A Week's Worth

Trade deficit worsens: The $58.3 billion figure, the second largest after November's record, spooked Wall Street and sent all the major indexes down for the week. Traders worry overseas investors will lose confidence in the dollar, which could boost inflation.

Shares that pay: Publicly traded companies reported 239 dividend increases last month, the highest level for February in 24 years, according to Standard & Poor's.

Too few managers? All those cutbacks and outsourcing may come back to haunt companies, as they scout for their next generation of managers. The number of workers in the critical 35-44 age group has fallen by 20 percent in the past several years, according to a survey of human resource and development professionals by Boston-based Novations Group Inc.

Bosses leave, too: For the first time in four years, more than 100 companies last month announced a change in chief executive officer. That's the fourth consecutive increase in CEO turnover, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, which said such changes are normal as companies move from survival to growth.

Less risky worship? If you're involved in an auto accident while driving to or from church, at least one insurance company will waive the deductible. GuideOne in West Des Moines, Iowa, is offering first-of-a-kind auto and home policies for the estimated 93 million churchgoers in the United States.

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