A more sophisticated cyberattack than WannaCry | What FASB has in store for not-for-profits | FASB issues proposal for consolidation of VIEs
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June 23, 2017
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A more sophisticated cyberattack than WannaCry
The WannaCry cyberattack that occurred in May came after a seemingly more sophisticated and dangerous attack that hit a business in April. During the April incident, attackers targeted a contractor's computer, installing ransomware in an apparent attempt to cover up the fact that they had stolen the contractors' credentials.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (6/22) 
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What FASB has in store for not-for-profits
Financial Accounting Standards Board members understand that preparers and auditors face challenges with multiple efforts for implementation of key standards. As a result, the pace of standard setting may slow in the coming months, but one key new project is on the horizon.
Journal of Accountancy online (6/22) 
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FASB issues proposal for consolidation of VIEs
A proposed Accounting Standards Update would give private companies an alternative for financial reporting associated with consolidation of variable-interest entities.
Journal of Accountancy online (6/22) 
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Financial Focus
What to know before you pay off your mortgage early
When deciding whether to pay off a mortgage before retirement, it's important to consider factors such as your income level, attitude toward debt and the tax implications involved.
CNBC (6/22) 
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Tax Spotlight
Tax provisions in the Senate health care bill
The Senate Republicans' bill to replace the Affordable Care Act would repeal many of the law's tax provisions. Here's a look at the tax changes in the bill.
Journal of Accountancy online (6/22) 
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Career Development
Summer jobs: More than money in your pocket
Summer jobs provide valuable work experience and help youth develop professional skills and discover their talents. Association staff share memories of their summer jobs and what they learned.
AICPA Insights (6/22) 
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Leadership
Before reducing stress, you must figure out the source
The first step to handling your stress effectively is to determine exactly what is causing it. When considering external sources of stress, try to avoid labeling the annoying behaviors of others as character flaws, which can increase stress.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (6/21) 
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Understanding your business' growth capacity
If any part of an organization is routinely operating at maximum capacity, achieving additional growth may be difficult. This article discusses how to determine whether your company is at capacity and what you can do to lay the foundation for expansion.
Inc. online (free registration) (6/22) 
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Policy & Regulatory
Fed stress test finds banks well-capitalized
All 34 banks that underwent the Federal Reserve's annual stress test cleared the first round.
Bloomberg (6/22),  Reuters (6/23),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/22) 
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AICPA News
Workplace ethics: Find employees who fit
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