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For even small shareholders, executive compensation is a big issue -- no matter how much a company's leaders talk about doing right by investors and employees, it matters how the top dogs are motivated and paid.
For years there have been murmurs, whispers and fears on Seventh Avenue that China was not content to be fashion's manufacturing muscle, that one of the country's powerhouse producers would turn the tide and start exporting its brand to the rest of the world.
Lofty price points? Check.

Winter King Cover.jpgEverybody's heard of Henry VIII, but what of his father, Henry VII? The founder of the Tudor dynasty was a usurper who had little claim to the English throne, but proved to be an extremely modern monarch, who found that he could control his people by surveillance and by manipulating markets rather than simply by waging war.

When Karen Hoguet, Macy's chief financial officer, took a gentle swipe at Ron Johnson's plan to revive J.C. Penney, she sparked an interesting side debate.

Jil Sander and Ron Johnson might be on opposite ends of the fashion spectrum, but they're still on the same wavelength. Just listen to what they're saying.

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