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Why ‘Golden Hellos’ Elicit Mixed Reactions

As more and more CEO have left their jobs in spectacular flame-outs—Ron Johnson’s short tenure at JCPenney comes to mind—there is a countertrend of companies luring top executives with multimillion-dollar “golden hello” signing bonuses. Bloomberg’s Jeff Green reports that the number of companies making upfront payments to get people to sign up has jumped to more than 70 in 2013 from 41 in 2012, according to governance advisory firm GMI Ratings.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance November 24 2013

Why Your Congressman May Be Doing Better Than You

Did you ever wonder why members of Congress are substantially well off? According to the Center for Responsive Politics, 47 percent–249 of the 535 congressmen are millionaires. By comparison, about 5 percent of U.S. households are worth more than $1 million. Street Authority’s Paul Tracy thinks he knows why.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance August 23 2012

Why We Need New Firms and Better Ways to Generate More of Them

In 2011, the U.S. economy barely grew at all during the first six months. In 2012, the economy managed an [...]

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance , Leadership & Strategy January 19 2013

Why Unions Are Shrinking

According to recently released 2012 Department of Labor data the rate of unionization — the percentage of American workers belonging to unions — declined faster under President Obama’s first term than during two terms of President George W. Bush. Diana Furchtgott-Roth, former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor and senior fellow at The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, argues that the President’s own anti-business policies are largely to blame. This is not as counterintuitive as it sounds.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance January 31 2013

Why This Best-Selling Business Author & Owner Says He’ll Leave California

Once again, CEOs have voted California the worst state in the U.S. in which to do business. In our eighth [...]

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter May 17 2012

Why the Judges Selected Mulally

The CEO of the Year selection panel discusses the specifics that went into their selection of Alan Mulally as this year’s CEO of the year. One reason? “He’s a statesman not only for the auto industry but also for business in general.”

ChiefExecutive.net CEO of the Year June 27 2011

Why the Debate over Taxing the Rich Is Disingenuous

Much has been made of the “Buffett Rule” when the sage of Omaha skewered the nation’s tax code for giving him a lower effective tax rate than that of his secretary.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter July 12 2012

Why Tax Policy Is a Dissembler’s Paradise

All politics is the art of deception, none more so than the oft-repeated claim about “tax cuts for the rich.” First, the extension of the rate cuts of 2003 that President Obama grudgingly agreed to in exchange for an extension of unemployment benefits is not in any way a reduction of income tax. The only question was whether everyone’s tax liability was going to increase in January.

ChiefExecutive.net Regulatory January 20 2011

Why Regulation Punishes IPOs

Are our capital markets broken? The global economy is operating on one cylinder and economic data from the U.S. continues to disappoint. A dangerous disconnect exists between the real economy and financial markets threatening the emergence of young companies and the jobs that they normally create.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Governance/Compliance August 23 2012

Why M&A Activity May Suffer

Last June, the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index fell the most in 19 months after Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said the central bank could cut back monthly bond purchases later this year. This change in Fed activity might send interest rates up, assert Wall Street advisors, whose business has benefited from low interest rates and record share prices. M&A experts are dampening forecasts for the next six months as a result of added uncertainty of valuations.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance August 2 2013

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