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May 1, 2004

Around 1% of family businesses use venture capital as a source of funding, compared with more than 25% of non-family businesses. So how can venture capital be made more palatable to family firms, asks Tony Bogod

Tony Bogod is chief executive of the BDO Centre for Family Business. www.bdo.co.uk

Around 1% of family businesses use venture capital as a source of funding, compared with more than 25% of non-family businesses. So how can venture capital be made more palatable to family firms, asks Tony Bogod

May 1, 2004

Melanie Stern talks to Urs Roth, CEO of the Swiss Bankers’ Association, in a frank analysis of the arguments surrounding Swiss banking secrecy laws, surely one of the longest-running disagreements in the financial services industry and of great interest to wealthy business families

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Melanie Stern talks to Urs Roth, CEO of the Swiss Bankers' Association, in a frank analysis of the arguments surrounding Swiss banking secrecy laws, surely one of the longest-running disagreements in the financial services industry and of great interest to wealthy business families

What are the basic differences between the Swiss banking secrecy laws and those commonly used elsewhere?

May 1, 2004

Just as having too little money can be emotionally troublesome, so can having too much; family business inheritors need to work hard to establish a sense of self in the face of an ­all-encompassing financial security blanket, says Melanie Stern

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Just as having too little money can be emotionally troublesome, so can having too much; family business inheritors need to work hard to establish a sense of self in the face of an ­all-encompassing financial security blanket, says Melanie Stern

At 21, most young adults receive a metaphorical 'key to the door'. The average 21-year-old is either ensconced in study or figuring out their first years in the world of work, understanding their place in society and generally having a good time.

March 1, 2004

More and more studies are showing extra longevity for family controlled firms, despite a conspicuous lack of resources and vulnerabilities. Yet many find the goal to endure and preserve wealth a long haul requiring commitment and adaptability

John L Ward is the Co-Director of the Center for Family Enterprises at Kellogg School of Management (USA) and the Wild Group Professor of Family Business at IMD (Switzerland). He serves on the boards of four family companies in Europe and the USA.

More and more studies are showing extra longevity for family controlled firms, despite a conspicuous lack of resources and vulnerabilities. Yet many find the goal to endure and preserve wealth a long haul requiring commitment and adaptability

March 1, 2004

The Holy Qu’ran makes no bones about the prohibition of debt or interest – but Western institutions are working with Islamic scholars to draw up a ‘halal’ financial market to solve this, reports Melanie Stern

Melanie Stern is Section Editor of Families in Business magazine.

The Holy Qu'ran makes no bones about the prohibition of debt or interest – but Western institutions are working with Islamic scholars to draw up a 'halal' financial market to solve this, reports Melanie Stern

Money and ethics – they don't immediately gel; look at the way so many smart at the perception of modern capitalism.

March 1, 2004

So called international financial service centres are no longer the preserve of large corporations but have emerged as a highly credible arena for fiscally prudent family businesses

Ludovic C Verbist is Managing Director of AAMIL Ltd, a corporate financial services provider (www.aamil.com).

So called international financial service centres are no longer the preserve of large corporations but have emerged as a highly credible arena for fiscally prudent family businesses

January 1, 2004

For most years since 1960 art prices have continued to outpace the world stock markets – justification that art investment can be an important component of a family’s investment portfolio. But prices are volatile, so beware of the risks

Randall James Willette is Managing Director of the London-based Fine Art Wealth Management serving wealth managers and their private clients on art management and investment.

For most years since 1960 art prices have continued to outpace the world stock markets – justification that art investment can be an important component of a family's investment portfolio. But prices are volatile, so beware of the risks

January 1, 2004

Risk management is no longer the preserve of publicly traded concerns and safeguarding interests means taking a hard look at the programmes on offer

Nick Dryden is a Partner in Moore Stephens in Geneva specialising in risk management for international and family companies.

Risk management is no longer the preserve of publicly traded concerns and safeguarding interests means taking a hard look at the programmes on offer

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.

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