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Welcome to the Global Family Office Report 2016

Welcome to the Global Family Office Report 2016 website. Now in its third year of publication the Global Family Office Report 2016 provides an analysis and evaluation of the current and prospective outlook of family offices around the world. This 74 page report focuses on the investments, structures, and purpose of family offices, providing longitudinal data across multiple regions. This site contains a small selection of key findings from the report.


The composite global portfolio of family offices gave meagre returns in 2015. Returns were disappointing across most of the asset classes with private equity and real estate among the few bright spots. Europe produced the strongest regional performance compared to North America, Asia-Pacific and Emerging Markets (ex Asia-Pacific). Read more


Over a third of family offices are more or significantly more cost conscious than they were 12 months ago. Early indications are positive that they are managing to stem the tide of the cost increases observed last year, with multi-year participants reporting operating costs (before external managers performance fees) decreases from 2015 to 2016. Read more


The Global Family Office Report series has repeatedly shown that the raison d’être of family offices is intergenerational wealth management – in 2016, this is again ranked as the top objective. In this regard, succession of the family office was a focus area. A majority of family offices expect a generational transition in the next 15 years, making this a pressing issue for the community. Asked what the main governance priority was for the next 12-24 months, family offices put ‘implementing a succession plan’ at the very top of the list. Read more

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