Procter & Gamble plans to extend supplier bill payment cycle: WSJ
Procter & Gamble Co plans to increase the time it takes to pay its suppliers by as much as 30 days, which could free up to $2 billion in cash, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
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What’s Behind the Crash in the Gold Market?
One of the more interesting phenomena to take place in the markets in recent memory has been the seemingly invincible rise in the value of gold. In the decade between 2001 and 2011, the price of gold rose from $256 per ounce to a high of $1,920 — a whopping 650% return for those lucky enough to have timed the trade perfectly. But since 2011, the gold market has shown signs of weakness, culminating in a multi-day crash that began Thursday and continued into Monday. According to the Wall Street Journal: “Gold futures for April delivery fell $140.40, or 9.4%, Monday to a two-year low at $1,360.60 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange. That extended their bear-market descent of more than 20% from their 2011 all-time high. Since Thursday, gold prices have declined by more than $203 an ounce, a record skid since the futures began trading in the U.S. in 1974.” So what’s behind the remarkable rise in the value of gold — and what changed in recent days that ...
Attention JC Penney Shoppers, Look Out for the Return of ‘Sales Galore’
After months of abysmal sales tallies, the Ron Johnson era is over at JC Penney. Now that Johnson’s “fair and square” no-coupons pricing policies have proved to be a failure, the department store will have to try something else to win back customers and stop the bleeding. But what? Mike Ullman, who was replaced as CEO when Johnson took over at JC Penney in 2011, and who began serving again as top executive when Johnson was pushed out, told the Wall Street Journal that he wasn’t planning on reverting to the old business model. “I wouldn’t recommend that we go back to the way J.C. Penney was when I left,” he said. “Things change.” And yet, in some ways the department store is clearly trying to resemble the JC Penney of old. Management has already announced that newspaper ads will feature coupons once again. Johnson seemed to find coupon usage distasteful and silly, likening it to a drug that consumers needed to be weaned off. A little over a year after JC Penney went “drug-free,” ...
Pulitzers Awarded to Times, Journal
The New York Times won four Pulitzer Prizes while The Wall Street Journal received an award for commentary. The award for breaking-news reporting was given to the staff of the Denver Post for its coverage of the movie- theater shooting.
Why Pension Funds Are Hooked on Private Equity
When President Obama unveiled his budget last Wednesday, it rekindled a debate over taxation of the private equity industry. Many executives in the private equity business (as well as the venture capital and hedge fund businesses) pay the capital gains rate on their earnings rather than the higher rate paid on ordinary income. Even though these industries make most of their money from the appreciation of assets — the definition of “capital gains” — the President, and many others, believe it is unfair that employees of these funds are able to pay the capital gains rate. After all, these execs are getting paid to manage these funds, not for risking their own capital. Of course, the private equity industry isn’t going to take such a tax hike lying down. According to Politico, the Private Equity Growth Capital Council recently sent a white paper to the House Ways and Means Committeer extolling the benefits of private equity for America’s pension funds. According to the paper: “Since ...