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November 17, 2022

While the unsettling multiple whammy of COVID-19 pandemic, a global inflation spike, rising interest rates, geopolitical perils and potential looming recession have driven a reduction in investment risk towards a more conservative and balanced strategy, Family Offices have nevertheless developed a taste for tech, according to Campden Wealth and RBC's The North America Family Office Report 2022.

While the unsettling multiple whammy of COVID-19 pandemic, a global inflation spike, rising interest rates, geopolitical perils and potential looming recession have driven a reduction in investment risk towards a more conservative and balanced strategy, North American Family Offices have nevertheless developed a taste for tech.

November 16, 2022

Campden Wealth and Royal Bank Of Canada reveal North American family offices outperformed their global peers in the new North America Family Office Report 2022. Despite a reduction in investment risk, family offices remain committed to private equity and new technologies.

North American family offices have continued to see their collective wealth and investment returns grow despite the aftershocks of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent hike in inflation, interest rates and geopolitical risks, according to the North America Family Office Report 2022 by RBC and Campden Wealth.

November 14, 2022

Has the sell-off in long-dated bonds presented an opportunity to add risk to portfolios, asks Ruffer’s Jasmine Yeo?

Market sell-offs can provide the chance to buy quality assets at attractive valuations. Of course, if you can preserve capital as prices fall, then you’ll be better placed to take advantage of any opportunities that arise.

But buying equities isn’t the only way to dial up risk in portfolios today.

We see the recent falls at the long end of the US bond market as an opportunity worth grabbing.

October 26, 2022

Minimising the negative societal consequences of an investment is no longer just a ‘Nice to have’. Investors today are increasingly prioritising positive and measurable environmental, governance or social outcomes alongside financial gains, says Russell Investments’ Samantha Steele.

Private equity markets have seen a surge of interest in impact investing in recent years. In a recent survey by Pitchbook, 65% of respondents managing external money said that they had offered impact strategies to their clients, up from 57% in 2021. However, challenges around transparency, reporting and access to opportunities are common. Here’s how a fund of funds approach can help.

October 17, 2022

It may be time for a bit of grin and bear it before we can once again look for reasons to be cheerful, says Steve Russell, investment director at Ruffer LLP.

Warning: the following contains explicit language of a bearish nature. Readers of a more nervous disposition may want to look away now…

Even after three consecutive quarters of losses in both equities and bonds, investors may not be out of the woods. So far, it has been a painful, but orderly repricing of risky assets. Now, we fear something worse - a liquidation.  

October 4, 2022

In a world where people find themselves without the ability to pay commitments as they arise, forced selling drives prices, says Ruffer LLP chairman Jonathan Ruffer.

July 20, 2022

Hong Kong’s low tax rates along with comprehensive infrastructure, little government interference and substantial available capital make it attractive to potential investors, including family offices, and thus competitive with other countries in the region, says Christine Ho, deputy global head of FamilyOfficeHK at Invest Hong Kong.

On April 4, 2022, the Financial Services and Treasury Bureau (FSTB) submitted a paper for discussion to the Legislative Council Panel on Financial Affairs on the subject of Proposed Tax Concession for Family Offices. The objective of the proposed tax exemption is to provide tax certainty to ultra-high-net-worth individuals and their family members who hold assets via investment holding vehicles in order to attract family offices to set up and operate in Hong Kong.

July 19, 2022

Inflation oscillates: it’s an idea when it’s not about, and a defining feature when it is, says Ruffer LLP chairman Jonathan Ruffer.

Inflation oscillates: it’s an idea when it’s not about, and a defining feature when it is. The only other word which comes to mind with similar status is ‘war’. Irrelevant or inexorable – the human mind finds it hard to make a judgement between the two extremes.

July 19, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Teddy Sagi launches a £1.5 billion sale of London’s Camden Market; Bill Gates vows to drop off the world's richest list; and Zimbabwe’s richest man Strive Masiyiwa is raising $500 million for his digital business expansion.

Teddy Sagi launches £1.5 billion sale of London’s Camden Market
Israeli billionaire Teddy Sagi has initiated a discreet sale of London’s Camden Market, hoping to gather bids of more than £1.5 billion for the area famed for its stalls, bars and eateries.  

According to The Financial Times, Sagi has appointed financial adviser Rothschild & Co to deal with the sale.

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