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April 27, 2022

Hong Kong is increasingly attracting global family offices who want to grow their investments in Asia, particularly Mainland China, says Christine Ho, deputy global head of FamilyOfficeHK at Invest Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is increasingly attracting global family offices who want to grow their investments in Asia, particularly Mainland China. According to Campden Wealth’s Global Family Office Report 2021 (the Report) [1], setting up an office in the city provides easier access to investments in the region.


The East continues to grow at a fast pace

April 26, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, B&M boss Simon Arora announces his retirement; Elon Musk reaches a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion; and Nandan Nilekani builds a tech platform to take on Amazon in India.

B&M discount chain boss Simon Arora set to retire

Simon Arora, the billionaire co-owner of UK discount chain B&M has announced his retirement after acquiring the then-failing business from Phildrew Investments in 2004.

April 22, 2022

Joey Mason and Ed Snow, the founders of Duplex Capital Partners, talk about how their firm enables personalised therapeutics through data-driven technology and leading-edge medical techniques. 

Coming from entrepreneurial healthcare and venture capital company growth backgrounds respectively, Joey Mason and Ed Snow know the pitfalls and opportunities that come from investing in healthcare.

Their firm Duplex Capital Partners aims to profit from investing in “Digitally-based life science technology companies innovating to underpin the next generation of biotechnology products.” Here, they explain what they do and where they think the industry is going.

April 21, 2022

Inflation-linked bonds are a key defence in a world of deepening negative real yields, says Jasmine Yeo, investment manager at Ruffer LLP.

What was the real return on the US ten-year bond over the past two years? Flat? Down a little?

Wrong – down a lot. The bedrock of the balanced portfolio has delivered a real return of -20% over the past two years [1].

That’s the worst inflation-adjusted performance since 1981 [2].

Traditional balanced portfolios rely on equities and bonds fulfilling their roles – equities for good times, bonds to cushion the bad. But after a torrid three months for markets, investors are being forced to tear up the rulebook.

April 19, 2022

Post COVID-19 pandemic, growth is now being crimped by global supply issues, fuelling higher inflation around the world—a trend that is not going to be as transitory as some people had initially hoped, says Titanbay's Hakki Mustafa.

April 7, 2022

Events in Ukraine are to be seen, first, through the lens of humanity. Through the lens of finance, Russia’s invasion is having the same effect as Covid-19: it is accelerating trends which are already in place. And those trends are inflationary says Ruffer LLP chairman Jonathan Ruffer.

Events in Ukraine are to be seen, first, through the lens of humanity. Through the lens of finance, Russia’s invasion is having the same effect as Covid-19: it is accelerating trends which are already in place. And those trends are inflationary.

April 4, 2022

The Russia-Ukraine war adds to near-term growth risks for the global economy and will likely keep inflation elevated for longer. While uncertainty is high, equity markets are oversold and should recover if tensions ease in the coming months says Russell Investments’ global head of investment strategy Andrew Pease.

The Russia-Ukraine war adds to near-term growth risks for the global economy and will likely keep inflation elevated for longer. While uncertainty is high, equity markets are oversold and should recover if tensions ease in the coming months says Russell Investments’ global head of investment strategy Andrew Pease.


Key market themes

April 1, 2022

As a well‐recognised premier international financial and wealth management centre with the second largest number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals in the world, Hong Kong offers many unique advantages for family offices to operate and grow, explains Christine Ho, deputy global head of FamilyOfficeHK at Invest Hong Kong.

As a well‐recognised premier international financial and wealth management centre with the second largest number of ultra-high-net-worth individuals (UHNWIs) in the world[1], Hong Kong offers many unique advantages for family offices to operate and grow, explains Christine Ho, deputy global head of FamilyOfficeHK at Invest Hong Kong.

March 23, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, MacKenzie Scott donates $281 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Stipple founder Ray Flemings launches an UHNW luxury services marketplace and Christian Beck’s family office brings a former Goldman Sachs boss on board.

MacKenzie Scott gifts $281 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

While her ex-husband Jeff Bezos continues to accumulate vast wealth, MacKenzie Scott is making good on her Giving Pledge promise with a donation of $281 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America non-profit organisation.

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