How Finance Can Advance a Collaborative Culture, Rebecca Williams, CFO, BDNA

Podcast: Play in new window | Download How does collaboration take root within an organization? Join us as Rebecca reveals her CFO mind-set, and the moments of insight that shaped her leadership vision and advanced her to the CFO office.

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As Global Earnings Stall, Emerging Markets Set-Up For Crisis

What’s on Your Radar Screen? Emerging Markets Are Set Up for a Crisis Who’s Competing with Whom? O Canada, Where Are You Headed? Thinking about Momentum The Rational Bear San Antonio, Washington DC, and Dallas Toward the end of every week I begin to ponder what I should write about in the next Thoughts from […]

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Investing In Argentina is a Little Like Buying Along Alabama Shore After BP Spill

Argentina can’t get much worse, Grant observes, and the path to the upside is clear — so long as it is taken Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has led Argentina into an economic mess, but value investors should pay attention, says Jim Grant in a recent issue of Grant’s Observer: in the near future Argentina could […]

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Mobilicity Backers File $1.2-billion Lawsuit Against Industry Canada

The financial backers behind struggling wireless startup Mobilicity — a group that includes Canadian businessman and sports mogul John Bitove — have filed a $1.2-billion lawsuit against Industry Canada. The claim accuses the federal government of reneging on assurances that it would enforce foreign ownership takeover rules and prevent unfair competition. It also claims that […]

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Canadian Midmarket Firms to Leverage EU Trade Deal

LONDON—With Canada poised to finalize a sweeping free trade pact with Europe, Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the next big challenge will be convincing Canadian companies to broaden their business ambitions to take advantage of the new opportunities. While the trade deal promises to open new markets across Europe, the question is whether Canadian business […]

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What Midmarket Firms Can Learn From Volkswagen

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – German manufacturers are trying to bring worker-friendly policies, which have helped make Germany into an export powerhouse and could help the U.S. solve its youth joblessness problem, to their U.S. operations, but so far few American businesses have seized on the tips they are offering. Volkswagen, Germany’s largest automaker and the second-largest […]

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Ten Years After Google’s IPO: 30 Percent Annual Return

10 Years of Google and the Importance of Long Term Thinking by John Huber, Base Hit Investing. “Google has a huge new moat. In fact, I’ve probably never seen such a wide moat.” – Charlie Munger, 2009 Google Inc. ( NASDAQ:GOOGL) celebrated the 10 year anniversary of its IPO last week. Google is a company […]

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Debate Over Plastic Bags is Stranger Than Fiction in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Several days before this weekend’s deadline to complete their work, California legislators received a letter from what appeared to be a Latino advocacy group urging them to vote against one of the year’s most contentious bills. Familias Latinas de California denounced Senate Bill 270, which seeks to ban single-use plastic grocery bags […]

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Business Confidence Lags as Ukraine Crisis Dampens Assurance

The Munich-based Ifo think tank’s business climate index, based on a monthly survey of some 7,000 companies, fell to 106.3 from 108, undershooting the Reuters consensus forecast of 107. That was its lowest level since last July and marked the longest period of successive monthly declines in the index since the height of the eurozone […]

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Disadvantages and Advantages of Investing in Private Equity

Should I Invest in Private Equity? by David Merkel, CFA of AlephBlog One of the best things for me regarding blogging are the readers who ask me questions. When I get a set of them that are general enough, I answer them for all my readers, after stripping out identifying data. Here is the most […]

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