Business Strategy

AIG: The Path Forward Is Becoming Clearer

The company's new CEO is the right person for the job.<p>AIG's path forward is becoming clearer. There are two reasons to consider starting a position …

Stocks

The unconventional way I choose my startup investments

I recently retired after working for 40 years at publicly held companies where my fiduciary duty was to my shareholders. For those 40 years I was tasked with delivering the highest possible return to my investors, without engaging in anything illegal or unethical. While I balanced short-term …

Startups

Pret a Manger signals autumn float in US with auditor shake-up

Pret a Manger has been forced to replace its auditor KPMG in the strongest signal yet that the sandwich chain is gearing up for an autumn stockmarket float in America.<p>The private equity-backed restaurant chain has replaced the accountancy firm with rival Ernst & Young because KPMG fell foul of …

Ernst & Young

The Market Recognizes That Amazon Is Different

Investors react to the Amazon/Whole Foods deal by increasing valuation, indicating that they see increasing returns to scale and complexity - the …

Stocks

Revisiting Dow-DuPont Merger Motivation As Companies Win U.S. Anti-Trust Approval

, Contributor<p>Dow and DuPont recently cleared the final major hurdle in their proposed merger by winning U.S. anti-trust approval. This approval is contingent on DuPont selling part of its herbicide/insecticide business, and Dow selling its plastics packaging business. When the merger was first …

News (U.S.)

Nike shows signs of weakness amid 'drastic' strategy shifts: Analyst

Nike’s recent “drastic” strategy shifts amid intense competition in the sports apparel industry are signs that “the bloom is coming off the rose” for the venerable brand, according to a Canaccord Genuity research note released this week.<p>“While there aren't many times in recent memory in which …

Business

Seven & i: GMS Exposure Overshadows C-Store Growth

There is very little doubt surrounding Seven & i’s convenience growth story.<p>However, GMS operations has been a challenge, and Seven & i does not have …

Stocks

The Differences Between Running a Small Company vs. a Big One

Does size matter when it comes to the CEO role? Yes, but it's all relative.<p>Is it easier to run a small company than a big one? What skills are needed at different stages of a company? Can a big company CEO succeed at a smaller organization and vice versa? Here are some answers from five CEOs (plus …

Leadership

Two Bottlenecks To Business Growth: Owners And Management

I begin this post with a short story about an owner who found himself in a typical situation. (I’ve changed his name and circumstances to protect his privacy.) The actions he took to extract himself from this situation and achieve his exit goals are a blueprint for building business value.<p>As soon …

Peter Drucker

Is it better for India to have bigger but fewer banks?

There are reports that India will be going in for another round of consolidation in public sector banking.<p>There are reports that India will be going …

Reserve Bank of India

GNC Holdings: An Obsolete Business Model Facing Industry Headwinds

Hoping to reverse the declining trend in same-store sales growth, GNC is ramping up sales/marketing campaigns. Insiders also increased share …

Stocks

The Long Case For Taro Pharmaceutical

TARO is a dominant generic drug manufacturer with a strong balance sheet.<p>Trades at significant discount to peers despite much higher …

Stocks

Revitalize Your Company Culture in 1, 2, 3

If culture has the most impact on business results, why do leaders still spend most of their time on strategy?<p>By Mattson Newell (@MattsonNewell), Director at Partners In Leadership.<p>Organizational leaders reported in a recent Global Workplace Accountability Study conducted by Partners In Leadership …

Leadership

This complex color-coded chart spells bad news for a lot of Wall Streeters

The stock research business is being upended.<p>The trigger is the introduction of European regulations that call on brokers to distinguish between charges for executing trades, and providing investment research.<p>That's a big change. Stock research has historically been provided by so-called "sell …

FinTech

Customers Are Harder to Win Over Than Ever--and It's a Great Opportunity for Any Entrepreneur

Knowing these three trends can help you win over the empowered consumer.<p>As a growth-oriented entrepreneur and Inc.com reader, you're no doubt committed to running your business as a well-oiled machine. You aspire to achieve both speed and sustainability as you set your vector toward double-digit …

Customer Service

Business leaders insist their purpose isn't to make shareholders richer

Keen to dispel their profit-hungry reputation, the majority of business leaders in a new survey have insisted their company's main purpose is not to …

Business (UK)

Reinventing equity research as a profit-making business

The traditional business of providing equity research to asset managers has been under pressure in recent years. Nonetheless, equity research still …

Finance

BrandPost: 5 Reasons to Rethink Your Governance Strategy

It has long been believed that the only way to successfully govern a business intelligence (BI) deployment is through rigorous process, tight …

Business Intelligence

Building A Business That Is Bigger Than You

The viewpoint of an experienced buyer and the advice of an expert on increasing your company's value.<p>Not too long ago, I wrote about some surprising reasons that a company can be undervalued. One of them was the owner being too important--the company expert, the oil in the well-oiled machine, the …

Small Business

IDG Contributor Network: Why banks must have an omnichannel digital strategy

It’s unquestionable that digital technology is changing the way that customers are banking globally, once it’s safe to say that every customer is …

Banking

How To Value Gold Companies: An Inside Look

Historically, mining companies have been marginal businesses, hence a proper understanding of undervalued and overvalued situations is critical to …

gold

RCS Capital: An Analysis After The Fact

For those unfamiliar, we will discuss RCS Capital and its history as I invested in what ended up being a doomed enterprise.<p>We will discuss what …

Business

Flexible Solutions International: New Trial Illustrates Business Model, Small Cap And Big Opportunity

A small cap company that operates in some lucrative industries that should improve over time with solid growth.<p>Their product line is focused on …

Stocks

The Long Case For Quality Care Properties

Currently trading at an implied cap rate of 22% with industry comparables at 10%.<p>Even with another 20% revenue reduction, the implied cap rate is …

Investing

A Refocused FARO Is Looking To Drive Better Results From Its Strong Metrology Capabilities

FARO is looking for a refreshed product line-up and a new, more focused business plan to drive a recovery in revenue growth.<p>Margin targets are …

Stocks

The Short Case For Acuity Brands

Investors have been quick to forget that lighting has historically been a hyper-competitive business.<p>As the legacy lighting players continue to …

Stocks

Innovation And Execution A Powerful Combination For NuVasive

NuVasive continues to outgrow the broader spine market as the company brings innovative new products to market and continues to improve sales force …

Stocks

Strategy update from Etsy includes layoffs

Etsy (NASDAQ:ETSY) announces a plan to sharpening its focus on key initiatives.<p>The company says as partof the initiative it will realign internal …

Etsy

MTN Strengthens Its Management Team

<b>MTN SA makes five executive appointments to bolster operational efficiency</b><p>MTN announced on Tuesday that it has strengthened its executive team even …

South Africa

Brookfield Business: Strategic Growth Initiatives

Brookfield Business Partners has a business focus on long-term capital appreciation.<p>The company’s balance sheet is healthy with low debt.<p>Its current …

Stocks