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December 12, 2014

Low-volatility equity strategies may lack the rock-star appeal of chasing high-volatility stocks, but they look likely to gain more attention after recent market wobbles helped their relative performance in the year-to-date jump ahead of traditional benchmarks.

Low-volatility equity strategies may lack the rock-star appeal of chasing high-volatility stocks, but they look likely to gain more attention after recent market wobbles helped their relative performance in the year-to-date jump ahead of traditional benchmarks.

November 26, 2013

Europe has been unloved by investors for a long time. The debt crisis and consequent political uncertainty about the future of the euro has understandably had investors running for safer places to put their money.

Europe has been unloved by investors for a long time. The debt crisis and consequent political uncertainty about the future of the euro has understandably had investors running for safer places to put their money.

However, with the US going through a debt crisis of its own – with unforeseeable consequences on emerging markets – it may be time to rethink investment in Europe.

September 17, 2013

Most global equity markets have recovered sharply in the last year, but that doesn’t mean family offices are piling in, as many of them still remain wary of risk. Campden reports. 

Don't mention the B-word – Bernanke. When the chairman of the Federal Reserve suggested the Fed was starting to think about winding down its asset-purchasing programme investors started heading for the exits, and US equities – not to mention assets in emerging markets, which had benefitted from the global search for yield – nose-dived.

September 5, 2013

Equities ended the second quarter well off their highs, with Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke shouldering much of the blame. This could prove to be a buying opportunity if the world’s biggest economy shows it can strengthen without the use of stimulus. 

Equities ended the second quarter well off their highs, with Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke shouldering much of the blame. This could prove to be a buying opportunity if the world’s biggest economy shows it can strengthen without the use of stimulus.

July 19, 2013

The world’s wealthy intend to take on more risk this year as they try to regain money lost during the global financial crisis, new research reveals.

The world’s wealthy intend to take on more risk this year as they try to regain money lost during the global financial crisis, new research reveals.

In a survey completed by the Institute for Private Investors, an educational and networking service for ultra-high net worth individuals, 63% of respondents said they planned to increase their allocation to global equities in 2013 and 53% plan to increase their positions in domestic equities.

June 4, 2013

Family business owners are more comfortable investing in tangibles and businesses than other wealthy families, according to new research.

Family business owners are more comfortable investing in tangibles and businesses than other wealthy families, according to new research, allocating three times as much to direct private equity and almost twice as much to real estate as their non-business owning counterparts.

The study, by family office networking centre Family Office Exchange (FOX) and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, compared the investment decisions made in 2012 by business-owning families, and "financial" families – wealthy families without an operating business.

March 18, 2013

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the market, a shark has been found swimming off the Cyprus coast.

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the market, a shark has been found swimming off the Cyprus coast.

To be more precise, the decision of the Cypriot government to levy a tax on local bank deposits has reminded investors of the delicate state of Europe’s finances.

January 7, 2009

If last year’s economic predictions were far too optimistic then I suppose we can draw some comfort from the fact that this year’s commentaries seem universally depressing.

If last year's economic predictions were far too optimistic then I suppose we can draw some comfort from the fact that this year's commentaries seem universally depressing. However, we cannot get away from the fact that the financial news and the background economic environment is bad and likely to get worse before it gets better.

The good news though is that a lot of this bad news has already been factored in, with some investment houses thinking that the fall in certain valuations may have already gone too far.

May 1, 2007

Alternative investments are increasingly becoming essential elements of an investor’s portfolio. But what current trends should you be aware of? James Freeman explores what’s hot and what’s not in the world of alternatives …

Alternative investments are increasingly becoming essential elements of an investor's portfolio. But what current trends should you be aware of? James Freeman explores what's hot and what's not in the world of alternatives.

James Freeman is a senior relationship manager at Key Asset Management in London.

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