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July 4, 2022

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are both terms that have become murky through over-use and misuse. Investors are increasingly sceptical of companies claiming their technology is powered by AI, says Gabriel Douville, principal of Sectoral Asset Management Inc.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are both terms that have become murky through over-use and misuse. Investors are increasingly sceptical of companies claiming their technology is powered by AI.

They question if, in fact, the promised mechanics are little more than computer-driven automation or merely standard multiple, or even single, linear regressions. Deeper investigation often reveals the software does not begin to approach sophisticated ML or deep-learning (DL) algorithms.

July 4, 2022

“Private equity forms the major part of the economic fabric of many developed countries. Therefore, it shouldn’t be viewed merely as an alternative asset, but rather a building block in the constitution of a portfolio – much like bonds,” says Edouard Nouvellon, founder of European financial consultancy Risk Return.

Private equity-backed companies are a vital part of the economy and a significant driver of economic growth. In France, for instance, 120 of the most promising startups are doubling their turnover every year, according to consultancy firm Roland Berger. By contrast, companies in the CAC index are growing at just 3% a year on average.

July 4, 2022

Raphael Roettgen, managing partner of E2MC Ventures, discusses how investing in space doesn’t have to be rocket science.

For many decades, space travel was only possible for government-funded initiatives. More recently, privately funded ventures have taken the step to boldly go where few have gone before. Now, it’s becoming increasingly more rewarding and affordable, and less risky, to invest in a host of off-world initiatives.

June 30, 2022

Recession fears and central-bank tightening are driving market volatility. Equity markets are oversold and US core inflation has likely peaked. This should help markets stabilise and possibly recover over the second half of 2022, says Andrew Pease of Russell Investments.

Recession fears and central-bank tightening are driving market volatility. We think equity markets are oversold, and believe US core inflation has likely peaked. In our view, this should help markets stabilise and possibly recover over the second half of 2022.

June 28, 2022

From one of the oldest noble families in Europe to a leading private banking and asset management group, innovation and adaptability is key to the enduring success of the Princely House Of Liechtenstein. In an exclusive interview, H.S.H. Prince Hubertus von und zu Liechtenstein talks to Campden FB about entrepreneurial spirit, developing a diverse portfolio and flying the flag for his home.

From one of the oldest noble families in Europe to a leading private banking and asset management group, innovation and adaptability is key to the enduring success of the Princely House Of Liechtenstein.

Since the 16th Century, the Princely Family of Liechtenstein have displayed a forward-thinking approach to business, economics and social care that has shaped the German-speaking principality into a pioneering powerhouse.

June 27, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, EssilorLuxottica chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio passes away aged 87; Barry Hearn and son are set to receive a £150 million windfall from Matchroom Sport stake sale; and Henry Cheng's family office bids for control of clothing retailer Giordano.

EssilorLuxottica chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio passes away aged 87
Leonardo Del Vecchio, the chairman of spectacles maker EssilorLuxottica and owner of iconic sunglasses brand Ray-Ban, has died aged 87.

“EssilorLuxottica sadly announces today that its chairman has passed away,” the group said in a statement, adding that the board would meet soon to “Determine the next steps”.

June 23, 2022

Strategic leader Hanadi Jabado talks about how her impactful investment strategy can do good and do well.

Hanadi Jabado is a passionate advocate for entrepreneurship and innovation. When she relocated to the Cambridge ecosystem, her exposure to the best of tech in Europe allowed her to develop a skill for understanding and explaining the needs of early-stage ventures. With successful investments across diverse sectors, she has since seen many startups go on to great things.

June 21, 2022

The potential for uncorrelated, income-driven returns and structural inflation protection are two reasons why an allocation to unlisted infrastructure should be considered, says Michael Steingold of Russell Investments.

The potential for uncorrelated, income-driven returns and structural inflation protection are two reasons why an allocation to unlisted infrastructure should be considered [1]. However, there are several practical challenges facing investors to build and maintain a well-balanced, diversified infrastructure allocation that is appropriately positioned to harvest the benefits of the asset class.

June 21, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Warren Buffett donates $4 billion to charity; Harold Hamm aims to take oil group Continental Resources private; and Ronald Perelman sees big losses as Revlon faces bankruptcy.

Warren Buffett donates $4 billion to charity
Legendary investor and philanthropist Warren Buffett is staying true to his pledge to give away nearly all his personal fortune – valued at $93.4 billion, according to Forbes – with a $4 billion donation to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and four other family charities.

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