Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have already proliferated as a form of ownership for previously unownable digital assets like digital art.

In short, they create scarcity for items by defining an ‘original’ version of a digital asset and recording their purchase and ownership on a public and transparent blockchain ledger.

Ballooning prices have prompted intense speculation on the nascent technology. With this visibility, NFTs seem poised to become a key component of the way digital ecosystems function with the exclusivity they give a buyer.

Marketplaces are already taking advantage of this opportunity. In March 2021, OpenSea raised $23 million in venture capital…

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Today’s understanding of economics was largely conceived in response to the problems of the 1970’s. These solutions — Thatcherism and Reaganomics — have survived pretty much unchecked for forty years. That laissez-faire approach to the economy has coincided with a creeping and persistent rise in inequality.

Now, however, after COVID and with the US budget deficit topping $4tn and set to rise further, we have likely entered a new and equally radically bold economic period. Like the last one, this is probably best described as a giant experiment. In many ways, President Biden’s levelling up agenda will make the US…

By Francis Menassa

“UK charity group DEBRA, which funds research and healthcare to support individuals and families affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), has recently stepped up its fundraising efforts in an effort to fight the rare condition”, — says Francis Menassa.

EB is a group of inherited skin disorders that cause skin to blister and tear at the slightest touch. Those suffering from EB experience painful wounds on their hands and the soles of their feet, and in some cases, internal linings and organs are also affected. …

While restaurants in London come and go with each passing fad, the key to long-standing credibility lies in food steeped in tradition

The London food scene is a fickle arena. Fads come and go with each passing season, and restaurant goers are becoming more and more sophisticated in their expectations of both the food they eat and the environment in which they consume it. Restaurateurs need to be at the top of their game to deliver that special something to keep diners returning meal after meal.

In the year to March 2019, 768 restaurants, unable to deliver on that certain…

Roughly £5.5 trillion is due to be passed between generations over the next 30 years in the UK according to the Kings Court Trust, however, a recent study found that only half of all ultra high-net-worth (UHNW) individuals have a robust succession plan in place.

This is concerning because it takes time to devise a comprehensive strategy to transfer wealth, and decision-making responsibilities, to the next generation. There can be numerous obstacles to overcome. The head of the family may not be ready to hand over responsibilities. Beneficiaries may not be prepared to accept responsibility. …

Francis Menassa, the CEO and founder of JAR Capital, resides in Oxshott, Surrey. He has an LLB (Hons) in Law from the University of Buckingham. His successful private banking career has lasted over 20 years and is still going strong today. It all started with a job at Merrill Lynch, which Francis Menassa started in 1996. Then, in 2001, he began working at Credit Suisse. Seven years later, he and his senior partner at Credit Suisse decided to go independent. They created a wealth and asset management firm called Plurimi Capital.

With many years of experience under his belt, Francis…

By Francis Menassa

Founder of JAR Capital, an independent wealth and asset management firm based in St. James’s, London

Whether it is cash in transit or maintaining the security of ATMs, crime is a real challenge for the cash logistics industry. But advancements in telematics — using location information to track and secure assets — are playing a vital role in keeping the criminals at bay.

The delivery and collection of cash, as well as other high-value assets, has long been seen by criminals as an easy target. Cash machines have also been targeted with cybercrimes such as cashout fraud…

By Francis Menassa — Founder of JAR Capital, an independent wealth and asset management firm based in St. James’s

In the last two years investment in sustainable fixed-income assets has been gathering pace. According to a report published by the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance, investing in ESG fixed income now accounts for over a third of responsible investing, an increase of 34% in two years.

Interest in environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors should come as no surprise, however; shifting social norms and evidence of worsening climate conditions are of course major contributing factors to this trend. …

Francis Menassa

Francis Menassa is the CEO and Founder of JAR Capital, an independent wealth and asset management firm based in St. James’s.

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