BUDAPEST: Eastern Europe's chronic labor shortage is feeding into corporate takeover activity, with some companies making acquisitions to snap up skilled workers or obtain expertise needed to expand their businesses.While the practice represents just a small part of the region's mergers and acquisitions market, it underlines concerns about the deepening labor crunch at a time of buoyant economic activity, advisors and executives said.When Hungarian poultry firm Tranzit-Food bought chicken plants from sector rival Gastor, the availability of 550 qualified workers was among the foremost factors considered, chief executive Akos Szabo said."Earlier, the key planks of a takeover were profitability, market share, branding, the stock of assets, the planned investments or the autonomy of management," he added."Now, we are screening the entire workforce, and this ranks higher than physical assets. We are willing to pay a premium for a well-trained workforce."A Eurostat survey cited by … [Read more...] about People are our greatest asset. Wanna buy them?
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caption Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) as the market closes in New York, U.S., October 3, 2016. source REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Exchange-traded funds have become wildly popular in the past decade, and account for a quarter of all trading activity on exchanges. We spoke to two experts, a 15-year veteran of the product and a hedge fund founder, about how ETFs can help investors balance their portfolios. You’ve probably heard the term ETF by now, but may not be sure what it actually means. Short for exchange-traded fund, ETFs have taken financial markets by storm over the past decade by packaging multiple individual equities into a single, indexed security that can be traded just like a stock. In just one trade, an investor can buy equity in a whole basket of individual securities, and – hopefully – receive the same rate of return as if they had bought them individually. In … [Read more...] about Here’s how ETFs became one of Wall Street’s hottest investment products