Mar 8 2013 | 10:00 AM

Share repurchase or dividends?

That's the question every executive suite ponders as a way to to return cash to investors. Over the past decade, the scale has tipped to share repurchase programs. Investors like the idea of buybacks because they usually lift the price of a stock, and executives like them because they lower shares outstanding and increase profit per share (a popular measure used to evaluate executive compensation).

Indeed Credit Suisse study found that companies in the S&P 500 spent $2.7 trillion on buybacks from 2004 to 2011 and paid $1.8 trillion in dividends at the same time.  And a 2010 study out of UPenn and UNC revealed that in the two years following the 2003 Bush tax...

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Mar 4 2013 | 9:00 AM
Equals sign, or one equals one: equations.

Equals sign, or one equals one: equations. (Photo credit: Martin LaBar (going on hiatus))

One of the many ways large corporations innovate is to turn to startups for new ideas, disruptive technologies and implementation.

How does your company access new technologies or bring revolutionary ideas to market? Are you taking full advantage of the pool of talent offered by startups? Are you engaging with the “right” startups?

We can help you figure out your...

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Oct 26 2012 | 9:05 AM

The ways in which companies communicate with various stakeholders, customers, employees, communities, analysts and investors is ever changing and has been influenced a great deal by social media. In fact, social media has become one of the key ways to engage this constituency to share information, elicit dialogue and connect with key and potential customers. After all, how can you ignore the possibilities of the hundreds of millions of users utilizing social networks?  The argument for using social media for investor relations purposes is stronger than ever as companies are becoming more sophisticated in putting social media to work for them.

One of our strategic partners, Q4 Web Systems recently issued a white paper on the topic, which you can download...

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Oct 4 2012 | 7:00 AM

“If you come to work for this company, you have a chance to change the world!," exclaimed Nick Aikens, President & CEO of American Electric Power during The Executive Summit, which was a part of a larger COMMIT! Forum 2 day event at the NYSE on Wednesday, October 3rd. If you aren't familiar with COMMIT! Forum, it is an initiative that calls upon people to make commitments that will change the world by inspiring, educating and engaging them in ways that prepare them to make the pledge necessary to change themselves and their organizations.

Our CEO, Duncan Niederauer, moderated a panel of Responsible C Suite executives including:

  • Jeffrey Joerres, Chairman, President & CEO, Manpower Group
  • Nicholas Akins, President & CEO, American Electric Power
  • Hikmet Ersek, President & CEO, The Western Union Company
  • Jeffrey Ettinger, Chairman,...
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