July-August 2010

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  • Downgrading Rating Agencies

    Richard Gamble

    Even with reform, rating agencies have a long way to go to regain their credibility, leaving treasurers to fend for themselves on credit assessments.

  • Data Goes Incognito

    Susan Kelly

    New tokenization technology lets companies substitute unrelated numbers that can't be linked back to customers' credit cards.

  • Financial Executives: Keeping Track

    staff Writer

    Douglas Braunstein; Robert Biglin; Robert Hombach; John Thomas III; Eric Hession; Michael Lucareli; Maximiliane Straub; Mitchell Butier; Alan Haughie; Sachin Mehra; Michael Neborak; Brandon Pedersen

  • Keeping Expectations Real

    staff Writer

    The U.S. economic recovery endures, but attitudes about the economy need adjusting, three economists say.

  • Getting a Handle on Greenhouse Gases

    Stephen Engler

    Although momentum on initiating a U.S. cap-and-trade system has slowed, the first step in the process--a mandate to report greenhouse gases--kicks in this year.

  • Next Steps to Sustainability

    Anne Field

    Striding past the obvious, more companies pursue integrating green initiatives into their business planning and strategies at top levels, with finance often taking the lead.

  • Tax Window Stays Open

    Dave Lindorff

    The high court's decision not to review the Textron case cements IRS access to tax work papers and could prove far-reaching.

  • The Mental Health Balance

    Stephen Barlas

    Complying with the mental health parity legislation that kicked in on July 1 is more complicated than companies expected.

  • Saving Trees and Fees

    Richard Gamble

    Chico's reduced its costs and its monthly pile-up of paper statements by going electronic and analyzing its bank charges.

  • Survival Strategy

    Donna Miskin

    Recovering from disasters takes time, whether it's the financial crisis or the Gulf oil spill.

  • Solar Storm Warning

    John Hintze

    A peak in sun disturbances over the next few years could mean prolonged outages in power grids and communications networks.

  • When the Well Runs Dry

    Anne Field

    As water becomes increasingly scarce, companies are deploying technology and smarts to figure out how to use less.

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