German secret of success

Fascinating Economist article on two recent studies of Germany’s outstanding long-run success. It’s down to their ‘Mittelstand’ mid-sized companies relentless pursuit of apparently boring but lucrative niches, and similar strategies by their larger, but little-known firms. More detail on their strategies in the article and references. Others tell me this is backed up by very strong involvement from bank-investors, rather than disinterested arms-length investors nagged by foolish analysts chasing every quarterly forecast. Not sexy, but rock-solid.

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