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April 1, 2013

After upheavals in the family fortune, Murray Capital, a Scottish family office, is using the direct approach to ensure a lasting legacy for future generations.

David Murray wants to make sure future generations of the Murray family are left a legacy. So he’s ensuring a large part of the family fortune is being invested in businesses with long-term prospects. As he would no doubt agree, earnings from traditional manufacturing companies with strong cash flows, much of it earned in international markets, are a good way of guaranteeing that legacy.

March 14, 2013

Global equity markets might have rallied at the beginning of 2013, but there is still plenty of uncertainty about the health of the world economy.

Global equity markets might have rallied at the beginning of 2013, but there is still plenty of uncertainty about the health of the world economy.

Equity markets and risk appetite have come back to life so emphatically in recent months that it’s fair to ask if we are moving into a “post-crisis era”. Is this the true beginning of recovery, not just of our battered economies but also of our investment returns? Can they regain the heights enjoyed before all the trouble started?

February 25, 2013

Equity purchases made under duress produce a joyless stock market rally, where people are desperate to preserve their wealth, rather than cheer on recovery.

Six years ago, Zimbabwean shares were enjoying one of the greatest rallies the world has ever seen.

In the year to April 2007, the local stock market was up 12,000% as investors rushed to invest.

President Robert Mugabe was leading the country towards bankruptcy, after letting his war veterans seize farms owned by white farmers. Agriculture was in a state of collapse. Roads were crumbling. The rate of unemployment was 80%. Industry was bankrupt. Yet stocks defied reality.

February 18, 2013

As a long-term investment, renewable energy should appeal to families. Despite gloomy reports, there are still great opportunities.

For investors eyeing clean energy, these can feel like nerve-wracking times. The headlines are daunting – solar panel prices plummeting, a steep drop in funds going into renewable energy and the high-profile failure in the US of solar company Solyndra.

January 16, 2013

Wealthy investors in the US are once again warming up to equities, following a long-lasting love affair with bonds.

Wealthy investors in the US are once again warming up to equities, following a long-lasting love affair with bonds.

According to research by consultants Spectrem Group, 71% of ultra-high net worth individuals plan to invest in equities this year, up from 52% two years ago. It follows a strong rally of equity markets in 2012.

January 7, 2013

Family-controlled LG Group has announced big investment plans for the coming year. It has outlined a budget of 20 trillion won (€14 billion) for growth and development – a 19.1% increase on 2012’s research and development spending of 16.8 trillion won.

Family-controlled LG Group has announced big investment plans for the coming year. It has outlined a budget of 20 trillion won (€14 billion) for growth and development – a 19.1% increase on 2012’s research and development spending of 16.8 trillion won.

Headed by chief executive Bon-Joon Koo, grandson of founder In-hwoi Koo, LG plans to increase its share in the fiercely competitive electronics market – continuing its battle with the likes of Samsung and Apple for growth.

December 20, 2012

Seventeenth century mathematician Blaise Pascal once wrote: “People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.” And things haven’t changed much since. If anything, they’ve got worse. And things haven’t changed much since. If anything, they’ve got worse.

Seventeenth century mathematician Blaise Pascal once wrote: “People almost invariably arrive at their beliefs not on the basis of proof but on the basis of what they find attractive.” And things haven’t changed much since. If anything, they’ve got worse.

This is because, in this age of anxiety, investors can’t escape bad news. The global media is magnifying every problem in sight in a desperate bid to compete for our attention and advertising spend.

December 14, 2012

The nomadic lifestyle of the modern high net worth individual is one of the biggest influences on their investment and charitable giving patterns, according to research by the wealth management division of Royal Bank of Canada and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

The nomadic lifestyle of the modern high net worth individual is one of the biggest influences on their investment and charitable giving patterns, according to research by the wealth management division of Royal Bank of Canada and the Economist Intelligence Unit.

November 27, 2012

Investors have grappled with emerging market investing for more than 30 years. Some have made serious money, many haven’t. Post the financial crisis, now is the right time for a fresh perspective.

When the German chancellor Angela Merkel visited Beijing in late August 2012, a new and strange dynamic in world affairs was in full view. In London, Frankfurt and New York, markets waited anxiously to hear not what Merkel might say about China, but what her counterparts would say about Europe.

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