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Financial Executive Insights

  • What Happens When Shareholders Have Power?
    By: Jennifer Parker | Special to CNBC.com
    Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 | 3:26 PM ET
    Vikram Pandit

    Empowered shareholders have helped drive board members from their seats and CEOs from their perch in a string of companies. In response, board members are upping their efforts to please.

MIT CFO Summit

  • How Top Execs Pivot When Facing Uncertainty
    By: Laura Schreier | Special to CNBC.com
    Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 | 3:28 PM ET
    How Top Execs Pivot When Facing Uncertainty

    A panel of top CFOs at the MIT Sloan CFO Summit on Thursday scoffed at formal annual performance reviews and numbers-heavy strategic projections, instead urging companies to adopt an environment based on constant communication and above all, flexibility

  • Playing With Big Data
    By: Laura Schreier | Special to CNBC.com
    Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 | 5:17 PM ET
    Playing With Big Data

    Experts on Big Data shared their thoughts on how to implement the technology, how to use big data, and what kind of privacy concerns it raises. But first, they had to explain what it is.

  • Debt Problem or Employment Crisis?
    By: Laura Schreier | Special to CNBC.com
    Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 | 3:39 PM ET
    Debt Problem or Employment Crisis?

    One economist painted the U.S. debt level as an appalling crisis that must be dealt with immediately — but the second begged to differ, offering an alternative set of priorities.

Features

  • Tipping Point for Combined Chairman and CEO?
    By: Shelly K. Schwartz | Special to CNBC.com
    Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 | 4:25 PM ET
    Tipping Point for Combined Chairman and CEO?

    The combined role of chairman and chief executive officer, a corporate governance structure favored by many Fortune 500 firms, may soon go the way of the pension plan.

  • Ready for the Land Mines Embedded in Dodd-Frank?
    By: Jennifer Parker | Special to CNBC.com
    Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 | 4:10 PM ET
    Ready for the Land Mines Embedded in Dodd-Frank?

    Wall Street is preparing to take a financial hit when  Dodd-Frank takes effect -- and  that may mean that rules intended to bolster the U.S. financial system could instead undermine it.

  • How Shareholders Are Squeezing the Fracking Industry Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 | 3:26 PM ET
    Natural Gas' Silver Lining...For Some

    Activism surrounding fracking has now migrated into the ranks of actual shareholders in the companies that perform fracking.

  • Shareholders to Citi: Break This Company Up
    By: Javier E. David | Special to CNBC.com
    Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012 | 9:06 AM ET
    Street Still Buzzing About Pandit Resignation

    A firm that advises one of the largest public unions in the U.S. requested on Wednesday that Citigroup mull the possibility of breaking up its financial supermarket, putting new public pressure on the beleaguered banking giant as it undergoes a leadership transition.

Slideshows

  • 15 Companies With Zero Debt Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 | 9:47 AM ET
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    According to the latest quarterly filings, only 24 companies in the S&P 500 reported having zero debt on their balance sheets. Which S&P 500 companies are debt free and cash rich? Click ahead to find out.

  • 10 Cash Rich Companies Monday, 27 Feb 2012 | 4:26 PM ET
    Corporations hold cash for a variety of reasons, including timing the price of growth-related assets, running day-to-day operations, conducting acquisitions, holding for future investment or acting as a precaution against market uncertainty. If a company holds more cash or highly liquid assets as a large proportion of its total assets - and relative to its peers - investors may draw insight into the size and scope of a company’s future investments. To get an idea of the companies that are holdin

    To get an idea of the companies that are holding the most cash, the CNBC analytics team looked at cash and short term investments held by S&P 500 companies. Here's the list.

  • Unexpected Origins of Big Companies Friday, 6 May 2011 | 5:25 PM ET
    Some companies spring from a single idea or a single innovation, while others take a detour.Some of the biggest brands and biggest companies today were created from a detour. Originally, they might have made textiles, soap or weapons. In at least one case, they were kind of a cult before planting their corporate roots. Today, those stories have largely trailed off , and we know them as powerhouses in retail, manufacturing and technology. Here are the unusual orgins of some big companies.

    Some companies spring from a single idea or a single innovation, while others take a detour. Some of the biggest brands and biggest companies today were created from a detour.