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August 31, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, the billionaire Issa brothers purchase Co-op’s petrol stations; Hans and Julia Rausing donate to save historic ‘Harry Potter’ cloister; and hedge fund billionaire and philanthropist Julian Robertson passes away at the age of 90.

Billionaire Issa brothers purchase Co-op’s petrol stations for up to £600 million
Mohsin and Zuber Issa, the billionaire brothers who own a majority stakeholder in UK supermarket giant Asda, have agreed to buy the Co-op group’s petrol stations in a deal worth up to £600 million.

The British-Indian siblings, who made their fortune co-founding the Euro Garages chain of petrol filling stations, saw off a number of rival bids to finalise the deal.

August 30, 2022

The ‘Curse of bigness’ is back: wealth and power are once more concentrated in just a handful of companies, says Laetitia East of Ruffer LLP.

The ‘Curse of bigness’ is back: wealth and power are once more concentrated in just a handful of companies [1].

President Theodore Roosevelt was hailed for dismantling the powerful monopolies which emerged from America’s industrial revolution. Does his trustbusting provide a blueprint for what investors can expect from a revitalised antitrust movement on Capitol Hill?

August 25, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Patrick Drahi is cleared to retain his 18% stake in BT; Brazilian orange juice billionaire José Luis Cutrale passes away aged 75; and Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa acquires an Israeli tech firm for $60 million.

Patrick Drahi cleared to retain his 18% stake in BT
Following an investigation under the new National Security and Investment Act, Kwasi Kwarteng, England's Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has announced that he will now not be blocking French-Israeli billionaire Patrick Drahi from increasing his stake in telecommunications giant BT.

August 22, 2022

This year, the global population surpassed eight billion people. The extraordinary population growth over the past century has relied upon, and been enabled by, the birth of vast industrial farming systems. Food, on aggregate, is plentiful. Yet today, the dual issues of food security and sustainability loom as large as they have done in the post-industrial era. These megatrends present sources of both investment risk and opportunity, says Harry Sevier of Ruffer LLP.

This year, the global population surpassed eight billion people.

The extraordinary population growth over the past century has relied upon, and been enabled by, the birth of vast industrial farming systems. Food, on aggregate, is plentiful. Yet today, the dual issues of food security and sustainability loom as large as they have done in the post-industrial era. These megatrends present sources of both investment risk and opportunity.

August 20, 2022

Co-investments are a natural complement to fund investments and provide a range of benefits for investors, including greater flexibility and control over capital deployment, higher return potential with earlier liquidity than fund investments and much more, says private markets investment platform Titanbay.

Co-investments are a natural complement to fund investments and provide a range of benefits for investors, including greater flexibility and control over capital deployment, higher return potential with earlier liquidity than fund investments, and much more. Private markets investment platform Titanbay are delighted to announce the launch of this programme and invite you to find out more here.

July 21, 2022

What does the current environment mean for the long-term appeal of private markets? In this article, Titanbay considers recent research into investor sentiment towards private equity and more.

What does the current environment mean for the long-term appeal of private markets? In this article, Titanbay considers recent research into investor sentiment towards private equity and more. You can find more Titanbay insights here. 

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.

July 15, 2022

It is hard to overstate how far free and unlimited central bank liquidity has rewired the financial system. As central bankers extract themselves from the monetary rabbit hole they have burrowed their way into, the damage to traditional portfolios is likely to be considerable, says Jamie Dannhauser of Ruffer LLP.

It is hard to overstate how far free and unlimited central bank liquidity has rewired the financial system. As central bankers extract themselves from the monetary rabbit hole they have burrowed their way into, the damage to traditional portfolios is likely to be considerable.

This tightening of monetary policy is happening because inflation has returned – with a vengeance. Central banks are lifting short-term interest rates at a brisk pace. But there is an additional danger for liquidation-prone markets: quantitative tightening (QT).

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