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This year, our annual focus on financial planning is organized around the advice individuals need at different stages in their lives. Many people rely upon the advice of professionals to weigh the financial decisions that accompany the choices they need to make throughout their lives. As trusted advisors, CPAs are the ones most likely to be by their clients' side as they pass major milestones.

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  • Two Mistakes to Avoid When Following Up
    Aug 19, 2016
    If you’re a networking pro, you know the importance of having a network of professionals you can reach out to, and how beneficial it can be to have a network that’s constantly growing. Of course, adding people to your contacts list isn’t enough – you have to follow up with them, stay in contact so that they remember you exist. If you’re comfortable with doing that, that’s great! But sometimes the way you follow up can backfire on you. The Daily Muse offers a couple mistakes to avoid the next time you send out a friendly “staying in touch” type email: 
  • Three Things to Consider Before Accepting a Friend Request from a Coworker
    Aug 16, 2016
    Becoming friends with your coworkers can have numerous positive effects, including more successful teams and an improved office culture. Grabbing the occasional happy hour after work with coworkers can also add positivity to your work. Still, while there are a number of benefits to cultivating friendships with your coworkers, there are a few things you should consider before accepting a friend request from a coworker. Here they are, from Forbes:
  • Four Reasons You Should Consider Declining a Job Offer
    Aug 12, 2016
    Especially if you’ve been job hunting for a while, it can be easy to rationalize taking a position that you might not be 100% happy with. But unless you’re really desperate and need to pay the bills, taking a job that isn’t a good fit for you might be the worst decision you could make. Here are five reasons from Time that you might want to reconsider accepting that job offer:
  • So You Want to Chair the Fed?
    Sep 26, 2016
    Aspiring central bankers waiting for their shot to set interest rates in order to increase employment and keep inflation under control can try their hand at a new game put out by the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank that lets you fulfill all your fantasies about monetary policy. 
  • SEC Charges Former NY Gov. Paterson Charged in Connection to Movie Studio Fraud
    Sep 26, 2016
    Former New York Governor David Paterson settled with the SEC over failing to timely report stock transactions in the company while serving on the board of a company whose executives were charged with defrauding investors. 
  • FASB Proposes Shortening Amortization Date of Callable Debt Securities
    Sep 23, 2016
    The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has released a proposal that, if implemented, would require the premium of callable debt securities to be amortized to the earliest call date, versus the current requirements that they be amortized to maturity. 
  • IRS Warns of Bogus Obamacare Notices
    Sep 23, 2016
    Adding to the ever-lengthening bestiary of scams, scams and flimflams, the IRS is warning people not to fall for a bogus email asking tax filers to send an Obamacare-related payment.
  • Report: Gender Pay Gap to Close By 2152
    Sep 22, 2016
    A recent report said that, if current trends continue, it will take 136 years for women to close the gender pay gap with men. 

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