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  • Klaus Meitinger

Tailwind for TubeSolar.

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In issue 02/2021, we had introduced the company TubeSolar AG to you in the "World Savers" section (link "Double Yield"). The Augsburg-based company wants to generate electricity with solar panels in tube form. In addition to being used on commercial and industrial roofs, they will be mounted on stilts above agricultural land so that tractors can drive underneath them. Because the solar tubes are arranged in a grid design, they also allow sunlight and rain to pass through. The effect: photovoltaics and agriculture can be operated together on the same land. On February 10, the German government presented proposals to promote such agri-PV systems. In future, they are to be permitted in principle on all arable land, provided that agricultural...

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  • Klaus Meitinger, Moritz Eckes

The beginning of a new era.

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Dear readers, We are actually hesitant to use terms like "new era" or "new epoch". But at the beginning of 2022, it seems appropriate to us - because in the future, the conditions for investors will change fundamentally. The last decade was marked by a boom in all asset classes. Real estate prices doubled. The MSCI World, which aggregates the shares of companies from industrialised countries, climbed by 250 per cent, and the Nasdaq 100 by as much as 580 per cent. A long period of interest rate cuts into negative territory led to a flood of investment capital flowing out of interest rate investments and into stocks and real estate. And because the price of living rose less than 15 percent from mid-2011 to mid-2021, the purchasing power...

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  • Silke Lauenstein

Softing – on the verge of a breakthrough.

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"The best is yet to come," said Wolfgang Trier a year ago in private wealth's entrepreneur portrait ("Der Optimist," link). Trier had joined Softing AG as an investor in 2002, saved the company from bankruptcy as CEO and since then had steered it through some ups and downs. Despite the constraints imposed by the pandemic, the entrepreneur had remained optimistic a year ago. "For 2021, we have our sights set on a return to the 2019 figures. In 2022 - then hopefully beyond Corona - we want to hit the 100 million sales mark." A check shows: True, Corona also slowed Softing's business development more significantly than expected in the past year. But the trend is right. In the largest segment (Industrial) and the smallest (IT Networks), sales...

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  • Jennifer Holleis

Guaranteed to succeed.

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Thanks to clever marketing of ten-penny baking powder sachets and early diversification, August Oetker's pharmacy became one of Germany's largest companies in 130 years. After the Oetker Group was split up in the summer of 2021, its future is open. The year 1891 promises to be a good one. On January 1, 29-year-old pharmacist Dr. August Oetker takes over the "Aschoff'sche Apotheke" at Niedernstrasse 3 in Bielefeld, having borrowed the money from his mother-in-law and the bank. His wife, Karoline, supported the natural scientist and son of a master baker and took care of their two-year-old son Rudolf. August Oetker promised "to serve everyone who honors my bakery with his trust to the best of his ability. His first own formulations were...

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  • Silke Lauenstein

Deal done.

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  In the latest issue, private wealth told the exciting story of entrepreneur Arne Weber (Once China and back, LINK to article). It concluded with Weber's plan to bring his company Faytech into the listed Mic AG in order to grow faster together with Mic's wholly owned subsidiary Pyramid. Now the deal is in the bag. On December 24, Mic AG signed the purchase agreement to acquire all shares in Faytech AG. The purchase price is limited to a maximum of 15.86 million and comprises three components. First, a cash payment of maximum 4.53 million euros. Secondly, a share component of a maximum of 4.19 million euros in mic shares - the issue price for the capital increase through contributions in kind due will be between 2.97 and 3.30 euros....

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  • Prof. Jochem Marotzke

"We can still do two degrees."

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What are the scientific facts around climate change? The Lerbacher Runde asks, Professor Jochem Marotzke, coordinating lead author for the chapter "Future World Climate" in the current IPPC report, answers. Lerbacher Runde (LR) COP26 was called the Last Chance Saloon.Did the world use the last chance? Jochem Marotzke (JM) For me, the outcome of the climate summit left me with mixed feelings. Glasgow has by no means put us back on track towards the 1.5 degree target and in this respect was disappointing for many. On the other hand, the conference also brought many important advances. Despite all the slowdowns: The end of coal was heralded. That is a beacon. LR Is the 1.5 degree target still realistically achievable? JM I don't think...

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