My Other Car is Also

These days, car trouble is a global business.

VW is looking to buy Porsche. The Chairman of VW is actually part of the Porsche family. A few months ago it looked like Porsche was going to buy VW, but when that deal fell apart, the head of Porsche and his deputy quit.

So now it looks like VW will be the buyer. Hey, VW has a strategy of purchasing distinct brands and managing them well. This acquisition should fit right in, with Porsche a niche product in the VW family.

Just don’t be surprised when VW consolidates. The world can make way more cars per year than needed, even during good times. Until capacity is reduced and factories are closed, it will be hard for any car-maker to turn a profit.

Ultimately, this is all part of the adjustment process that recessions require. Seeing VW gobble up Porsche just reminds us that Germans are capitalists, too.

Douglas R. Tengdin, CFA
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Mr. Tengdin is the Chief Investment Officer at Charter Trust Company and author of “The Global Market Update”. The audio version of each post can be heard on radio stations throughout New England every weekday. Mr. Tengdin graduated from Dartmouth College, Magna Cum Laude. He received his Master of Arts from Trinity Divinity School, Magna Cum Laude and received his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1992. Mr. Tengdin has been managing investment portfolios for over 30 years, working for Bank of Boston, State Street Global Advisors, Citibank – Tunisia, and Banknorth Group. Throughout his career, Mr. Tengdin has emphasized helping clients manage their financial risks in difficult environments where they can profit from investing in diverse assets in diverse settings. - Leave a comment if you have any questions—I read them all! - And Follow me on Twitter @GlobalMarketUpd

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