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February 15, 2021

While 2021 has started not unlike how much of 2020 played out, with Covid-19 infections continuing to spread and many countries reimplementing lockdown measures, the approval and rollout of various vaccines to combat the coronavirus has been an undeniable game-changer for markets. It's provided a clearer road map for a return to some form of normality, although the path ahead is still likely to remain bumpy, with continued uncertainties in the offing.

While 2021 has started not unlike how much of 2020 played out, with Covid-19 infections continuing to spread and many countries reimplementing lockdown measures, the approval and rollout of various vaccines to combat the coronavirus has been an undeniable game-changer for markets. It's provided a clearer road map for a return to some form of normality, although the path ahead is still likely to remain bumpy, with continued uncertainties in the offing.

February 13, 2021

Arnault family’s L Catterton in rumoured Birkenstock takeover bid, Mining magnate Gina Rinehart backs lithium venture, Rocketing e-commerce powers L’Oreal recovery.

Arnault family’s L Catterton in rumoured Birkenstock takeover bid

Birkenstock, the sixth-generation family-owned business and the German footwear industry’s largest employer, could be the next $4.8 billion acquisition by the Arnault family’s private equity firm.

January 27, 2021

Covid-19, Brexit, Black Lives Matter, climate change and the threats to US democracy have created a once in a lifetime opportunity for family next generations to cultivate their “grit”, says a leading family clinical and consulting psychotherapist.

Covid-19, Brexit, Black Lives Matter, climate change and the threats to US democracy have created a once in a lifetime opportunity for family next generations to cultivate their “grit”, says a leading family clinical and consulting psychotherapist.

January 15, 2021

Chung family driving Hyundai make $2 billion on Apple tie-up reports, Bacardi raises the bar on post-Covid ‘mindful drinking’ trend, Associated British Foods stares at $1.4 billion sales loss but rules out Primark e-commerce.

Chung family driving Hyundai make $2 billion on Apple tie-up reports

The Chung family in control of Hyundai became almost $2 billion better off when South Korean media reported the automaker was in early talks of a partnership with Apple, Inc.

Share prices in Hyundai Motor Co soared by up to 25% in Seoul last week, which boosted the family fortunes of Euisun Chung (picture), 50, chairman, and his father, Mong-Koo, 82. Together they hold about 8% of stock in the group, but maintain influence through complex governance arrangements.

January 12, 2021

The year 2020 will loom large on financial markets for many years to come. As we cautiously make our way out of the crisis, Duncan MacInnes and Fiona Ker review the more startling developments of the last year, share their insights into the ongoing recovery and look ahead to some of key challenges facing investors in 2021.

The year 2020 will loom large on financial markets for many years to come.

As we cautiously make our way out of the crisis, Duncan MacInnes and Fiona Ker, of Ruffer LLP, review the more startling developments of the last year, share their insights into the ongoing recovery and look ahead to some of key challenges facing investors in 2021.

December 19, 2020

Marriott International scores its ESG performance, Henkel opens its ideas factory, Kering rebounds with e-commerce and growth in North America and China.

Marriott International scores its ESG performance

Family-controlled Marriott International, Inc, the largest lodging company in the world, says it has achieved its goal of spending $500 million with women-owned businesses one year ahead of schedule and spent nearly a billion dollars with diverse- and women-owned businesses.

The goal was among the highlights in its 2020 Serve 360 Report released this month on its diversity, volunteerism and other environmental, social and governance activities.

December 18, 2020

What is the role of private markets in the midst of the coronavirus? As the investment environment continues to evolve while investors adapt to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, we believe that private assets will play an increasingly important strategic role in fortifying portfolios over the long term, and that the current landscape provides compelling opportunities.

What is the role of private markets in the midst of the coronavirus? As the investment environment continues to evolve while investors adapt to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, we believe that private assets will play an increasingly important strategic role in fortifying portfolios over the long term, and that the current landscape provides compelling opportunities.

December 12, 2020

Bertelsmann books Simon & Schuster for $2.175 billion, Bombardier private jet sales soar in the coronavirus age, Walmart offers to give Covid-19 vaccinations.

Bertelsmann books Simon & Schuster for $2.175 billion

German media family business Bertelsmann has acquired publishing house Simon & Schuster for $2.175 billion from the US Redstone-family-owned media company ViacomCBS.

Bertelsmann, the international media, services and education company, said it was further expanding its global content businesses in the US, its second-largest market, with the deal for the publisher of Hillary Clinton, John Irving, Stephen King and Bob Woodward.

December 10, 2020

We believe that vaccine prospects are likely to make 2021 a year of global economic recovery. While markets have priced in a fair amount of the good news, more gains seem possible as corporate profits rebound and central banks remain on hold.

We believe that vaccine prospects are likely to make 2021 a year of global economic recovery. While markets have priced in a fair amount of the good news, more gains seem possible as corporate profits rebound and central banks remain on hold.

With the world in the early post-recession recovery phase of the business cycle, our medium-term outlook for economies and corporate earnings is positive. We believe that 2021 will feature an extended period of low-inflation, low-interest rate growth that favours equities over bonds.

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