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December 31, 2012
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  • Taft offers insight into political policies and investing
    Source: CNBC
    John Taft, CEO of RBC Wealth Management in the U.S., offers insight into the short-term as well as the longer-term consequences of the "fiscal cliff" and other political policies. "The zero-growth premise will have long-term implications for investors," Taft said. Politicians will "actually have to start making hard decisions." CNBC (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Southern Co. CEO discusses "fiscal cliff" consequences
    Tom Fanning, CEO of Southern Co., discusses some of the consequences should the U.S. go over the "fiscal cliff." Fanning focuses on dividends. "The truth is, the market has already anticipated some adverse consequence to taxation rates on dividends," Fanning said. CNBC (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Credit Suisse exec: Conflicts beset exchanges' self-regulation
    Facebook's initial public offering revealed a fundamental conflict between the quasi-governmental role of exchanges and their profit-making nature, indicating that self-regulation is no longer viable, Credit Suisse's Dan Mathisson told U.S. senators last week. Mathisson said a regulatory overhaul of the markets is now in order. Bloomberg (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U.S. accounting group wants to be part of international panel
    The U.S. Financial Accounting Foundation said it has not yet decided whether to change to international rules, but wants to participate in a committee formed to draft international accounting rules. The U.S. standard-setters could be excluded, limiting America's influence over global standards. Reuters (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Commentary: Bernanke's policies more a threat than "fiscal cliff"
    Columnist William Cohan argues that the real threat to the economy isn't the "fiscal cliff" but the policies of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, namely the promise to keep interest rates near zero until the unemployment rate is lowered to 6.5%. Cohan says the prospect of that happening could take years and result in another financial crisis. The Washington Post (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Asset/Wealth Management Report 
  • Appetite for risk will return in 2013, money managers predict
    Money managers forecast that in the coming year, investors are going to be more willing to take on greater risk. Consequently, they say, look for greater demand for stocks, floating-rate loans, mortgage-backed securities and high-yield bonds. "Managing money with one eye on the rear-view mirror is no fun," said Baring Asset Management's Alan Wilde. Reuters (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of New Year's Day, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Early-bird rates: SIFMA 40th Annual Operations Conference & Exhibit 2013 at 2012 prices!
    SIFMA's 40th Annual Operations Conference + Exhibit in Boca Raton, Fla., from April 28 to May 1, 2013, will bring together senior professionals from all corners of the marketplace at the premier event for financial services operations. Take advantage of early-bird rates so you can engage expert thought leaders to examine the most critical operational, risk management and regulatory issues affecting your firm. In addition, you will gain unique insights and actionable solutions from senior industry professionals, regulators and service providers. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    This popular event moves to the West Coast for a full-day seminar featuring in-depth panels on marketing, business and practitioner experience with social media as well as practical advice on the legal and compliance issues faced by the expanding use of interactive technology for business purposes. Learn the practices and processes that will help your firm navigate these new communication platforms. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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