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January 22, 2013
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  • Nation must address long-term economic problems, Obama says
    President Barack Obama said in his inaugural address that the government must do more to make sure that when the economy expands, all Americans benefit. Unlike his first inaugural speech, in which Obama focused on dealing with the aftermath of the financial crisis, this time the president said the U.S. must deal with long-term economic problems. For an understanding of the federal government’s finances, watch the AICPA’s video program “What’s at Stake.” The Washington Post (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SEC chief to push for Dodd-Frank, JOBS Act rules
    Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Elisse Walter says rule making under the Dodd-Frank Act and the JOBS Act are the agency's top priorities. She said she has embarked on a "listening tour" of ideas, questions and complaints from people inside and outside the agency. AdvisorOne (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy & Regulatory 
  • Regulators eye misstated AUM
    State and federal regulators are looking out for financial advisers who misstate their assets under management. Experts say advisers might inflate their assets under management because they want to avoid state regulation, they want the prestige associated with being registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission or because they are confused about how to calculate them. InvestmentNews (free registration) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International View 
  • German recovery is already here, central bank says
    The Bundesbank said it sees the beginning of growth this quarter in Germany. "The largely stable labor market and a better outlook for output suggest that the economic weakness won’t last all that long," according to the central bank. The positive outlook comes despite likely negative gross domestic product growth in the fourth quarter and a projection that calls for 0.4% GDP growth over all of 2013. Bloomberg (1/21), The Washington Post/The Associated Press (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EU plans to authorise financial-transaction tax
    European Union finance ministers are expected to allow 11 eurozone nations, including Germany, France and Italy, to proceed with a tax on financial transactions. Ministers are "expecting to take a decision to move forward, on an enhanced cooperation basis, the financial-transaction tax," Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan said. Reuters (1/21), Bloomberg (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Technology 
  • Online platforms challenge financial advisers
    Financial advisers are facing a growing challenge in attracting and keeping clients from Internet firms that offer investments, financial planning and advice. Since the financial crisis, many wealthy investors have shifted assets from fee-based advisers to inexpensive, self-directed accounts, according to Cerulli Associates. InvestmentNews (free registration) (1/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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