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November 28, 2012
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  • Execs profit from trades ahead of announcements, review shows
    Executives who trade their company's stock in the week before an important announcement are almost twice as likely to post a profit than a loss, according to a review of trades since 2004 by The Wall Street Journal. Insiders who dip irregularly in and out of their company's stock make a quicker profit than those whose trading follows a predictable annual pattern, the newspaper found. The Wall Street Journal (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New U.K. standards call for careful evaluation
    The Financial Reporting Council has released the first two parts of a framework that will replace U.K. GAAP. The new standards allow for reduced disclosures for subsidiaries, but advisers say companies should weigh carefully how the rules might be applied to them and not underestimate the cost and effort involved. Financial Director (U.K.) (11/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Why practitioners should have a tax practice quality control system
    Tax practitioners today face a new environment, with increased return preparer penalties, revisions to Circular 230, Internal Revenue Service initiatives, and increased client expectations. Gerard Schreiber, CPA, explains why practitioners in this new environment should have a tax practice quality control system in place and how it will help ensure that they provide high-quality tax services to clients and meet current regulatory requirements. The Tax Adviser (11/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Obama proposes small-business tax breaks
    President Barack Obama asked Congress to appropriate $25 billion to cover the cost of tax breaks for small businesses that hire workers or give pay raises to current employees. Under the proposal, small businesses would get a refund of 10% of increased payroll costs. The Washington Post (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Incoming SEC chief will face many challenges
    Elisse Walter, the designated successor to Mary Schapiro as head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, will immediately face a number of issues, such as the back-and-forth over regulation of money market mutual funds and Dodd-Frank rules not yet finalized. Also, unless President Barack Obama renominates her and the Senate approves, her term could end in one year. Reuters (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • OECD warns about Europe as it cuts growth forecasts
    The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development lowered its forecasts for global economic growth, noting that the eurozone debt crisis is the greatest threat. "The U.S. fiscal cliff is a very important source of concern, but the greatest downside risk remains the eurozone," Chief Economist Pier Carlo Padoan said. The OECD says that if leaders fail to resolve the debt crisis, central banks must be prepared for more monetary easing. Reuters (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Is your state well-run?
    North Dakota is the best-run state in the U.S., according to a 24/7 Wall Street analysis that looks at debt per capita, budget deficits and state unemployment. It's followed by Wyoming and Nebraska. The worst-run states are California, Rhode Island and Illinois. 24/7 Wall St. (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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