Newsletters: Article

December 2016



  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Insurance
  • Banking, Lending & Payments
  • Asset Management
  • Private Equity
  • Tech, Media & Telecom
  • Consumer Goods & Retail



How to Give Corporate Innovation a Much Need Jolt

November 25, 2016

Today’s competitive business world demands innovation. Large corporations and established businesses are expected to out-think their rivals, but more often we see that they rely on minor product updates or acquisitions in place of home-grown innovation… more »

How Coca-Cola Is Harvesting Innovation From Startups

December 6, 2016

In 2013, after senior leadership at The Coca-Cola Company challenged its IT staff to find ways to accelerate innovation, Alan Boehme realized that rounding up the usual suspects would not get the job done. Instead, Boehme realized that he had to bring…. more »


Former Treasury Secretary Paulson: Be Ready to Change Course

December 1, 2016

Henry Paulson turned down one of the highest posts in the U.S. government  three times before he realized what was holding him back. “I just realized that it was fear of failure, but as soon as I realized that, I said, ‘Well, I’m not going to give into that,’ and accepted…  more »

Good Bosses Switch Between Two Leadership Styles

December 5, 2016

Two leadership styles, which I and other researchers refer to as dominance and prestige, respectively, reflect two fundamental strategies people use to navigate their way through social and organizational hierarchies. Leading through dominance means influencing others by being assertive… more »

Tech, Media & Telecom

Google/Alphabet CEO Lays Out His Take on Fake News

November 20, 2016

Information overload is a real problem these days. Internet trolling, fake news stories, information “echo chambers,” and the dark side of social media have headlined discussions on the future of politics and culture, particularly after the U.S. presidential elections. … more »

Tech Giants Are Remaking Themselves Around AI

November 21, 2016

Fei-Fei Li is a big deal in the world of AI. As the director of the Artificial Intelligence and Vision labs at Stanford University, she oversaw the creation of ImageNet, a vast database of images made to accelerate the development of AI that can see and understand…  more »


DOL May Grant All IMOs Financial Institution Status In Fiduciary Rule

November 23, 2016

The Department of Labor is likely to develop a new financial institution category allowing independent marketing organizations (IMOs) to sell fixed indexed annuities with retirement funds, but some hurdles may prove…. more »

Insurtech to Become Part of Traditional Insurance Landscape: S&P Report

November 29, 2016

Insurtech has a complementary place in the traditional insurance world, despite remaining uncertainty in the industry about how it will function on a wide scale, Standard & Poor’s said in a new report…. more »

Banking, Lending & Payments

The Threat and Opportunity Facing Banks Today

November 22, 2016

Banks serve as the bedrock of the economy, and that bedrock is changing. These changes represent a direct attack against the current banking business model and associated P&Ls. Only 50% of customers are willing to keep their relationship with their bank… more »

Supreme Court Case Has Bankruptcy World on Edge

December 6, 2016

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday in a case that could upend the common practice that ranks lenders, employees, and other creditors in order of priority as they try to recover their money when a company files for bankruptcy.. more »

Asset Management

Moody’s Downgrades Outlook for Global Asset Management Industry

December 6, 2016

The credit ratings agency said it had not reported a rating action, but had downgraded the industry’s outlook from ‘stable’ to ‘negative’ as management continues to “underwhelm”. Tighter regulation, such as MiFID II, could constrain sales… more »

Finding a Better Theory to Explain and Understand Financial Bubbles

December 9, 2016

What causes asset bubbles? We know that asset prices are given to spectacular rises and falls over short periods of time. Answering this question is hugely important, not just for people’s pensions and retirement, but for the whole economy… more »

Private Equity

Private Equity Cash Piles Have Nowhere to Go as Prices Jump

November 22, 2016

With plenty of money and a scarcity of deals, private equity firms’ cash piles are the highest they’ve been since the depths of the financial crisis. Then there is increasing competition from flush Chinese and pension fund bidders… more »

Private Equity Embracing The Return Of The Quick Flip

December 5, 2016

When private equity giant Blackstone sold luxury hotel group Strategic Hotels & Resorts to Chinese insurance group many observers took the deal as evidence of China’s mad scramble for foreign assets, especially US real estate…. more »