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No Upside In Raising Bank Deposit Insurance Limits
Monday, August 5, 2002
Reprint permission from the August 5, 2002 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. A wildly popular national banking reform bill, once thought unstoppable, may become a casualty of an obscure U.S. Senate race in South Dakota. And, if it does, taxpayers will have been spared a fiscal mega-blunder. The bill, which passed the U.S. House on May 22 in a 408-18...
STOCK ANALYSTS' PORTFOLIOS SELLING INVESTOR TRUST SHORT
Tuesday, July 2, 2002
Reprint permission from the July 2, 2001 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. Too many Wall Street stock brokerage firms pressure their securities analysts to hype the stocks of companies they've landed - - or hope to land - - as lucrative investment-banking clients. The public pays the price, and so do emerging companies which count on a legitimate market...
Doing Well While Doing Good: Socially Responsible Investors Dodge Scandal-Prone Companies
Tuesday, July 2, 2002
Reprint permission from the July 2, 2002, www.ABC7Chicago.com Corrupt CEO's and CFO's, crooked accountants and untrustworthy Wall Street analysts have punished investors mercilessly. Add to that lackluster corporate earnings, the probability of a hike in interest rates, the plunging U.S. dollar, and the fear of another domestic terrorist attack, and no...
Why the SEC's New Mutual Fund Ad Rules Are the Pits
Monday, July 1, 2002
Reprint permission from the July 1, 2002 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. ----- Harvey L. Pitt and the Securities and Exchange Commission, which he chairs, deserve high marks for taking steps to restore investor confidence. Mr. Pitt's instincts are usually right, but Pitt & Co.'s insistence that mutual fund ads divulge performance information that's...
The Fast Track Will Help Get Local Business Up To Speed
Monday, June 3, 2002
Reprint permission from the June 3, 2002 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. Although Chicago's economy is still sputtering, the city's next great growth spurt is already within reach, one inevitable result of geometrically expanding international trade opportunities. After Chicago's first recession in a decade, business inventories are starting to...
Web-Centric Boards Must Cast A Much Wider Net
Tuesday, May 7, 2002
Reprint permission from the May 7, 2001 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. Many publicly owned high-tech companies lavish praise on their small and nimble boards of directors, without which, they insist, entrepreneurial success surely would have eluded them. The company line is that small boards, especially those packed with insiders, move faster and...
Companies Are Waking Up To Social Consciousness
Monday, May 6, 2002
Reprint permission from the May 6, 2002 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. ----- Don't judge Oak Brook-based McDonald's Corp. only by how many billions of burgers Ronald has served. The company also wants its stakeholders to know that it's a good citizen. And other Chicago-area firms should follow its lead by publicly reporting their progress in...
Tax Breaks Must Now Lead To Tax Code Simplification
Monday, April 1, 2002
Reprint permission from the April 1, 2002 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. ----- President George W. Bush should be congratulated on the stunningly swift passage of the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act of 2002. He's already built on his success by seeking billions of dollars in new tax breaks to spur America's small businesses. Here's hoping...
Striking A Budget Balance Will Call For Cuts, Tax Hikes
Monday, March 11, 2002
Reprint permission from the March 11, 2002 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. ----- All the candidates for Illinois governor claim they're eager to close the state's growing revenue gap. But, so far, not one of them has been willing to concede that tax increases or new taxes may be unavoidable. So, there is lots of talk about wringing waste and...
Enron Debacle Shouldn't Zap Social Security Reform
Monday, February 4, 2002
Reprint permission from the February 4, 2002 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. Some of the critics of President George W. Bush's proposal to offer workers the opportunity to invest a portion of their payroll taxes for themselves aren't fighting fair. But, despite their incendiary arguments, allowing younger workers to set up voluntary private accounts...
Supreme Court Case Will Rule On Shareholder Rights
Monday, January 7, 2002
Reprint permission from the January 7, 2002 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. For nearly 50 years, the Securities and Exchange Commission has gone to bat for investors and sued crooked stockbrokers who abscond with their customers' money. But only now, in an exceptionally egregious Maryland case, has the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the...
SEC Insider Trading Rule Doesn't Instill Confidence
Monday, December 3, 2001
Reprint permission from the December 3, 2001 issue of Crain's Chicago Business. The Securities and Exchange Commission's Regulation FD (for "fair disclosure") was widely heralded when it was announced last year. The regulation bans senior officials of public companies from disclosing "material information" to financial analysts and big investors before...
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