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May 22, 2015 If you're ever tempted to say, 'My vote doesn't matter . . .'

Source: Friday Flyer

Does every vote count? Can one vote really make a difference? Can one vote make or break an election?

May 22, 2015 A cautionary tale from the muddy waters of Chinese business


When polluters go unpunished, we must be prepared to live in a toxic environment — and we do. Likewise when the regulators clamp down on stock market manipulation, many in the public seem at best uninterested — with predictable...

May 19, 2015 Sorry, Jamie Dimon: Bigger Always Means Riskier

Source: American Banker

JPMorgan Chase chief Jamie Dimon has probably been right about a lot of things during his highly successful career in banking. But he is wrong to argue that "larger does not necessarily mean more risky" when it comes to bank size...

May 18, 2015 Corporate governance cannot just be an add-on


Private equity (PE) firms operating in the Mena region have a unique position among all other types of regional investors. Unlike Sovereign Wealth Funds, family offices, or merchant groups, these firms get deeper into the fabric...

May 18, 2015 Are You Near Your Altamont Moment? How Catastrophic Surprises Transform Business Identities

Source: Forbes

On December 6, 1969, the Rolling Stones took the stage as the final act of the Altamont free festival in northern California, which they had organized. The festival was largely improvised and had been chaotic from the start. The...

May 18, 2015 How to instill corporate America with the values of a family-owned business

Source: The Week

For publicly owned corporations, we don't have the family dynamic to turn to. But we have other options for getting people to behave themselves

May 14, 2015 Battery Wars: Is Tesla Setting Up A House Of Cards?

Source: Forbes

Is Tesla’s new battery storage product the ‘holy grail’ needed to integrate renewable energy and improve the reliability and cost-effectiveness of the electricity grid? It doesn’t look that way. In fact, it may be a second...

May 5, 2015 What Norway Can Teach the U.S. About Getting More Women Into Boardrooms

Source: The Atlantic

Men dominate the upper echelons of the business world: Women hold only 15 percent of seats on the boards of the S&P 1500, up a mere 3.7 percent over the last seven years. There are more directors with the first names James,...

May 4, 2015 Clinton, Cool, Gross Are Names to Listen For at Buffett Meeting

Source: Bloomberg

Warren Buffett’s annual meeting Saturday will draw tens of thousands of investors seeking insight on his Berkshire Hathaway Inc., the economy and topics from ketchup to geopolitics. Here are a dozen names they’ll be listening for...

May 1, 2015 Executive Pay Gluttony

Source: Bloomberg

Executive compensation is in the news again as the Securities and Exchange Commission gets ready to issue new guidelines on pay disclosures. As mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, the new rules are supposed to provide “greater...

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