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The bee family.

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Pleasure. In the 1970s, Walter Lang decided to become self-sufficient. He soon became one of the pioneers of the organic movement in Germany. What about today? Today, Walter Lang GmbH is the market leader among Europe's organic honey importers.

"I'm stuck with honey," laughs Karin Lang, a trained food technician. "And not just there," she adds with a smile. The 50-year-old company and family spokeswoman is married to Gerrit, the son of the founder of Walter Lang GmbH. Together with him and his sister Theresia Lang, she now runs one of the largest organic bee farms in Germany, Sonnentracht GmbH. "We are indeed a wonderful little family of bees."

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Hot phase.

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Future investments. The unavoidable damage caused by climate change and the massive changes in the transition to a low-carbon world will significantly alter investment performance both in the short and long term. Investoren should act now.

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A changing world.

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The private-wealth forum. On 25 January 75 geladene met guests from completely Germany in the hotel La mansion in star mountain 13 experts, in order to discuss over current topics approximately around employers and investment. Ein Day full of inspiration and orientation.

"Our entire commitment has always been based on the network idea", explains publisher Moritz Eckes, "it was only logical to create a forum where entrepreneurs and asset owners can intensively exchange ideas with proven experts".

The Hotel La Villa in Starnberg near Munich provided the perfect location for this. "Wonderful ambience with a view of the lake, perfect organisation, first-class cuisine, great service", was the conclusion of the participants.

In terms of content, the Forum was guided by the chemist Louis Pasteur: "Changes only benefit those who are prepared for them".

Martin Weis, technology consultant and partner at Ernst & Young, explained how artificial intelligence will revolutionize the economy. And how entrepreneurs benefit from it. Christian Hirmer and André Müller Carioba, LIDE, discussed with Moritz Eckes the opportunities and risks of a commitment in Brazil under the new President Bolsonaro.

Asset owners got in Vorträgen and discussions answers to the most important current question - how geht Kapitalanlage in times of zero interest rates and recession risk?

Since the first and most important task is to find the right banker or asset manager, Alexander Etterer,  Rödl & Partner, took the guests behind the scenes of a beauty contest.

Heiko Schupp, Columbia Threadneedle, presented the alternative investment infrastructure. Federico Cané, Pictet, explained why some hedge funds deliver returns and others not. Detlef Mackewicz and Florian Dillinger, Matador, explained how private equity works. And Maria Andersson, Managing Director of N4 Beteiligungsgesellschaft, explained why private equity should have a firm place in the portfolio of a family office.

The situation on the capital markets was discussed by editor-in-chief Klaus Meitinger with investment professionals. Robert Greil, Chief Strategist beim Bankhaus Merck Finck, and Achim Siller, Head of Portfoliomanagement bei Pictet, analyzed die Aktienmärkte and named their favorites. Your advice - "stay calm, the recession stays out, equities are cheap" - has already paid off today. This is because prices are now ten to 20 percent higher than at the end of January.

Klaus Trescher,  Kriton, and Thomas Beyerle, Catella outlined the prospects for the real estate market. Your conclusion:  Lassen Do not get nervous, there is no bubble. Außerdem the two answered the Gretchenfrage:  Wie would they invest today 25 million euro in real estates?

"In the respective rounds of questions and at the joint dinner, the guests then had ample opportunity to clarify detailed questions," concludes Eckes, "they were certainly excellently prepared for the year 2019 afterwards. ®

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Now it's all about the whole thing.

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Friday after Friday, pupils and students from all over the world, inspired by the Swede Greta Thunberg, will take to the streets to fight for a future in which global warming will be limited to two degrees, better still to 1.5 degrees.

Unlike many "political professionals", the young generation has understood exactly what needs to be done. It is about drastically less consumption and a fair global burden sharing. Above all, we must ensure that 98 percent of fossil fuel reserves remain in the soil. Otherwise it won't help if we save here in Europe (page 114 of the print edition). The industrial nations will have to pay just as much for this as for the preservation of the CO2 sink in the rainforest. How this should work in a world that is focused on growth and increasingly nationalistic in its thinking is still a mystery to us. Can we really do this?

Especially when we are in despair, the stories of entrepreneurs who owe their success to sustainable innovations are encouraging (page 114). We were particularly electrified by the great progress made in nuclear fusion. This is a real hope for infinite, environmentally friendly energy (page 94). It is frustrating, however, that the world has not bundled all its research capacities to help this technology achieve its breakthrough.

