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November 15, 2012
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  • Most Americans are optimistic about future, poll finds
    About 54% of Americans expect the nation to be better off in four years than it is today, according to the USA Today/Gallup Poll. About 41% of respondents said things will get worse in that period. And 74% of those surveyed said President Barack Obama should strongly back programs with bipartisan support. USA Today (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More retail jobs could be created if tax rate were lowered
    Some 327,000 retail jobs could be created if the corporate tax rate were lowered to 26.6%, according to a report commissioned by the Retail Industry Leaders Association. Retailers are paying the highest effective tax rates of 36.4%. "With one in five American jobs reliant on retail, the industry is one of America's most powerful economic engines," said Kirt Johnson, vice president for tax policy at RILA. The Hill/On the Money blog (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Push to mark-to-market for pension plans grows
    Momentum is growing to adopt mark-to-market accounting for defined-benefit pension plans, with companies such as Honeywell International, IBM and Johnson Controls having switched to mark-to-market accounting in their pension plans. At a recent industry conference, Susan Cosper, a technical director at the Financial Accounting Standards Board, said FASB is considering changes to current rules, including a look at mark-to-market rules. The Wall Street Journal/CFO Journal (tiered subscription model) (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Some companies ignore looser IPO rules
    Some companies are shunning looser rules for initial public offerings under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act because they want to avoid the stigma attached to using the relaxed standards. "Investors will look more unfavorably and will give a lower valuation to companies that don't provide investors with the full transparency and investor protection that other companies provide," said Andrew Shapiro, president of hedge fund company Lawndale Capital Management. The Wall Street Journal (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Do your anti-corruption controls pass muster?
    The Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission teamed up to release a guide Wednesday describing appropriate controls with respect to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. The 120-page guide includes a chapter on accounting provisions contained in the law, which has seen increased enforcement in recent years. CGMA Magazine (11/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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