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January 18, 2013
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Business Finance Today 
  • Debt-limit increase may be near, GOP officials suggest
    Senior House Republicans say they may back a small, interim increase of the U.S. debt limit, a move that would let them deflect the political consequences of the government defaulting on its debt in February or March. "We're discussing the possible virtue of a short-term debt limit extension, so that we have a better chance of getting the Senate and White House involved in discussions in March," said Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee. Reuters (1/17), MarketWatch/Political Watch blog (1/17), MSNBC (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Bond risks exist beyond debt ceiling, experts say
    Some money managers say moving to longer-term bonds to protect against debt-ceiling risks isn't the way to go. "Given their low relative yields, intermediate- to longer-term bonds are priced too expensively for our tastes," said John Sajdak, head of fixed income at MainStreet Advisors. Money managers are concerned that once the debt ceiling is behind us, "then people are going to really start focusing on whether they want to pay relatively high prices for bonds in exchange for safety," said Michael Jones, RiverFront Investment Group's chief investment officer. The Wall Street Journal (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Your Bottom Line 
  • Lower-cost online 10-K formats win popularity
    Online 10-K formats are finding fans among budget-conscious companies that want to save on printing costs, Taylor Provost writes. Budgets for electronic annual reports have increased by 31% since 2010, and budgets for print reports have dropped significantly, the National Investor Relations Institute says. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • SEC increases e-discovery requests
    The Securities and Exchange Commission is increasingly asking for data from laptops, hard drives, printers and smartphones in its investigative subpoenas, defense attorneys say. Lawyers are objecting because such data could go beyond the scope of SEC investigations. The SEC has been stepping up such requests since it opened its forensics lab in 2011. Reuters (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
In the C-Suite 
  • Ask yourself: Are you a deluded leader?
    Many leaders believe they're doing the right things but are led astray by illusion and delusion, Dan Rockwell writes. He suggests taking an attitude of service toward those you're leading. "Conform to them rather than demanding they conform to you," he writes. Leadership Freak blog (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 5 realities about being innovative
    Many leaders struggle with innovation in the workplace, writes Jeff DeGraff of the University of Michigan's business school. He describes five characteristics of innovation and how to use them at work, including the importance of failing "early, often and out of sight," working on the impossible problems and being willing to "[p]ractice circling your innovation project" for possible mistakes. Management Innovation eXchange/FreshMIX blog (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
On the Move 
  • Paul Brost has been appointed CFO at Command Security. He was CFO at UNISYS Federal Systems. RTT News (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Off the Charts 
  • An invitation to tea you don't want to get
    An invitation to go to tea isn't necessarily good news in some social media circles. When Chinese bloggers write that they have been invited to tea, it signals they have been called in for a police interrogation. BBC (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Because we're now in an environment that has increasingly more regulatory requirements, people are using electronic media to get their message out."
--Jeff Morgan, CEO of the National Investor Relations Institute, as quoted by
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