What can you do yourself? Capital must put pressure. Ask your investment advisor to invest your money only sustainably and with a view to climate change (page 52 of the print edition). As philanthropists, make sure that your efforts trigger a domino effect (page 80 of the print edition). And when you enjoy your hard-earned prosperity, you compensate for any larger CO2 footprint that may have been created on Atmosfair or other platforms.

But above all: Vote only for politicians - no matter which party - who are committed to a genuine, worldwide solution to the climate problem and do not hide behind the negative consequences of such a policy for the economy. And support the young generation. Anyone who pretends there's an easy, painless way out doesn't deserve your voice. We need true leadership - to intensify our efforts, to say goodbye to wishful thinking, to end the tendency to postpone and deny the unpleasant truths. It's about much more than just protecting our portfolios from the impact of climate change. It's about our children, our species. It's a whole thing.

Sincerely,

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Klaus Meitinger Chief Editor

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Moritz Eckes
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New digital world.

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Opinionleader Digitale Transformation

"The digital transformation is changing the economy and society more drastically than ever before," says Manfred Broy, founding president of the Zentrum Digitalisierung Bayern: "Small and medium-sized businesses must react quickly.

The dramatic effects of the digital transformation can easily be seen in the list of the ten most valuable listed companies in the world. Seven of them are creatures of new technologies, six of them were not even listed there ten years ago. This gives an impression of the tremendous force and incredible speed of change.

It is obvious that start-ups find great opportunities in such a time of upheaval. Anyone who has the appropriate skills in digitisation issues and skilfully picks up on one of the many business ideas has a good chance of leading a newly founded company to success. But what about medium-sized businesses and family-run companies that have been successful in the market for many decades?

Here, too, there are excellent examples of companies that have quickly made friends with the possibilities of digitisation: They have established new forms of sales, created alternative business models that focus less on sales and more on "better service". What used to be offered as a product is now offered as a service. This creates greater flexibility for the customers and at the same time a return flow of usage data to the companies.

Products can become smart, starting with the introduction of smart labels, the integration of embedded systems to the creation of digital twins. This means that customers can find data about the products they use mirrored on the Internet and thus obtain comprehensive information about them. Changes and further developments are also reflected in the network. The result is a natural platform for communication between customers and providers.

Digitalisation can also have a variety of effects within companies: Through the use of virtual development techniques and methods, in manufacturing through digital procedures in production such as 3D printing and customization to individual customer requirements. Aber of course also in distribution through mirroring in digital worlds.

A central task here is the creation of data-driven companies. In essence, this is about determining which data is of high value to the company. And then to answer the question of how this data can be determined, how it can best be managed digitally, which cross-relationships exist and how this data can be used for new forms of management and design.

Because completely new competencies have to be gained for this, the entry into digital transformation is not always easy for medium-sized companies. Often the organisation has to be changed, responsibilities have to be completely reorganised. Therefore, it is essential to build digital literacy. And to understand that this is the transition from the use of information and communication technology not only as an infrastructure, but as a strategic instrument of business development. This requires knowledgeable employees who are determined to tackle the new issues. And therefore also a corporate culture geared to these changed requirements. Cooperative leadership is the key word here.

Digital transformation requires companies to develop a roadmap tailored to their specific needs. Only then is at least a rough planning of the digital transformation over a number of years possible. But it is also important that companies are aware that something as dynamic as digital transformation can hardly be planned in detail over several years. The motto is: Make a plan, but always be prepared to change it at short notice, adapt it to new findings and react to opportunities. Digitization requires above all an alert, conscious control of the company by expert exploitation of the manifold possibilities of the new technologies. ®

Illustration: Tom Cool

Concentrated energy.

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BMZ MK105776 BearbeitetFuture technology. Sven Bauer, CEO and founder of the BMZ Group, has turned the company from Karlstein am Main in Lower Franconia into a global player in the energy storage sector. Now he wants to set up his own battery cell production in Germany in order to become independent of Asian suppliers.

The problem of climate change will only be tackled if we stop using fossil fuels for the foreseeable future - no oil, no gas, no coal," says Sven Bauer. Then he corrects himself. To speak of a "problem" is actually wrong. He likes "challenge" better. "Because the good news is that a real energy revolution is possible. We can decarbonise all sectors - electricity, transport and heat. But for this we need energy storage systems, vast amounts of energy storage systems. And that's where I come in."

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