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Business confidence: boom or bust?
If you've been reading any sort of business news recently, you're likely confused. No one seems quite sure what to make of the economy right now. It's a bit like what we constantly hear about the residential real estate market – house prices seem to be rising and falling in the same location at the same time.

By the time Families In Business readers receive this issue of the magazine, second generation family owner of Korea’s SK Global, Chey Tae Won, will be four months through a three-year jail term he received in June for serious accounting fraud.

Big business or big bucks is the choice presented to a family business through mergers and acquisitions, depending on how it views its future. Melanie Stern explains how the challenges faced by this sector proves that size has never mattered more in either case

At a time when banks are increasingly cautious about lending money, the stock market can be an attractive alternative source of capital for a family business – and, explains Georges van Erck, an IPO need not mean the family loses control of the business

A family business that is mindful of the need for proper planning, monitoring and maintenance of legal issues will ultimately be more profitable and successful over the long-term

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