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What is the relationship between inflation and investment?

2015-01-14T09:05:53.000Z<p>By: Matthew C Klein<p>Conventional wisdom says that businesses adjust their investment spending according to changes to the cost …

Economics

Every Content Marketer Needs an Editor

Content marketing is getting a lot of attention as companies strive to capture customer attention in an era in which TV ads get skipped, direct mail goes unopened, and even online ads get blocked. It seems more and more like the best—some would say, only—way to get your message out is for your …

How A Spreadsheet And Bill Clinton Made Me A Better Speaker

I talk a lot. I talk to clients who hire me to communicate effectively what their business does; I talk to startups that have asked me to advise them on building a good business; I talk to people who are interested in doing what I do for a living. I talk because my experience will help others learn …

Are Great Teachers Born or Made?

A thoughtful new book argues that teaching is a craft anyone can learn. But there's a big difference between competence and excellence.<p>One of the best teachers in Elizabeth Green’s new book, <i>Building a Better Teacher</i>, uses an analogy to convey the intricacy and difficulty of her craft. “Every single …

Audit is no longer the chore the board dreads most

Until recently, most non-executive directors would have told you that the audit committee is the one they really wish to avoid. The meetings are …

Bank of England

Stock trader who called three crashes sees 20% collapse

MIAMI (MarketWatch) — Mark Cook, a veteran investor included in Jack Schwager’s best-selling book, “Stock Market Wizards,” and the winner of the 1992 …

Stock Markets

Are CEOs worth the millions they're paid?

Controversy over CEO pay is never far from the headlines, and Americans are well aware that CEOs are paid several hundred times what the average front-line worker gets. However, that metric only illustrates the level of income disparity in our economy. It's not a useful tool for figuring how much …

Putin's Power: Why Russians Adore Their Bare-Chested Reagan

There he is, the President of Russia, riding bare-back and bare-chested astride a galloping steed; spending $50 billion on a resort town most …

Russia

Higher-paid CEOs do a worse job, study says

Sam Becker | Wall St. Cheat Sheet<p>Superstar executives are brought on board by big companies to increase revenues, raise up shareholder returns and set companies on a path toward success. Since the late 1970s, we've seen an explosion in executive pay. CEO pay has risen 725% since 1978, whereas pay …

The Rise And Rise Of The Masters In Management

They say you can tell you’re getting old when the police start looking younger. But perhaps it is still best to stick with cops as your measure. If you use business school students, you might end up thinking it’s high time for retirement.<p>At b-school campuses around the world the average age is …

In America We're Pro-Choice: We Largely Choose Our Ultimate Privilege

Right now there’s a broad spectrum of sentiment toward “privilege.” The Harvard Kennedy School, my alma mater, is reportedly requiring a new privilege awareness training for incoming students. A popular quiz from <i>BuzzFeed</i> asks users to ponder their demography in hopes of generating empathy for the …

Hillary Clinton's 'Basic Bargain' Pandering Insults Ambitious Americans

In a speech last week to the New America Foundation, Hillary Clinton alluded to a “basic bargain” supposedly always enjoyed by Americans who “work hard and play by the rules.” For those of us with even grade-school knowledge of U.S. history, Clinton’s invention of an American right is surely …

Is This Single Error Stopping Your Success?

People who succeed in business all share several characteristics: they work hard, aim high, study their industry and emulate those who are further up the ladder.<p>But there’s one thing most people don’t do, which could rocket them to success.<p>Most executives do not actually do enough practice.<p>Because …

Decisions Don’t Start with Data

I recently worked with an executive keen to persuade his colleagues that their company should drop a long-time vendor in favor of a new one. He knew that members of the executive team opposed the idea (in part because of their well-established relationships with the vendor) but he didn’t want to …

The 10 companies with the best corporate cultures

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (MarketWatch) — CEOs are a lot less powerful than you probably think.<p>If you want to focus on the factors that will have the biggest …

Corporate Culture

10 things CEOs won’t tell you

<b>1. My pay is rising much faster than yours.</b><p>While American workers grapple with stagnant wages and an uncertain job market, there’s one group that …

CEOs

China labour activism: crossing the line

Zhou Zhigang wore his red Walmart jacket with pride when he joined the US retail group’s branch in Changde, Hunan province. But he has not put it on …

China

How to do folksy like Warren Buffett

When Warren Buffett addresses Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting on Saturday, he can expect a rapt reception. The same cannot be said …

Investing

Bank of England raises UK growth forecast

<b>The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has increased its UK economic growth forecast for the first quarter of the year, from 0.9% to 1%.</b><p>Minutes from the latest MPC meeting showed the revised estimate.<p>There was further good news for the economy from a survey by the CBI, which …

Economics

Google, AT&T, Verizon And Comcast Each Spent More Than $3M In Q1 Lobbying Congress

The dollars flowing into the Capitol from tech companies are showing little signs of abatement: Google spent $3.8 million on lobbying in the first quarter, AT&T $3.7 million, Verizon $3.5 million, Comcast $3.1 million, Facebook $2.8 million, Microsoft $2.1 million, Time Warner Cable $1.9 million, …

The Indispensable Power of Story

Some people have a way of making the complex clear. They know who they are, why they do what they do, and where they want to go. Because they have internalized all this, they are able to sharply crystallize ideas and vision. They speak in simple, relatable terms. And they can get a <i>lot</i> …

Seven economic charts of the week that you really should see

US retail sales were strong<p>In March, US retail sales posted the biggest month-on-month gain since May 2012.<p>Indian inflation ticked up<p>The country’s gauge of wholesale prices for March rose 5.7% on increasing food prices. But observers still think that the Reserve Bank won’t need to hike rates just …

Economics

World economy on steady course at best, China a worry, polls show | Reuters

(Reuters) - The world economy can expect steady growth at best over the coming year, but any rapid slowdown in China as it tries to rebalance its economy could upset the still-unsteady progress, Reuters polls showed.<p>A labourer works at a construction site in Hefei, Anhui province, April 15, 2014. …