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July 1, 2004

Returns of 500% sounds pretty juicy, but nothing’s for free. Melanie Stern scratches the surface of film investment and finds that this silver screen temptation is, well, just a boring old tax shelter – albeit a useful but ill-understood one

Melanie Stern is section editor of Families in Business magazine.

Returns of 500% sounds pretty juicy, but nothing's for free. Melanie Stern scratches the surface of film investment and finds that this silver screen temptation is, well, just a boring old tax shelter – albeit a useful but ill-understood one

You might think it would take a pretty radical game of free association to link film and hedge fund investment, but it's simple. The relation is three-fold - big due diligence and regulatory concerns make them both very high risk.

May 1, 2004

Buying a superyacht means buying a lifestyle. It is the ultimate luxury purchase but it need not be a tax burden – provided that you take good professional advice

Howard Callow  is general manager of private client service at Bank of Bermuda, Isle of Man. (Reprinted from Private Wealth Management 2004.)

Buying a superyacht means buying a lifestyle. It is the ultimate luxury purchase but it need not be a tax burden – provided that you take good professional advice

March 1, 2004

With frequent business flyers acknowledging that commercial airlines may no longer offer the level of service required, more and more people are turning to the concept of fractional ownership of private jets

Mark Dye is a freelance journalist and Managing Editor of Penton Europe, a media group specialising in business to business publishing.

With frequent business flyers acknowledging that commercial airlines may no longer offer the level of service required, more and more people are turning to the concept of fractional ownership of private jets

You've arrived at the airport. You were stuck in traffic on the way. And the news is about to get worse. Your flight has been delayed.

March 1, 2004

Sandy Lane in Barbados and Vail in Colorado are two luxury destinations at opposite ends of the thermometer. Both have much to offer the first-class traveller – but require a vastly different mind-set from their guests

Sandy Lane in Barbados and Vail in Colorado are two luxury destinations at opposite ends of the thermometer. Both have much to offer the first-class traveller – but require a vastly different mind-set from their guests

Vail, surrounded by world-class skiing in the Rocky Mountains, demands an active outdoor lifestyle while Sandy Lane recuperates its guests by slowing the pace to a luxurious standstill.

March 1, 2004

Wine has long been a popular collectible and investment – but do nothing without competent advice in this expert’s market, says Melanie Stern

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Wine has long been a popular collectible and investment – but do nothing without competent advice in this expert's market, says Melanie Stern

When one thinks of wine, images of wealthy chateaux owners in southern France springs to mind, walking barefoot over slate kitchen floors, a cellar-full of vintage Bordeaux quietly gathering dust.

March 1, 2004

The Fisher, Oetker, Lauder, Sabanci and Johnson families are all collectors of classical and contemporary art, a market that increasingly offers more than just intellectual returns, explains Melanie Stern

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

The Fisher, Oetker, Lauder, Sabanci and Johnson families are all collectors of classical and contemporary art, a market that increasingly offers more than just intellectual returns, explains Melanie Stern

It is probably one of the most popular collectibles among the wealthy but now commonly classed as an alternative investment outperforming many equities. Art as an investment offers increasingly attractive financial as well as emotional returns.

September 1, 2003

It is Switzerland’s oldest and most revered chocolatier with an international reputation for excellence, but remains a one-town operation as part of its strategy to maintain exclusivity.

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

It is Switzerland's oldest and most revered chocolatier with an international reputation for excellence, but remains a one-town operation as part of its strategy to maintain exclusivity.

February 1, 2002

The survival, integrity and growth instincts of family firms have helped the Indian diamond polishing industry expand into a major industry dominated by family-owned and managed firms

The diamond cutting and polishing industry presents a remarkable case in the field of family business in India. It provides an interesting landscape to view and investigate, as its distinguishing characteristics include unique features and approaches to management practised by the family firms that dominate the scene.

Indian industrial scene

January 1, 2002

The business of haute horlogerie is specialised and dominated by a small number of firms. Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, Vice-President of Chopard, reveals how their family business has remained one of the leaders

When German jewellery- and watchmaker, Karl Scheufele, bought the small Chopard Swiss watchmaking firm in 1963, his intention was to develop a distinctive brand, while maintaining a tight control over the production process.

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