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August 7, 2008

In this time of economic turmoil, perhaps we should look toward the stabilising influence of family businesess for solutions. The Dierberg family put substantial assets into First Bank to protect the communities and families they serve

Joseph H Astrachan is executive director of Cox Family Enterprise Center, and Wachovia Eminent Scholar Chair of Family Business at Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University

In this time of economic and social turmoil, perhaps we should be looking toward the stabilising influence of family businesess for solutions. On 31 July, the third-generation banking Dierberg family put substantial assets into their business, First Bank, to protect not just their company, but the many communities and families they serve.

July 29, 2008

For many private investors it would seem that the idea of having money invested in the very top performing funds is what it is all about – continually looking for this year’s “star” manager, usually based on last year’s performance.

Bruce Wilson is MD at Helm Godfrey, a firm of ultra high net worth advisors.

For many private investors it would seem that the idea of having money invested in the very top performing funds is what it is all about – chasing performance, continually looking for this year's "star" manager, usually based on last year's performance.

July 21, 2008

A few years ago it was possible that “Anheuser-Busch acquires InBev” would have been the headline announcing the consolidation of the global beer industry as the American brewer was the industry's most recognised brand

At INSEAD Europe and Asia, Randel S Carlock is the first Berghmans Lhoist chaired professor in entrepreneurial leadership and directs the Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise

A few years ago it was possible that "Anheuser-Busch acquires InBev" would have been the headline announcing the consolidation of the global beer industry. Anheuser-Busch was well positioned to lead an industry consolidation with its strong stock price, 50% US market share and the industry's most recognised brand.

July 16, 2008

American football devotees will no doubt be aware of the present turmoil engulfing the Pittsburgh Steelers ownership. And many other family business owners may well get a feeling of déjà vu

Bruce Love is editor-in-chief (wealth) of Campden Publishing.

American football devotees will no doubt be aware of the present turmoil engulfing the Pittsburgh Steelers ownership. And family business owners may well get a feeling of déjà vu.

The reasons why patriarch and chairman Dan Rooney doesn't want to sell the family's NFL team, and the reasons why it is almost inevitable that he will, are much the same as many successful second- or third-generation businesses.

July 7, 2008

Opportunities for social climbing while shopping have never looked this good. While sales of expensive jewellery now take place outside the boutique, knowing your jeweller up close has become a dinner party topic all of its own.

Claire Adler is a freelance journalist based in London. She specialises in writing about luxury, especially jewellery, watches and design.

July 7, 2008

Last month certainly sent a shudder through many, investors when the dreadful sales figures from some retailers and builders rammed home the effect of what has been developing over the past few months

Justin Urquhart Stewart is a co-founder and director of Seven Investment Management based in in Mayfair, London.

Last month may not have been the final capitulation, but it certainly sent a shudder through many, normally quite stoic, investors. Although warnings of difficult times ahead have been well signposted and warned of, it took the dreadful sales figures from some of the retailers and builders to ram home the effect of what has been developing over the past few months.

July 1, 2008

You are holding in your hand the very last edition of Families in Business in its present state. There is a buzz around the offices here at Campden as we prepare to relaunch this fine magazine as Campden FB – the magazine for families in business.

You are holding in your hand the very last edition of Families in Business in its present state. There is a buzz around the offices here at Campden as we prepare to relaunch this fine magazine as Campden FB – the magazine for families in business. It's a new look for us and a more compact sized magazine for you, but it's the same great read.

June 30, 2008

A 148-year-old family company is under attack – by another family business. InBev, the world’s second largest brewer, made a hostile bid for Anheuser-Busch, the world's third largest brewer, in early June.

Joachim Schwass is professor of family business at IMD.

A 148-year-old family company is under attack – by another family business. Belgian headquartered InBev, the world's second largest brewer, made a hostile, uninvited takeover bid for Anheuser-Busch, the world's third largest brewer, in early June.

June 26, 2008

It’s long been the case that if you put three economists together you will get nine opinions. With no clear idea how badly the current sky high prices will impact a distinctly shaky global economy, those nine have probably multiplied

Bruce Love is editor-in-chief (wealth) of Campden Publishing.

It's long been the case that if you put three different economists together you will get nine different opinions. With no clear idea on how high the price of oil will go and how badly the current sky high (and rising) prices will impact on a distinctly shaky global economy, those nine have probably multiplied to at least 27, with a few more added to the mix with big caveats "just in case".

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