Is the potential value of family-controlled businesses overlooked by investors or are these firms better off ignored? A panel at the Ben Graham Value Conference IV, hosted by CFA Society New York, discussed these firms and why they might be worth investing in. Robert Del Mauro explores key takeaways.
Most studies of the impact of family ownership indicate that, on balance, family control is a good thing for stockholders. Family-controlled firms typically maintain a long-term perspective and strong balance sheets, and boast corporate cultures that have won the admiration of Warren Buffett. Credit Suisse has added to the body of research on family-controlled firms with the recent release of The Family Business Model, a global study which sought to better understand why family-run businesses outperform.
If you are a regular reader of these posts, you won't be surprised by this week's headline and range of articles. But if this is your first time, and you're wondering what psychopaths, bubbles, and black holes have to do with being a professional investor and/or financial adviser, the answer is simple: "Investing demands that you be a polymath — knowing a lot about many things (including nonfinancial topics) and how those things interconnect into an organic whole."
Joseph P. H. Fan has spent many years studying, researching, and consulting with family-controlled business groups in Asia. In this interview, Fan discusses how an Asian family could best go about doing dynasty planning and set up a family governance and intergenerational transition framework. He also reminds the viewers of the common pitfalls and roadblocks that must be kept in mind while implementing this framework.
In a region that is dominated by family enterprises, wealth managers and trust service providers must focus on the often overlooked challenges of family governance.
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