U.S. College Endowment Funds: What Are They Good For?
June 29. 2020
In a year rife with crises, America’s higher education institutions are facing their toughest battle in history. On the one hand, students are questioning the value paying for an expensive college degree when their university experience is vastly diminished.
Sovereign Wealth Fund Investors Make Big Moves as the World Emerges From Crisis
June 26. 2020
Sovereign Wealth Funds - some of the most influential investors in the world - have made big moves in the past few months. As asset prices adjusted to the pandemic’s impact, sovereign funds swooped in to target bargains, diversify their portfolio and shift their investment strategy.
The East-West Wage Gap for Family Offices is Narrowing
June 20. 2020
Family office professionals working in the United States were once again the most well-paid in the world. However, C-suite executives at Asian family offices are rapidly catching up.
VCs commit to making a difference
June 05. 2020
Institutional investors and venture capitalists have stepped in to bridge the gaps in funding for founders who are ethnic minorities. Last year, 77.1% of founders who raised venture capital were white, according to Crunchbase. Meanwhile, less than 1% were African American.
China’s Loss Could Be India’s Gain in 2020
June 02. 2020
With a mounting global backlash, China's reputation has been dented by the ongoing health and economic crisis. Investors and business leaders must now consider whether their overexposure to a single country has jeopardized their portfolio or supply chains. Rival regional power India is attempting to position itself as a viable alternative.
New Zealand Emerges As A Safe Haven for the World’s Wealthiest
May 17. 2020
For years, wealthy families and investors flocked to New Zealand to seek a safe haven from global turmoil. This year, the island nation cemented its reputation as a safe and stable oasis by facing down multiple threats to its economic and social fabric.
World’s Priciest Property Market Is Losing Its Biggest Customer
May 14. 2020
The flow of capital from Mainland China into Hong Kong’s properties has been nearly invincible for decades. The price of each square foot on the island has been closely correlated with per capita wealth creation on the mainland. Now, it seems both are under undeniable pressure.
The Rebound in China’s Luxury Demand Could Signal a V-Shaped Recovery
May 07. 2020
Investors across the world are now bracing for the economic aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. As countries gradually emerge from extended lockdown over the next few weeks, institutional investors and industry veterans have been debating whether the economy will quickly bounce back (a “V-shaped” recovery) or take years to recover (“L-shaped”).
Japan: Distressed Assets Emerge in the Land of the Rising Sun
April 29. 2020
Private equity giants and wealthy investors seem to be on the lookout for distressed assets in Japan. The surge in distress fund assets in recent weeks suggest the country’s authorities may have tackled the Covid-19 health crisis better than the consequent economic crisis.
Saudi Arabia’s Attempts To Diversify Have Backfired
April 16, 2020
One-fifth of the world’s proven oil reserves, an estimated 268 billion barrels worth many trillions of dollars, lie underneath the soil of Saudi Arabia. Unfortunately, crude oil isn’t worth as much as it used to be as investors retreated from the energy sector in recent years. This plunge has compelled the kingdom’s royal family, the House of Saud, to attempt an ambitious and unprecedented attempt to diversify the nation’s sovereign wealth.