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February 5, 2013
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  • Analysis: Companies increasingly prefer private funding
    Daniel Gorfine and Ben Miller write that companies are abandoning the world of public debt and equity, and turning instead to private issuance, which rose 31% between 2009 and 2010. Volatility and extreme regulation make the markets less appealing than the newly streamlined private capital markets, they write. The Wall Street Journal (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • Backdating stock options can be a career killer
    CEOs and CFOs implicated in backdating of stock options are not only likely to lose their position but also likely to have a harder time finding another job, according to a study in The Accounting Review, a journal of the American Accounting Association. "Our findings suggest that it doesn't take a massive bureaucratic effort to penalize higher-ups: Corporate boards appear to be willing to take action well before regulators bring their investigations to a conclusion," said study co-author Edward Swanson, an accounting professor at Texas A&M University. Accounting Today (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
In the C-Suite 
  • How to pick the right productivity tools
    Technology can make you more productive, but it can also get in the way if you choose tools that are complicated or that don't really address your particular productivity problems, experts say. Any system should be flexible, easy to use and serve as your "road map" to help you "prioritize and re-prioritize on the fly," says Julie Morgenstern, author of "Time Management from the Inside Out." The Wall Street Journal (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 13 ways to keep the whole office from getting sick
    Seasonal-flu outbreaks cost companies an estimated $10.4 billion in medical treatment for employees, but the chance of spreading the illness can be reduced by measures such as giving workers flexible sick time and providing flu vaccination at work, Joyce E. A. Russell writes. She also suggests providing a way for employees to anonymously report ill co-workers, who can then be encouraged to go home and rest. The Washington Post/Capital Business (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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It may be that the public embarrassment occasioned by such episodes induces a sense of betrayal in corporate directors -- that is, as long as directors are not recipients themselves of backdated options, which, we found, reduces the likelihood of CEOs or CFOs being forced out."
--Edward Swanson, an accounting professor at Texas A&M University, as quoted by Accounting Today
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