Family Businesses Often Overlook Risks To Family Members

Your family business may be well protected from risks but what about your family members? Could the family business do major damage to the family? Are there risks you can remove or protect against? A new family business study indicates that most family businesses lack a regular risk management process that covers the entire enterprise including risks to the family. A report in the May/June 2015 Family Business magazine on the Crystal & Company and Family Office Metrics study said the study found only 30% of the 159 online survey participants have an enterprise-wide risk management process. This concerns me because some business owners focus […] Read more »

Money Book Gives Insights to High Net Worth Individuals

When people recommend a financial planning book I often cringe. So many financial and investment books provide poor advice. But recently a client asked me to read Tony Robbins’ Money: Master The Game – 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom and I’ve found many solid, practical ideas in the book. Business owners and high net worth individuals may feel the same. Yes, the book’s long. I’m only on page 340 of its 627 pages. But here are some reasons why Money: Master The Game may be worth your time. First, I believe in taking financial and investment advice from high net worth individuals who have […] Read more »

The Best Advice I Ever Got

Eugene Fama Economist, author When I came to the University of Chicago in 1960, I was exposed to professors who were involved in the nascent subject of finance, which didn’t exist as a discipline at the time. It was all being born, and it just happened that I had come to the place where that birth was happening. So I kind of got into it because everybody there was interested in it. In my first year I took an intermediate statistics class with a professor named Harry Roberts. I was 21 at the time. He was very much like me– he was into all kinds […] Read more »

The Best of Our Best Advice

We went through our archives for nearly a decade of collected wisdom that still holds up. Warren Buffet Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway I had two mentors: my dad, Howard Buffett, and Ben Graham. Here were these two guys who I revered and who over the years gave me tons of good advice. But when I think about what they said to me, the truth is, the first thing that comes to mind is bad advice. I was not quite 21 when this happened, in 1951, and just getting out of business school at Columbia. I had just taken Ben’s class there — and […] Read more »