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Pulte’s Richard Dugas Builds a Better Mousetrap

Richard Dugas, CEO of Atlanta-based builder and developer Pulte Group, took a company that had suffered a significant hit after the 2008 economic downturn and shifted the strategy from owning real estate to building and selling homes. Three years in, the company has paid down $1 billion in debt and reintroduced a dividend to its shareholders, one higher than it has ever paid before.

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CEOs Gain Some Confidence in Economy, but Remain Wary

More CEOs and business owners are expressing confidence in U.S. economic growth these days, including decisions to boost capital spending and to lay out more cash to back up their new attitude. But their tea leaves remain muddied because of regular reminders that the American economy is still a long way from the robustness it enjoyed prior to the financial crash of 2008 and its subsequent Great Recession.

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