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Kerry MarunaFebruary 22, 2016

The business environment, infused with uncertainty, has muted the growth of business confidence, according to the results of the Duke University/CFO Magazine GlobalBusiness Outlook survey for the fourth quarter of 2015.

“Economic uncertainty” was the top business concern cited by executives around the world, across virtually all regions. (See Figure 1, below.) The survey, which concluded early in December, generated responses from more than 1,000 finance and corporate executives from companies of all sizes, including 500 executives from the United States and Canada, 118 from Asia (including Japan), 101 from Europe, 250 from Latin America (including Mexico), and 61 from Africa.

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After nearly going extinct, corporate inversions have come back strongly in the last few years. In response to the practice, which generally reduces a company’s tax bill, the U.S. Treasury Department issued several pronouncements in 2014 designed to limit the government’s loss of revenue. The measures, however, do not appear to have stemmed the tide.

A corporate inversion is a transaction in which ownership of a company is transferred to a new holding company based in a lower-tax or no-tax jurisdiction. An inversion can be structured as a share-for-share exchange, an asset transfer, or a combination of the two. Economic gains from such transactions are generally taxable.

Read: “What You Need to Know about Inversions”

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CFOs Losing Confidence in Value of Reporting

An Ernst & Young survey finds only 55% of CFOs are fully or somewhat confident their reports comply with all reporting needs.

 

Managing Your Margins

Finance’s role in improving enterprise profitability is expanding.

 

Hooked on Startups

Some CFOs can’t resist the challenges of fresh beginnings and fast growth.

 

Fast Money

Online marketplaces for consumer and small-business loans are leaving traditional bank lenders in the dust. But will they last?

 

SunEdison Cutting Jobs, Closing Plants

The renewable energy development company is trying to clean up its balance sheet and move to an ‘asset-light’ strategy for some business lines.

 

American Express to slash $1B in Expenses

The company is combining its banking, risk, and legal organizations into a single group and appointing a new chief risk officer.

 

Analyst Fined $100K Over ‘Buy’ Rating on Stock

A Deutsche Bank analyst falsely certified that the views he expressed in a March 2012 research report on Big Lots accurately reflected his own beliefs.

 

The Rise of Marketplace Lenders (Podcast)

Will online lenders maintain their torrid pace of growth?

 

IBM Adds Data With $2.6B Truven Health Deal

The acquisition brings IBM’s investment in medical tech companies to $4 billion over the past year.

 

In Search of Certainty

Fourth-quarter results from the Duke/CFO Business Outlook Survey show the effects of economic uncertainty on business confidence.

 

Fed Watching

The media seem to hang on their every utterance. How much do you know about the Federal Reserve Board?

 

CFOs on the Move: Week Ending Feb. 19

ConocoPhillips, GoPro, Staffing 360, ASCAP, Quality Systems, SolarCity, Alliance HealthCare, STAG Industrial, Fiserv, Qualys

 

What You Need to Know about Inversions

Inversions are on the rise, and for good reason, considering the typical tax savings. Here’s a primer on the terrain if you’re mulling the move.

 

IRS Warns Taxpayers of Jump in Email Scams

Tax professionals are also reporting phishing scams that are seeking their online credentials to IRS services.

 

Core U.S. Consumer Prices Rise 0.3%

The prices of medical care, rentals, apparel, and motor vehicles boosted consumer prices in January.

 

Yahoo Explores ‘Strategic Alternatives’

Yahoo’s board of directors forms a strategic review committee to reach out to ‘strategic and financial partners.’

 

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