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Global Expansion Is a Key Goal for North American Mid-Market Firms

Global expansion is a growing driver for many middle-market companies, according to “Business Without Borders: International growth at mid-cap companies,” a report released this month by Mergermarket Ltd. on behalf of Mazars Group.

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More CEOs Get Impatient with the Government Shutdown

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is asking his fellow chief executives to push for an end to the gridlock in Washington, saying there needs to be a return of civility over partisanship. Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld compares the threat that the US might refuse to raise the debt ceiling to a “giant Taser” that will freeze confidence in the world economy, not just the U.S.

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What’s Ahead for U.S.-Mexico Relations

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Claudio Gonzalez, 72, is one of the few remaining members of a vanishing breed of senior business figures that have won both deep respect at home and a strong international reputation abroad. He served as the CEO of Kimberly-Clark de Mexico from 1973-2008. Here's what Gonzalez has to say about the future for U.S.-Mexico relations.

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The Pension Pickle

In addition to budget crises and high unemployment rates, serious pension problems loom for the US. States now face a $3 trillion-plus shortfall in state pension plan funds. Unable to hire new employees, CEOs are increasingly reliant on contract workers; this just results in depressed employment and loss of payroll taxes for states that desperately need revenue.

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