Anyone buying the Miami Beach 3.25% bonds of 49 is taking massive uncompensated risk.

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Miami could turn into Atlantis.

Generally speaking, most entrepreneurs should have a barbell approach to managing their total wealth.  This requires looking at the entire balance sheet when managing their assets, which I have discussed at length here. Total Wealth Approach In short, a Total Wealth approach considers the business assets and liabilities, as well as

personal real estate and expected cash flows, side by side with financial assets. As a heuristic, entrepreneurs can think of their business interest as a concentrated equity position.  This concentrated equity position typically overwhelms their financial assets in size.  Because of this, the liquid financial assets should be treated…

When contemplating the sale of a family business, it is critical to take one's time. By doing so, the family will not be the servant of the sale, the sale will be the servant of the family.

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Close up of Plato (on the left) and Aristotle from Raphael's "School of Athens".

This is the first of a series of blog posts on family businesses. Preparing for the Sale of a Family Business When contemplating the potential sale of a family business, there is often a rush to focus on valuation, transaction details, and deal structure.  While these elements are important, they 

are secondary, or even tertiary. What should come first is thinking through the "why and what" and the consequences of a potential sale.  I have discussed this in the estate planning context here. Starting with the “why” and taking the time to think through all the implications is absolutely critical…