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February 1, 2013
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  • China's $6.5B investment in U.S. sets record
    Chinese companies' direct investment in the U.S. reached a record $6.5 billion last year, a 17% increase compared with 2011, according to Rhodium Group. The investment level will grow as China moves closer to having the world's biggest economy, analyst Thilo Hanemann said. The Washington Post (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Your Bottom Line 
  • Infrastructure law gives plan sponsors an unexpected gift
    A measure to improve the nation's infrastructure that was signed into law last year has a little-noticed provision that allows sponsors of defined-benefit plans to lower their minimum required contributions. The law lets plan sponsors use average interest rates over the previous 25 years to calculate minimum contributions instead of using average rates over the past two years. CFO.com (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
In the C-Suite 
  • 3 reasons you shouldn't flip out
    Too many bosses throw epic tantrums when things don't go their way, writes Scott Eblin. Freaking out will certainly get your workers' attention, but at the cost of lost productivity, a more toxic business culture, and a sharp decline in your employees' enthusiasm and energy. "When the freak out is an executive's go to move, the people around him or her eventually disengage," Eblin warns. EblinGroup.com/Next Level Blog (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Are you a gracious boss?
    Bosses often focus so much on showing their strength and assertiveness that they forget to be gracious, writes Kevin Daum. Traits such as humility, empathy and a willingness to defer to others are important parts of modern leadership, Daum argues. "Simply put, the most gracious and powerful leaders are the ones who understand when to step back as a follower and let the most appropriate person lead," he writes. Inc. online (free registration) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
On the Move 
  • Shawn Guertin will become CFO at Aetna. He was CFO of Coventry Health Care, which Aetna is buying. Fox Business/Reuters (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Off the Charts 
SmartQuote 
I'm not sure how many CFOs of plan sponsors realize that 2012 is a year for which you get a do-over. Most CFOs are hardly experts on pensions."
--David Gensler, president of Madison Pension Services, as quoted by CFO.com
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