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December 10, 2012
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  • U.K., U.S. offer joint plan for "too big to fail" banks
    U.S. and U.K. regulators have made public their common view of how to cope with financial institutions considered "too big to fail." The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Bank of England discussed the problem in a joint paper. "We believe that, for many [global systemically important financial institutions], this strategy holds the best possibility of preserving stability while removing taxpayer support," Martin Gruenberg, chairman of the FDIC, and Paul Tucker of the Bank of England wrote in the Financial Times. "It holds shareholders, creditors and management in a failed GSifi accountable for its losses." The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (12/10), Financial Times (tiered subscription model) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Next Treasury chief may not have deep Wall Street ties
    The next Treasury secretary is unlikely to have extensive ties to Wall Street given the low public estimation of the financial industry these days, Jim McTague writes. Among candidates considered to have a good shot at replacing Timothy Geithner are Jack Lew, the White House chief of staff; Laura D'Andrea Tyson, director of the National Economic Council under President Bill Clinton; and Mary Miller, Treasury undersecretary for domestic finance. Barron's (special access for SmartBrief readers) (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
5 positive ways to respond to negative comments.
Social media is a great way to connect with your customers, but what do you do when the conversation takes a negative turn? With 5 tips, you can learn how to positively respond and help direct the conversation. Read the article and learn the 5 ways to respond positively.

Your Bottom Line 
 
  • PwC predicts healthy M&A activity for 2013
    A number of mergers and acquisitions are pending that may not close by year-end, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers report. Available capital and financing for buyers and solid balance sheets are expected to translate into a robust 2013 for M&A deals, the report says. Accounting Today (12/7) 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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In the C-Suite 
 
  • 9 ways small employers can keep their stars
    Promoting from within, providing stimulating work and linking performance to bottom-line success are ways that small companies can hang onto their best employees, Samuel Bacharach writes. "Employees won't stay because of the size of the paycheck. They'll stay because they feel they are recognized, engaged, challenged, and part of a team," he writes. Inc. online (free registration) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Give your employees the gift of leadership development
    The best bosses know when to step back and let their employees take the lead, writes Jennifer V. Miller. Leadership development shouldn't be reserved for people with a formal title, Miller explains. "When you provide your team members with an opportunity to exercise their leadership muscles, you're giving them a tremendous gift," she writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (12/6) 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.

On the Move 
Off the Charts 
  • Studies: Bike lanes can lead to greater retail sales
    Bike lanes have been shown to increase retail sales, studies show. One study showed that small businesses in New York City near bike lanes generated better-than-average sales. A study in Portland, Ore., found that bicyclists visited stores more often and spent more overall. NBC News (12/8) 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 
There remains strong competition for quality assets as both corporate and private equity continues to seek out deals to fuel their growth and deploy capital."
--Martyn Curragh of PricewaterhouseCoopers, as quoted by Accounting Today
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