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  • Spotlight on Best Big Companies to Work For - 12 may 2011
  • With consumer dollars being a driving force behind the economy, the job market in the United States remains a hot topic on both Wall Street and Main Street. Every year researchers compile lists of the top companies in a number of categories, including most ethical, top earners and best companies to work for, based on a variety of criteria. Recently CNN published a list of the Best Big Companies to Work For, with all the named companies appearing on both the prestigious Fortune 500 list and the Fortune Magazine Best Companies to Work For list, consisting of 100 small, large, and mid-sized companies, and compiled for Fortune magazine by the Great Place to Work Institute. The selection process is based on a Trust Index survey which looks at issues such as the credibility of management, job satisfaction and team spirit from an employee’s perspective, as well as a Culture Audit completed by company management regarding pay and benefits, hiring practices, training, incentives and recognition programs, internal communication effectiveness and other pertinent information.

  • Stock Exchanges – Linking Investors and Public Companies - 9 may 2011
  • The manner in which stock exchanges conduct business continues to evolve, with rapid advances in technology making today's exciting discovery yesterday's old news, and mergers and buyouts narrowing the competition. However, the importance of stock exchanges has not diminished as they fulfill a number of roles in big business, which in turn affects the economy, and ultimately the man on the street.

  • WEF – Committed to Improving the State of the World - 5 may 2011
  • With the noble goal of being "committed to improving the state of the world", the World Economic Forum (WEF) provides a platform for influential political, business and intellectual figures to meet and discuss matters of mutual interest and benefit. Based in Cologny, Geneva, this Swiss non-profit foundation was initially formed in 1971 as the European Management Forum, changing its name in 1987 to the World Economic Forum. The annual meeting of the WEF, which is held in the mountain resort of Davos in Switzerland, has been the venue for a host of history-making political and economic agreements and decisions. In 2011 the WEF summit in Davos took place between the 26th and 30th of January.

  • Corporate Results Boost Markets - 2 may 2011
  • Following the negative impact recent events in Japan have had on markets worldwide, investors have been given a reason for optimism as Wall Street recorded the best month of 2011 and finished last week, and the month of April, on a high note. The Dow Jones industrial average finished at 12,811 representing an increase of 0.4% (47 points) for the day, 2.4% for the week, and 4.3% for the month. The Standard & Poor's 500 ended the day 0.2% (3 points) higher, with an increase of 2% for the week and 3.3% for the month. The Nasdaq composite rose less than 0.1% (a point) for the day, but clocked up a rise of 1.9% for the week, and 4.2% for the month of April.

  • The Kauffman Foundation – Education and Innovation - 28 April 2011
  • Under the banner of "Growing Economies, Expanding Human Welfare", the Kauffman Foundation is devoted to promoting entrepreneurship in all its forms, including educating future generations on the vital role that entrepreneurs play in the economy. Based in Kansas City, Missouri, the Foundation was established by noted entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman in the mid-1960s and works nationwide in support of its vision to encourage cooperation between economically independent individuals and the communities they operate in, to their mutual benefit. Methods used to achieve this include four main programs: Advancing Innovation; Entrepreneurship; Education; and Research and Policy.

  • Angel Investors – Supporting Entrepreneurs - 25 April 2011
  • Taking its name from a term historically used to describe the wealthy patrons of Broadway Theater, angel investors was first used in 1978 to describe private investors providing start-up capital for entrepreneurs. In his pioneering study focusing on methods used by US entrepreneurs to raise seed capital, Professor William Wetzel at the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Venture Research, began to refer to these investors as angels, and the term stuck.

  • Rival Bids for NYSE Undergo Regulatory Scrutiny - 21 April 2011
  • As the battle between Nasdaq and the Deutsche Börse continues, with the New York Stock Exchange as the prize, regulatory authorities are examining all options on the table to ensure that no antitrust laws are violated. The US Department of Justice is looking at how competition in equity listings may be affected in the event of a takeover by Nasdaq, as well a the impact on US companies trying to raise capital in the country in the event of foreign ownership proposed by the Deutsche Börse deal.

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