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January 16, 2013
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Business Finance Today 
  • December retail-sales growth surprises economists
    Retail sales in the U.S. increased more in December than many experts had expected as consumers set aside worries about higher taxes in January. Retail sales rose 0.5% from November, the Commerce Department said. Economists surveyed by Reuters had anticipated a 0.2% increase. Reuters (1/15), Shopfloor blog (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Your Bottom Line 
  • FASB seeks change to "repo accounting" rules
    The Financial Accounting Standards Board has proposed a rule change to make it harder for companies to use repurchase agreements to move debt off their balance sheets. This form of short-term borrowing, called "repo accounting," was used by MF Global to keep sovereign debt off its books. "What the FASB has proposed has significant potential to close the accounting loophole that MF Global exploited," says Bruce Pounder of SmartPros. The FASB is seeking comments by March 29. Reuters (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Emerging-growth companies need to tell investors their story
    Investors do not appear to be discriminating against the new category of equity issuer, the "emerging growth company," created by the Jumpstart Our Business Startup Act. However, companies that use this option need to tell a cohesive story about their business, Brian Matt writes. "In order to formulate a full investment thesis, investors will look for much deeper details about both the history and the future of the company," Matt writes CFO.com (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
In the C-Suite 
  • 7 steps to becoming your own leader
    Everyone is capable of being a leader, Kevin Eikenberry writes, but the key is to find the right leadership style. He suggests starting by getting to know yourself, beginning with understanding your values, personality, strengths and weaknesses. Becoming a leader takes time, Eikenberry writes, as well as a desire to receive feedback and continuously learn. KevinEikenberry.com (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 6 questions to help you define your work balance
    What are the parts of your work life you won't compromise on? To find out, ask yourself what tasks, activities and other characteristics of your work and co-workers you want to protect or maintain, Mike Figliuolo writes. "Once you have the answers to these questions, you can begin to better define your boundaries at work, which should improve your job satisfaction and therefore improve your morale and performance," he writes. ThoughtLeaders blog (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartPulse  
  • What will happen when Congress debates the debt ceiling?
    Congress will raise the debt ceiling, but not cut spending or raise taxes  34.98%
    Congress will reach a deal that involves tax increases and spending cuts  30.94%
    Congress will not reach a deal on the debt ceiling  14.35%
    Congress will reach a deal that involves only spending cuts  11.21%
    Congress will reach a deal that involves only tax increases  5.83%
    Not sure  2.69%
  • Deal in the works?: Poll results were generally split between those who believe the debt ceiling will be raised without cutting spending or raising taxes and those who think taxes will be increased and spending will be cut as part of a deal. A smaller group was divided between those who think no deal will be reached and those who think a deal will have only spending cuts or tax increases. --Cindy Kraft, the CFO Coach
  • Are the higher payroll taxes and the resulting decrease in take-home pay affecting morale at your organization?
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On the Move 
  • Joseph Braun has been promoted to CFO at Investment Real Estate. He has been with the company since 2009. Inside Self-Storage (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Off the Charts 
SmartQuote 
One of the most significant unintended consequences of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act is the expansion of the need for an in-depth external investor-communications process for privately held companies -- particularly those on the cusp of going public."
--Brian Matt, writing at CFO.com
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