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Family offices from the banking perspective

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Banks are often the institutions that operate closest to family offices. For this reason, family offices also look to banks more frequently for guidance to ensure they're equipped to facilitate the growth and sustainability of the family enterprises that they serve. But what do banks believe family offices should focus on?

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Blockchain's Potential Within The Family Office
Digital
Blockchain's Potential Within The Family Office
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Since it’s capabilities were first promoted to underpin and support Bitcoin over a decade ago Blockchain has experienced a great deal of hype. While the fintech industry remains the blockchain leader, organizations in other sectors including healthcare, technology, media and telecommunications are expanding their blockchain initiatives.

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Five reasons why Europe is the future of startup investing
Innovation
Five reasons why Europe is the future of startup investing
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European startups have come a long way in the last 10 to 15 years. Back in the 1990s and 2000s, when many of the world’s biggest tech companies, such as Amazon, Google and Facebook were founded, Europe didn’t even feature on the global tech landscape. But with European startups now making their mark on the global stage, the time is right for family offices to get involved.

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Venture investing can deliver high returns in uncertain times
Venture Capital
Venture investing can deliver high returns in uncertain times
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Economic uncertainty and stock market volatility mean family offices are reviewing their investment strategies with a view to safeguarding their portfolios for the future. Covid-19 has thrown all the chips in the air and, while the arrival of a vaccine gives hope that the end of the pandemic is in sight, nobody knows where the pieces will eventually land, for the public markets, property and other mainstream investment classes.

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Family owned hotels and the future of hospitality innovation
Investments
Family owned hotels and the future of hospitality innovation
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Running a hotel is very much like running a big family. Every day there will be something new. Perhaps today the internet is down, tomorrow you’re awarded some prestigious award, next week an unexpected family member is arriving where the hotel is full, or one day the police are at the door to speak to one of the family members.

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Passing on family wealth: bitcoin vs. gold
Cryptocurrency
Passing on family wealth: bitcoin vs. gold
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Gold has long been seen as an effective way to pass on family wealth throughout generations. However, bitcoin is quickly becoming a worthy competitor. As we continue to move into a digital world, family offices are no exception to this and must embrace digital value.

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Protect and grow family wealth through investment time-horizons
Investments
Protect and grow family wealth through investment time-horizons
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For family offices looking to protect and grow family wealth, a time-horizons’ tiered approach to wealth management is paramount. For those charged with financial decision making, these time projections are arguably the most sensible strategy to preserve, grow and transfer wealth within a family context. We look at how pine nuts, pine trees and oak trees can secure wealth for future generations.

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Finding & funding investments with high return
Investments
Finding & funding investments with high return
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It would appear that some Family Offices are now showing a predilection for direct investing to diversify portfolios and build new equity investment. Whether investors are motivated by high returns or other factors, it begs one important question: how best to enter the deal flow slipstream?

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Is impact investing a risky business?
Impact
Is impact investing a risky business?
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As a growing number of asset owners question whether they can manage their assets for more than financial returns, impact investing receives mounting attention. In spite of this, many still believe that impact investments constitute higher risks. We explore how by reframing their relationship to risk, family offices can take bigger bets and win in the long run.

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How can the next generation turn pre-contemporary art into meaningful wealth
Next Generation
How can the next generation turn pre-contemporary art into meaningful wealth
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As the greatest wealth transfer in history is underway, noteworthy heirlooms such as important art collections, historic real estate are being taken over by a new generation. Can these inheritors embrace their new ownership and find ways to make it a meaningful relationship – or will the family jewels be destined for the auction houses? We explore some options.

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Sun Tzu’s lessons for protecting real estate assets during a pandemic
Investments
Sun Tzu’s lessons for protecting real estate assets during a pandemic
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Sun Tzu’s 'The Art of War' has inspired military commanders from around the world to succeed in battle, since being written some 2,500 years ago by the master tactician and philosopher. How can we apply his learnings to the “battle” we face today, as we defend and prepare our real estate portfolios for the continuing onslaught of the pandemic, and help to mitigate the risks that will ensue?

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A Simple guide to Family Offices
A Simple guide to Family Offices

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Family Office Software Review 2020
Family Office Software Review 2020

Private wealth owners around the globe are busy retooling their operations using family office technology. At Simple, we constantly evaluate the family office software landscape.

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Family Office Trends 2020
Family Office Trends 2020

Family offices, like most organizations, are facing some interesting times. How can Family Offices be resilient and ever more relevant in this changing landscape? Here are our top ten trends which we believe will define the next decade of family offices.

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Family Office Trends 2021
Family Office Trends 2021

2020 has been a year of monumental change, as everything from daily routines and long term ambitions have been disrupted beyond recognition. As people around the globe strive to press on in an uncertain future, we explore the top 10 trends that family offices and privately-owned businesses should be aware of as they move into 2021 and beyond.

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Multi-Family Office Review 2020
Multi-Family Office Review 2020

For some, the term ‘multi-family office’ may conjure up images of an industry stuck in yesteryear. However, as a new influx of wealth owners make their way into the private wealth space, things are changing — specifically in the multi family office segment. Here’s our review of the multi-family offices in 2020.

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