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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

5 Steps to Consider Before Selling Your Business

You worked your entire life with your blood, sweat and tears to create a viable business that you can be proud to say you were a part of something larger than yourself. For multiple reasons, such as family, health, age or interest, you have decided to sell your business. Now what do you do?

Dan Young CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance , Selling A Business June 27 2013

CEOs with Angel Wings

What’s behind the allure of investing in startups? (Hint: It’s not always about the money.)

John Kador CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance March 4 2013

Obamacare Sticker Shock

A new survey of major health care insurers, representing the vast majority of covered individuals in the U.S., conducted by the American Action Forum (AAF) answers the question: what impact will the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have on premiums in 2014? This survey aimed to illustrate real cases in a variety of regulatory environments, representing the spectrum of rate changes cross any given geographic area, rather merely average changes across demographics.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance February 7 2013

Many Unhappy Returns: 100 Years of the Income Tax

Last Sunday, Feb. 3 marked the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 16th Amendment, which enabled the establishment of the U.S. federal income tax. The century-long history of the income tax has been marked by more and more taxpayers paying higher and higher amounts of tax. As Americans get ready for yet another tax filing season, take a look at how the income tax has morphed from a tax only a handful of people actually paid in 1913 to behavior-changing deal it is today.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance February 7 2013

U.S. CEOs Headed to Davos Are Gloomy About 2013

US CEOs are showing less confidence for growth in 2013 but are optimistic about the longer-term horizon, according to the 16th annual survey of U.S. CEOs conducted by PricewaterhouseCooper. They are, however, far more confident in their company’s ability to navigate through the anticipated volatility expected over the next three years.

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

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

Shareholder Activism, Increased Expectations Add to Pressure on CEOs

CEOs and boards of directors are feeling the pressures of increased stakeholder activism and scrutiny. When asked in the RHR International 2013 CEO Snapshot Survey about the current biggest threat to their tenure, 22 percent of CEOs cited “failure to perform to stakeholder expectations,” compared to just 12 percent in January 2012. In addition, more than half (57%) say that they will be driving a change in their company’s strategy this year.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance January 17 2013

U.S. Plunges in Economic Freedom Index

The United States, long considered the standard bearer for economic freedom among large industrial nations, has experienced a substantial decline in economic freedom during the past decade, according to researchers who created the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) index .

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance January 10 2013

After the Fall

Whatever emerges from the fiscal cliff, it’s certain taxes will go up. There’s a certain amount of relief that something has been done. But let’s not delude ourselves. This deal is not good for the economy as it doesn’t do anything to cap the burden of government spending. Nor does it reform entitlement programs. Now for the bad news.

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Corporate Finance January 3 2013

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