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Well-Connected CFOs Obtain More Favorable Terms on Corporate Loans

Well-connected chief financial officers obtain loans for their companies with more favorable terms and conditions as compared to those who have less “social capital,” according to a new study by a University of Arkansas researcher and colleagues. “CFOs are the most important decision-makers on the borrower side,” said Tomas Jandik, finance professor in the Sam M. Walton College of Business. “These folks are responsible for negotiating loans on behalf of their employer. We found that those CFOs who have higher social capital – as assessed by their connectedness among all business professionals – are deemed more trustworthy, influential and...

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One-Fourth of Forest Loss Permanent; Global Deforestation Not Slowing Down

More than a fourth of global forest loss from 2001 to 2015 is permanent – meaning these areas likely will not return to forest again – and can be attributed primarily to commodity agriculture, such as palm oil production in Malaysia and Indonesia, according to a new study published today in Science, one of the world’s top academic journals. The study was conducted by reseachers at The Sustainability Consortium; a global organization jointly administered by the University of Arkansas and Arizona State University; the World Resources Institute, a global research organization; and the University of Maryland. The study revealed...

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