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Election 2016: A SmartCEO Roundup

As the final results of the 2016 election take shape, we look back on SmartCEO’s coverage of this crucial, unprecedented race and remind you that it’s time to get out and vote.

election
Thought Leadership on Lending presented by Gibraltar Business Capital. Election day is fast approaching, and with it the inherent concerns over which candidate will prove more advantageous to the business community and U.S. economy in general. This is a question that’s top of mind for any size business, and across all industry sectors. With a new president and administration, investors and business leaders can expect
Exxon
President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state. What does Tillerson’s record at Exxon tell us about his leadership abilities and priorities?
tariffs
In a series of Tweets Dec. 4, president-elect Donald Trump threatened to impose tariffs of 35 percent on companies that ship jobs overseas and want to re-import their products to the U.S. for sale. But are tariffs an effective tool in keeping manufacturers in the U.S., and is the plan actually viable?
treasury
This week, the Trump transition team announced picks for secretary of commerce and secretary of the treasury — arguably the posts with the most influence over the country’s economic direction. So what do we know about Wilbur Ross and Steve Mnuchin?
pizza
Facebook and Google have been facing a growing outcry over the proliferation of what’s commonly known as “fake news” on their sites, with some commentators alleging that the widespread sharing of thinly sourced or completely fabricated posts may have influenced the outcome of the presidential election. But this week, it became clear that the power of online rumors reaches small businesses as well.
stock market
After an initial slump, stocks quickly rallied as the news of Donald Trump’s victory sank in. Analysts attributed the quick recovery to a realization among investors that the next administration was likely to cut taxes and regulations, and perhaps invest in new infrastructure. So what are the markets telling us about which industries will see the biggest benefit or take the greatest hit?
Trump
In a stunning upset, Donald Trump has defeated Hillary Clinton in the race for the presidency. The reasons for this outcome — and why so few polls seemed to predict it — will be parsed for months to come. For now, let’s focus on the future: What are the implications of a Trump administration for the U.S. and global economy?
voting
Politicians have long argued that Election Day being on a Tuesday constitutes a barrier to voting for many workers, who may not be able to take sufficient time off to participate in the polls. A growing number of companies seems to agree, and will provide a paid day off Nov. 8.
debate
In a contentious, personal debate that at times descended into name-calling, the two major-party candidates for president did fit in a discussion on their positions regarding some key economic issues, such as job creation, trade and immigration. Here’s what they said.
Clinton presenteeism
On Sunday, Hillary Clinton left a 9/11 memorial in Manhattan early due to a combination of heat exhaustion and pneumonia. Video of her exit shows a wobbly Clinton stumble into a vehicle before heading to daughter Chelsea’s apartment in the city to recover. Despite a pneumonia diagnosis, and doctor’s orders to rest, Clinton pressed on in her pursuit of the presidency. The incident sparked plenty
Endorsement
On Aug. 2, Hewlett Packard CEO Meg Whitman announced she was backing Hillary Clinton in the presidential campaign. On the same day, legendary executive Warren Buffett appeared at a Clinton campaign event in Nebraska. Donald Trump also has received CEO endorsements, including from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. Who is lining up behind which candidate, and is it a good idea for CEOs to get political?
Melania Trump
When it became clear that parts of Melania Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention were almost identical to a 2008 Michelle Obama speech, the Trump campaign faced a barrage of media criticism. On July 20, long-time Trump Organization employee Meredith McIver issued a statement taking the blame. All of which raises the question: When a usually solid employee takes a major stumble, what should
Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz surprised pundits this week by bowing out of the presidential race, following a loss to rival Donald J. Trump in the crucial Indiana primary. A day later, John Kasich, whose path to the nomination was even steeper, followed suit. What lessons does this hold for your own exit? When is the right time to quit fighting a losing battle?
Voters disillusioned about the effects of free trade on American workers have played a significant role in boosting the presidential bids of both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders this election season. So what are the facts about the impact of trade agreements on U.S. jobs, and what is the future of free trade in the U.S.?
Donald Trump_Flag
Following major wins by Republican contender Donald Trump on Super Tuesday, the prospect of a CEO in the White House is edging closer to reality. But do corner-office skills really translate to the Oval Office?
Trump
In a blizzard of tweets and sarcasm-dripping press releases, Donald Trump and Fox News have shot to the top of the week’s headlines, perhaps providing a welcome distraction from the lingering effects of Snowzilla.