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March 5, 2013
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10 ways to inspire creativity in your staff.
Fostering creative business practices isn't as hard as it seems and can lead to smart solutions. Use these ten techniques to help inspire and encourage creativity in your staff. Read the article and learn 10 ways to get the creative juices flowing.

  Industry Update 
 
  • Treasury wants single version of Volcker rule, Miller says
    Mary John Miller, Treasury undersecretary for domestic finance, said at an industry conference that the five regulators working on the Volcker rule should produce a single version. "We think a joint rule is optimal," she said. "To have a different rule developed by a banking regulator and a securities regulator would not be helpful to the market. ... That requires a significant amount of coordination and discussion to think about how they can all work together. And that process takes time -- it has taken time." Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker says progress on the rule has been hindered by a fragmented regulatory landscape and other obstacles. Risk.net (subscription required) (3/4), Reuters (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tax-exempt bonds used by companies prompt questions
    Bonds that pay tax-exempt dividends that are being used to finance private projects are getting a closer look, as the U.S. searches for revenue to narrow the budget deficit. Since 2003, more than $65 billion in such bonds have been sold by state and local governments on behalf of companies, according to an analysis by The New York Times. Ending this tax-exempt borrowing could produce $50 billion in revenue for the U.S. government over 10 years, according to the Bipartisan Policy Center. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CMBS market struggled last month
    Commercial mortgage-backed securities struggled in February after increasing as much as 15% in January. JPMorgan Chase sold the lowest-grade investment securities for 390 basis points above benchmark rates. "The weakness can be attributed to the glut of primary supply, investor apathy and the enormity of January's rally," a Deutsche Bank report says. Bloomberg (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail 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.
Click here to access the report.

  New York Focus 
 
  • Sandy's victims struggle with legal problems, bureaucracy
    Efforts to rebuild homes hit by superstorm Sandy are being delayed by issues such as insurance policies that left parts of buildings uncovered and banks that won't release funds because they want more information about how the money will be used. Legal clinics are being overwhelmed by homeowners seeking help with legal problems and bureaucratic requirements. The Wall Street Journal (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

  Career Development 
  • "No" is a no-no in the C-suite
    Phrases and words that should be avoided in the C-suite include "cost," "I think" and "We can't," writes Larry Bonfante, chief information officer of the U.S. Tennis Association. "Language is a very powerful thing," Bonfante writes. "Words convey not only meaning, but emotions as well." EnterpriseEfficiency.com (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Financial Products 
  • SSgA aims to launch index-tracking, dividend-focused ETF
    State Street Global Advisors is seeking Securities and Exchange Commission approval of an exchange-traded fund that would buy stocks of companies worldwide that pay high dividends. The SPDR S&P Global Dividend ETF would select investments from the S&P Global Dividend Aristocrats Index, using representative sampling. ETF Trends (3/2), IndexUniverse.com (3/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SmartQuote 
Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus."
--Alexander Graham Bell,
Scottish-born American inventor


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