Professionalizing the Family Business
July 14. 2020
The culture and structure of a family business is organically unique. Most family-owned companies reflect their founder’s ambitions and personal values. Successive generations preserve and cement these values as part of the organization’s culture. However, to grow and evolve, families need to step beyond the clan. Recruiting, retaining and developing external talent is a key element for any family-owned company that aims to professionalize operations.
Navigating COVID’s Impact on Investments: Q&A With Blu Family Office’s Christian Armbruester
July 11, 2020
In this interview with MarketCurrents WealthNet, Blu Family Office’s founder and chief investment officer Christian Armbruester shares his team’s strategy for mitigating tail-end risks for clients and their outlook for the future.
Three Signals Indicate That the Stock Market is Overvalued
July 04. 2020
The American stock market could be historically overvalued. Experts, ranging from investment bankers to hedge fund investors, are raising concerns that stocks prices on the S&P 500 do not fully reflect the chaotic state of the nation’s economy and its bleak prospects for a post-COVID world.
Could Better Governance Lead to Higher Valuations?
June 16. 2020
Investors across the world study every aspect of a business before deploying capital. However, one of these aspects has been somewhat overlooked: corporate governance.
Luxury Hotels Redefine Themselves for a Post-Covid World
May 29. 2020
Luxury hotels have been at the epicenter of the ongoing crisis. Social distancing and blocked international barriers have brought a thriving industry to its knees. Now, investors and wealthy owners of luxury hotels across the world are preparing for a post-COVID world in unique ways.
CLOs: The Riskiest Investments in Family Office Portfolios Could be the Most Vulnerable in 2020
May 21. 2020
Surging capital and dipping yields pushed wealthy investors to riskier assets until last year. Now, the ongoing pandemic and incoming economic crisis could trigger a drastic contraction in the riskiest asset classes in family office and institutional portfolios.
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.
Noteworthy Investors Are Struggling to Find Distress As the Market Rebounds
May 11. 2020
Despite the volatility in 2020, noteworthy investors haven’t had a chance to deploy their immense capital in blockbuster deals. Warren Buffett, for example, sold some of his positions instead of adding more or securing a major deal. Berkshire has now completely divested its stake in major American airlines. However, the cash generated from these transactions and decades of cash flow from Berkshire’s various businesses were not redeployed. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway had a record $137 billion in cash at the end of March. In his meeting with shareholders last week, the Oracle of Omaha sounded cautious about the road ahead and said “We don’t see anything that attractive,” during the meeting.
Oil Price Crash Waves a Red Flag for Global Investors
April 21, 2020
An unprecedented slide in the price of crude oil this week could be an indication of economic pain ahead for global investors. A barrel of West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the benchmark for US oil, traded for $-40 yesterday, the first time it has...
Essential Property Could Be The Safest of Safe Havens
April 18. 2020
Investors usually retreat to hard assets as a safe haven during economic downturns. However, last month’s downturn was anything but ordinary.