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September 18, 2012
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  • House Democrats propose financial-transaction tax
    A group of House Democrats introduced a bill that would subject stock, bond and derivatives trades to a transaction tax. "A financial-transaction tax protects our financial markets from speculation and provides the revenue needed to invest in the education, health and communities of the American people," said Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. The Hill/Floor Action Blog (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Is Pricing Low Your Strategy to Success? Think again.
Pricing is the heart of a business. It affects everything you do and is affected by everything you do. Economists talk of supply and demand as key factors behind pricing—successful entrepreneurs manipulate demand by making their products more desirable. These six steps will help you determine the right price for your product or service, read the article and learn how to get pricing right.

  Industry Update 
 
  • Treasury is urged to release guidance on rules for FX swaps
    Participants in the foreign exchange market are asking the Treasury Department for guidance regarding a possible exemption for currency swaps to new derivatives rules. The Treasury has previously assured the industry that foreign exchange swaps would get an exemption to the rules. Reuters (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fed bashers have it all wrong
    Those who have painted the Federal Reserve's recent plans to pursue more quantitative easing as reckless are missing the point, columnist Paul Krugman writes. Granted, he notes, the Fed doesn't explain itself very well, but the upshot is that it vows to hold interest rates low until the economy picks up and won't waver until inflation becomes significant. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
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Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
Click here to access the report.

  New York Focus 
  • Long Island congressional race looks like presidential campaign
    The race to fill Long Island's seat in Congress bears a similarity to the presidential campaign being fought by President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The Democratic incumbent Timothy Bishop, who sometimes assumes a professorial tone, is being challenged by Randy Altschuler, a Republican with a master's degree in business administration from Harvard who says his opponent isn't giving enough attention to helping the U.S. economy get back on its feet. The Wall Street Journal (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Doe Fund founder files paperwork to join N.Y. mayor's race
    George McDonald, the founder of a nonprofit group that works to deal with the problems of homelessness and addiction, filed documents with the New York City Campaign Finance Board that allow him to begin fundraising for what could become a campaign for the New York City mayor's job. He is the founder and president of the Doe Fund. The Wall Street Journal (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  On The Economy 
  • Data point to slowdown in U.S. manufacturing
    A growing body of data suggests that the U.S. manufacturing sector is headed into a slump. A decline in manufacturing activity in the New York region is part of a broader trend showing up in Federal Reserve data nationwide. Manufacturing data often are a leading indicator of what will happen with the economy overall. Bloomberg Businessweek (9/17), Bloomberg (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  Financial Products 
  • Nationwide rolls out mutual fund focused on inflation protection
    Nationwide Funds Group introduced a mutual fund that caters to investors looking for protection from inflation increase. The Nationwide Inflation-Protected Securities Fund provides hedging against inflation without increasing exposure to risk or giving up liquidity, President Michael Spangler said. PlanAdviser.com (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The secret of managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided."
--Casey Stengel,
American baseball player and manager


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