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  • Are Your Secrets Safe?

    A shift in banks' business model raises questions about conflicts. October 1, 2006

  • Where Are They Now?

    This week, Enron's Andy Fastow was sentenced and WorldCom's Bernie Ebbers reported to jail. Here's our up-to-date tally of what happened to executives at five of the most infamous financial frauds in Corporate America. September 29, 2006

  • SEC Fines Two Ex-Conseco Finance Execs

    Former Conseco CFO Rollin M. Dick and former chief accounting officer James S. Adams inflated earnings through a "fraudulent scheme" that took advantage of poor internal controls, the SEC says. July 26, 2006

  • Software Users (Slightly) More Willing To Pay

    Software piracy is slowly declining worldwide. However, piracy rates in developed countries like the US, while low, are not getting any lower. July 17, 2006

  • SEC's Taub Warns On Structured Transactions

    The SEC continues to cast a jaundiced eye on structured transactions. If there's no economic purpose, then "don't be involved," acting SEC chief accountant Scott Taub told companies yesterday. May 5, 2006

  • Coming Clean about Bribery

    Because of their need to comply with Sarbox internal-controls rules, companies are spotting and reporting more violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. April 3, 2006

  • Following the Code

    These days, every company has devised a formal code of conduct. Getting employees to read and follow it is another challenge altogether. March 31, 2006

  • Attitude Adjustment

    New research uncovers ''a trend toward higher ethical standards'' at American businesses over the past 20 years. But do attitudes translate into action? March 31, 2006

  • I Am Joe's Conscience

    Employers are setting up ethics programs to teach workers to do the right thing. Is this the wrong approach? March 15, 2006

  • Under Patriot Act, Feds Could Bug Boards

    The new amendments will enable prosecutors to use electronic surveillance of executives suspected to be involved in such misdeeds as price fixing and bid rigging. Intellectual property could also be at risk. March 8, 2006

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