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November 4, 2022

Cash is trash. Cash is a melting ice cube. Going to cash is giving up... Ruffer investment director Duncan MacInnes says there's still life in the folding stuff yet!

Cash is trash. Cash is a melting ice cube. Going to cash is giving up.

Ruffer currently has the highest weighting to cash or cash-like assets in our history. We are concerned that liquidity is the new leverage and that a degradation of liquidity conditions poses an imminent danger to investor portfolios. 

So why, unlike other investment managers, are we comfortable owning cash today?

October 24, 2022

Private markets investment platform Titanbay explores the dilemmas of investing in periods of uncertainty.

We all know that markets are particularly choppy and unpredictable right now. Buffeted by major geopolitical stresses, and against a backdrop of rising inflation and higher interest rates, investors may find it difficult to know which way to turn.

So, what does this mean for private equity performance? How do you navigate the current environment and what does history show us about trying to time the market?

October 21, 2022

Renato Brioni, Joseph Little, Rico Pang, and Dunstan Teo, the General Partners of Mocha Ventures, a regulated crypto venture fund based out of Lichtenstein focusing on early-stage blockchain companies with global growth potential, discuss how it’s never too late to invest in the blockchain.

There’s no denying that blockchain is the wave of the future but, for some, it’s currently too nebulous and intangible to consider heavily investing in.

September 30, 2022

Private markets investment platform Titanbay investigates why private debt is one of the world’s fastest-growing alternative asset classes.

Private debt is one of the world’s fastest-growing alternative asset classes. Over the past decade, the market has grown 13.5% on average annually, with assets under management (AUM) hitting $1.2 trillion at the end of last year, according to Preqin [1]. The same report notes that this represents the second quickest pace of growth of all private market asset classes, behind only infrastructure.

September 28, 2022

Unicorns are being created at a faster rate in Europe than anywhere else in the world. Private markets investment platform Titanbay takes a look at the structural changes driving the acceleration.

Unicorns are being created at a faster rate in Europe than anywhere else in the world. Private markets investment platform Titanbay takes a look at the structural changes driving this acceleration.

Europe has been breeding unicorns at a record pace. The number of startups valued at $1 billion or more hit at least 78 last year, up from 17 in 2020, according to PitchBook data [1]. That pace of growth was higher than in the US and Asia, where the venture capital ecosystem is more established.

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 4, 2022

“Private equity forms the major part of the economic fabric of many developed countries. Therefore, it shouldn’t be viewed merely as an alternative asset, but rather a building block in the constitution of a portfolio – much like bonds,” says Edouard Nouvellon, founder of European financial consultancy Risk Return.

Private equity-backed companies are a vital part of the economy and a significant driver of economic growth. In France, for instance, 120 of the most promising startups are doubling their turnover every year, according to consultancy firm Roland Berger. By contrast, companies in the CAC index are growing at just 3% a year on average.

June 14, 2022

With interest rates near historic lows, public equity market valuations elevated and bond yields providing slim pickings, it has been extremely challenging to generate returns in traditional assets in recent years, says private markets investment platform Titanbay.

With interest rates near historic lows, public equity market valuations elevated and bond yields providing slim pickings, it has been extremely challenging to generate returns in traditional assets in recent years.

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