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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 2, 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 10, 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.

June 30, 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 17, 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.

May 12, 2021

Being heavily concentrated in a single area and/or business is often the backstory to the creation of wealth in many family instances. US Trust and Campden Research conducted a longitudinal study on family office investing and found that more than 70% of their sample identified that the source of the family wealth originated from the core family business, with 60% having an ongoing operating business.

Being heavily concentrated in a single area and/or business is often the backstory to the creation of wealth in many family instances. US Trust and Campden Research (1) conducted a longitudinal study on family office investing and found that more than 70% of their sample identified that the source of the family wealth originated from the core family business, with 60% having an ongoing operating business.

May 7, 2021

Does it make sense to professionalise the management of my wealth (or that of my family), treating it in a manner comparable to how I treat my company or other businesses? In other words, should we create a family office?

Does it make sense to professionalise the management of my wealth (or that of my family), treating it in a manner comparable to how I treat my company or other businesses? In other words, should we create a family office?

April 29, 2021

The impact of Covid-19 was felt almost immediately in most industries and regions of the world. We believed that the first indicator of the impact of Covid-19 on family and non-family businesses would be reflected in their revenue and that proved to be correct.

The impact of Covid-19 was felt almost immediately in most industries and regions of the world. We believed that the first indicator of the impact of Covid-19 on family and non-family businesses would be reflected in their revenue and that proved to be correct.

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