Commentary

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    Nov 19, 2003 | Graham Leith
    Successful organizations realize that one of the keys to creating, maintaining and extending competitive advantage in their respective industry sectors is to get their products and services to market faster, better and cheaper.
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    Nov 18, 2003 | Sean Casten
    As the nation debates its first national energy policy in over a decade and recovers from the largest blackout in our history, regulators are being asked to rewrite the rules of a game in which all players have enormous stakes on the table.
  • Nov 13, 2003 | Daniel Rodrigues Brasil
    The new world order is pillared in the global crisis that followed the 80's and 90's, which was depicted by the crumbling of the Soviet Union (and that of the socialism), the triumph of the neo-liberalism and free markets, a broadening of protectionism with the constitution of huge economic blocks, a social-economic unbalance throughout the South and East, the return of tribal nationalisms around the world to what deeply concerns the religious fundamentalism that has taken up the international politics.
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    Nov 12, 2003 | Gretchen Gordon
    After you've signed a deal, you may want to file your "Financing" materials under "F" for "Forget" and then get down to work building your company. But neglecting your financier after the deal may limit your future and forfeit many potential advantages.
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    Nov 10, 2003 | Alan Caruba
    For a small State, New Jersey continues to send a large delegation of mental midgets to Washington, DC to represent it. In the last election, Sen. Robert Torricelli, the man famed for leaking the name of a CIA agent, was yanked off the ticket at the last minute as the result of some serious ethical lapses.
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    Nov 05, 2003 | Kasper Walet
    Cyriel de Jong and Kasper Walet describe the optimal operation and valuation of gas storage based on a real option methodology. In an application to Zeebrugge gas prices, they clarify the optionality in gas storage, analyze its valuation and discuss hedging strategies to secure part of the storage value.
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    Oct 30, 2003 | Dale Steffes
    While many government leaders seem fixated on improving the "third world" status of the US power grid, our view is that this conclusion is simply premature given that it is premised on an incomplete understanding of the electricity industry given the transforming structure. (This is a follow-up to my Sept. 11th Energy Pulse article)
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    Oct 29, 2003 | Albert Thumann
    The current domestic energy situation and our increasing dependence on foreign oil makes the United States more vulnerable, economically and from a national security perspective, than at any time in our history. A National Energy Plan is required that recognizes the urgent need for Energy Efficiency, Load Management and Supply Strategies.
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    Oct 29, 2003 | Gretchen Gordon
    While it is crucial to understand your customers, it is just as important to understand the issues and motivations of your business partners, including your suppliers and your financial sources. With this understanding, you can build a better relationship that fosters company growth.
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    Oct 28, 2003 | Mark Lively
    During my many years as an engineer working as a consultant with accountants, I have been amazed at the data systems that accountants have created to keep track of investments and expenses, especially the way that these data systems can capture minutiae that boggled my mind. And my MIT Sloan School Masters had a concentration in Information Systems.