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    There is a saying in the financial management industry: “If you’ve seen one family office, you’ve seen one family office.” No two are alike. The services that a family office provides are both extensive and highly customized. Rarely do clients hear the word “no,” because each office reflects the individuals it serves. To be responsive to their clients, family offices need a customized technology solution that meets their specific requirements—enabling them to combine personalized service with efficiency and scalability.

    CHALLENGES CONFRONTING FAMILY OFFICES

    While family offices vary, they face common challenges. For example, many family offices are looking for ways to do their work faster, better, and more efficiently—and
    improved technology is often the answer. Integrated technology has become much more important for addressing issues such as:

    • Systems that do not communicate with each other
    • Information that must be manually rekeyed into multiple systems and spreadsheets
    • Extensive reconciliation required to arrive at a single source of the truth


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    Inscribed in the first block of the first blockchain ever created are the words: “The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks,” referring to the London newspaper’s lead story of the day.


    This edition of the newspaper is now one of the most valuable crypto collectibles to date. It’s hard to deny the symbolism in the covert message encoded into the genesis block of the bitcoin blockchain.

    That message signals problems in our modern fiat financial system while introducing a novel system that replaces centralized institutional trust with a system relying on decentralized cryptographic trust.

    Today, bitcoin has celebrated its 10th birthday, despite critics predicting its doom since its inception. With bitcoin came another suite of technologies collectively known as blockchain.

    Despite the actual word “blockchain” not appearing in the original white paper published under the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto in October 2008, it has undoubtedly become one of the most talked about buzzwords in technology and banking, as well as the larger world of finance.

     

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    • Impact investing is growing rapidly, with rising demand for strategies that go beyond traditional risk reduction approaches to produce direct benefits for people and the planet.
    • Institutional investors are among the largest sources of impact capital as the market’s evolution has increased opportunities to earn market-rate returns in scalable investments.
    • The diversity of opportunities in alternative investments across sectors and asset classes in developed and emerging markets provides a range of risk-return profiles to meet the needs of mainstream investors.
    • Potential risks — including exposure to less mature businesses, illiquidity and the wide variation of returns noted in recent studies— place a premium on due diligence in manager selection.
    • Investments in affordable housing, inclusive growth and resource efficiency demonstrate the potential for direct social and environmental impact with financial returns.

     

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  • 28 Feb 2019 by Pamela Meenan

     

     

     

    Why should you care about Chinese onshore equities? How do you invest? Is investing in so-called ‘A-shares’ worth the risks?

    China’s Local Equity Market: ‘…How and Where and Who’, a companion piece to China’s Bond Market: ‘What and Why and When…’, seeks to answer these questions.

    Rudyard Kipling’s six honest serving-men ‘(They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When, And How and Where and Who’ provides an analytical framework to help explain China’s onshore equity market.

    We look at what the A-share market is, who the players are and the factors that drive the market. We show how foreign investor access has improved over the years. We also examine the risks that demand an active investment strategy based on rigorous research.

    For investors looking for a deeper understanding, we employ our proprietary analytical framework to generate a 10-year outlook for investment returns. We also dig deeper into the small but important improvements in corporate governance. These show how efforts to make this market more professional are bearing fruit.

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  • 15 Jan 2019 by Brooke Morimoto

    Arabella Advisors 

    By Kate McAdams

    I get this question fairly frequently: “Is a philanthropic advisor an actual profession?” Why yes, yes it is. And I’m proud to say I am one.

    Recently, I was able to reflect on my experience when Fidelity Charitable sought my input on the development of A Guide to Working with Philanthropy Advisors—a new resource they have developed for families and individuals. Since the resource focuses on what is, for me, a basic existential question – “What is a philanthropic advisor and when/how/why would you ever use one?” – I jumped at the opportunity to contribute my point of view.

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  • 15 Jan 2019 by Brooke Morimoto

     

     

    By Bill Martin, TIAA Investments and Amy M. O'Brien, Head of Nuveen Responsible Investing

    Once perceived as a “niche” area of asset management, responsible investing (RI) now encompasses a rapidly growing, increasingly mainstream array of opportunities across asset classes. In the following article, we present an overview of Nuveen’s differentiated approach to RI in the context of our actively managed fixed income strategies. Our unique strengths in this discipline are built on nearly five decades of leadership in responsible investing and a century of managing fixed income portfolios.

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