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December 15, 2014

A chance discovery in a bookshop led Guy Spier to value investing – and a $650,100 lunch with Warren Buffett. CampdenFB found out how the investment philosophy led him down a different path – both as an investor and a person. 

Forget about bonds, forget real estate, forget venture capital. If Guy Spier were the principal of a €5 billion family office he would invest virtually everything in a handful of substantial – but undervalued – listed companies.

December 12, 2014

Low-volatility equity strategies may lack the rock-star appeal of chasing high-volatility stocks, but they look likely to gain more attention after recent market wobbles helped their relative performance in the year-to-date jump ahead of traditional benchmarks.

Low-volatility equity strategies may lack the rock-star appeal of chasing high-volatility stocks, but they look likely to gain more attention after recent market wobbles helped their relative performance in the year-to-date jump ahead of traditional benchmarks.

November 21, 2014

The underlying business model is all-important, says Chuck Akre, of the relatively few companies in which his firm invests

The underlying business model is all-important, says Chuck Akre, of the relatively few companies in which his firm invests

Compared to your peers, your investment portfolio is relatively concentrated in size and scope. Why is this?

September 22, 2014

The Rockefellers, a family synonymous with oil and wealth in the US, are among a coalition of ultra wealthy investors that have today announced they will divest $50 billion in fossil fuel assets.

The Rockefellers, a family synonymous with oil and wealth in the US, are among a coalition of ultra wealthy investors that have today announced they will divest $50 billion in fossil fuel assets.

The announcement came just one day before the UN Climate Summit opens in New York.

The family is part of the Global Divest-Invest initiative that encourages individuals from all walks of life to divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions.

September 2, 2014

After five years where monetary policy for the major developed economies has been moving in the same direction, central banks have now started to diverge. 

After five years where monetary policy for the major developed economies has been moving in the same direction, central banks have now started to diverge. The US started the process by announcing a withdrawal from quantitative easing in December last year. Mark Carney in the UK surprised markets in early June by calling an interest rate rise as soon as August this year. In the meantime, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced further monetary easing, while the Bank of Japan continues to pursue an aggressive quantitative easing strategy.

August 21, 2014

US women are showing a greater interest in alternative investments than men, according to new research, challenging traditional stereotypes that female investors are risk averse.

US women are showing a greater interest in alternative investments than men, according to new research, challenging traditional stereotypes that female investors are risk averse.

According to research by US investment firm MainStay Investments, 60% of women surveyed expect alternatives to become a core part of their portfolio over the next five to 10 years.

By comparison, only 47% of men expect the likes of commodities, private equity, and hedge funds to become a “mainstream” part of their investment holdings over that same period.

March 20, 2014

Almost 60% of high net worth investors feel bullish about the investment outlook over the next 12 months, according to a new survey, the highest confidence has been since the global economic crash of 2008.

Almost 60% of high net worth investors feel bullish about the investment outlook over the next 12 months, according to a new survey, the highest confidence has been since the global economic crash of 2008.

Financial advisory company deVere Group said the number of investors who reported feeling bullish was up four percentage points from its 2013 poll to 57%.

The last time investor confidence levels were higher than this level was in 2007, when 59% of high net worth investors said they were feeling bullish in the annual international poll.

March 17, 2014

Last year the so-called commodities “supercycle” was widely declared dead, but with price drops – and investors more optimistic about the global economy on the whole – it may be worth rethinking shunning this sector. 

Last year the so-called commodities “supercycle” was widely declared dead, but with price drops – and investors more optimistic about the global economy on the whole – it may be worth rethinking shunning this sector.

From the late 1990s to the 2008 crisis, the price of oil rose 1,062%, while copper shot up 487%, according to investment house Pimco. Behind this meteoric rise were emerging markets where wealth was growing quickly, causing increased demand for food, energy and the inputs of industrialisation and urbanisation.

February 27, 2014

Proposals to reform the way high net worth investors can gain fast-track entry to the UK, including an eBay-style auction of 100 visas, has been met with skepticism by immigration specialists. 

Proposals to reform the way high net worth investors can gain fast-track entry to the UK, including an eBay-style auction of 100 visas, has been met with skepticism by immigration specialists.

The proposals for changes to the Tier 1 investor visa programme from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), a non-departmental public body, included:

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