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November 2, 2012
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Business Finance Today 
  • U.S. employment picture brightens
    U.S. private-sector employers added the most workers in eight months during October, according to the ADP Research Institute. The Labor Department said first-time jobless claims decreased 9,000 last week, to 363,000, the smallest total in three weeks. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg had expected 370,000. Bloomberg (11/1), Bloomberg (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Sandy provides a lift for corporate bonds
    Corporate bonds came roaring back Thursday after a lull related to Hurricane Sandy, with at least nine borrowers aiming for an expected $7.6 billion. Before the storm, bankers were anticipating $30 billion in deals this week. Among Thursday's participants were the Bank of Montreal, BP, Caterpillar and General Dynamics. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Your Bottom Line 
  • QR codes become part of finance, accounting functions
    QR codes are spreading to business services, including accounting. The codes can help speed up payment functions, measure parts of marketing budgets and present videos and other information about accounting services. (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Executives are bullish about economy no matter who wins White House
    About 75% of U.S. financial executives are cautiously optimistic about the economy and say it will stay the same or improve within the next half year, no matter who wins the White House, according to a quarterly poll by Adaptive Planning and the Business Performance Innovation Network. Respondents' top concerns were unemployment, the federal deficit and the "fiscal cliff." AccountingWEB (11/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
In the C-Suite 
  • 3 M&A tips for Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer
    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is seeking growth through strategic acquisitions but should be cautious about how she does so, argues Laurence Capron of INSEAD. Seven in 10 mergers and acquisitions are unsuccessful, Capron writes, and an aggressive M&A strategy can unsettle employees. "Keep in mind that M&As are complex, costly and disruptive and should only be used when the ends justify the investment of time, money and human resources," Capron writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Character-based leadership requires accountability, authenticity
    Character-based leaders realize "that leadership is not about you, but about the people you lead, and you are here to help them by serving them compassionately, and from a loving heart," writes Georgia Feiste of Collaborative Transitions Coaching. Character-based leadership involves taking responsibility and being authentic, she writes. (10/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
On the Move 
Off the Charts 
  • The agony and the ecstasy of competitive eating
    Competitive eating has a dedicated fan base, with some devotees hero-worshiping the best eaters and cheering as contestants pack away dozens of sandwiches, hot dogs, cupcakes and wontons at a sitting. "It's not pretty. But it is beautiful," aficionado Sam Barclay says. GQ (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
I was getting enough calls from our tax clients [asking] 'What are QR codes? And am I supposed to be using this?' "
--Lee Reams of ClientWhys, as quoted by CFO Magazine
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