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January 14, 2013
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Business Finance Today 
  • Higher payroll tax decreases U.S. paychecks
    Americans are seeing decreased take-home pay after a 2-year-old tax cut expired. About $125 billion in consumer-spending power is expected to disappear from the economy this year because the payroll tax has increased by 2 percentage points. Bloomberg (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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.
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Your Bottom Line 
  • The perils of mingling cash between controlling, noncontrolling interests
    Investors may have an unrealistic view about a company's cash position and its ability to pay dividends if the company mingles operating cash flow from a controlling interest in a consolidated company with cash produced by noncontrolling interests, according to the Georgia Tech Financial Analysis Lab. Because of distributions made to noncontrolling interests, the free cash flow is not necessarily available for distribution to shareholders. Compliance Week/Accounting & Auditing blog (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

In the C-Suite 
  • Want happier workers? Go on a hike
    Dropbox holds regular "hillcore" events, in which workers are encouraged to climb a hill together. The hikes help employees clear their heads, boosting overall productivity and helping foster collaboration and innovation, says programmer Dan Wheeler. "When you're programming, you're doing your job more effectively if your mind is going faster. When you're hiking, you're letting your mind wander," he explains. Fast Company online (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Leaders should thank their lucky stars, Branson says
    Business leaders shouldn't forget that their success stems as much from dumb luck as it does from skill or hard work, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson says. Nobody succeeds without putting in overtime, but long hours alone can't guarantee success. "Lots of people do that and do not succeed. And so those of us who have succeeded need to thank our lucky stars for the breakthroughs that got us to the top," Branson says. LinkedIn Blog (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

Off the Charts 
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When we have unrealistic views of our health, we don't necessarily take the right actions to be healthier. In the long run, that will affect companies' finances."
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