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December 27, 2011

Unemployment on both sides of the Atlantic is shooting towards record levels, stock markets are moribund and company profits are under threat. Sentiment has been wrecked by investors borrowing too much, banks lending too much and governments spending too freely.

I been laid off from work
My rent is due
My kids all need
Brand new shoes

December 15, 2011

The wealth held by India’s high net worth individuals has grown faster than the fortunes of the rich internationally, according to new research.

The wealth held by India’s high net worth individuals has grown faster than the fortunes of the rich internationally, according to new research.

The India Wealth Report, which was released by a local wealth management firm, said the 11% rate of growth in wealth this year made India one of the fastest-growing HNW populations in the world.

Demand for gold, a symbol of wealth in India, will also see a boost in 2012, said the research by Karvy Private Wealth.

December 14, 2011

Who would choose a pearl necklace over some government bonds or company shares? The answer is most people, if this week’s Elizabeth Taylor jewellery auction is anything to go by. 

Who would choose a pearl necklace over some government bonds or company shares? The answer is most people, if this week’s Elizabeth Taylor jewellery auction is anything to go by.

November 30, 2011

At a time when "Occupy Wall Street" protests dominate most of the headlines, governments scramble to handle the upheaval and stay a step ahead, and transparency has become the call of action, Ashley King-Christopher, corporate tax partner at international law firm Speechly Bircham, analyses how family offices around the world are dealing with increased transparency.

At a time when "Occupy Wall Street" protests dominate most of the headlines, governments scramble to handle the upheaval and stay a step ahead, and transparency has become the call of action, Ashley King-Christopher, corporate tax partner at international law firm Speechly Bircham, analyses how family offices around the world are dealing with increased transparency.

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November 30, 2011

A new study by consulting firm Booz & Co says that wealth managers in Switzerland could lose as much as €41 billion as a result of a tax crackdowns by the UK and German governments.

A new study by consulting firm Booz & Co says that wealth managers in Switzerland could lose as much as €41 billion as a result of a tax crackdowns by the UK and German governments.

Based on interviews with senior wealth management experts in Switzerland, the report also said that private banks will also lose around €1 billion in revenues as clients with offshore assets start withdrawing their money.

But some reckon that the tax treaties signed with the UK and Germany will benefit the Swiss financial sector in the long run.

November 28, 2011

Ancient Mesopotamia knew how to deal with bankers. Every time a new monarch ascended to the throne, he would order all outstanding debts to be forgiven: the slates on which loans were recorded were literally swept clean.

Ancient Mesopotamia knew how to deal with bankers. Every time a new monarch ascended to the throne, he would order all outstanding debts to be forgiven: the slates on which loans were recorded were literally swept clean.

This was bad news for the people who advanced loans, but a relief to the common people, happy to pledge loyalty to their new monarch by way of return. The tradition began in Lagash, now in southern Iraq, in 2400 BC and lasted for generations.

November 22, 2011

The time will come when all family offices have a renminbi bond in their portfolio, but there is a need to take a long-term approach to any investment in the currency.

The time will come when all family offices have a renminbi bond in their portfolio, but there is a need to take a long-term approach to any investment in the Chinese currency.

That’s the view of Geoff Lunt, investment director of Asian fixed income at HSBC, who said the ongoing internationalisation of the renminbi and China’s plans to make it a reserve currency will mean that there will be growing interest in the renminbi over the next few years.

November 22, 2011

Risk management has become a top priority for family offices in the wake of the uncertain market conditions, finds a new survey by Campden Research.

Risk management has become a top priority for family offices in the wake of the uncertain market conditions, finds a new survey by Campden Research.

The report, which looked at more than 50 single and multi family offices based in Europe, found that average returns had dropped over the last year, with multi family offices witnessing a bigger hit. But that hasn’t stopped family offices from increasing their exposure to riskier assets such as hedge funds and equities.

November 17, 2011

An online job platform, which will target job seekers and recruiters in the family office sector, has been launched. 

An online job platform, which will target job seekers and recruiters in the family office sector, has been launched.

FamilyOfficeRecruitment.com will carry a list of vacancies directly from family offices and from recruitment agencies, according to Vahe Vartanian, founder and managing director of the website.

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