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Executive Pay Among Corporate Governance Issues for 2013
Wall Street isn't far from its record highs in 2007, but shareholder activists continue to keep management and boards of directors on their toes. In 2013, trends to watch for in executive compensation and corporate governance include the first round of shareholder votes on the pay of top management at smaller businesses. Also, more companies are publicly documenting their efforts to keep investors in the loop, right down to assuring them that new directors have passed thorough background checks.  


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IRS Raising Limits for Retirement Savings in '13
The expiring Bush tax cuts aren't the only laws worth watching for investors as the year ends. A number of new rules are kicking in next year that will allow workers to stash away more money in their 401(k)s and individual retirement accounts.

Top White-Collar Crime Prosecutor to Lead SEC
President Barack Obama nominated Mary Jo White, a former U.S. attorney who built a reputation prosecuting white-collar criminals, terrorists and mobsters, to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission. The agency has a lead role in implementing changes on Wall Street.

Partial List of Taxes and Fees in Health Overhaul
Starting in 2014, President Barack Obama's health care law will expand coverage to some 30 million uninsured people. At the same time, insurers no longer will be allowed to turn away those in poor health, and virtually every American will be required to have health insurance - through an employer or a government program or by buying it on their own.

Exec Embroiled in HP-Autonomy Mess Lashes Out

Standard Mileage Rates Slightly Up Over Last Year
The Internal Revenue Service recently issued the 2013 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.

Job market booming for some college grads
The Great Recession has been no friend to the college graduate. Some reports indicate that as many as half of recent college graduates are either jobless or underemployed in a weak U.S. labor market. But not all students are having trouble finding jobs - fields such as accounting, engineering and nursing have high placement rates.

Skype Launches New Online Platform for Small Businesses
Skype launched to the public Skype in the workspace (SITW), a new online platform for small businesses to instantly connect with potential customers, partners and suppliers across the globe.

Most Companies with Project Management Offices See Higher IT Costs, No Performance Improvements
Project Management Offices (PMOs) fail to help most companies reduce IT cost or improve performance, according to new research from The Hackett Group, Inc.

Company Finance Professionals Could Benefit from Additional Training Sources
Business executives reported they would value new training options for their finance professionals, citing declining levels of confidence in the effectiveness of existing programs.


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