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April 1, 2020

When the elements speak, elemental forces are unleashed, and it is important, in the middle of this storm, to capture the right tone of voice. Any false attempt to give reassurance, to boast about early success, to bury oneself in clichés, is unhelpful—even worse, it is historic: by the time these words are read, events will have unfolded which make them, as the CD music reviews have it, ‘Of historic interest only’. We are a long way from terra firma; at the time of writing, it’s a case of ‘so far, so good’. If this were a tennis match, all we could say is that we’ve had a decent first set.

March 30, 2020

In this unprecedented time of high uncertainty from a sanitary and economic perspective, the different drivers at play are moving in different directions. These forces make the exercise of GDP forecasting quite tricky and not particularly helpful for the time being.

In this unprecedented time of high uncertainty from a sanitary and economic perspective, the different drivers at play are moving in different directions. These forces make the exercise of GDP forecasting quite tricky and not particularly helpful for the time being.

As of the writing of this article on 25 March, 2020, markets are leading the real economic cycle and therefore they will bottom before the end of the pandemic. However, they will calm down and be reassured on the path forward when they can anchor expectations on three points:

March 28, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic may take an unprecedented toll on a family’s mental health, as well as their business wealth, with some members reacting to the threat with fear, aggression or optimism, while millennial next gens are coming of age in leadership.

The coronavirus pandemic may take an unprecedented toll on a family’s mental health, as well as their business wealth, with some members reacting to the threat with fear, aggression or optimism, while millennial next gens are coming of age in leadership.

March 27, 2020

James Dyson says “race is on” to make 10,000 coronavirus ventilators, Escarrer family braces Melia Hotels for coronavirus and world recovery, AB InBev adapts to changing consumer tastes with premiumisation strategy.

James Dyson says “race is on” to make 10,000 coronavirus ventilators

Sir James Dyson, the UK billionaire entrepreneur who made his fortune by inventing a cyclonic vacuum cleaner, has been commissioned by the UK government to make 10,000 critical ventilating machines for the country’s health service in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

March 24, 2020

Sir James Matthew, the 19th century Anglo-Irish judge, is reputed once to have said: “In England, justice is open to all, like the Ritz Hotel.” That may be the hope of Sir Frederick Barclay, who, with his daughter Amanda, recently began proceedings in the High Court in London alleging that their private discussions in the hotel had been bugged for months by children and at least one grandchild of Sir Frederick’s estranged brother, Sir David.

March 23, 2020

The families behind a British hospitality group, a German automaker and an emirates conglomerate are doing their bit in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic by cancelling commercial rents, providing face masks and donating ambulances.

The families behind a British hospitality group, a German automaker and an emirates conglomerate are doing their bit in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic by cancelling commercial rents, providing face masks and donating ambulances.

Fuller, Smith and Turner, the UK’s 174-year-old family-controlled pub and hotel business temporarily closed its entire managed pubs and hotels estate from today until further notice. There have been 5,683 cases and 281 deaths in the UK from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

March 23, 2020

The boards of family businesses need to step up their professionalisation to broaden succession planning, introduce the next generation and improve the gender mix, says a leading international family business consultant.

The boards of family businesses need to step up their professionalisation to broaden succession planning, introduce the next generation and improve the gender mix, says a leading international family business consultant.

March 23, 2020

Seeking to escape the inflation of the 1970s, policymakers have inadvertently engineered an equally powerful deflation machine. Over the past 30 years, this has been mightily reinforced by the transformation of China’s economy and the impact of technology.

Seeking to escape the inflation of the 1970s, policymakers have inadvertently engineered an equally powerful deflation machine. Over the past 30 years, this has been mightily reinforced by the transformation of China’s economy and the impact of technology.

March 19, 2020

Securing global supply lines, switching to mass production of hand sanitiser and protecting employees while calling for unity are among the ways family businesses are facing down the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic.

Securing global supply lines, switching to mass production of hand sanitiser and protecting employees while calling for unity are among the ways family businesses are facing down the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic.

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