Finance

Why Tax Policy Is a Dissembler’s Paradise

All politics is the art of deception, none more so than the oft-repeated claim about "tax cuts for the rich." First, the extension of the rate cuts of 2003 that President Obama grudgingly agreed to in exchange for an extension of unemployment benefits is not in any way a reduction of income tax. The only question was whether everyone’s tax liability was going to increase in January.

The New Risk Paradigm for Corporate Governance

Effective risk management oversight by boards of directors — accompanied by risk-centric culture and governance — is the best defense against earnings surprises, reputational and legal problems, and financial ruin. Here are seven essential questions every board must consider.

How Better Succession Planning Leads to Favorable Evaluations

A new study of investor concerns provides CEOs and boards a roadmap for reducing risk and improving business performance.

Six Avoidable M&A Mistakes

What not to do to make the most of your acquisition opportunities.

Is Risk Management an Oxymoron?

Current methods focus more on accounting for losses rather than preventing them.

Are You a Federal Criminal?

Are we relying on the rule of law or the judgment of men to protect our liberty?

The Private M&A

Limited research has not yet suitably explained why private companies would sell under disadvantageous terms. Among existing empirical studies, some fail to provide adequate support to explain the phenomenon, while others suggest there is more to the problem.

Mining Momentum

Meet Steve Harman, Shell Oil's go-to man when a division needs to fuel growth. Harman grew up in Durham, a small mining village in...

Top 10 Enterprise Risks

Managing business risk has always been a strategic imperative, but perhaps never more so than today. Explosive global expansion, ever-more-onerous regulatory oversight and an...

How to Use Investment Bankers

Notwithstanding all talk about their gargantuan bonuses, investment bankers evince no chagrin about the fees they charge. They unabashedly retort that they are paid...
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CEO CONFIDENCE INDEX

CEO Confidence Falls To Decade Low, But Few Predict Recession

Chief Executive’s June survey of 278 U.S. CEOs shows leading confidence indicator now at 5.5/10, the lowest reading in nearly a decade. Majority forecasts worsening conditions in the year ahead, though not a recession.