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April 27, 2012
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Excel and Modern Financial Planning
In today's digital age in financial planning, a new role of the "modern financial modeler" is coming to surface to bridge the gap between financial operations and strategic finance. View a complimentary copy of the Blue Hill research report and learn the role, skills and background of the "modern modeler", strategies and tools that provide for transition to this role for individuals, and best practices and pitfalls in moving to this set of skills.

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  • Sen. Grassley questions Schapiro about whistle-blower protections
    Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, sent a letter to Mary Schapiro, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, requesting details about how the agency handles whistle-blowers. "Exposing a confidential whistle-blower can lead to employer retribution and chill the environment for future whistle-blowers to come forward," according to the letter. Bloomberg (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: U.S. remains a hurdle to aligning accounting rules
    More than 100 countries use the International Accounting Standards Board's guidelines, but the U.S. remains reluctant to sign on. The IASB's U.S. counterpart, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, has been trying to align its rules with those of the IASB, but the effort continues to run into problems. Group of 20 finance ministers gave the boards until mid-2013 to align their rules. Reuters (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Commentary: Goldman's focus will remain on making money
    Goldman Sachs has faced significant scrutiny for its practices in recent years, but the firm's focus on the bottom line has allowed its board to overlook some concerns, columnist David Weidner writes. "For all the noise about Goldman -- pressure on its board, governance practices, the Greg Smith resignation fiasco, to name just three examples -- the reality is that if any overhauls are delivered at the company's shareholder meeting next month, it will be because Goldman has lost its knack at making money," Weidner writes. The Wall Street Journal (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 3 ways to help your organization soar to success
    Leaders need three things to keep their organization flying high, says Craig Fuller, CEO of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. First, develop a clear strategy; next, recruit the best people you can find; and finally, make sure that you have the right people in the right roles. "Get these things right, and success will follow," Fuller promises. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (4/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Contracts to buy existing homes in U.S. approach 2-year high
    The number of existing-home contracts buyers signed in March posted a strong increase, nearing a two-year high, the National Association of Realtors said. The group's Pending Home Sales Index rose 4.1% to 101.4, the highest reading since April 2010. Reuters (4/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen."
--John Steinbeck,
American writer


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