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November 19, 2012
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Business Finance Today 
  • Pace of U.S. business investment drops
    Major U.S. companies are slashing investment plans at a rapid pace amid uncertainty over taxes and their economic prospects. Among the 40 largest publicly traded companies, half said they plan to scale back capital investment this year or in 2013. The Wall Street Journal (11/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Corporate giants get contracts meant for small businesses
    About 45% of the $10.6 billion designated by U.S. acquisition rules to be awarded to small businesses in fiscal 2011 instead went to some of the biggest corporations, according to government data. Major firms such as Medtronic and General Dynamics received $4.74 billion in government contracts that should have gone to small businesses in the year ended Sept. 30, 2011. The Washington Post (11/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Your Bottom Line 
  • CFOs debate the value of issuing a quarterly guidance
    One school of thought in the debate on the need for quarterly earnings guidance is that it helps the investment community understand the company's business and how it will perform in certain conditions. On the other hand, a growing number of companies believe that such guidance is too focused on the short term; they view annual guidance as a fair compromise. CFO Magazine (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
In the C-Suite 
  • Are you an innovation skeptic?
    The best bosses are both optimists and pessimists when it comes to weighing new ideas, says innovation psychologist Sam Hunter. It's important to be open and upbeat when workers first float novel ideas, but also to be realistic or even downright pessimistic when the time comes to pay for implementation. "The skepticism lens should be brought out when cost is about to incur," Hunter explains. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • A plan for "responsible capitalism" from Richard Branson
    Leaders from firms of all sizes can help solve some of the most striking problems facing society, Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson says. "Responsible capitalism is trying to think of ways in which you can invest proceeds from your company into ventures that benefit the environment," Branson says. He suggests that smaller companies could tackle local problems, slightly bigger companies could target national issues and larger corporations could battle international challenges. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
On the Move 
  • Barry Malamud has been named interim CFO at Harsco. He is vice president and corporate controller. The Sentinel (Carlisle, Pa.) (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Off the Charts 
  • The high cost of high-end car options
    Factory options for car buyers can quickly add up, and this article cites 10 budget-busting items, including $50,000 Spec V Brakes for the Nissan GT-R; $2,900 leather door sills for the Porsche Panamera; and a $12,750 blind-spot warning system for the Infiniti QX56. Jalopnik.com (11/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Top five news stories selected by SmartBrief for CFOs readers in the past week.

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SmartQuote 
We used to provide quarterly guidance, but when the financial turmoil hit and we lost confidence in our estimates, we migrated to annual guidance."
--Kurt Kuehn, CFO at UPS, as quoted by CFO Magazine
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