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November 12, 2012
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  • Obama, Boehner begin negotiations to avert "fiscal cliff"
    President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, have started negotiations to avoid the $607 billion in automatic spending cuts and tax increases that are scheduled to take effect in January if Congress doesn't act. Obama says he wants an immediate tax-cut extension for people earning less than $250,000 and for top earners to pay more. Boehner says he wants to avoid tax rate increases and spending cuts as Congress overhauls entitlement spending and the tax code. Obama, Boehner and other Congressional leaders will meet at the White House on Friday to discuss the "fiscal cliff." Bloomberg (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Financial Focus 
  • Fed gives banks second chance on stress tests
    The Federal Reserve announced it will give banks a second chance when it comes to capital stress tests. The 19 largest institutions will get a preliminary result. They can then take measures, such as altering stock-buyback or dividend policies, to put themselves in a position to pass. The Fed will still publish the initial capital proposal results. Bloomberg (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FASB makes decision on "going concern" requirement
    The Financial Accounting Standards Board has voted to adopt a requirement under which management assesses whether an entity is able to remain in business as a going concern. The trigger for management to begin disclosing financial difficulties is when the entity is "near more likely than not" the point where it may not be able to meet its financial obligations. There are still several issues to be settled before an exposure draft is released next year. (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Tax Spotlight 
  • Estate planning for nonresidents requires special care
    With increased global mobility, nonresident aliens or individuals who lived in the United States at one time can become unwittingly subject to U.S. estate tax rules. Michael Moore, CPA, explains how practitioners performing estate planning for nonresident individuals must carefully take into account the special estate tax rules that apply to nonresidents; otherwise there can be unpleasant surprises for the estate and heirs. The Tax Adviser (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advisory Services 
  • Advisers tell the rich there's no need to panic
    Financial advisers are telling wealthy clients who are displeased with President Barack Obama's re-election that they should avoid making rash decisions with their money. Advisers say there could be market volatility as politicians debate taxes and spending, but they aren't predicting doom and gloom. Reuters (11/10), InvestmentNews (free registration) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy & Regulatory 
  • SEC opens formal investigation of Knight's trading glitch
    The Securities and Exchange Commission has started its formal investigation of the $457.6 million trading glitch that affected Knight Capital Group in August. Knight says faulty software was to blame. The U.S. inquiry will focus on whether the company adhered to rules governing risk-control procedures. Bloomberg (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  International View 
  • EU might regulate money market funds
    Money market mutual funds and securities-lending agreements are expected to be part of the European Commission's call for legislation to regulate shadow banking. "The overall objective is to make sure that our new regulations do not result in pushing activities to the world of shadow banking," said Stefaan De Rynck, spokesman for EU Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier. Bloomberg (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Japan appears headed toward recession
    Japanese gross domestic product contracted 0.9% in the third quarter compared with Q2 and 3.5% compared with Q3 of 2011. Growing tension with China and slowing growth worldwide hurt exporters. Economists expect another contraction this quarter, putting Japan in a technical recession. BBC (11/12), Reuters (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Leadership & Trends 
  • Women's leadership summit provides guideposts for career development
    The first Women's Global Leadership Summit, held last month and organized by the AICPA Women's Initiatives Executive Committee, discussed the business case for creating inroads for women leaders in the profession, best practices for onboarding, and how to establish effective mentorship and advocacy programs. Susan S. Coffey, CPA, CGMA, the AICPA's senior vice president of public practice and global alliances, advises women just starting out in the profession to be self-reliant and self-accountable, capitalize on their exposure to leadership and embrace leadership and networking opportunities. The AICPA offers several resources for women in the profession at this webpage. AICPA Insights (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  AICPA News 
  • Working draft of a new chapter of the Testing Goodwill for Impairment guide
    The AICPA's Financial Reporting Executive Committee has issued a working draft of a new chapter of the AICPA Accounting and Valuation Guide Testing Goodwill for Impairment. The new chapter, Qualitative Assessment, discusses and illustrates how to perform the optional qualitative assessment to determine whether it is necessary to perform the two-step goodwill impairment test described in FASB ASC 350-20. This new chapter was developed in response to feedback received on the working draft released in Nov. 2011. Interested parties are encouraged to submit their informal feedback on the new chapter by Dec. 31, 2012. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hurricane Sandy web page: Available resources for the profession
    We are concerned for everyone who has been touched by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. To help members in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions recover, the AICPA has put together a comprehensive web page with information and resources, including how to apply for assistance through the AICPA Benevolent Fund, disaster and financial planning guides and materials, tax extension relief information and more. The site will be updated regularly, and AICPA Member Service specialists can be reached at 888.777.7077 or LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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