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  • Jon Corzine Agrees to Personally Pay $5M for Role in MF Global Collapse

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    Chris Gaetano
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    Jan 9, 2017
    Former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine has agreed to pay the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) $5 million of his own money for the role he played in the collapse of trading firm MF Global, which reacted to massive liquidity issues by transferring hundreds of millions in customer funds into broker-dealer accounts in order to cover trading losses. 
  • Average Cost to Raise a Child Now $233,610

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    Chris Gaetano
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    Jan 9, 2017
    A recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture has found that the average cost of raising a child to the age of 17 is now $233,610, a figure that excludes later expenses such as college education. 
  • FASB Clarifies What Exactly a Business Is

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    Chris Gaetano
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    Jan 6, 2017
    The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) released a new update that provides a clarified definition for what exactly counts as a business in order to address what the board said was confusion expressed by stakeholders over the matter. 

  • GASB Asks for Comments on Improvements to Financial Reporting Model

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    Chris Gaetano
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    Jan 5, 2017
    The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), in response to recent stakeholder feedback, is reconsidering key aspects of its financial reporting model as they pertain to government funds, and is asking stakeholders to comment on what they think would improve it. 
  • New IRS Guidance Offers Safe Harbor for Small Errors on Information Reporting

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    Chris Gaetano
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    Jan 5, 2017
    The IRS understands that sometimes people make mistakes, and if it's a small one, it shouldn't be that big a deal, as recently released guidance said that if an information return or payee statement error differs from the correct amount by no more than $100 (or $25 with respect to the amount of tax withheld) then the statement does not need to be corrected and a penalty will not be imposed. 
  • SEC Chair Mary Jo White Urges Further Cooperation on International Accounting Standards

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    Chris Gaetano
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    Jan 5, 2017
    SEC Chair Mary Jo White issued a public statement today expressing strong support for the development of high-quality globally accepted accounting standards and urged her successor under the new administration to build on the work that has already been done. 
  • Early Boosters of 401(k) Plans See Major Flaws Years Later

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    Chris Gaetano
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    Jan 4, 2017
    While the 401(k) has replaced pensions as the most common way Americans save for retirement today, architects of this shift, given years to observe how the effects of their movement played out, say that the plans have major flaws and lament how things have turned out. 
  • Trump Nominates Jay Clayton to Head SEC

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    Chris Gaetano
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    Jan 4, 2017
    Donald Trump has nominated an attorney who specializes in public and private mergers and offerings, as well as advises high-net worth families, as the new chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. 
  • New French Law Requires Companies to Regulate After-Hours Emails

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    Chris Gaetano
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    Jan 3, 2017
    A new set of French labor laws requires businesses with 50 or more employees to set its own protocols for how it will handle after-hours work emails as a way to encourage better work-life balance. 
  • Fate of New Federal Overtime Rules Uncertain, But New State-level Rules Now In Effect

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    Chris Gaetano
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    Jan 3, 2017
    With a new administration in power, it's uncertain whether recent changes that expanded who's eligible for overtime will survive, but even if the matter is repealed on the federal level, similar state-level reforms have now gone into effect.