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December 7, 2012
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  • Major fund managers cut exposure to investment-grade debt
    Some of the biggest fund managers are scaling back exposure to investment-grade bonds amid concerns that yields on high-quality U.S. corporate debt are so low that there's no room for gains. Some fear that even a small increase in interest rates could trigger major losses, so they're shifting funds to European debt and the highest-yielding bonds. The Wall Street Journal (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Your Bottom Line 
  • Making the case for plain English in SEC filings
    Plain English is preferable to the financial jargon used in many documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, participants said at a conference. The section titled Management's Discussion and Analysis was seen as particularly troublesome, and making it as readable and plain as possible can ward off SEC inquiries, said Brian Lane, formerly of the SEC's corporate-finance division. CFO.com (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • SEC is losing patience with XBRL mistakes
    The Securities and Exchange Commission is losing patience with companies that make the same mistakes over and over in their XBRL filings. The limited liability that applies to companies new to the process assumes they are making a good-faith effort to get it right, the SEC's Susan Yount says. Common mistakes include typos and creating custom extensions when tags should be used. Compliance Week/Accounting & Auditing blog (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
In the C-Suite 
  • Apple's Cook says he's not short on passion
    Apple CEO Tim Cook says he's well-aware that people see him as "robotic" in comparison with predecessor Steve Jobs. That's not so bad, Cook says, since it makes it easier to maintain discipline, but it doesn't mean he isn't passionate about his job. "I certainly am not a fist-pounder. That isn't my style. But that and emotion are two different things," he says. Bloomberg (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Smart leaders have a taste for low-hanging fruit
    Want to quickly improve your leadership? Focus on identifying and picking low-hanging fruit, suggests Scott Eblin. "Don't overcomplicate things. Look for behaviors that are relatively easy to do and remember and likely to make a difference in how others experience you as a leader," Eblin writes. EblinGroup.com/Next Level Blog (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
On the Move 
  • Jeremy Thigpen has been named senior vice president and CFO of National Oilwell Varco. He was president of the company's downhole pumping and solutions business. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Everyone likes to prove they're the smartest person in the room because they understand the jargon. Plain English works."
--Lawyer Brian Lane, as quoted by CFO.com
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