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Recent articles by Alan:

How Katrina Changed Walmart — CEO Daily, Wednesday 22nd November

Good morning, I interviewed Walmart CEO Doug McMillon before the Economic Club of New York yesterday, where he discussed the company’s remarkable turnaround, with 13 straight quarters of increasing same store sales in the U.S. at a time when other brick-and-mortar retailers are struggling. But the most memorable part of the interview was his discussion of why Walmart has increased its focus on… → Read More

See You in Court — CEO Daily, Tuesday 21st November

Top News • Keystone Hits Milestone Nebraska regulators voted to approve a route for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline through the state, lifting the last big regulatory obstacle for the long-delayed project. The 3-2 decision by the Nebraska Public Service Commission helps clear the way for the pipeline linking Canada’s Alberta oil sands to refineries in the U.S., but is likely to be challenged… → Read More

Searching for a Miracle on 34th Street

Good morning. Millions of Americans on Thursday will start their day by watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, a 93 year-old tradition with a hold on American culture that’s as strong as ever. The company that sponsors that parade, however, is losing its grip. The company’s stock price has fallen over 70% since the summer of 2015, it has closed more than 100 stores, and despite the… → Read More

Tax Spotlight Shifts to the Senate — CEO Daily, Friday, 17th November

Top News • Hens in the Foxhouse Verizon, Comcast and Sony have all been sniffing around 21st Century Fox since confirmation of its (ultimately fruitless) talks with Disney effectively put the company on the block. The WSJ reports that Fox is willing to part with the 20th Century Fox movie studio, some U.S. cable networks and its international business (including, by extension, the effort to… → Read More

Fortune's Businessperson of the Year — CEO Daily, Thursday, 16th November

Good morning. Today, Fortune is revealing its Businessperson of the Year. This is more than a beauty pageant. We start with a very rigorous screening process that includes the 2,000 largest public companies in the world, and we look at their increases in revenues and profits, as well as their stock performance and return on capital, on both a 12- and 36-month basis. The 12-month screen gets more… → Read More

CEO Daily: From Copy-Cat to Leap-Frog

Good morning. I had dinner this week with Dr. Kai-Fu Lee, who may have the most comprehensive view of the global technology scene of any living person, having earned a Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon and worked at Apple, Microsoft, and Google, before moving back to China and devoting himself to venture investing there. Lee’s specialty is artificial intelligence, and he is quick to acknowledge that the… → Read More

CEO Daily: Freedom in Retreat

Good morning. It’s been nearly seven years since the Arab Spring threw a spotlight on social media’s ability to fuel freedom movements around the world. Unfortunately, what we have learned in the years since is that those same social media tools can be used to abuse and restrict freedom. This morning, Freedom House releases its annual report on Freedom on the Net. CEO Daily got an early look,… → Read More

China Sets the Pace — CEO Daily, Monday, 13th November

Good morning. Saturday was Singles Day. If you still don’t know what Singles Day is, the time has come to learn—you can read a primer here. In short, it’s a 24-hour lonely-hearts-celebration-turned-shopping-extravaganza, hosted by Alibaba and its charismatic CEO Jack Ma, that has become the world’s biggest shopping event, reaching a mind-blowing $25 billion in sales this year and dwarfing Black… → Read More

CEO Daily: GOP on the Tax Tightrope

Top News • Trump Takes a Hard Line in Vietnam President Donald Trump’s keynote to the APEC summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, demanded an end to ‘chronic trade abuses’ and invented a whole new geopolitical concept of the “Indo-Pacific region,” in what appeared a broad hint to south-east Asia to look to India, rather than the U.S., to protect them against Chinese expansionism. Outside of the main hall,… → Read More

CEO Daily: You Can't Have All the Answers

Top News • A Tale of Two Techies: Tencent and Snap Chinese internet giant Tencent bought a more-than 10% stake in Snapchat parent Snap on a day of contrasting fortunes for the two companies that says a lot about their relative health. Snap had earlier published a dog’s breakfast for its third-quarter report, while this morning in Hong Kong, Tencent’s e-book arm China Lit popped 84% on its stock… → Read More

