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December 2, 2015

Entrepreneurs in Asia are more likely to take a long-term approach to their enterprise, according to new research – less than a quarter in China intend to exit their businesses compared to half in the UK.

Entrepreneurs in Asia are more likely to take a long-term approach to their enterprise, according to new research – less than a quarter in China intend to exit their businesses compared to half in the UK.

They are also more likely to keep their wealth in the business, with the average turnover in the region sitting at $12 million, compared to $6 million in the West; while their personal wealth is averages $16.2 million – 26% lower than Western entrepreneurs in the US and Europe.

November 27, 2015

Low interest rates and lacklustre returns in equities helped the hedge fund asset category gain the largest growth in allocations this year, but a diverse investment strategy from external managers meant that returns were a mixed bag.

The multi-year trend of family offices taking on more risk continued in 2015, triggering a two percentage point increase in allocations to hedge funds, according to the second annual Global Family Office Report.

Data revealed that the average family office portfolio allocated approximately 9% to hedge funds in 2015, up from 7% the year before, making it the fastest growing asset class for the year.

November 25, 2015

Three quarters of European family businesses are operating internationally, and 23% say furthering growth abroad is their top priority over the next two years, according to new research.

Three quarters of European family businesses are operating internationally, and 23% say furthering growth abroad is their top priority over the next two years, according to new research.

This is at odds with a common perception that family businesses tend to be domestically-focussed, said the KPMG report European Family Business Trends.

The report was based on research that included surveys with 125 family businesses and a further 125 high net worth individuals.

November 20, 2015

Universities remained the main destinations for multi-million dollar donations in 2014, despite a 8% drop in the total number of charitable gifts overall, according to a recently published study of donor trends in six regions around the world.

Universities remained the main destinations for multi-million dollar donations in 2014, despite a 8% drop in the total number of charitable gifts overall, according to a recently published study of donor trends in six regions around the world.

November 6, 2015

Millennials with an entrepreneurial spark have founded twice as many businesses as their counterparts in the Baby Boomer generation, according to a new report from BNP Paribas and Scorpio Partnership, with the overwhelming majority coming from family businesses themselves.

Millennials with an entrepreneurial spark have founded twice as many businesses as their counterparts in the Baby Boomer generation, according to a new report from BNP Paribas and Scorpio Partnership, with the overwhelming majority coming from family businesses themselves.

October 23, 2015

Policies on paying out from investment portfolios should be regularly reviewed to preserve value and prevent large fluctuations in annual spending, according to a new report.

Policies on paying out from investment portfolios should be regularly reviewed to preserve value and prevent large fluctuations in annual spending, according to a new report.

Produced by London-based private investment office Capital Generation Partners, the study advocated “hybrid” spending policies to balance short-term and long-term interests.

September 18, 2015

An increasing number of family business leaders in same-sex relationships are sharing the responsibilities of the top spot with their partners, according to a new report that explores the changing face of the sector.

An increasing number of family business leaders in same-sex relationships are sharing the responsibilities of the top spot with their partners, according to a new report that explores the changing face of the sector.

July 28, 2015

The wealth management sector is facing increasing competition from technology firms, so what qualities are keeping the leading firms afloat? 

At a time when the world is gearing up for the largest wealth transfer in history and entrepreneurial teenagers are making millions from their basements, wealth managers and family offices are seeking ways to serve an increasingly youthful client base.

The dynamic change has brought with it a greater focus on technology. A tech-savvy generation are open to wealth management services that don’t require face-to-face interaction and prefer to manage their investments through user-friendly financial software.

May 29, 2015

A new wave of successful multi-generational family businesses is expected to emerge from the current class of self-made billionaires, new research predicts.

A new wave of successful multi-generational family businesses is expected to emerge from the current class of self-made billionaires, new research predicts.

The 2015 Billionaires Report said data analysis of 1,300 billionaires from the last 19 years showed most US and European self-made billionaires choose to keep their businesses that built their wealth (60%), with one-third (30%) selling pieces of their business via an IPO or trade sale, while 10% cash out.

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