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What if No One in the Family Wants the Family Business?

As generations before us, most family business owners have invested considerable time, energy, savings, hopes, and dreams into the longevity of their business. Like many founders, family business owners often establish their business with the long-term intent of positioning the next generation to one day assume leadership. But, what if assumptions are wrong and they simply don’t want the business or they have other career aspirations in mind? Regrettably, it can—and does—happen. In fact, a recent survey indicated that fewer than half (45.5%) of those expecting to retire in five years and fewer than a third (29%) of those expecting to retire in under 11 years have selected a viable successor. (MassMutual, American Family Business Survey, 2007) The time to ask those all-important questions are sooner versus later. A large part of any solid succession plan is knowing who will assume the leadership role once the next generation assumes the reins—even if it means knowing the successor ...

Market Month: February 2019

The Markets (as of market close February 28, 2019) Each of the benchmark indexes listed here posted positive monthly gains, led by the Russell 2000, which lapped the field after gaining over 5.0% for the month. The small-cap index is almost 17.0% ahead of its 2018 closing value. Signs that a trade accord with China may be in the offing helped stimulate investors to trade throughout February. Also, word from the Federal Reserve that it may not raise the target interest rate range as aggressively as proposed last year has had a positive impact on stocks. Corporate earnings season continued on a relatively positive trend, while energy stocks rebounded as oil production was curbed, sending gas prices at the pumps higher. Overall, following the Russell 2000, the Dow posted the next highest monthly gain ahead of the Nasdaq, S&P 500, and the Global Dow. By the close of trading on February 28, the price of crude oil (WTI) was $57.26 per barrel, up from the January 31 price of $53.95 per barrel. The national ...

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