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What Makes The Current Times So Great For Family Businesses ?


wealthymattersA commonly cited statistic is that only 30% of family businesses make it through the second generation, 10-15% through the third, and 3-5% through the fourth.

Now for some perspective : How many businesses of any kind are still around after the equivalent of three or four generations? A study of 25,000 publicly traded companies from 1950 to 2009 found that, on average, they lasted around 15 years, or not even through one generation!  In this context, family businesses look pretty enduring,don’t they?

In the hyper competition of the Fourth Industrial Age, family businesses have innate strengths over others forms of ownership, especially public companies. In the Second and Third Industrial Age, businesses had access to vast opportunities, which meant that winning strategies revolved primarily around size. Public companies had a clear advantage while raising massive capital. But firms today are no longer looking at endless opportunities. Instead, they have to struggle for their very survival in an intensely competitive world of slower growth and more frequent economic crises. Read more of this post

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Nilesh Shah On Gold @KotakSecurities #KotakMidCapMeet15


wealthymattersPaper Investors have a fundamental difference in thinking from those who prefer tangible assets.
His argument is that as India is the only buyer of gold, the day we all wish to sell, we will find no buyers offering a good price. Banks are prohibited by law to buy-back gold and jewelers have stocked up gold on credit.
My understanding is that, gold sold at the time of large scale distress, such as war or its aftermath, might not get us a good price in any given currency, but gold is “money” that is directly exchangeable for goods and services.
Buying gold is a statement on non confidence in the currency of any given country. And the establishment that devalues it.

 

And in anycase, Mr Nilesh Shah is wrong on fact. Indians are not the only buyers of gold.

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