Should Companies Report Profits Less Often?

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It's earnings season again, that quarterly ritual when investors anxiously wait for companies to report their financial results. In the wave of new regulations passed during the Great Depression, the government decided that public companies owed their investors an update every three months. But in the 80 years since, public filings have gotten longer and more complex, putting a strain on management.

Writers with the Lex column at the Financial Times think these frequent filings might not be worth it, that they lead to short-term thinking by companies and put too much focus on stock prices instead of the long-term health of companies. This week on Money Talking, Sujeet Indap, a columnist at the Financial Times, makes the case that U.S. investors might be better off if companies had fewer filing requirements and provided information when it really matters.

Then picking up with contributors at the Harvard Business Review about the challenges that vex us in today's workplace. This week, Jeff Weiss, a professor at West Point and Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business, reviews how "Negotiating is Not the Same as Haggling:" turns out negotiating for a raise is not the same as buying a car.