CEOs with big signatures are more likely to overspend

U.S. President Barack Obama signature appears on one of several executive orders he signed as part of the administration's new gun law proposals.

This final note on the way out today, in which we learn that size really does matter.

A study out of the University of North Carolina says CEOs who have big signatures are more likely to over-spend and have lower sales growth and revenues.

It's a psychological thing, apparently. Big signatures are evidence of narcissism, which in the executive capacity can be detrimental to corporate health.

Interestingly, big-handwriting CEOs tend to have above-average compensation.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.
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Well, there are those of us who have big signatures not because we're narcissistic, but because our natural hand is so tight and crabbed that it's better to just throw down a couple of big, broad strokes and be done with it.

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