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6 Ways to Shake Up Your Budgeting Process

It’s time for the annual budget game. You know the drill. Ask for twice as much as you need so you’ll get enough. Hide some “fat” that you can cut when ordered to trim down. Then spend your full allocation because if you don’t, next year’s budget may be reduced.

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Well-Connected Chiefs Are Weak M&A Dealmakers, Study Says

In a study that focused on how chief executives capitalize on their relationships, CEOs with the strongest personal networks initiated more mergers and acquisitions than their less connected peers, at the same time producing relatively fewer deals that benefited the companies and investors involved, according to a study by the University of Arkansas.

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Alibaba’s IPO Has Strong Implications for Tech CEOs

Alibaba and Founder Jack Ma have exploded onto the global technology and investment scene via a record IPO and a valuation of more than $200 billion. Now American high-tech CEOs believe another earth-shattering move by Alibaba is inevitable. Could the Chinese internet giant perhaps even bid to acquire one of the icons of the U.S. digital industry?

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CEOs, Should You Buy a Sports Team?

Over the past decade, owners who have sold teams saw their val- ues increase by between 7 and 11 percent annually, depending on the league, according to Scott Milleisen, head of JPMorgan Chase’s Private Bank Sports Finance Unit. Much of the growth resulted from richer media-rights agreements in recent years, he adds.

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Four Paths to Unconventional Capital

While crowdsourcing gets all the ink, alternative-financing models also include less sexy BDC (Business Development Company) investment funds, equipment buybacks and other debt and equity strategies ranging from the slightly unconventional to the quirkily obscure. Still, their availability testifies to the buyer’s store of options out there for companies needing cash. Take the BDC option, for instance. This was the ...

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