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September 30, 2022

Private markets investment platform Titanbay investigates why private debt is one of the world’s fastest-growing alternative asset classes.

Private debt is one of the world’s fastest-growing alternative asset classes. Over the past decade, the market has grown 13.5% on average annually, with assets under management (AUM) hitting $1.2 trillion at the end of last year, according to Preqin [1]. The same report notes that this represents the second quickest pace of growth of all private market asset classes, behind only infrastructure.

September 28, 2022

Unicorns are being created at a faster rate in Europe than anywhere else in the world. Private markets investment platform Titanbay takes a look at the structural changes driving the acceleration.

Unicorns are being created at a faster rate in Europe than anywhere else in the world. Private markets investment platform Titanbay takes a look at the structural changes driving this acceleration.

Europe has been breeding unicorns at a record pace. The number of startups valued at $1 billion or more hit at least 78 last year, up from 17 in 2020, according to PitchBook data [1]. That pace of growth was higher than in the US and Asia, where the venture capital ecosystem is more established.

September 26, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, the Trump family is sued for inflating their net worth by billions; Anders Hedin lines up a takeover of UK car dealer Pendragon; and Crypto billionaire Jihan Wu buys Singapore’s Fort Knox.

Trump family sued for inflating net worth by billions
Former US president Donald Trump (pictured left) and his three eldest children, have been landed with a fraud lawsuit following an investigation into their family company, the Trump Organization.  

The lawsuit, brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James following a three-year civil investigation, alleges that the Trump Organization committed acts of fraud in the decade between 2011-2021.

September 20, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, billionaire Yvon Chouinard gives away Patagonia to fight the climate crisis; B&M discount chain boss Simon Arora retires early; and Lululemon founder Chip Wilson donates millions to British Columbia's wilderness.

Billionaire Yvon Chouinard gives away Patagonia to fight climate crisis
Yvon Chouinard, the billionaire founder of sportwear brand Patagonia, has announced he is giving away his entire company to a charitable trust to help fight the climate crisis.

The label, which has long since traded on its sustainability credentials - including guaranteeing its clothes for life - is now in the hands of a structured trust, which has been designed to direct all company profits into halting the crisis.

September 20, 2022

Despite the Bank of Japan resolutely sticking to its policy of negative interest rates and yield curve control in 2022, might it about to change course asks Jamie Dannhauser of Ruffer LLP?

So far in 2022, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) has resolutely stuck to its policy of negative interest rates and yield curve control (YCC), despite the dramatic hawkish shift from the US Federal Reserve (the Fed) and, more recently, the yen’s nosedive. Might the BoJ be about to change course?

September 12, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Mike Ashley plots a takeover of historic Savile Row tailor Gieves & Hawkes; Robert Hersov plans to buy multiple South African airports; and Leonard N. Stern reportedly agrees to return ancient artifacts to Greece.

Mike Ashley plots historic Savile Row tailor takeover
Frasers Group, the shopping empire founded by British retail billionaire Mike Ashley, is among the remaining bidders contending for ownership of the historic tailors Gieves & Hawkes, according to Sky News.

September 6, 2022

You might not realise the impact that behavioural biases in investment decision making can have. But understanding behavioural finance can help in avoiding losses over the long term says Russell Investments.

You might not realise the impact that behavioural biases in investment decision making can have. But understanding behavioural finance can help in avoiding losses over the long term.
 

September 5, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, tributes are paid to Cyrus Mistry; Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky’s Royal Mail stake is under a national security review; and MacKenzie Scott donates $44 million to a mentoring organisation.

Tributes paid to billionaire ex-chairman of Tata Sons, Cyrus Mistry
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has led tributes to business leader Cyrus Mistry, who has died in a car accident in western India. The Indian-born Irish businessman and former chairman of Indian conglomerate Tata Sons was 54.

“The untimely demise of Shri Cyrus Mistry is shocking,” said Modi on Twitter. “He was a promising business leader who believed in India’s economic prowess. His passing away is a big loss to the world of commerce and industry.”

September 2, 2022

Anyone can be taken in by financial bubbles, says Lauren French of Ruffer LLP; that's why they're so dangerous.

Anyone can be taken in by financial bubbles; that's why they're so dangerous. It’s also why we at Ruffer believe that navigating bubbles – steering the ship safely past the Charybdis of irrational exuberance – is the most important duty we owe to our clients.

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