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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.

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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 .

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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.

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Five Reasons to Have Second Thoughts about Simpson-Bowles

The Simpson-Bowles budget plan is often represented by media pundits and Washington insiders as a model for a bipartisan “grand bargain” to fix the deficit. It’s not surprising that Beltway wise men would want to steer the country in the tax-and-spend direction of Simpson-Bowles, but others are not so sure mainly because it leaves the spending spigot on. Here are five reasons why one might have second thoughts:

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10 Companies with the Biggest Cash Stockpiles in America

Writing in Seeking Alpha, investment analyst and newsletter author David Sterman identifies 10 companies that are sitting on significant cash piles. Stunned to find how much some companies were sitting on, he says in some instances, these companies have such a large amount of cash that it equals or surpasses what some countries produce in terms of annual economic activity (GDP).

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How to Sell in Emerging Markets

Want to sell in emerging markets? Act like a local, says McKinsey principal Jon Vander Ark, in the McKinsey Quarterly. These markets can be fertile ground for enormous sales growth, but each market has its own unique hurdles.

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