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June 18, 2010

Recent problems in the Eurozone have reminded investors just how volatile currencies can be. Michael Fischer asks how family offices are managing their foreign currency exposure.

Recent problems in the Eurozone have reminded investors just how volatile currencies can be. Michael Fischer asks how family offices are managing their foreign currency exposure. 

The global financial crisis raised concerns about foreign currency exposure at family offices around the world, and the market-roiling decline of the euro and sovereign debt problems of recent months have only intensified those concerns.

June 18, 2010

Mention “Nigeria” and “banking” to Bryan Collings and he loses his train of thought mid-sentence. The emerging markets fund manager for Hexam Capital has made some good returns on Nigerian banks such as over 13% on Access Bank.

Mention "Nigeria" and "banking" to Bryan Collings and he loses his train of thought mid-sentence, writes Richard Hemming. 

The emerging markets fund manager for Hexam Capital has made some good returns on Nigerian banks such as over 13% on Access Bank.

June 18, 2010

The attraction of investing in frontier markets is a chance to diversify your portfolio and attain high returns. However, there are inherent risks involved, as Katie Barker finds out

The attraction of investing in frontier markets is a chance to diversify your portfolio and attain high returns. However, there are inherent risks involved, as Katie Barker finds out

June 18, 2010

When one thinks of the Russian satellite countries such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, revolution and political instability often spring to mind, writes Richard Hemming.

When one thinks of the Russian satellite countries such as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, revolution and political instability often spring to mind, writes Richard Hemming.

One only has to look back to early April when an interim government took control of Kyrgyzstan after President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was ousted in violent protests.

June 18, 2010

Despite the fact that it is expected to grow three times as fast as the US and twice as fast as Brazil over the next two years, few firms are engaged in investing directly into mainland China, writes Richard Hemming.

Despite the fact that it is expected to grow three times as fast as the US and twice as fast as Brazil over the next two years, few firms are engaged in investing directly into mainland China, writes Richard Hemming.

This is principally because of the restrictions that apply on entry and exit into a market that is effectively State controlled and owned – a fact that qualifies it to be a frontier market.

June 18, 2010

When the State-owned investment holding company Dubai World asked for an extension on debt repayments last year, it caused major global stock markets to fall as investors worried about the health of the Middle East’s economy, writes Richard Hemming.

When the State-owned investment holding company Dubai World asked for an extension on debt repayments last year, it caused major global stock markets to fall as investors worried about the health of the Middle East's economy, writes Richard Hemming.

Underlining the panic was the fact that the region as a whole is heavily weighted towards financial services companies, which represent about 50% of the local stock market indexes.

June 9, 2010

Family offices have grown increasingly concerned about their foreign currency exposure in recent months as they have watched the euro spiral downward and sovereign debt problems surface around the world, writes Michael S Fischer.

Family offices have grown increasingly concerned about their foreign currency exposure in recent months as they have watched the euro spiral downward and sovereign debt problems surface around the world, writes Michael S Fischer.

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