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November 1, 2012
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Business Finance Today 
  • Corporate bond sales surge as investors hunt for returns
    Corporate bond sales this year are near the 2009 record as investors pursue higher returns than seen in government bonds and as companies take advantage of low borrowing costs. "There's a lot of money out there looking for a home. Government bonds give you almost nothing, so you're left with corporate bonds, which give you a little bit more than nothing," said Elisabeth Afseth of Investec Bank. Bloomberg (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Your Bottom Line 
  • Companies seek fast settlement for Sandy insurance claims
    Companies that plan to make insurance claims for property damage or business interruptions because of Hurricane Sandy and its remnants should present a well-documented package, experts say. Assign a point person, usually a risk manager, to handle the process. If done properly, companies could even receive upfront cash to handle some of their claims. (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Purchase-order financing offers flexibility to companies
    Purchase-order financing can salvage a transaction for a company that doesn't have the working capital to produce the goods for its client even though it has a hard order. With purchase-order financing, the transaction itself is funded and the company's balance sheet is not a consideration. Business Finance (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
In the C-Suite 
  • Bribery and tipping are closely connected, researchers say
    Tipping is a short step from outright bribery, researchers say. That's because tipping encourages informal payments as part of a favor-based economy, opening the door to potential corruption. "Once you are embedded in a web of informal transactions and favors, it can sometimes become harder to judge what's appropriate and what's not," says Harvard professor Magnus Thor Torfason. HBS Working Knowledge (10/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Do you have a fatal flaw?
    More than a quarter of bosses have at least one "fatal flaw," defined as a core competency at which they're ranked as worse than 90% of their peers, Joe Folkman writes. Flawed leaders must act swiftly to address their failings, or else their careers will suffer, Folkman warns. "Fatal flaws are not easy to change, but improvement is possible," he writes. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (10/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Having heard 3 presidential debates, who do you believe can most effectively lead our country?
    Mitt Romney  62.71%
    Barack Obama  28.50%
    Neither one  4.51%
    Either one will achieve the same result  4.28%
  • Was your business adversely affected by Sandy?
Yes -- we had significant damage
Yes -- we had moderate damage
Yes -- we had minimal damage
Not sure

On the Move 
  • Joe Robinson has been named CFO of Polartec. Robinson most recently was vice president of corporate finance with inVentiv Health. Boston Herald (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Off the Charts 
  • Higher car prices may be part of Sandy's aftermath
    Hurricane Sandy and its remnants may affect car prices, experts say. With tens or hundreds of thousands of vehicles destroyed by the storm, pricing for used and new cars is expected to rise in the coming weeks. NBC News (10/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Timely recovery of insurance proceeds can help mitigate the reported earnings impact."
--John Dempsey, forensic accountant, as quoted by
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