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February 4, 2013
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  Top Story 
  • 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) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Is Pricing Low Your Strategy to Success? Think again.
Pricing is the heart of a business. It affects everything you do and is affected by everything you do. Economists talk of supply and demand as key factors behind pricing—successful entrepreneurs manipulate demand by making their products more desirable. These six steps will help you determine the right price for your product or service, read the article and learn how to get pricing right.

  Industry Update 
 
  • FINRA wants easier background check on advisers and brokerages
    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority proposed a rule to make it easier for investors to investigate the background of financial advisers and brokerages. The rule would require websites of companies regulated by FINRA to link to the agency's online database BrokerCheck. Reuters (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Status quo is unacceptable" for repo market, Dudley says
    Problems in the repurchase market have not been solved, says William Dudley, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. "We have not come close to fixing all the institutional flaws in our wholesale-funding markets," Dudley said while suggesting several changes, including limiting the market to securities that the Fed accepts and letting money market funds use a net-asset-value float as opposed to a fixed rate. The Wall Street Journal (2/1) 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.

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  Career Development 
  • Tips to reduce stress
    Research shows job burnout increases the chances of developing heart disease or having a stroke, so take steps to turn down the stress, Ben Fanning writes. "Question whether you really have to watch the news on TV every night or whether spending some quiet time with music or reading might be preferable," he writes. "Just turning ... the intensity down a notch can make a big difference." SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  People & Personalities 
  • Walter declines to speculate about her post-SEC plans
    Elisse Walter, chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission, says she isn't sure what she'll do after the Senate confirms Mary Jo White as the new head of the agency. "I will certainly be here until the new chairman gets confirmed and comes on board," Walter said. "I have sort of decided not to think about it right now. That may be a very short time. It may be a very long time." Reuters (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  On The Economy 
  • U.S. payrolls kept growing in January
    U.S. employers added 157,000 workers in January, and job creation in November and December was better than previously thought, the Labor Department reported. The upward revisions added 127,000 jobs to the total employment growth during the last two months of 2012. Bloomberg (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Financial Products 
  • Deutsche Bank aims to launch utility-stock ETF
    Deutsche Bank filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to introduce an exchange-traded fund that would buy the stock of utility companies. The db-X Regulated Utilities Index Fund would allocate at least 80% of funds to securities in the DBIQ Regulated Utility Index. IndexUniverse.com (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SmartQuote 
To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, subtract things every day."
--Laozi,
Chinese philosopher


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