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Working-capital efficiency appears at standstill



The average days working capital at major nonfinancial public companies improved by 0.2 day, or 0.7%, last year compared with 2012, according to a survey by REL. Three-year improvement totaled 0.1%. R… Read More

SEC rules meant to reduce money-fund risk move forward


  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

The Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted rules requiring large, institutional money market mutual funds to use floating net-asset value share prices rather than a $1 fixed price. Changes tha… Read More

MSRB tweaks proposed rules governing municipal advisors


  • Bond Buyer (special access for readers of SIFMA SmartBrief), The

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board has revised its draft rules for municipal advisors. Leslie Norwood, co-head of municipal securities at SIFMA, said that after an initial review, the group is … Read More

Solar technology draws investment after shakeout


  • Xconomy

The solar energy sector was hit by a brutal shakeout recently, but that's starting to change. Some novel startups are once again drawing investment. Some are also partnering with big companies to cope… Read More

Report: Increase in insurer assets was below global growth last year



Insurers experienced 7% growth in assets under management last year, while asset growth worldwide averaged 13%, a Boston Consulting Group report says. Insurance companies could enhance asset managemen… Read More

Payments industry deals on the rise


  • Bloomberg

There were 125 pending and completed mergers and acquisitions in the payments industry in the first half of 2014, according to Financial Technology Partners. New technologies and demand for easier pay… Read More