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October 26, 2009

Family offices have been hit hard by the collapse of once reputable institutions and the exposure of fraudulent financial schemes. The question now is how to mitigate risk in the future and invest again with confidence?

The impact of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and similar financial institutions on family offices last year was profound. In particular, family offices are reviewing the standards of regulation in jurisdictions where they hold assets. If there are perceived weaknesses in supervision, they are moving their holdings to other, more scrupulous centres.

January 22, 2009

Six months ago I wrote a column warning investors not to be swayed by the allure of so-called star managers who become famous for what is often fleeting outperformance.It would now appear that my warning was justified and just possibly the cult of star managers is drawing to a close

Six months ago I wrote a column warning investors not to be swayed by the allure of so-called star managers who become famous for what is often fleeting outperformance. It would now appear that my warning was justified and just possibly the cult of star managers is drawing to a close as previous high profile individuals struggle in the current volatile markets.
 

January 1, 2007

Record oil prices mean the number of HNWIs in the Middle East has risen to unprecedented levels and wealth management is now big business. Jane Dellar looks at the services being offered and the impact on the financial services industry globally

Jane Dellar is managing director of Bahrain Financial Services Development Bureau.

Record oil prices mean the number of HNWIs in the Middle East has risen to unprecedented levels and wealth management is now big business. Jane Dellar looks at the services being offered and the impact on the financial services industry globally

May 1, 2006

Family businesses have always had their principles and integrity as part of the drive behind their business. Now that corporate responsibility has spread throughout the business world, Bob Reynolds examines the effect of SRI

Bob Reynolds is editor of Offshore Red.

Family businesses have always had their principles and integrity as part of the drive behind their business. Now that corporate responsibility has spread throughout the business world, Bob Reynolds examines the effect of SRI

Family offices across the world are at the forefront of the move to socially responsible investing (SRI). Family offices are led by core principles, and investment strategies will reflect the charitable, social or political focus of each group.

May 1, 2006

With the price of gold increasing to over $600 an ounce and the fundamentals underpinning its continued rise still strong, many investors will be considering their returns on this precious metal. So how to go about investing in it? asks Richard Willsher

Richard Willsher is a finance and business writer with a background in international investment banking. www.richardwillsher.com

With the price of gold increasing to over $600 an ounce and the fundamentals underpinning its continued rise still strong, many investors will be considering their returns on this precious metal. So how to go about investing in it? asks Richard Willsher

November 1, 2002

In the third and final article of our series on investing in gold, Katharine Pulvermacher explains the choices available to investors

Katharine Pulvermacher is Manager of Investment Research at the head office of the World Gold Council.

In the third and final article of our series on investing in gold, Katharine Pulvermacher explains the choices available to investors

Finding a safe home for one's assets has become a much greater challenge to family offices than it was during the years of plenty that characterised the last decade of the 20th century.

September 1, 2002

Globalisation has revealed the widening gap between the wealthy and the poor of the world. But instead of pouring yet more aid into poverty-stricken areas, responsible investment, in particular the provision of financial services to poor entrepreneurs, has been found to be a more effective social and economic development tool – and a great way for family businesses to give back to society

Melchior de Muralt is Vice President, Blue Orchard Finance Ltd and Partner at Pury Pictet Turrettini &Cie Ltd. Jean-Philippe de Schrevel is Director of Blue Orchard Finance Ltd.

Globalisation has revealed the widening gap between the wealthy and the poor of the world. But instead of pouring yet more aid into poverty-stricken areas, responsible investment, in particular the provision of financial services to poor entrepreneurs, has been found to be a more effective social and economic development tool – and a great way for family businesses to give back to society

February 1, 2002

Family businesses can profit from investing in hedge funds, but proper preparation and education is necessary in order to fully reap the rewards

This article is intended to provide the background for family business owners or family office investment staff considering investing in hedge funds.

The hedge fund landscape: background and definitions

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