recent sale of impressionist and modern art in New York managed to raise the second-highest amount in the category since the financial crisis began in 2008.

March 18, 2013

Family offices are rotating out of cash and bonds, and are instead upping their investments in equities and real estate, according to research. 

Family offices are rotating out of cash and bonds, and are instead upping their investments in equities and real estate, according to research.

The study by fund management firm Somerset Capital, which surveyed 51 family offices – predominantly from Europe – earlier this year, found 48% planned to increase their allocation to equities in 2013. Half of respondents said they wanted to boost their investments in real estate, while 46% were looking to bolster their private equity allocations.

February 18, 2013

As a long-term investment, renewable energy should appeal to families. Despite gloomy reports, there are still great opportunities.

For investors eyeing clean energy, these can feel like nerve-wracking times. The headlines are daunting – solar panel prices plummeting, a steep drop in funds going into renewable energy and the high-profile failure in the US of solar company Solyndra.

December 6, 2012

ETFs are changing the way that investment is done, but family offices remain wary of them. Are they missing a trick?

For most people, exchange traded funds are all about beta. And since Lehman Brothers vanished in a puff of smoke four years ago beta is what a lot of people have been happy with: protecting wealth has been the name of the game.

November 27, 2012

Investors have grappled with emerging market investing for more than 30 years. Some have made serious money, many haven’t. Post the financial crisis, now is the right time for a fresh perspective.

When the German chancellor Angela Merkel visited Beijing in late August 2012, a new and strange dynamic in world affairs was in full view. In London, Frankfurt and New York, markets waited anxiously to hear not what Merkel might say about China, but what her counterparts would say about Europe.

November 22, 2012

Two swallows do not necessarily make a summer, but US banks JP Morgan and Wells Fargo are chirpy over prospects for the US housing market. Both reported a surge in mortgage lending in the quarter to September. JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon said: “We believe the housing market has turned a corner.”

Two swallows do not necessarily make a summer, but US banks JP Morgan and Wells Fargo are chirpy over prospects for the US housing market. Both reported a surge in mortgage lending in the quarter to September. JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon said: “We believe the housing market has turned a corner.”

This follows the Federal Reserve’s decision to print new dollar bills worth $40 billion (€30.5 billion), once a month, and use them to buy mortgage debt from the banks. In theory, this will encourage them to make new loans and juice the US economy.

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