FEMALE CEOs AND SOARING STOCKS: Female CEOs have not only broken through the glass ceiling, they've sent their companies' stock prices soaring, according to a survey published in Equity magazine.
The average stock price of 25 publicly-traded companies run by women grew 58 percent in the past year, according to the Equity Index, a barometer tracked by Equity magazine and Zacks Investment Research in Chicago. The index is dominated by high-tech firms; its components include AutoDesk Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Digital Island Inc.
Between March 1999 and March 2000, the Equity Index crushed the Dow Jones industrial average, which rose 6 percent and the Standard & Poor's 500, which climbed 10 percent. The Nasdaq composite, also focused on high-tech stocks, doubled the Equity Index's performace.
TAX BITE: Mid-income families of four renting homes near Louisville, Ky. have the least disposable income nationwide, according to a recent analysis of regional tax burdens as a percentage of income.
A family of four in Louisville with an income of $60,000 pays an average of $15,311, or 25.5 percent of its income, in taxes after taking personal exemptions and allowable deductions, according to the management consulting firm Ruzenheimer International, based in Rochester, Wis. However, if that same family lived in Anchorage, Alaska, where there are no state, local or sales taxes, its annual tax payments would be $10,145, or 66 percent less than Louisville.
Ruzenheimer's analysis takes into account federal, state, local, Social Security, sales and other taxes.
BUSINESS ETIQUETTE: Drinking beer from the bottle may be OK at a Memorial Day barbecue, but when dining with colleagues or clients, the rules of etiquette demand that you sip that brew out of a glass, according to Pachter & Associates, a Cherry Hill, N.J.-based business communications consultancy. Using ice cubes to cool off a bowl of soup is another no-no. And don't blow on it either -- just wait a few minutes for it to cool naturally.
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