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March 2, 2021

Bethany McLean, journalist and author of several books about businesses gone wrong, is the guest in the latest episode of Ruffer Radio.

Bethany McLean, journalist and author of several books about businesses gone wrong, is the guest in the latest episode of Ruffer Radio.

McLean specialises in casting light on the shadier corners of the financial world, renowned for her exposé of the Enron scandal in the early 2000s.

March 1, 2021

Family members behave with each other as one of six ‘gigs’ which can severely impact their family business, says adviser and author Francesco Lombardo.

Family members behave with each other as one of six ‘gigs’ which can severely impact their family business, says adviser and author Francesco Lombardo.

The Family Enterprise Adviser, founder of Veritage and podcaster said he has witnessed the six dynamics emerge while working with some of the world’s most successful and affluent families over more than 20 years.

February 24, 2021

Family business leader turned coach Philip Mackeown is calling on families to emerge from the Covid-19 crisis with an “additional font of courage within” and for their successors who must carry the businesses—and the family—forward.

Family business leader turned coach Philip Mackeown is calling on families to emerge from the Covid-19 crisis with an "additional font of courage within" and for their successors who must carry the businesses—and the family—forward.

February 23, 2021

Each family is unique. A concerted effort to understand the complex dynamics which exist within each family, between spouses, siblings and the generations, is an essential first step for family advisers. Without this understanding, it is much more difficult to help a family deal with succession issues, especially in the context of a family business with members sitting on the board.

Each family is unique. A concerted effort to understand the complex dynamics which exist within each family, between spouses, siblings and the generations, is an essential first step for family advisers. Without this understanding, it is much more difficult to help a family deal with succession issues, especially in the context of a family business with members sitting on the board.

February 17, 2021

From the onset of the new millennium, business leaders have been increasingly interested in ‘purpose’—the idea that they might look beyond the profit motive alone to consider why the business exists and what purpose it serves. 

From the onset of the new millennium, business leaders have been increasingly interested in ‘purpose’—the idea that they might look beyond the profit motive alone to consider why the business exists and what purpose it serves. 

The idea was given popular force by business author Simon Sinek, whose 2009 book Start with Why visualised business purpose as a ‘Golden Circle’—actually, three concentric circles, with WHY in the inside circle, HOW in the middle and WHAT in the outside circle.

February 16, 2021

Family offices can act as reliable providers of direct company equity and debt funding to successful private businesses who are finding it difficult to find sustainable sources of efficiently priced capital  from institutional providers currently caught up with responding to Covid liquidity requirements for public companies and governmental agencies. 

Family offices can act as reliable providers of direct company equity and debt funding to successful private businesses who are finding it difficult to find sustainable sources of efficiently priced capital  from institutional providers currently caught up with responding to Covid liquidity requirements for public companies and governmental agencies.

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.

February 12, 2021

A Canadian next-generation entrepreneur says more families are investing sustainably in forestry to achieve their impact goals and for the long-term inflation-proof returns of timber as an asset in their portfolios.

A Canadian next-generation entrepreneur says more families are investing sustainably in forestry to achieve their impact goals and for the long-term inflation-proof returns of timber as an asset in their portfolios.

Michael Ackerman (pictured), 38, is the president and chief executive of EcoForests Asset Management. His socially responsible boutique forestry investment management company is headquartered in Toronto and operates 45 plantations in Latin America.

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