Marc Friedrich and Matthias Weik gave a presentation at the 2015 DKM that reflected a deep interest and involvement in their topic, and was also cheeky and critical. In their talk in Dortmund, they explained to around 500 insurance brokers and financial service providers current developments in financial and business markets and drew their own conclusions. They proved credible to both the audience and the event organiser, who would like to take this opportunity to thank them for the equally professional, obliging and uncomplicated manner in which we made arrangements ahead of the DKM.
bbg Betriebsberatungs GmbH (organiser of Germany’s leading financial and insurance sector trade fair, the DKM); Konrad Schmidt, Managing Director
Marc Friedrich & Matthias Weik offer talks and seminars on the following topics:
Industry 4.0, digitalisation – jobs as the exception
The world is currently undergoing a new Industrial Revolution, upturning everything we are familiar with. “Our employees are our greatest asset” – no set of corporate principles or corporate mission statement ever fails to include this cliché. The original idea behind the term “Human Resources” was also a very reasonable one: to get away from a commercial and accounting focus on personnel costs, and move towards a meaningful evaluation, planning and fostering of companies’ intellectual resources. Knowledge, judgement, know-how, experience, mastery of processes, crafts, talent – all of these are located only in people’s minds and brains. A company can document or patent as much as it likes. But when it comes down to it, in real life, only employees can provide intellectual capital. Machines are replacing physical strength. The mind remains exclusively human. That, at least, is the idea – Today, we know things are going to be very different. You now have to decide whether you are going to surf the wave or let it roll over you: an unsparing analysis of the opportunities and risks that Industry 4.0 presents awaits you.
Otherwise There’ll Be Trouble! – the talk about the new book
Our economic order and political landscape have come completely unstuck. Growing numbers of people sense they are now only working for the state, and too many feel disadvantaged. A tiny global financial elite is meanwhile creating gigantic bubbles of illusionary wealth.
We show why in future we should tax consumption rather than output. Why an unconditional basic income is socially just and economically sensible. And why stringent financial market regulation should continue to be an urgent priority. Radical rethinking of economic, financial and social policy is needed – Otherwise There’ll Be Trouble!
Given sufficient advance notice, joint events can be arranged with our co-author Professor Götz Werner – the founder of dm drogerie-markt, Europe’s third-largest OTC pharmacy group.
Quo vadis Europa? Will the euro and the EU collapse?
The world has gone mad: EU and euro crisis, Brexit, Trump, and populists on the advance. Capitalism is in its historically most difficult and protracted crisis. We are all witnesses to a historically unique experiment where central banks are stirring an explosive economic cocktail of a glut of money and effective negative interest rates. With this mix you buy time short-term – and program the megacrash long-term.
In this talk we discuss the current situation in Europe on the basis of economic facts. A hard talking, readily understandable and at the same time surprisingly entertaining economic analysis of the current situation awaits you that will prompt you to reconsider your ideas.
Bitcoin & Cryptocurrencies; Blockchain & Decentralisation – Much Ado About Nothing or The Next Big Thing?
Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dash, Iota, TenX… now everyone’s talking about blockchains and cryptocurrencies. Is this a super-bubble or are we just at the start of a megaboom? Critics see Bitcoin & Co as a fraud and JP Morgan President & CEO Jamie Dimon has dubbed them “worse than the tulip bulb bubble”. He’s convinced the cryptocurrency can’t work. Nonetheless, banks – including JP Morgan as well as Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and others – are moving into this space and investing in blockchain technology. McAfee’s founder, by contrast, regards Bitcoin as a one-off opportunity and sees its fair price standing at $500,000 within just a few years. Where is this journey heading? We show what blockchain technology involves and what cryptocurrencies are and how they work. We discuss whether cryptocurrencies are only for punters and “computer nerds” or can even be an interesting idea for investors and companies.
We highlight the opportunities and risks as well as the benefits and disadvantages of a technology which has been unknown to many until now and which is becoming more important every day.
The Age for Real Assets
Orgies of debt, floods of cash, negative interest rates, investment bubbles, bank crashes and inflation risks threaten investors’ assets and retirement savings. Healthy rates of return? – They are a thing of yesterday. During periods of economic crisis, the focus has to be on protecting assets.
At any time central banks can print money, states can print debt securities, and companies can print shares. And speculators can inflate the “values” of these pieces of paper almost at will. But no one can print real assets such as precious metals, diamonds, land, and real companies. Real assets are not airy promises but are instead hard, physical reality. Although the values of physical assets can fluctuate – like all asset values – they can never become worthless. And they were always significantly superior to paper assets in periods of economic turmoil.
In this talk we show how your assets and retirement savings can be sustainably protected against the consumptive financial economy.
Capital Errors: Deep Drilling into the History of Turbo Capitalism
Why does capitalism always fail to distribute our enormous wealth fairly and sustainably? Why does it periodically lose its innovative capability and its capacity to raise prosperity, quality of life and social stability? Why during certain phases do only the interests of corporations, the superrich and the financial elite count – an elite that has sealed itself off almost completely from the real economy?
The capital error of “neoliberal” thinking: deregulated financial markets would ensure that capital always ends up in the most productive hands – wrong! If 0.1 percent of the world’s population decides how 80 percent of global assets are to be invested, this has nothing at all to do with free markets and fair competition. On the contrary: financial capitalism is quite simply bad capitalism. The only economic force that it can mobilise outstandingly is the destructive power of unpredictable cluster risks.
The Crash is the Solution
Germany’s most successful economics and business book in 2014 as a talk: in a hard-talking but humorous presentation we explain the significance for your assets of economic and currency crises, inflation and deflation, enormous state debts, real estate bubbles and stock market crashes. And we also show how you can defend yourself against the concentrated risks of unfettered “markets”: by avoiding paper betting slips and by relying instead on crisis-resistant investments in the form of real assets – giving priority again to the real economy ahead of the financial economy.
Free choice of topic – tailored to your target group
We offer our talks and seminars for private individuals, companies, regulators, associations, foundations, and universities and colleges. We will be happy to provide you with a tailored offering on other subjects.