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May 9, 2023

In the midst, as we are, of a major generational succession transition in which trillions of dollars are changing hands, it has never been more important for every family member to feel that they have a voice and, more importantly, feel they are heard.

In the midst, as we are, of a major succession event in which trillions of dollars are changing hands between ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) family members, it has never been more important for every person to feel that they have a voice and, more importantly, feel they are heard.

May 2, 2023

As ultra-high-net-worth families navigate a major global wealth and succession transition, questions are being asked about effective implementation of transparent and communicated succession plans.

As ultra-high-net-worth families navigate a major global wealth and succession transition, questions are being asked about effective implementation of transparent and communicated succession plans. Especially, as revealed in The 2023 North America Family Business Report from Brightstar Capital and Campden Wealth, as the majority of family businesses (61%) do not have a written, formal succession plan in place - while 44% still need to develop a succession plan or have no plan at all.

May 2, 2023

The North America Family Business Report 2023 from Brightstar Capital Partners and Campden Wealth reveals that major concerns for thriving family businesses owners are succession planning, economic risks, and family communication.

For many well-established North American family businesses, long-term planning and forward thinking are the hallmarks of their enduring success. However, findings in The North America Family Business Report 2023 from Brightstar Capital Partners and Campden Wealth reveal that a majority of family businesses should address formal succession planning amid fears about a market downturn fueled by higher inflation and rising interest rates.

January 30, 2023

With rising volatility in public markets, geopolitical uncertainty and higher inflation, the second half of 2022 saw family office interest in venture capital investing slow significantly, according to Campden Wealth and SVB Capital’s Family Offices Investing in Venture Capital Report.

With rising volatility in public markets, geopolitical uncertainty and higher inflation, the second half of 2022 saw family office (FO) interest in venture capital (VC) investing slow significantly.

September 20, 2022

Despite the Bank of Japan resolutely sticking to its policy of negative interest rates and yield curve control in 2022, might it about to change course asks Jamie Dannhauser of Ruffer LLP?

So far in 2022, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) has resolutely stuck to its policy of negative interest rates and yield curve control (YCC), despite the dramatic hawkish shift from the US Federal Reserve (the Fed) and, more recently, the yen’s nosedive. Might the BoJ be about to change course?

September 2, 2022

Anyone can be taken in by financial bubbles, says Lauren French of Ruffer LLP; that's why they're so dangerous.

Anyone can be taken in by financial bubbles; that's why they're so dangerous. It’s also why we at Ruffer believe that navigating bubbles – steering the ship safely past the Charybdis of irrational exuberance – is the most important duty we owe to our clients.

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 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.

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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