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Financial Reporting: Convergence Debate Is Going Condo

As if financial reporting rules were not already sufficiently technical, the U.S. SEC is making up new lingo to sell the idea of having a single accounting language in the U.S.
Currently, the average analyst and… READ MORE ›

Speakers on the Web: Jim Grant

James Grant is founder of Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, which has been an independent, value-oriented and contrary-minded journal of the financial markets for almost three decades, and he is a founding general… READ MORE ›

The Economist’s “Most Important Ideas in a Post-Crisis World”

We are committed to hosting some of the industry’s most prominent and influential minds at our events, exploring important issues that affect the financial world.

That’s why you shouldn’t be be surprised… READ MORE ›

Investor Liberation

One of the least-controversial parts of Dodd-Frank was its call for a new Office of Credit Ratings at the SEC. Among other things, this new office would implement D-F’s provisions for oversight of credit rating… READ MORE ›

Early Returns from “Say on Pay”

The philosophy behind the creation of the CFA Institute CD&A Template (PDF) was simple: a succinct, plain-English summary of a company’s executive compensation practices to give shareowners all the information they need to make an informed decision… READ MORE ›

Speakers on the Web: Pippa Malmgren

Philippa (Pippa) Malmgren is president and founder of the Canonbury Group and Principalis Asset Management, as well as a senior advisor to Deustche Bank in Asia and the Middle East, Prudential… READ MORE ›

Tipping Point

It was an especially late night at work for former portfolio manager Donald Longueuil — one that lasted into the wee hours of the morning of 20 November 2010, according to U.S. prosecutors…. READ MORE ›

Regulatory Atrophy — The SEC May be the Least of It

We can only grimace at the plight of regulators such as the U.S. SEC featured in Barron’s columnist Jim McTague’s recent article “Don’t Count on the SEC,” in which he laments Congress’ failure… READ MORE ›

Financial Services Pay Reform — Blunt Force Trauma

Previously in this space, we highlighted the fact that Wall Street and Bond Street — and any other street where finance fat cats live and work — may soon face new “rules of the road” when it comes to… READ MORE ›

The End to Misleading 105s

One of the most worrisome items to emerge from the 2008 financial market wreckage was the realization that Lehman Brothers had deliberately used accounting gimmicks to hide tens of billions of dollars of leverage from… READ MORE ›