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Plan to Take it all With you in Times of Disaster

We know that natural disasters can strike at any time, evidenced by the recent collection of devastating hurricanes. Regardless of where you live, threats of fire, earthquakes, hurricanes and mudslides could force you to evacuate your office or home in a matter of minutes.So, what do you take with you if you have only five minutes to collect important items and leave? Planning ahead is the key to success in this situation.

Securitization Helps Small Business Owners Obtain Better Loans

Small business owners can thank the recent trend toward securitization for the favorable business loan rates they are receiving.Or, maybe the small business owners should thank the secondary market. Here's why. During the past year, banks have begun grouping and selling small conventional loans to investors as securities. The growing secondary market, in turn, is giving these lenders the opportunity to offer bigger loans with longer terms and better rates to small businesses.
Technology

Newest IT Solutions to be Showcased at the Financial Technology Expo

Trade-show goers be advised. More than 225 leading information technology companies in the banking, securities and insurance industries will showcase their products and services at the 8th annual Financial Technology Expo. The Expo will take place Nov. 16-18, 1999 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City and will feature separate conference programs.The most innovative IT solutions will be featured in pavilions designed specifically for financial services, banking, securities and insurance professionals.
Technology

Practical Joke Aimed at Microsoft Products

Just when you thought you were turning the corner on Y2K compliance, some practical joker has initiated an email hoax that may make it to your staff before it gets to your IT department.The joke centers around Y2K compliance of Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT. The email starts out something like this: “Every copy of Windows will fail on January 1st unless you fix it now, to fix it…” The email then walks the reader through what looks like a fix.
Practice Management

Develop A Marketing Plan That Works

Now that you know where you are and where you want to go. Let’s create the map to get you there!Research, Research, ResearchResearch is never the most fun, but it’s very important to the success of your marketing plan. Once you have your targets on paper, you can focus your research to find out if another firm is already the market leader in that arena. You may decide that you would rather tackle another area where local competitors don’t already have such a strong foothold. You also need to understand your target. What do they want? What do they value?
Technology

Help Your Site Get Noticed at Submit-It.com

Technology consultant Roman Kepczyk offers this tip on a free and easy way to boost visibility for your website and get a technical evaluation of it in the process. Go to the free trial for www.submit-it.com and submit your web site address. Not only will you get assistance with listing your site on the most popular search engines, but you will also receive tips on how to speed up the loading of your pages, as well as a list of any problems with the coding of your pages.

CCH Reports There will be Tax Relief for Hurricane Floyd Victims

CCH TAX DAY REPORTS TAX RELIEF FOR HURRICANE FLOYD VICTIMS(RIVERWOODS, ILL.) -- CCH Tax Day reported today that the IRS will extend filing deadlines for taxpayers who may not be able to meet their federal tax obligations because of Hurricane Floyd. Affected taxpayers whose estimated payments are due on Sept. 15 must pay by Sept. 30, 1999, to avoid penalties. Taxpayers with corporate, partnership or fiduciary returns originally due on Sept. 15 must file by Sept. 30, 1999.
Technology

Leasing PCs Enables Enhanced Capabilities Without Buying the Ranch

We lease cars, so why not PCs? The computer is said to depreciate faster than a car and become obsolete as soon as it is hooked up and ready to run. Business owners and others who replace their computers every two years or so may want to consider the leasing option.Some of the world's largest computer manufacturers are banking on this idea and pushing this arrangement.
Technology

Broadband's Intensity Hits Business and Homes

Like a freight train going 90 miles an hour, broadband access is going to revolutionize the amount of content, as well as the way electronic files, video and other technologies are delivered to our businesses and homes. This and other observations about delivery speeds were delivered at an address by Broadcast.com Chairman and Founder Mark Cuban at the eTV conference in New York City.Among other predictions, Cuban said that there would be one source in the home that would serve as a digital entertainment center-with a computer-at a cost below $2,000.
Practice Management

Phone System Options are Unlimited

Chocolate, Vanilla or Strawberry? Just as flavors abound in today's ice cream store or freezer case, options for telephone systems are as boundless as the bandwidth they encompass.A small CPA firm that has outgrown its existing telephone system is behind the times - shouting across the office won't quite do the trick. Convenience and capacity go hand in hand to deliver user-friendly solutions for employees, managers and partners.
Community News

Women Slowly Enter Partner Ranks

It’s official! Women are gaining partnership share in the Top 25 firms across the nation.According to CPA Personnel Report’s Annual Survey of Women In Public Accounting – 1999, women account for one to two percent of the partnership at most of the Top 25. At some firms, such as Plante and Moran in Southfield, Michigan, women represent as much as 15 percent of the partner group.But there’s still room for women to grow into partner shoes. By contrast with their partnership representation, half of the largest firms’ staffs are women.

AccountingWEB Weekly News Wrap-up - Issue 9

The AccountingWEB Newswire - Issue 9September 16, 1999http://www.accountingweb.com============================================================== In the headlines this week:1. 50% of 401k Plan Participants Cash In Prematurely2. Workplace Training Tools To Reduce HR Suits3. WGL Develops On-Line Corporate Finance Network4. Republican Tax Bill To Be Vetoed5. Ascension of Women into Partner Ranks is Slow But Steady6. Marketing Plan Guidelines You Can Use7.
Practice Management

HR Exec Magazine Selects Top Training Tools

Looking for some useful workplace legal training products for your organization?

August Retail Sales Beat Economists' Forecasts

A report issued by the Commerce Department Tuesday revealed good news for the U.S. economy, but may lead to another hike in interest rates later this year.The government said that retail sales increased 1.2 percent in August, the strongest sales gain since February 1999. Analysts had forecasted a 0.8 percent increase for August.Auto sales took the lead and increased 2.5 percent. New car sales are now up 19 percent compared to August 1998.
Tax

IRS Issues Applicable Federal Rates Revenue Ruling

The IRS has issued revenue ruling 99-37 for Section 1274, Determination of Issue Price in the Case of Certain Debt Instruments Issued for Property. The guidance will appear in Internal Revenue Bulletin 1999-36 dated September 6, 1999.Revenue ruling 99-37 provides prescribed rates for federal income tax purposes. These rates are for September 1999. Five tables are included in the revision.

Swiss Bank Strengthens its Position as World's Largest Asset Manager

Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) has made a move to strengthen its position as the world's largest asset manager by agreeing to acquire independent money manager Global Asset Management (GAM). Reports indicate USB will purchase GAM for as much as $675 million.
Technology

Ernst & Young Issues White Paper Focusing on E-Commerce Strategy

What type of e-commerce strategy does your company need to move its Internet presence from basic to highly profitable?
Technology

Timberline Publishes First Biztalk Compatible Schemas

Newly available software links construction companies to project suppliers, subcontractors, owners and other construction players, allowing cost estimate information to flow freely along the Internet.Construction companies can now harness the power of the Internet with two new schemas for construction estimating created by Timberline Software Corporation.

WORLDWIDE MEETING SERIES LAUNCHED TODAY

Today, at The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore, the first session of a new meeting series to improve international financial disclosure will be held.
A&A

More Than 50 Percent of 401(k) Plan Participants Cash In

A new study by Hewitt Associates, a global management consulting firm, reveals an alarming trend among 401(k) plan participants changing jobs. Could the results be an avenue for you to add value for your existing client base or offer more services in your compensation and benefits consulting practice?The study shows that 57 percent of 401(k) plan participants cash out at the door when they leave an employer instead of rolling over the balance to their new employers' plans or IRAs.

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