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A&A

Hypothetical Earnings Trigger Real Bonus Payments

Federal income tax incentives motivate questionable compensation decisions that benefit executives at the expense of taxpayers and shareowners.
A&A

SEC to Propose Crowdfunding Rules under JOBS Act

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted unanimously October 23 to propose rules under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act that will enable companies to offer and sell securities through crowdfunding.
Tax

Jackpot! Ten Pieces of Financial Advice for New Powerball Winner

There's one person – or maybe a group of people – who has yet to claim the largest Powerball jackpot in history: an estimated $590.5 million. The ticket was purchased on May 18 from a Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Florida.
A&A

SEC Says Social Media for Company Announcements Is OK

The SEC says companies may use social media (e.g., Facebook, Twitter) to disclose key information and still be in compliance with Regulation FD, as long as investors know where to look for the information.
Tax

Taxing Dividends and Capital Gains Income Fairly

The tax rates and policies on income from dividends and long-term capital gains lead to some unintended negative consequences. In trying to help stamp out fraud in financial reporting and add more fairness into the tax system, closer examination of these policies is warranted.
A&A

Accounting Fraud Prompts $580 Million Write-Down at CAT

Underscoring the importance of performing extensive due diligence before investing in the world's second largest economy, construction equipment giant Caterpillar got burned to the tune of $580 million.
A&A

Financial Analysts Say Hedging, Derivatives Reporting Inadequate

Financial analysts say there's not enough detail being provided in reports from companies that use derivatives and hedging activities, which makes analysis of investments that rely significantly on such financial instruments riskier.
Practice

Patricia Cornwell Sues Accountant for Financial Mismanagement

A high-profile court case in Boston, now in its second week, raises questions about where accountants and financial advisors fiduciary responsibilities for clients end.
Education & Careers

Wealth Management Firm Meets Needs of LGBT Clients

Christopher Street Financial, a New York-based wealth management firm, was founded in 1981 when Bob Casaletto, a gay man who worked at Merrill Lynch, realized that the financial needs of people in his community weren't being met.
A&A

SEC Issues Rule for Compensation Committees

The SEC has approved a new rule directing national securities exchanges to adopt specific listing standards governing the independence of public company compensation committees and compensation advisers.
A&A

Rothstein Kass Reference Manual for Fund Managers

The third annual "Alternative Investment Fund Pro Forma Financial Statements Reference Manual" is a comprehensive guidebook for completing financial statements for hedge and hybrid funds, fund of funds, and master-feeder structures.
A&A

Investor Confidence in US Companies Inching Upward

On September 19, the Center for Audit Quality released its sixth annual "Main Street Investor Survey," which shows that investor confidence in capital markets has increased 4 percentage points since 2011.
A&A

Experts Say Financial Abuse of Elderly Getting Worse

Results of the IPT's Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation Survey reveal that 84 percent of respondents who deal with investment fraud/financial exploitation of senior citizens agree that the problem is getting worse.
AccountingWEB Life

Paychex Expands Retirement Services Offering to Fee-Based Financial Advisors

Paychex, Inc., ranked as one of the nation's largest 401(k) recordkeepers according to PLANSPONSOR magazine's 2011 Recordkeeping survey, has announced the launch of Paychex Advisor Select 401(k) Plan, a new offering that is specifically designed for fee-based financial and investment advisors.
Tax

The Ins and Outs of New Reporting Rules in 2012

New cost basis reporting rules now apply to Form 1099-B sent to investors and to the IRS. But other onerous reporting rules for businesses and landlords scheduled to take effect in 2012 have been repealed. If you're confused, you're not alone. Here's a brief recap on what is and isn't taking place this year.
A&A

SEC Seeking Public Comment on Dodd-Frank Financial Literacy Study

The Securities and Exchange Commission is requesting public comments on financial literacy and investor disclosure issues that it is studying as part of a review mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Technology

Reznick's Interactive Map Finds Locations Eligible for NMTC Financing

Reznick Group, a Top 20 accounting firm, has created a new online tool that makes it easier to determine when investors can qualify for the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program.

Five questions to ask in your financial tune up

Accountants from the Texas Society of CPAs have put together a collection of five key questions to ask yourself when doing a review of your personal finances.
Tax

IRAs for minors are an investment in a child's future

As traditional retirement age draws near for the Baby Boomer generation, many are wishing they had started saving earlier and more aggressively. If you want to help your children avoid that mistake, now is a perfect time to start them on the road to saving for a comfortable retirement.

How to invest effectively by being contrarian

In the world of investing, herding is usually quite detrimental to financial returns. And, ironically, the herding impulse is quite strong among investors, who often look to others for confirmation on their investing positions.

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