Issue 1   |   October 2009

When Dealing With Debt, Confidence Is King

Oct 2009

When Dealing With Debt, Confidence Is King

Credit rationing means there is, and will continue to be, a race to access funds. While market confidence remains fragile, a company’s ability to communicate how it is addressing the threats and opportunities created by the current climate has never been more important.

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What Next for Private Equity?

Oct 2009

What Next for Private Equity?

Following a turbulent 12 months for the industry, six experts from across the private equity spectrum explore the shape of things to come.

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Turning the Turnaround on its Head

Oct 2009

Turning the Turnaround on its Head

In a turnaround situation, too many businesses rush to apply short-term fixes rather than diagnosing the real problem. There is only one cure: identifying the competitive advantage and transforming the corporate culture, while keeping a laser-sharp focus on the end-game.

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Truth in Advertising

Oct 2009

Truth in Advertising

In a comprehensive look at advertising spending, new research by FTI says that the market will not recover to 2008 levels until 2014 and examines the disruptive influence of the Internet on more traditional forms of advertising.

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The Next Wave

Oct 2009

The Next Wave

A spike in maturities of corporate debt in the U.S. and other OECD countries threatens to capsize the nascent economic recovery. Falling assets prices, weak consumer demand and deleveraging by lenders means that many companies facing some $900 billion of speculative-grade debt maturities by 2014 will struggle to refinance. FTI Consulting counts the cost of going overboard during the boom years and examines the outlook for survivors.

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The Need for Speed

Oct 2009

Access to high-speed Internet service is fast becoming a necessity that consumers cannot live without. Nonetheless, a sizeable minority remain unconnected. With policymakers working on efforts to make broadband more widely available and affordable, a recent report by Compass Lexecon, an FTI subsidiary, helps to inform the debate.

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Proxy Reform–Be Careful What You Wish For

Oct 2009

Early next year, the five members of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are expected to vote on an issue that for years has sparked fierce debate between companies and shareholder activists. The issue revolves around whether to make it easier for shareholders to nominate directors for corporate boards.

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Leaders Must Narrow the Employee Engagement Gap

Oct 2009

Companies are falling short in informing employees about how they are overcoming the challenges thrown up by the global downturn. New research commissioned by FD demonstrates that strong direction, a clear plan of action and straight talking will keep work forces on your side.

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Don’t Run Before You Can Talk

Oct 2009

Don’t Run Before You Can Talk

Realizing that you have a problem and need specialist turnaround help is the first step in seeking to re-establish your business. However, don’t overlook the impact that communications can have, both positively and negatively, on that process.

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Dealing with the Unforeseen

Oct 2009

Dealing with the Unforeseen

Great companies might not be able to predict the future, but they are ready for whatever fate throws their way. The FTI Journal examines best practices from a region familiar with crises.

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Cutting U.S. Healthcare Costs

Oct 2009

The FTI Journal recently convened a group of FTI experts from varied yet connected backgrounds and disciplines – from performance improvement and restructuring, to economic consulting and strategic communications – for a discussion about the state of healthcare in the United States and around the world, with a focus on what’s driving increased spending, and how to slow its growth.

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