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November 8, 2016

Switzerland is one of the most stable economies in the world.  Analysts say the Swiss economy is set to expand in 2017 and is currently fairly valued. Tanzeel Akhtar reports

Switzerland is one of the most stable economies in the world.  Analysts say the Swiss economy is set to expand in 2017 and is currently fairly valued. Tanzeel Akhtar reports

The country is known for its neutral political stance, growth economy, strong currency, and low unemployment rate. Not forgetting its highly competitive tax regime. Is Switzerland embarking on another boom phase?

February 8, 2011

Chief executive of carmakers Fiat and Chrysler, Sergio Marchionne, is facing wrath from Italy and the US for his comments on shifting Fiat’s headquarters, and describing the interest rates charged on American bailout loans as “shyster”.

Chief executive of carmakers Fiat and Chrysler, Sergio Marchionne, is facing wrath from Italy and the US for his comments on shifting Fiat's headquarters, and describing the interest rates charged on American bailout loans as "shyster".

January 12, 2011

Frontier markets could see an annual growth of 11% over the next 10 years, predicted asset managers Swiss & Global Asset Management, outperforming many developed and mature emerging markets.

Frontier markets could see an annual growth of 11% over the next 10 years, predicted asset managers Swiss & Global Asset Management, outperforming many developed and mature emerging markets.

Good economic prospects, strong demography and limited penetration by the stock market when compared to the overall GDP are some of the factors that can help these frontier markets grow, said the study.

May 1, 2008

Investors in Russia are reaping the rewards of a strong economy and improving corporate governance policies, discovers Marc Smith

Investors in Russia are reaping the rewards of a strong economy and improving corporate governance policies, discovers Marc Smith

As the credit crunch claims investment bank victims and hits western stock markets, one country is bucking the global trend and providing the savvy investor with a lucrative alternative. The Russian economy has performed exceptionally well in recent times, which has led to seven Russians making it into the top 25 wealthiest people in the world.

February 29, 2008

Family businesses are twice as important to the UK economy as private equity-backed firms, according to a report.

Family businesses are twice as important to the UK economy as private equity-backed firms, according to a report. The UK Family Business Sector report by the Institute of Family Business suggests that family firms generate sales of €1,392 billion compared to €555 billion from private equity-backed firms. The sectors also account for 9.5 million and 2.8 million employees respectively.

The report also suggests that family firms account for 65% of all the private sector enterprises in the UK and are responsible for around 31% of GDP in the whole economy.

January 1, 2004

The wellbeing of owner-managed and family businesses is central to the strength of the European economy as a whole.

The wellbeing of owner-managed and family businesses is central to the strength of the European economy as a whole. These firms account for more than 70% of employment in the EU and make a major contribution to economic output in all member countries. They provide a continuing source of entrepreneurial energy within the existing EU and are sure to play a key role in evolution of the economies of the new member states.

January 1, 2004

I’ve been planning my retirement for some 15 years. I keep a sharp eye on my pension schemes and investments, and quietly rejoice that I never sunk my hard-earned cash into IT companies – firms that rode a tsunami of venture capital in the late 1990s only to come crashing down as the dot-com boom soured.

I've been planning my retirement for some 15 years. I keep a sharp eye on my pension schemes and investments, and quietly rejoice that I never sunk my hard-earned cash into IT companies – firms that rode a tsunami of venture capital in the late 1990s only to come crashing down as the dot-com boom soured. I've stuck to diamond mines, mutual funds and property, after all, there's nothing wrong with hedging your bets.

June 1, 2003

More than half the largest companies in Germany are family-owned. Economic incentives are essential to prevent these businesses from seeking a more favourable economic climate elsewhere

Sabine Klein  is researching and teaching in the family business field at Trier University, Germany, and the INSEAD business school, Fontainebleu, France. She is an Associate with the FBCG, The Family Business Consulting Group, Marietta, Georgia, USA, and a founding board member of IFERA – International Family Enterprise Research Academy, Barcelona, Spain.

More than half the largest companies in Germany are family-owned. Economic incentives are essential to prevent these businesses from seeking a more favourable economic climate elsewhere

April 1, 2003

Family businesses may have a better time weathering the economic downturn on the business front – all the more reason to work hard to keep themselves and their businesses in balance

Bonnie M Brown is President of Transition Dynamics Inc in Eugene, Oregon, USA.

Family businesses may have a better time weathering the economic downturn on the business front – all the more reason to work hard to keep themselves and their businesses in balance

Recently I facilitated discussions among families in business on "finding well-being amidst chaos: keeping yourself, your family and your business in balance". We began with an informal assessment of stressors at the end of a typical family business day in the post-9/11, post-Enron United States. 

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