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By 2020, half of the world’s saving and investment will take place in emerging markets, and there will be a substantial gap between global investment demand and the world’s likely saving. This will put upward pressure on real interest rates and require adjustment by financial institutions, non-financial companies, investors, and policy makers.
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by Charley Polachi co-founder of Boston-based executive recruitment firm Polachi, Inc. The views expressed are his own.

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We surveyed more than 1,000 venture capitalists last summer with one simple question: “Is the venture capital business broken? Yes or no?”. After 53 percent said “yes,” it got me thinking about what exactly is going on here. I reached out to 50 general partners of venture funds across the country from Silicon Valley to New York and Boston to gauge the state of the venture business.

I started the conversation by asking: “How does the venture business look on January 1, 2010, when the industry can no longer drag around the 1999 returns in a trailing 10-year average?”

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by Bain partners Michael C. Mankins, David Sweig and Mike Baxter
When performance is an issue, most executives focus on the income statement and cut costs. But tight management of the balance sheet often liberates more cash, preservers a company’s options and drives value for shareholders.
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