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  • FCIC Urges: "Learn From History" - 31 January 2011
  • Many would agree with the sentiment that hindsight is the only exact science, or that hindsight is 20/20, and while some may go with the cliché of 'no use crying over spilt milk', there are times when analyzing exactly what went wrong is a valuable exercise, particularly when wanting to avoid a repeat performance. In the United States, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) was given the weighty task of investigating the causes, both domestic and global, of the 2007-2010 financial crisis, with the primary goal of correcting flaws in the system to prevent this type of crisis from every taking place again, but also to bring to light willful fraud and abuse that contributed to the financial chaos that went global.

  • Pöyry Developments - 31 January 2011
  • Pöyry has concluded the statutory employee negotiations announced in Nov 2010 at its largest legal unit in Finland, Pöyry Finland Oy. At that time Pöyry announced that the reduction in capacity, of the currently active workforce, is estimated to correspond to 250-350 persons, and in addition to this, the future outlook for the workforce of about 200 persons temporarily laid off will be carefully considered. The estimate includes both operative and non-operative personnel. Mr. Sakari Oksanen, who just appointed as Pöyry Country Director in Finland is to perform the statutory employee negotiations in Finland, Pöyry Finland Oy.

  • Beige Book Offers Valuable Economic Insight - 27 January 2011
  • Referred to simply as the 'Beige Book', the Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions is published eight times a year by the US Federal Reserve Board prior to Federal Open Market Committee meetings. Compiled on a rotational basis by each of the twelve Federal Reserve Banks, the Beige Book presents information on the current economic climate in each Federal Reserve district, analyzed by economic sector and is considered by many stock market investors to be a valuable tool in making investment decisions.

  • Deloitte Fast 500 – Encouraging Technological Innovation - 24 January 2011
  • Established in 1997 during what came to be known as the 'dotcom boom', or 'dotcom bubble', the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Awards highlight the outstanding success of US technology companies in an ever-evolving world of innovation. Run and moderated by renowned professional services provider Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, more commonly referred to and branded simply as Deloitte, the awards incorporate all areas of technology and include both private and public companies. Participants include everything from internet service providers, through to computer software and hardware providers, life sciences and semiconductors, with the main criteria being relative growth in revenue over a period of five years.

  • Fortune 500 – Honoring Top Performers - 20 January 2011
  • Started by the Time Publishing Group in 1930, Fortune magazine has earned a reputation for providing reliable, up-to-date information relating to the fast-moving world of investment and finance. It was in 1955 that Fortune magazine began compiling and printing a list of the top 500 US companies rated by gross revenue (excluding excise taxes), with financial data available to the public. This list of top-notch private and publicly-held companies, referred to as the Fortune 500, has become a much anticipated source of information regarding economic activity of US based companies, as well as being a valuable tool for investment making decisions.

  • Inc.500|5000 – Measuring Success - 17 January 2011
  • First introduced in 1982 by Inc. Magazine, the Inc. 500, which is compiled on an annual basis, lists the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the United States. The list is comprised of the top ten percent of a larger analysis which ranks the country's 5,000 fastest-growing privately owned companies. As a list that is measured on improvement in performance and financial growth, companies that feature on the list must show four full calendar years of sales (from January 1 through to December 31), with revenue in the first year being at least $200,000, and showing a steady increase in subsequent years. Moreover, companies must be based in the United States, as well as being privately held and independent to qualify.

  • CCI & ICS – Consumer Confidence Yardsticks - 13 January 2011
  • Stock market investors have a variety of tools available to assist them in their investment decision making process. With consumer dollars being a driving force behind the economy of any country, the Consumer Confidence Index and the Consumer Sentiment Index provide valuable insight to investors, analysts and economists as to the state of the US economy and the progress of economic recovery.

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