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June 20, 2022

Investors face one of the most complex market environments in history, says Ruffer LLP investment director Alexander Chartres.

Investors face one of the most complex market environments in history.

Simultaneous shifts in the global energy system, geopolitics, demography, technology and much else besides promise a more inflation-prone and volatile world ahead. This brings with it elevated risks, but also potential rewards.

Amidst all the uncertainty, this presentation from Ruffer LLP Investment Director Alexander Chartres will examine what investors can have conviction about.

June 17, 2022

With more ultra-high-net-worth families deciding to set up an Asian office, the choice of where to make a base is a vitally important one. Hong Kong has long since been a vibrant financial and cultural hub and is increasingly enticing UHNW individuals and families to set up in the city. 

With more ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) families deciding to set up an Asian office, the choice of where to make a base is a vitally important one. Hong Kong has long since been a vibrant financial and cultural hub and is increasingly enticing UHNW individuals and families to set up in the city.

June 10, 2022

Who’d be a central banker today? Once, they were the masters of the universe, bravely slaying the dragon of inflation and slashing interest rates to save the economy in times of peril. Today, they seem powerless to control inflation, says Ruffer LLP’s investment director Steve Russell.

Who’d be a central banker today? Once, they were the masters of the universe, bravely slaying the dragon of inflation and slashing interest rates to save the economy in times of peril.

Today, they seem powerless to control inflation. Fearful of raising interest rates too far, they issue hollow calls for wage restraint. No wonder Andrew Bailey, Governor of the Bank of England, admitted to MPs recently that “It’s a very, very difficult place for us to be in.”

June 7, 2022

With a rich tradition of philanthropy, Hong Kong is well positioned to lead Asia in addressing social needs and navigating sustainability, says Christine Ho, deputy global head of FamilyOfficeHK at Invest Hong Kong.

Coupled with a rich tradition of philanthropy and its existing role as a global center of business and commerce, Hong Kong is well positioned to lead Asia in addressing social needs and navigating sustainability as well as families’ succession.

Hong Kong has a rich tradition of philanthropy. Both the public and private sectors have been front and center in addressing social challenges throughout history.

June 6, 2022

Investors continue to increase exposure to private markets, including private equity and private credit, at the expense of their public market equity and fixed income allocations. So, what is driving this behaviour asks Darren Spencer of Russell Investments?

Investor interest and participation in private markets continues to grow. Indeed, investors continue to increase exposure to private markets, including private equity and private credit, at the expense of their public market equity and fixed income allocations. In fact, CEM Benchmarking noted there was an average allocation to private markets of 18.5% in 2020, which represents an increase of nearly 5% since 2012 [1]. So, what is driving this investor behaviour?

April 27, 2022

Hong Kong is increasingly attracting global family offices who want to grow their investments in Asia, particularly Mainland China, says Christine Ho, deputy global head of FamilyOfficeHK at Invest Hong Kong.

Hong Kong is increasingly attracting global family offices who want to grow their investments in Asia, particularly Mainland China. According to Campden Wealth’s Global Family Office Report 2021 (the Report) [1], setting up an office in the city provides easier access to investments in the region.


The East continues to grow at a fast pace

April 21, 2022

Inflation-linked bonds are a key defence in a world of deepening negative real yields, says Jasmine Yeo, investment manager at Ruffer LLP.

What was the real return on the US ten-year bond over the past two years? Flat? Down a little?

Wrong – down a lot. The bedrock of the balanced portfolio has delivered a real return of -20% over the past two years [1].

That’s the worst inflation-adjusted performance since 1981 [2].

Traditional balanced portfolios rely on equities and bonds fulfilling their roles – equities for good times, bonds to cushion the bad. But after a torrid three months for markets, investors are being forced to tear up the rulebook.

April 21, 2022

No one is better equipped to take the reins of transformational leadership than family businesses, says KPMG partner Tom McGinness.

When I look back at the unpredictability of 2021, I’m reminded that the pandemic was a stimulus for some disruptive and transformative innovations in medicine, technology, buying behaviour, entertainment and personal fitness that have had a seismic impact on the way we live and work.

April 4, 2022

The Russia-Ukraine war adds to near-term growth risks for the global economy and will likely keep inflation elevated for longer. While uncertainty is high, equity markets are oversold and should recover if tensions ease in the coming months says Russell Investments’ global head of investment strategy Andrew Pease.

The Russia-Ukraine war adds to near-term growth risks for the global economy and will likely keep inflation elevated for longer. While uncertainty is high, equity markets are oversold and should recover if tensions ease in the coming months says Russell Investments’ global head of investment strategy Andrew Pease.


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