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February 15, 2022

Inflation volatility is coming says Ruffer LLP’s investment director Duncan MacInnes.

Inflation volatility is coming says Ruffer LLP’s investment director Duncan MacInnes.

Inflation is at a 40-year high. Given Ruffer has warned against rising inflation for some time, you might be forgiven for thinking we’ve cracked open the fancy (chocolate-covered) biscuits.

Unfortunately, we cannot rest upon our laurels. Because, ironically, now inflation is perceived as a problem, we can rest assured it will soon appear ‘Transitory’. But appearances can be deceptive.

January 24, 2022

Financial conditions have never been so accommodative says Ruffer LLP’s investment director Duncan MacInnes.

Financial conditions have never been so accommodative says Ruffer LLP’s investment director Duncan MacInnes.

Omicron or not, the US economy is booming. The cocktail of pent-up animal spirits, household net worth at all-time highs plus hefty measures of monetary and fiscal stimulus is a potent one. The Atlanta Federal Reserve ‘NowCast’ has US Q4 real GDP at 7%; add 6% CPI inflation and you get a 13% nominal growth rate [1]. The growth picture is similar in Europe and the UK. One would have to go back 50 years to find a similar surge.

January 12, 2022

When I was on honeymoon in Venice, I spotted a pair of Chinese dragons, one chewing a toenail and the other picking its nose. Smart shop, Grand Canal – my wife Jane and I set an upper limit on what we’d pay. We later walked out with the dragons having written a cheque for slightly over four times our upper limit.

When I was on honeymoon in Venice, I spotted a pair of Chinese dragons, one chewing a toenail and the other picking its nose. Smart shop, Grand Canal – my wife Jane and I set an upper limit on what we’d pay. We later walked out with the dragons having written a cheque for slightly over four times our upper limit.

December 21, 2021

Multigenerational business families of wealth from across Europe will gather in-person in London on 23-24 February 2022 for the leading 18th Campden Wealth Family Alternative Investment Forum.

Multigenerational business families of wealth from across Europe will gather in-person in London on 23-24 February 2022 for the leading 18th Campden Wealth Family Alternative Investment Forum.

December 10, 2021

Dr Andrea Illy is the chairman of illycaffe SpA, a family-owned business and the first B Corporation coffee company in Italy. Illy, who is a trained chemist, environmental expert and innovator, has made illycaffe synonymous with sustainability and quality.

Dr Andrea Illy is the chairman of illycaffe SpA, a family-owned business and the first B Corporation coffee company in Italy. Illy, who is a trained chemist, environmental expert and innovator, has made illycaffe synonymous with sustainability and quality.

November 11, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen some ‘accidental’ beneficiaries including technology giants Amazon, Netflix and Apple following changes in consumer behaviour. Billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Bill Gates have seen their wealth grow during the pandemic and they are not alone.

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen some ‘accidental’ beneficiaries including technology giants Amazon, Netflix and Apple following changes in consumer behaviour. Billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Bill Gates have seen their wealth grow during the pandemic and they are not alone.

More than five million people became millionaires across the world in 2020 despite the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Credit Suisse.

October 19, 2021

Incorporating the family story and managing the perception of entitlement while handling complex relationships are key skills for rising leaders of family businesses, executive leadership experts say.

Incorporating the family story and managing the perception of entitlement while handling complex relationships are key skills for rising leaders of family businesses, executive leadership experts say.

September 13, 2021

Reassuring women that their place in the family business is permanent is “absolutely essential” to empower women to become successors, next-gen family business leader and author Priyanka Gupta Zielinski says.

Reassuring women that their place in the family business is permanent is “absolutely essential” to empower women to become successors, next-gen family business leader and author Priyanka Gupta Zielinski says.

July 29, 2021

The most basic and perhaps most ultimately effective strategy for leaders dealing with the challenges of family business is to plan, create and maintain effective communication practices.

The most basic and perhaps most ultimately effective strategy for leaders dealing with the challenges of family business is to plan, create and maintain effective communication practices.

As family business member and consultant Vernon Holleman puts it: “Communication is critical. Honest, regular communication about where the business is, how it’s doing, how it’s sort of being run and operated.

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