Best Practices Series

SmartBrief for CFOs

Financial news and best practices

SmartBrief for CFOs

BofA's mortgage-bond issue results in $17B settlement

8/21/2014

  • Reuters
  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

Bank of America is poised to pay almost $17 billion to settle Justice Department concerns about mortgage bonds that the bank sold before the financial crisis. The deal could be announced as soon as to… Read More

SmartBrief on ExecTech

Tech news and insights and why they matter to business

SmartBrief on ExecTech

Virtual meetings now favored by majority of firms, survey says

8/21/2014

  • TG Daily

More executives are coordinating with colleagues virtually as telepresence technologies gradually supplant in-person meetings in enterprise collaboration, data show. A survey by YouGov found that 60% … Read More

SmartBrief on Leadership

Innovative ideas about leadership and management

SmartBrief on Leadership

How to stand apart from the crowd

8/21/2014

  • Management-Issues (U.K.)

Companies should continuously strive to differentiate themselves from rivals in terms of offerings, employment practices and investments, writes James Kerr. "Firms must decide to formally recognize an… Read More

SmartBrief on Business & Politics

Public policy news from a business perspective

SmartBrief on Business & Politics

Business leaders keep quiet as Obama prepares immigration order

8/21/2014

  • Politico
  • Inc. online (free registration)

Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Bloomberg and others who previously opened their wallets to support immigration reform have been conspicuously silent during the current election cycle -- a sign, perhaps, tha… Read More

SmartBrief on Sales

Insights and advice to help sales leaders

SmartBrief on Sales

Why transactional selling will fall flat

8/21/2014

  • VAR Guy, The

Salespeople must create value to reach today's sophisticated customers, who carefully track the return on their investments, writes Elliot Markowitz. "A holistic view of the customer is needed and sal… Read More

SmartBrief on Sustainability

News about the future of sustainable business

SmartBrief on Sustainability

Study: Exporting coal might be good for the planet

8/21/2014

  • Nature World News

Exporting U.S. coal to power plants in South Korea would reduce the total carbon released by 21% compared with burning the coal in domestic plants, a new study reports. That's because South Korea's co… Read More

SmartBrief on Workforce

Essential reading for HR professionals

SmartBrief on Workforce

Majority of Americans confident in job security, survey says

8/21/2014

  • Gallup.com

Fifty-eight percent of U.S. workers are completely satisfied with their job security, according to a Gallup poll. About half of workers reported feeling the same between 2009 and 2013. Read More

SmartBrief on Your Career

Career tips for young professionals

SmartBrief on Your Career

Why stress is good in small doses

8/20/2014

  • Health

While chronic stress is harmful, small amounts of it make us more motivated to succeed and stimulate our productivity and concentration, Amanda MacMillan writes. Other benefits of small doses of stres… Read More

PLI SmartBrief

The latest stories on corporate and business legal issues

PLI SmartBrief

Published in partnership with: Practising Law Institute

Berkshire Hathaway agrees to $896,000 settlement over stock purchase

8/21/2014

  • Bloomberg

An $896,000 settlement has been reached in a case brought against Berkshire Hathaway for failing to comply with reporting requirements when it acquired shares of USG. Berkshire "made a mistake," compa… Read More

Inclusion Solutions

News on diversity and inclusion for the accounting profession

Inclusion Solutions

Published in partnership with: American Institute of CPAs

Breaking the "glass closet"

8/13/2014

  • Knowledge@Wharton

No openly gay CEOs run Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. "Once that top CEO comes out, which I think will be in the next year, then you're going to see some others," says Kirk Snyder of the University… Read More