CEO Daily: It Works for Salesforce

Good morning. I spent the day yesterday at Dreamforce, Salesforce’s annual conference in San Francisco that attracts more than 170,000 attendees and is part sales pitch, part circus, and part tent revival. Its eclectic program includes some 2,700 sessions, many focusing on the use of Salesforce software, but others featuring Hawaiian dancers, Buddhist monks, and celebrities ranging from Ashton… → Read More

CEO Daily: The Good and Bad of the Tax Plan

Good morning. The tax plan unveiled by House Republicans last week prompted a weekend’s worth of partisan brawling, generating more heat than light. But if you are looking for the rare piece of smart and balanced analysis, I’d suggest this piece by Adam Looney of the Brookings Institution. Looney is an economist and was a top tax analyst in the Obama Treasury, so he knows his topic well. Here’s… → Read More

A Big Win for Big Business — CEO Daily, Friday, 3rd November

Good morning. Big business scored a big win in the Republican tax bill released yesterday. Fortune’s Shawn Tully does the best job breaking down what it means for large companies here, but the bottom line is the bill cuts the top rate to 20%, creates a territorial tax system, accelerates the write-off for capital investment, and allows for repatriation of overseas profits at low rates. There are… → Read More

CEO Daily: Social Media Takes a Beating on the Hill

Top News • Trump Set to Anoint Jerome Powell President Donald Trump is due to announce Jerome Powell as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve later Thursday. He’ll succeed Janet Yellen when her term ends in three months’ time—the first chair to leave with interest rates higher than where he/she found them since G. William Miller in 1979 (let that one sink in for a second). Wall Street expects… → Read More

Chipping Away at Qualcomm — CEO Daily, Wednesday, 1st November

Good morning. Qualcomm shares took a tumble yesterday amid reports that Apple might stop using the company’s chips in its products. Apple and Qualcomm have been caught in an increasingly nasty battle over patent royalty payments. Both sides have much at stake. Qualcomm’s modem chips are considered the best in the market, and while Intel is scrambling to catch up, it hasn’t yet. I can’t do… → Read More

Deduction Ructions in the Tax Plan — CEO Daily, Tuesday, 31th October

Good morning. Good morning. If you are still looking for major tax reform this year—as opposed to simply a $1.5 trillion tax cut, which the budget allows for—consider this: Over the weekend, Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady threw in the towel on the biggest money raiser in the emerging reform plan: elimination of the state and local tax deduction. That’s good news for taxpayers and homeowners… → Read More

At Last! An M&A Slowdown (Maybe) — CEO Daily, Monday, 30th October

Good morning. Merger activity is expected to slow in the coming year—at least compared to the overheated pace of the last two years. That’s a key finding of EY’s twice-yearly Capital Confidence Barometer, based on a survey of U.S. executives, which is coming out later this morning. (CEO Daily was offered an early peek). Only 42% of surveyed executives said they planned to pursue a deal, down… → Read More

CVS's Transformative Deal — CEO Daily, Friday, 27th October

Top News • Big Tech’s Big Quarter Amazon, Alphabet, and Microsoft all posted significantly better-than-expected earnings in the third quarter. That will reinforce confidence in a stock market rally that got another boost yesterday from the European Central Bank, which refused to set an end date for its quantitative easing program yesterday. Fortune • Meister Kills Bad Chemistry Deal Huntsman… → Read More

Critical Test Awaits Next Fed Chief

President Donald Trump is on the verge of appointing another new Fed chief. Gary Cohn, Kevin Warsh and Jay Powell all have an edge. → Read More

The Disruptor Incumbent Cometh — CEO Daily, Thursday, 26th October

Good morning. I spent yesterday with a group of 100 CEOs gathered by IBM’s Ginni Rometty to discuss the “big bets” on the future being made by their companies. The session, which included top executives of companies in 17 different industries and representing $2 trillion in revenues and 5 million employees, was off the record, so I can’t discuss specifics. But I can provide a few takeaways.… → Read More