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The race to erase debt
Businessweek    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Transitions are dangerous," said the late Charles Kindleberger, an economic historian with a vast knowledge of financial manias, panics and crashes, in 1983. That was No. 9 of 10 lessons he summarized from the early years of the Great Depression. Kindleberger noted that pursuit of smart public policy in that tumultuous time was handicapped by three transitions: The 1928 death of Benjamin Strong, the forceful head of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which caused power to pass to the Federal Reserve in Washington, a more timid group of central bankers; the victory in the 1932 Presidential election of Franklin D. Roosevelt over the incumbent Herbert Hoover; and the difficult transition of international economic hegemony from the world of Pax Britannica to Pax Americana. Since economist James Tobin got the Nobel prize in 1981 for stating "don't put all your eggs in one basket," Kindleberger said he planned on submitting to the awards committee his one-sentence insight: "Be very careful if you have to change horses." More

5 ways to bridge the generation gap at work
THe Economic Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Age no longer ensures seniority in the workplace. Performance is what it's all about. Fresh ideas, out-of-the-box thinking, energy, ability to adapt and learn on the job are becoming increasingly important. Many older, seasoned executives, especially in the private sector, are suddenly finding themselves overtaken by GenNext. This shift of power often ends up creating a not-so-congenial atmosphere at the workplace. But the twain can meet. More

How to get financing when banks won't lend
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The recession may be over, but traditional forms of business financing remain stubbornly difficult to nail down. A recent Pepperdine University survey showed that though banks report an increase in the volume and quality of loan applications, they continue to turn down the vast majority of loan applications that they review. It's no surprise, then, that businesses are turning to less conventional means of raising money. One increasingly useful technique is finding customers willing to make small investments to fund start-up operations and expansion. Inc. Magazine offers three variations on that theme. More

Learning curve: Management innovation
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Without fresh approaches and techniques we are doomed to ever diminishing returns. Great innovators in management — Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard, for example — dare to do things differently, in their case 'management by walking around'. They get away from narrow-minded ideas about the lazy workforce which needs to be controlled. Instead they set people free to perform at their best. More

Companies failing on carbon reporting
Accountancy Age    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Few companies reviewed in a survey complied with carbon reporting guidelines set by the government, Deloitte has found. Deloitte looked at 100 listed companies and found that only a handful came close to meeting the requirements for reporting carbon output. So poor are companies at reporting their carbon production that Deloitte concluded that the aim of the guidance — providing a basis for comparison between businesses on carbon — was now difficult to achieve. More

Where do your tax dollars go?
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Where do your federal tax dollars go? Many people don't know. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 40 percent thought foreign aid was one of the two largest federal-budget expenses. In reality, Uncle Sam spends $14 on Medicare — itself the second-largest expense — for every dollar spent on foreign aid. To counter such misconceptions, a not-for-profit Washington based group called Third Way has produced an itemized taxpayer receipt that helps show the spending issues the new Congress will face. More

Ride Bernanke's stock bubble with these global dividend stocks
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The federal government's money printing is the main reason the S&P 500 is up 81 percent from its March 2009 closing low. The rally occurred even though companies were net buyers of only $61 billion and investors pulled $52 billion out of U.S. equity mutual funds and U.S. equity exchange-traded funds. There is no way hedge funds, pension funds, and sovereign wealth funds had the buying power to push up the market cap of all U.S. stocks nearly $8 trillion in that period. That buying power had to have come indirectly from the federal government through its debt purchases. Like the technology bubble and the housing bubble, this latest bubble could last for a while. But eventually it will burst. More

Too many investors are actually collectors
The New York Times Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Over- or under-diversifying your investments remains one of the classic behavioral mistakes. Over-diversification happens when we become collectors of investments instead of simply being investors. Think of the people who buy the mutual funds they read about in Smart Money magazine. Next year they buy the Top 10 Funds recommended by Money magazine. A year later they buy two or three new international funds because that’s what’s on the home page of Forbes. Before they know it, they have a smorgasbord of unrelated investments, with no cohesive strategy at work. Then there are all of the taxes and transaction costs — and the impact on your life of having to keep track of it all. More

Cross-functional communication on the inside    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It stands to reason that strong internal communication generates an engaged, productive and loyal workforce. Looking at internal communication — or as we so aptly put it these days, employee engagement — there are a number of cross-functional communicative approaches at our disposal. Effective internal communication is outlined by strategic goals, which encompasses improving morale and building positive relationships between employees and management, informing employees about changes taking place within the organization, creating a level of understanding among employees of organizational imperatives such as the product or service, culture, external environment and ethical issues, contributing to productivity and quality assurance and encouraging a level of participation and understanding amongst employees with regards to community activities and issues affecting society. More

Is work worth the sacrifice?
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Amid continuing uncertainty about job security and the never-ending pressure to deliver more with less, the Great Recession has prompted a growing number of Americans to question whether the sacrifices they have made in the name of work are really worth it. That's according to a new study led by Florida State University Professor, Wayne Hochwarter, which examined the recession's role in changing employees' attitudes towards work, their commitment to their families, and the pursuit of a more balanced lifestyle. More

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