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December 12, 2012
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  • BIS: Global fundamentals don't support market prices
    The Bank for International Settlements is warning that equity and fixed-income prices might be out of line with the weak state of the global economy. "Market participants attributed a significant part of the rally in asset prices to further loosening by central banks, notably the Federal Reserve," according to a BIS quarterly review. CNBC (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Group wants focus changed to quality accounting rules
    The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales says the International Accounting Standards Board and the U.S. Financial Accounting Standards Board should halt a decade-long attempt to harmonize bookkeeping rules for investors and instead work on establishing high-quality standards. "It is better that the IASB and FASB boards issue separate standards than deliver unsatisfactory compromise solutions or do nothing at all," said Nigel Sleigh-Johnson of the ICAEW. Reuters (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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  • How to stave off a crisis that can damage share price
    Four types of crises can damage a share price, according to international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. These are behavioral, operational, corporate and informational. Companies need to remember that it is possible to prepare in advance with a thought-out disaster management policy and that it is unlikely a company will be able to break the bad news itself, given the social-media-driven news cycle. CFO.com (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
In the C-Suite 
  • How to excel as an authentic leader
    If a leader pretends to be someone he or she is not, eventually subordinates will realize it, writes Charalambos A. Vlachoutsicos, an adjunct professor at Athens University in Greece. However, authenticity doesn't mean shooting from the hip and saying whatever one pleases. "Authenticity, then, is about giving a message about your true self -- one you must continually shape and deliver by thoughtfully choosing your words and behaviors to suit the people you interact with and the specific purpose at hand," he writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why Fortune 500 CEOs should learn to love social media
    The leaders of smaller, fast-growth companies are more likely to use Facebook and Twitter than the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, according to a CEO.com study. Large-company CEOs are inherently in an "ivory tower," but avoiding social media makes it even harder for them to understand important consumer trends, writes Josh James. "[B]y not having a social media presence, these giants are handicapping themselves when it comes to agility and growth," James writes. Inside the Domosphere blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartPulse  
  • Will Congress reach a deal on the "fiscal cliff" by the end of the year?
    No  52.72%
    Yes  36.39%
    Not sure  10.88%
  • New year's resolutions: More than half of you say that Congress won't reach a deal on the "fiscal cliff" this year. Meanwhile, negotiations between House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and President Barack Obama appear to be going nowhere fast.
  • What will be the outcome of the "fiscal cliff" deal?
Higher tax rates on the wealthiest taxpayers and spending cuts
Higher tax rates on everyone and spending cuts
Extension of the Bush-era tax rates for everyone and spending cuts
No deal will be reached
Not sure

On the Move 
  • Randall Harwood has been promoted to CFO at Graybar. He is currently district vice president in Dallas. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Off the Charts 
SmartQuote 
It's not so easy to find a home for these assets when you are a large corporation and you are sitting on $1 billion, $50 million, to $100 million of cash and you need it to be available on demand."
--Joshua Siegel, managing principal of StoneCastle Partners, as quoted by The Wall Street Journal's CFO Journal.
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