Inside Family Office Association Martha’s Vineyard 2016

We are pleased to share with you an inside look at our 2016 retreat at Martha’s Vineyard. This year our member families gathered for an intimate event with sessions and activities. We were blessed with unbelievably beautiful weather and great people. If you’re curious about what our events are like hear directly from our community in their […]

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Lifestyle: Investing In An Art Fund?

Lifestyle- Investing In An Art Fund?

With recent art prices reaching record highs across nearly every collecting genre, medium and period and art being dubbed “the new asset class,” art investment funds have returned to the marketplace as viable alternative investments. Still an emerging industry, there are now an estimated fifty art funds in the United States and new global sectors […]

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Lifestyle: US Colleges and the Economy

Lifestyle- US Colleges and the Economy

Amidst the global economic crisis, preparing today’s students for the future–and the new realities of business and life–is more important than ever. The hallmarks of the U.S. system of higher education, innovation and creative problem solving, are critical to students’ futures. Colleges and universities, despite budget strains resulting from declining endowments and increased demand for […]

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On Asset Protection Planning

On Asset Protection Planning

For as long as there has been a legal system, there have been two basic questions examined in the context of any civil litigation. The first question is one of liability; specifically, whether the defendant has done anything wrong. If the question of liability is answered in the affirmative, the second question, that of damages, […]

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Introduction to Carbon Emissions Markets Regulated and Proposed Markets in the U.S. and Abroad

Introduction to Carbon Emissions Markets Regulated and Proposed Markets in the U.S. and Abroad

On June 26, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2454, the historic American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES). Should the Senate pass a bill and the President sign it into law, the resulting U.S. federal cap-and-trade market would create an estimated six billion CO2 emission allowances annually1. This will follow […]

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Compensating the CEO of a Single Family Office

Compensating the CEO of a Single Family Office

As a family member responsible for a single family office, assume you have just hired the ideal candidate to be the CEO – he or she is smart, personable, with great communication skills and with the background and maturity to manage all the multiple issues that can arise in operating the SFO. But the next […]

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The Family Foundation and the L3C

The Family Foundation and the L3C

The social sector is facing enormous challenges. Government support has dried up as staggering budgetary shortfalls divert federal and state resources toward basic services. The recession has taken its toll on philanthropy while philanthropic need is greater than it has been at any me since the Great Depression: The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently reported that […]

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The Search for Talent: Family Offices

The economic dislocations of the past two years have brought closer two hitherto relatively unrelated markets: family offices that own significant wealth in the form of business assets, investments, real estate, and cash; and senior level hedge fund professionals. An awareness of the need for greater investment sophistication and a desire to obtain the advantages enjoyed by […]

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