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Shareholder topics 2016… A volatile stock market, stagnant wages, global economic challenges, a strong U.S. dollar, and a presidential election like no other are just a few of the factors contributing to a growing feeling of uncertainty in corporate board rooms around the country.

This unsettled climate should make for an interesting annual meeting season this spring. BDO USA has compiled the following list of topics that corporate management and boards should be prepared to address in connection with 2016 annual meetings.
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Company retirement plans… No matter the industry or size of the company, many employers seem to be making the same big mistake: They aren’t as concerned about fiduciary liability related to their retirement plan as they should be. Sooner or later, it’s going to cost them.

Based on recent changes made by the Department of Labor (DOL), many of these companies face being sued by employees, getting audited, paying huge fines for mismanaging their retirement plans, or all three. Before I go into why employers should be paying attention to fiduciary issues, let me elaborate.
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Mac Computers Hit by First Ransomware Attack

Apple has taken steps to prevent further infections with a malware that asks victims to pay ransom of 1 bitcoin, or about $400.

 

Pitch Imperfect: SEC Sues Over Bonds Tied to Schilling Startup

The SEC says a Rhode Island agency and its underwriter defrauded investors in a municipal bond offering that financed Curt Schilling’s video game company.

 

Thirteen Hot Shareholder Topics 2016

Executives and boards should be prepared to address these issues with shareholders at annual meetings this year.

 

Is Your Company’s Retirement Plan Fine, or About to Be Fined?

CFOs aren’t as concerned about fiduciary liability as they should be.

 

Conquering Foreign Currency Concerns

CFO offers the following stories on foreign currency risks, hidden costs of international payments, foreign market fixed rates, and multinational margins.

 

Vivint Solar Terminates Pending Sale to SunEdison

SunEdison’s financial woes doomed the deal, says Vivint, but SunEdison shares rallied on news of the canceled transaction.

 

U.S. Export Curbs Deal Blow to China’s ZTE

Commerce said ZTE had planned to use shell companies ‘to illicitly reexport controlled items to Iran in violation of U.S. export control laws.’

 

Intuit Completes Divestitures With QuickBase Sale

The software company sheds another non-core asset.

 

Global Economy Set to Slow: OECD

However, the group’s economic indicators also suggest growth in some countries, including China, could be stabilizing.

 

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