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In the packed field of prospective net-zero solutions, nuclear fusion stands out in its scope and ambition. By successfully replicating the reaction that powers the sun, humanity could—in the words of Stephen Hawking—unlock an “inexhaustible supply of energy, without pollution or global warming.” Fusion development has progressed at a glacial …
Top finance execs often self-sabotage their success. A coach to top CFOs explains how to avoid it
In these uncertain times, CFOs and other corporate leaders are increasingly turning to Edith Hamilton and her peers in the $14 billion executive-coaching industry. Last year, more than 70% of organizations offered some form of leadership coaching. After all, it’s easy for CFO’s to feel overwhelmed these days. Inflation and …
U.S. companies are hoarding more and more cash overseas
A good cash stockpile has always provided companies with a strong insurance policy in uncertain times. But many multinationals are stuffing cash an increasingly bloated piggy bank for a different reason: to keep tax bills low. Cash held by U.S. companies has mushroomed from $1.6 trillion at the turn of …
Why rich nations need to rethink global food transport’s massive carbon footprint
To tackle climate change, rich nations must radically rethink their relationship with food—that’s the verdict of scientists re-examining the environmental impact of global food transportation.
Alpine Investors finds its edge—cultivating CEOs for its portfolio companies
Graham Weaver founded San Francisco-based Alpine Investors in 2001, but it wasn’t until the depths of the financial crisis that the firm discovered its edge. With several portfolio companies struggling, Weaver was jetting from city to city putting out fires. When he canceled a weekly meeting with executive coach JP …
Tech M&A’s surprising acceleration despite a sputtering economy
Merger and acquisition spending, like most other areas of finance, tends to cool off during economic downturns as corporate executives and boards get skittish about big deals and private equity firms grow more choosy. But so far this year, the tech industry is providing an intriguing exception to this rule. …
CalPERS gives an early indication of what 2022 has in store for pension funds
The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has long stood heads and shoulders above its fellow pension funds. And because its fiscal year ends on June 30, its annual net investment reports are both a bellwether and a harbinger of pension fund performance for the full year. So what does …
Cybersecurity looks like a safe haven in private finance
“A good half of the art of living is resilience,” the philosopher Alain de Botton once said. For private companies, the same could be said about the art of survival in down markets.
Startups and VCs should be preparing for the possibility of stagflation
The last time stagflation hit the U.S., “startup” was a niche term and VC an obscure cottage industry. How stagflation hurt small business in the 70s and early 80s can tell us now startups may need to respond to this looming threat.
U.S. states lead the way in taking Big Oil to court
In courtrooms around the United States, climate lawyers are tightening the screws on Big Oil. From California to Colorado, Hawaii, and Rhode Island, no fewer than 20 states are seeking damages against dozens of the world’s largest fossil fuel firms. The argument? That these corporations’ extractive enterprises are responsible for …
Buybacks vs dividends? In market downturns, the rules may change
CFOs have two common levers to pull when returning cash to shareholders: dividends and buybacks. Both can present challenges when market selloffs signal a recession may be coming.
The shock waves of tech stocks crashing are headed straight for startups
Companies are seeing their valuations fall, to paraphrase Ernest Hemingway's quote on bankruptcy, in two ways: Gradually, and all at once.
Unicorns are finding it harder to run with the pack as valuations tumble
Unicorns—private startups valued above $1 billion, so called because they seemed once a rare and magical beast—have become a ho-hum, run-of-the-mill breed. Agile and quick enough to win races, perhaps. But unique? Not so much in 2022.
The inside story of how Elon Musk won Twitter—and could still lose it
Musk is putting everything on the table in his bid to buy Twitter. For sheer entertainment value, the saga of how the iconic billionaire tweeted his way to what would be the third-biggest tech takeover deal of all time is about as jaw-droppingly exciting as business ever gets. But look …
Museums are embracing gamification, NFTs, and the metaverse
Visitor numbers have dropped by as much as 77% at the most famous museums in the world over the last two years, increasing the urgency for the cultural sector to diversify its revenue streams. To survive in the long term, museums must respond to a growing appetite for digital content …
Commentary: The leadership gap that’s costing you workers
For all the talk of compassionate leadership, more than half of workers think their leaders reject compassion because they see it as contradictory to growth and productivity.
The pandemic has erased the last boundaries between product and marketing
The pandemic has prompted overnight shifts in consumer behavior, amid unrelenting competition from a new breed of digital-native brands and the urgent necessity to optimize online platforms in response. All of this makes it critical for the roles of Chief Marketing (CMO) and Chief Product Officer (CPO) to become far …
Apple acquired a small education-tech startup to aide its push into the classroom
How much money is coming to you when child tax credit payments start this week
How crypto could help regular people become real estate tycoons
For most people, wheeling and dealing in real estate is something they can only do when playing Monopoly. But soon technology may let anyone with a few thousand dollars play tycoon and buy a part of a condo or iconic building.
Why some investors are betting on the most staid investment of all: Cash
For some savvy investors, the phrase “cash is king” has made a comeback. They’re ramping up a bet on the staidest investment of all, getting ready to pounce on opportunities at a time when they see overheated markets, and uncertainty ahead. The move is bold and can offer strong advantages …
Commentary: Fashion’s Next Major Battlefield—Sustainability
China’s consumers are turning against the homegrown Big Tech giants they once revered
How public health ads that incite fear can backfire
The public service announcement showed a mother finding her teenage son lifeless, juxtaposed with the sound of a ukulele and a woman singing, “That’s how, how you OD’d on heroin.” It aired locally during the 2015 Super Bowl, but attracted national attention and has been viewed more than 500,000 times …
Teledentistry is filling a cavity left by the pandemic, but some caution it can’t replace in-person visits
Donella Pogue has trouble finding dentists in her rural area willing to accommodate her 21-year-old son, Justin, who is 6 feet, 8 inches tall, is on the autism spectrum and has difficulty sitting still when touched. And this summer, he had a cavity and his face swelled. Pogue, of Bristol, …
Can Sweetgreen’s Salad Evangelists Get America to Finally Eat Its Vegetables?
A new crop of produce pushers are turning to technology to convince consumers to pick vegetables over burgers and fries.
Why plunging Treasury yields are so alarming
Retirees, savers, insurance companies, pension funds, and others that depend on generating a return over time with little risk are facing a world where they are going to lose money.
GOP fundraising mailings are deceptive, experts say
Did you get a mailing from what seemed to be the Census? It may have been a GOP fundraising effort.
The downsides of technology in a hyper-connected world
Forbes' MPW Insider is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for: What is one piece of advice all millennials should take before entering the workforce? is written by Cheryl Cook, vice president of global channels and alliances …
Inflation is at historic lows, so why do so many things seem so expensive?
The overall inflation number? Forget it. You've got a personal one that may explain why your finances can get overwhelming.
Rebranding Refurbished: How Big Retail Is Finding New Growth In Used Goods
For retailers, old is, increasingly, becoming the new new. With retail industry revenue growing at a modest 4% a year, some brands are finding triple-digit growth by selling used goods that appeal to bargain hunters and eco-friendly consumers alike.
Wall Street giants find low interest rates eating into their core business
Banks are especially sensitive to interest rates because they collect higher interest from loans, while offering lower interest for deposits. With interest rates overall falling, it's gotten harder for banks to eke out significant profits from their interest-dependent business lines. That's the bad news for shareholders. The good news is …