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November 11, 2010    
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Publisher's Note
Rob Nance, Publisher Whenever my grandparents have used language around me that evokes speech of long ago, they find it odd that I wouldn’t know what they mean – as if the terms are still used in today’s culture. Now, at nearly 45 years of age, I am finding it a challenge at times to relate to today’s new graduates entering the workforce. From what I hear, many of you are experiencing the same thing, or you’re that young accountant who is frustrated with the curmudgeonly partners at your firm!

Here’s a great tool for trying to wrap your head around the foundations and perceptions of today’s college-aged individuals. For instance, many 20-year-olds have never felt the need to have a wristwatch. Who knew? The Beloit College Mindset List for the Class of 2014 is worth a look. Good luck!

Rob Nance

Top News
Exclusive: CCH User Conference opens with Lou Holtz and a future focus
Lou HoltzThe sixth annual CCH User Conference has attracted its largest ever audience, with more than 1,000 accountants braving some unseasonably cool weather in Orlando. Editor-in-Chief Gail Perry reports.
GTI sets up new Hong Kong member firm; Expelled partners, staff move to BDO
Following the expulsion of its former Hong Kong firm, Grant Thornton China has set up a new firm in Hong Kong, Jingdu Tianhua Hong Kong. Late last month, partners and staff of the old firm announced an agreement in principle to join BDO Limited Hong Kong.
Investment property a likely target for valuation change
The banking world is buzzing with the possibility that investor balance sheets are about to be vastly reshaped. American rule makers in the accounting industry are looking to change the way land and investments are valued.
IRS announces 2011 pension plan limitations
The Internal Revenue Service recently announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2011.
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New route to allowing unions through card checks?
Capitol BuildingWhen Barack Obama ran for president, his message was all about hope and change. But a recent decision by one regulatory agency makes it seem like it may all just be politics as usual in Washington. That decision, by a politically appointed board, seems to represent an end-run around Congress.
TIGTA questions handling of foreclosures
Recent legislation aimed at easing foreclosure proceedings, along with a rise in loan modification activity, has not done enough to address the need for intervention, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA).
FASB Exposure Draft seeks input on transfers and servicing
The FASB issued an Exposure Draft last week to solicit input from stakeholders on its proposal to improve the accounting for repos and other agreements that entitle and obligate a transferor to repurchase or redeem financial assets before their maturity.
How setting goals creates happy workers
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Firm/State/People News
M&A: CG buys Farrell & Associates; Two Ohio CPA firms merge
MergerMilwaukee-based Clifton Gunderson has expanded its presence into northern Illinois by merging in Farrell & Associates of Rockford. Also, David C. Murray & Co. CPAs, Inc., and Robert K. Rohlfs, CPA, have combined their practices.
Ohio youngsters FETCH! for financial literacy
At a time when 77 percent of families in the United States are in debt, with 46.1 percent of those families holding credit card debt, the Ohio Society of CPAs is reaching out to educate youngsters about the value of a dollar.
Texas CPAs win mid-term election seats
Texas CPAs fared well in the recent mid-term elections, with six accountants winning seats from the Texas House of Representatives to Railroad Commissioner to U.S. Congress.
Company announcements: Week of November 8
Following is the latest roundup of firm news for the week of November 8, 2010.
Small Audit Webcast Series Begins November 12 Larry Perry
Larry Perry will begin teaching his popular Small Audit webcast series starting November 12. This series of 15 live webcasts provides start-to-finish guidance on how to plan and complete high-quality small audits efficiently. Each webcast in the series may be attended individually: $69 for 2 CPE hours. For your best value, register for the Full Series (30 CPE hours for $495).
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Determining the impact of the mid-term elections
With last week's mid-term elections behind us, FEI's Government Affairs Office in Washington, D.C., has provided an analysis of the potential impact of the changing of the guard.
Take advantage of your FSA and save money
Last week I learned that only about 15 percent of the employees at a local business I do some work with use their Flexible Spending Account (FSA) option. Wow! What a mistake.
U.S./UK dictionary translations
It has been said for some time that the U.S. and UK are two nations divided by a common language. This is true. With that in mind, here are some of the common phrases we as a firm often hear confused.
How to be a better liar
We all have to lie from time to time as we go through life. Sometimes it's to protect ourselves, sometimes to protect others.
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