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December 6, 2017

With second homes needing to make sense both as investments and as great places to live, what do the world’s most sought-after locations have to offer?

With second homes needing to make sense both as investments and as great places to live, what do the world’s most sought-after locations have to offer?


 

ASPEN, COLORADO, US

Few places fit the tag “billionaire’s playground” quite like Aspen, Colorado.

Nestled within the Rocky Mountains, it has long been one of the United States’ most exclusive skiing destinations.

October 19, 2017

Asia-Pacific family offices continue to prefer a hands-on role in managing illiquid investments, allocating almost a third of their portfolios to direct investment in real estate and venture capital/private equity, led by Australia.

Asia-Pacific family offices continue to prefer a hands-on role in managing illiquid investments, allocating almost a third of their portfolios to direct investment in real estate and venture capital/private equity, led by Australia.

July 6, 2017

Britain’s wealthiest land owning family want to make “sensational again” a prime piece of London real estate larger than Trafalgar Square.

Britain’s wealthiest land owning family want to make “sensational again” a prime piece of London real estate larger than Trafalgar Square.

The principle of the day-to-day management of the Grosvenor square has been confirmed, with the handover expected in early 2018. This will see management of the square go back to the Grosvenor family who originally constructed the square in the 1720s, from the Royal Parks of London.

February 1, 2017

More than four months on from Brexit, uncertainty still stalks London’s real estate market. So where are the risks and opportunities in the UK capital? And why are some experts issuing stark warnings about a “catastrophic” impact? David Turner reports

More than four months on from Brexit, uncertainty still stalks London’s real estate market. So where are the risks and opportunities in the UK capital? And why are some experts issuing stark warnings about a “catastrophic” impact? David Turner reports

January 5, 2017

For decades, high-net-worth individuals and families have valued Bermuda for the array of services available in the jurisdiction to support trust structuring, private-wealth preservation, estate management and succession planning.

As HNWls continue to look for better ways to protect and manage their wealth, Bermuda is leveraging its well-earned reputation as a leading trust and private client centre to firmly position itself as an ideal location to establish and/or operate a family office. 

For decades, high-net-worth individuals and families have valued Bermuda for the array of services available in the jurisdiction to support trust structuring, private-wealth preservation, estate management and succession planning.

As HNWls continue to look for better ways to protect and manage their wealth, Bermuda is leveraging its well-earned reputation as a leading trust and private client centre to firmly position itself as an ideal location to establish and/or operate a family office.

March 18, 2016

Real estate has had a strong run in recent years and has helped fuel buoyant returns among family offices, particularly those in Europe. Should a heavy weighting towards investing in property be sounding alarm bells moving forward?

Real estate is an emotional investment for many family office principals. Ask them to discuss their portfolios and they are more likely to tell you about their $10 million investment in a residential property than their ‘cash cow’ allocation to hedge funds. It’s the type of asset you’d expect to appeal to individuals who have built their businesses around family. But has the desire for real assets, particularly residential investments, caused an imbalance in portfolios?

January 18, 2016

The US’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has announced it will be investigating the individuals behind secretive all-cash purchases of high-end luxury real-estate in a six-month trial programme intended to enhance the treasury’s anti-money laundering efforts. 

The US’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has announced it will be investigating the individuals behind secretive all-cash purchases of high-end luxury real estate in a six-month trial programme intended to enhance the treasury’s anti-money laundering efforts.

December 21, 2015

Real estate and agricultural land remain the most popular investments for ultra-high net worth families, says new research by international family office Stonehage Fleming – although the family business remains their central asset. 

Real estate and agricultural land remain the most popular investments for ultra-high net worth families, says new research by international family office Stonehage Fleming – although the family business remains their central asset.

Four Pillars of Capital for the Twenty First Century found that 78% of families would hold real estate and agricultural land and 67% said they would hold equities as a long-term strategy.

December 11, 2015

Real estate, private equity and hedge funds were three asset categories that defined family office investment in 2014, but what other areas should family offices prioritise as they move into the next financial year? 

The multi-year trend of family offices taking on more risk continued in 2015, both in investment intentions and portfolio allocations, according to the second annual Global Family Office Report. Yet one unintended consequence of their ‘risk on’ approach is that many offices are excessively focused on investments, which in turn means they are failing to address several key areas of concern. 

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