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September 9, 2021

Family businesses play a critical role internationally and in the context of African economies. However, due to a lack of reliable data their significance and contributions are not fully appreciated or understood. One thing is clear, however—family-owned businesses are the backbone of the African economy.

Family businesses play a critical role internationally and in the context of African economies. However, due to a lack of reliable data their significance and contributions are not fully appreciated or understood. One thing is clear, however—family-owned businesses are the backbone of the African economy.

August 19, 2021

The Albert family of Australia is dedicating its almost 140 years of experience and passion for nurturing music talent and broadcast media to impact investing in a growing number of cultural, environmental and welfare pioneers.

The Albert family of Australia is dedicating its almost 140 years of experience and passion for nurturing music talent and broadcast media to impact investing in a growing number of cultural, environmental and welfare pioneers.

August 19, 2021

Floods in Europe, forest fires in North America and Australia—the impact and tragic results of climate change are starting to dominate the news.

Floods in Europe, forest fires in North America and Australia—the impact and tragic results of climate change are starting to dominate the news.

The actions taken by governments, companies and individuals in the next decade will be crucial if we are to limit the rise in global temperatures. The option of doing nothing has now passed, not just for the environment, but for companies and investors too.

August 18, 2021

Over the last two years, I have interacted closely with a few Indian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and been both a donor as well as an adviser. My aim has been to enable “capacity building” in the NGOs so that they can scale faster, be cost efficient and make a large impact in the communities that they serve.

Over the last two years, I have interacted closely with a few Indian non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and been both a donor as well as an adviser. My aim has been to enable “capacity building” in the NGOs so that they can scale faster, be cost efficient and make a large impact in the communities that they serve.

As a serial entrepreneur in startup businesses, my objectives have also been scale, cost efficiency and impact.

August 3, 2021

Inflation is back, but for how long? Bertie Dannatt, investment director, joins Ruffer Radio to discuss how markets are digesting the return of inflation, and what rising prices mean for consumers and investors alike.

Inflation is back, but for how long?

Bertie Dannatt, investment director, joins Ruffer Radio to discuss how markets are digesting the return of inflation, and what rising prices mean for consumers and investors alike.

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July 11, 2021

What is so attractive about Flipkart, Unacademy, CoinDCX, Swiggy, Byju and Oyo—the new age companies? The answer is their nonlinear business growth and venture capital. For investors it's perpetual activity to find that one-in-a-thousand team whose ambitions to grow the idea nonlinear way and dominate market segments.

What is so attractive about Flipkart, Unacademy, CoinDCX, Swiggy, Byju and Oyo—the new age companies? The answer is their nonlinear business growth and venture capital. For investors it's perpetual activity to find that one-in-a-thousand team whose ambitions to grow the idea nonlinear way and dominate market segments.

Nonlinear ideas become successful after massive scale. Social networks, messaging, e-commerce and gaming have seen huge amounts of venture capital investment.

July 1, 2021

Four interlinked areas deserve the attention of long-term investors: greater geopolitical instability; the digital revolution; domestic political changes in the advanced economies; and the rise of environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations.

The coronavirus crisis has accelerated pre-existing tectonic shifts that are changing the world order.

Four interlinked areas deserve the attention of long-term investors: greater geopolitical instability; the digital revolution; domestic political changes in the advanced economies; and the rise of environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations.

May 18, 2021

We have reached the point where many family offices are open to some form of crypto-assets investment, and a number have allocated serious resources to crypto-assets. In some cases, this is driven by the lure of returns, in other cases by next generation family members advocating crypto investment.

I wrote an article for CampdenFB in November 2017, which included the following statement:

“Only a courageous chief investment officer would stand before a family committee meeting to advocate a crypto investment... But perceptions are changing.”

May 13, 2021

Providing loans to companies has historically been one of the main components of commercial banking activity and goes back hundreds of years. Today, private debt comes in many forms, but most commonly involves non-bank institutions making loans to private companies based on the cashflows generated by the respective business, or for the acquisition of a hard asset (eg, real estate) or acquiring existing loans on the secondary market.

Providing loans to companies has historically been one of the main components of commercial banking activity and goes back hundreds of years. Today, private debt comes in many forms, but most commonly involves non-bank institutions making loans to private companies based on cashflows generated by the respective business, or for the acquisition of a hard asset (eg, real estate) or acquiring existing loans on the secondary market.

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