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February 4, 2013
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Business Finance Today 
  • Panel suggests creation of small-business exchange
    A Securities and Exchange Commission panel suggested that an exchange limited to small businesses should be created. The exchange would make it easier for companies to go public in the U.S. but would be limited to experienced investors better able to assess the risks involved with lower disclosure hurdles. Bloomberg (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Lessons Learned from the European Financial Crisis
What can we learn from the ongoing European Financial Crisis? Economist Athanasios Orphanides dives in and shares his take on the crisis in our complimentary whitepaper "Why the European financial crisis is still a problem: The narrative is all wrong," brought to you by Johns Hopkins Advanced Academic Programs and Smartbrief.

Your Bottom Line 
  • Companies act as though capital is scarce when it's not
    There is an abundance of capital available to companies, write Andrew Schwedel and Karen Harris of Bain & Co. The problem is that many companies still operate as though capital is scarce. They need to rethink hurdle rates, keep an eye on bubble risk and manage the balance sheet differently. "Coming to grips with this new world will be an important precondition for achieving sustainable long-term growth," they write. The Wall Street Journal/CFO Journal (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Goodwill impairment continues to decline
    Goodwill impairment has declined in recent years, according to an analysis of more than 5,000 companies. The study, conducted by the Financial Executives Research Foundation and Duff & Phelps, found that goodwill impairment totaled $26 billion to $30 billion in 2009 through 2011, a significant drop from a peak of $188 billion in 2008. The study examined which industries have the most goodwill on their balance sheets, which industries' goodwill was hardest hit and the impact of impairment on each industry's assets. Business Finance (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
What Can You Learn from an Accelerator?
Imagine what it would be like to take a fresh look at your small business, to think and act like it was a startup all over again. What would you change? What could you do better? What time- and money-wasting bad habits could you stop? Click here to read Boomtown: Think Like a Startup

In the C-Suite 
  • Arianna Huffington's guide to failure
    Failure isn't the opposite of success; rather, it's a stepping stone to better things, new-media mogul Arianna Huffington says. That is an important point to keep in mind when your company begins doing well, and to keep taking risks, Huffington says. "Now that Huffington Post is successful, we try not to let that stop us. We constantly iterate," she adds. Inc. online (free registration) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Could your team survive a "weather bomb"?
    In 1998, a small craft, the AFR Midnight Rambler, defeated larger and better-equipped rivals to win the punishing Sydney to Hobart race. The boat's crew succeeded by heading into a storm that rivals refused to face, as well as betting on its ability to recover swiftly and efficiently from anything nature threw at it, Dennis N. T. Perkins writes. "Successful teams are able to put the pieces back together and then calmly push as hard as they can," Perkins writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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There's absolutely no one who's succeeded who has not failed along the way."
--Arianna Huffington, as quoted by Inc. online
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