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January 29, 2013
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Business Finance Today 
  • U.S. employers praise push for immigration reform
    An initiative in Congress to overhaul U.S. immigration laws is drawing praise from employers, many of whom say the current system is broken and an obstacle to hiring. Microsoft's general counsel said he is "encouraged by the momentum" for immigration reform. National Council of Farmer Cooperatives President and CEO Charles Conner said the push is the best opportunity "in a generation" to solve farmers' immigration law problems. Reuters (1/28), The Washington Post (1/28), RealClearPolitics (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Your Bottom Line 
  • Cash holdings may decline this quarter, indicator suggests
    Twenty-eight percent of finance executives say they will reduce their cash holdings in the first quarter of this year, compared with 23% who say they plan to add to their cash holdings, according to an Association for Financial Professionals indicator. Many companies are spending their cash to buy back shares and pay down debt, AFP chief executive Jim Kaitz says. CFO.com (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • CFO compensation is expected to increase
    Compensation for finance chiefs could trend upward because their skills are seen as more portable, participants in a Conference Board debate said. "Lower level talent is transferable. General counsels and CFOs do move and [their pay] should be based on peers," said Charles Elson of the University of Delaware. The Wall Street Journal/CFO Journal (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
In the C-Suite 
  • 3 things holding back your company's innovation
    Companies aspire to perpetual, unrelenting innovation -- but few ever achieve that, writes Gerard Tellis. Instead, firms are held back by fear of cannibalizing their existing products, a focus on the present rather than the future, and risk aversion. "These three traits ... constitute what I call, the 'incumbent's curse,' " Tellis writes. Management-Issues (U.K.) (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How to avoid stinking up your company
    Great bosses know that "a skunk stinks from the head down," and that businesses similarly succeed or fail based on their leadership, writes Bill McBean in this book excerpt. To avoid making a stink, aim to be determined, humble, transparent and flexible, McBean advises. "If you want to give your business a good start toward success, it has to start with leadership, and leadership has to start with you," he writes. Fast Company online (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
On the Move 
  • Brian Baumgart has been named CFO of Dorner Manufacturing. He was CFO at Nord Gear. Manufacturing.net (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Richard Walton will be CFO at Flotek. He is a financial reporting consultant for the company. The Motley Fool (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Off the Charts 
  • A Freudian view of the Facebook profile
    A Facebook profile may reveal more than you think, including signs of mental illness, a study says. "By asking patients to share their Facebook activity, we were able to see how they expressed themselves naturally," researcher Elizabeth Martin, a doctoral student at the University of Missouri, said in a statement. "Even the parts of their Facebook activities that they chose to conceal exposed information about their psychological state." LiveScience.com (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
The labor market for CEOs is in a bear market."
--Ira Kay of Pay Governance, as quoted by The Wall Street Journal's CFO Journal
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