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  • The SEC's Most Wanted

    What does the regulator most want to see in future financial filings? Recent comment letters suggest that the Securities and Exchange Commission has a keen interest in goodwill impairments, fair-value measurements, and credit-risk disclosures. August 3, 2009

  • Feds Oil Up Their Antibribery Machine

    Why should CFOs worry? Their liability for signing off under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act is one reason. Another: their responsibility for corporate compliance. July 29, 2009

  • PCAOB: Experts Only for Final Audit Reviews

    But some finance executives fear the new rule could generate time-consuming, costly work. July 28, 2009

  • Health Reform Would Tie Employers' Hands, Lobbyists Say

    Corporate executives will have far less leeway in designing their company's benefits because the federal government would be dictating more about how plans should be structured, according to Ernst & Young lobbyists. July 27, 2009

  • How to Avoid Bank Bailouts

    CFOs and treasurers who do business with the biggest banks, insurers, and hedge funds may find it comforting if sputtering ones are red-flagged. July 24, 2009

  • Downgraded

    Rating firms could lose their special status. July 24, 2009

  • Companies Exasperate SEC Accounting Chief

    He chides them for citing accounting standards that "few people understand" in their financials and for their puzzling apathy on IFRS. July 17, 2009

  • Taking a Scalpel to Costs

    Hospital operators brace themselves for health-care reform. July 17, 2009

  • Donaldson, Levitt Back FASB Off-balance-sheet Rules

    The two former SEC chairmen are also calling for the Obama administration to slow the pace of regulatory changes to the U.S. banking system. July 16, 2009

  • Clearing the Air on Carbon Disclosures

    The proposed cap-and-trade system for CO2 will likely spark a call for more financial statement disclosures. July 8, 2009

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