Yesterday, Congress passed the tax reform bill that reduces the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. Tax law changes will make it into financial statements when they are signed by President Donald Trump. While the changes are not effective until 2018, they significantly impact estimates made in 2017 financial statements once the bill is signed.
While best practices and ethical principles endure regardless of locality, they can be challenging to implement in underdeveloped markets where the operational framework may be quite different.
The key dilemmas facing Pakistan’s equity market — a small investor base, few new listings on the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX), and shrinking turnover — are tied to the lack of trust among investors and issuers as well as unnecessary compliance and tax burdens. It will take greater professionalism among the intermediaries and the rationalization of compliance and taxation by regulators and tax authorities to realize the market's potential.
The yet-to-be-completed US tax bill reducing the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% and encouraging the repatriation of earnings is generally seen by investors as a positive development. But investors should be mindful of several resulting tax consequences that may decrease valuations and corporate earnings once the bill is enacted.
What can we learn from downloads of CFA Institute publications in 2017? Mark Harrison, CFA, sifts through the most popular CFA Institute Financial Analysts Journal articles as well as CFA Digest and In Practice summaries to uncover a few themes.
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