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May 9, 2013

Superyachts are getting bigger and bigger, seemingly oblivious to economic woes. What is it that makes them such a desired object?

If you travelled to the shipyard of the fourth-generation shipbuilder Lürssen in the German town of Bremen-Vegesack at the moment, you would be greeted by a spectacular sight. Floating in one of the docks there is a ship so big that it resembles an aerodynamic block of flats. It looks more like a particularly sleek spaceship than something you might expect to see floating in the water.

May 8, 2013

Record prices being paid for top-end art work and a big increase in insurance cover for them show the asset class is more popular than ever, as demand for tangible investments continues to flourish.

Record prices being paid for top-end art work and a big increase in insurance cover for them show the asset class is more popular than ever, as demand for tangible investments continues to flourish.

Sotheby’s recent sale of impressionist and modern art in New York managed to raise the second-highest amount in the category since the financial crisis began in 2008.

May 2, 2013

The wealthy are less in love with their banks than they are with the other brands and services they spend their money on due to banks' failure to capitalise on digital marketing opportunities, according to recent research.

The wealthy are less in love with their banks than they are with the other brands and services they spend their money on due to banks' failure to capitalise on digital marketing opportunities, according to recent research.

April 30, 2013

The value of prime real estate in New York, London, Hong Kong and Singapore is set to rise by 27% in the next five years, due to the growing number of ultra-high net worth individuals globally, according to recent research.

The value of prime real estate in New York, London, Hong Kong and Singapore is set to rise by 27% in the next five years, due to the growing number of ultra-high net worth individuals globally, according to recent research.

The Global Prime Sector Report – published by property developers Candy & Candy, Deutsche Bank and estate agent Savills – found that by 2017 the UHNW population was expected to increased by 20%, with their collective wealth increasing by 30% as international markets recover.

April 5, 2013

The number of wealthy families that have opted for so-called written constitutions to resolve potential conflicts has surged since the onset of the financial crisis, according to a new survey.

The number of wealthy families that have opted for so-called written constitutions to resolve potential conflicts has surged since the onset of the financial crisis, according to a new survey.

Stonehage Group, a multi family office based in London, said that more than 20% of its ultra-high net worth clients, many of them family businesses, now have written constitutions, compared with just a few percent before the financial crisis.

March 29, 2013

Ownership of a private jet endorses super-rich status, but running costs might tip even the most cost-conscious owner into the ranks of the poor if they’re not careful.

Ownership of a private jet endorses super-rich status, but running costs might tip even the most cost-conscious owner into the ranks of the poor if they’re not careful.

March 18, 2013

Family offices are rotating out of cash and bonds, and are instead upping their investments in equities and real estate, according to research. 

Family offices are rotating out of cash and bonds, and are instead upping their investments in equities and real estate, according to research.

The study by fund management firm Somerset Capital, which surveyed 51 family offices – predominantly from Europe – earlier this year, found 48% planned to increase their allocation to equities in 2013. Half of respondents said they wanted to boost their investments in real estate, while 46% were looking to bolster their private equity allocations.

March 14, 2013

Global equity markets might have rallied at the beginning of 2013, but there is still plenty of uncertainty about the health of the world economy.

Global equity markets might have rallied at the beginning of 2013, but there is still plenty of uncertainty about the health of the world economy.

Equity markets and risk appetite have come back to life so emphatically in recent months that it’s fair to ask if we are moving into a “post-crisis era”. Is this the true beginning of recovery, not just of our battered economies but also of our investment returns? Can they regain the heights enjoyed before all the trouble started?

March 12, 2013

Gina Rinehart, Australia's richest woman, can breath a small sigh of relief knowing she has one less family member to fight in an ongoing legal dispute. 

Gina Rinehart, Australia's richest woman, can breath a small sigh of relief knowing she has one less family member to fight in an ongoing legal dispute.

Rinehart has reached a financial settlement with her estranged daughter Hope Rinehart Welker – one of three of her children involved in litigation to remove her as sole trustee of their trust fund.

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