Thinking Of Switching Bank Charters? Think Again

  • July 21, 2009

The FFIEC just issued Statement on Regulatory Conversions that will make it harder for financial institutions subject to enforcement actions to switch charters.

How Will Obama’s Tax Proposals Affect You?

  • May 29, 2009

CCH recently published their Tax Briefing on the Obama Administrations "Green Book" of tax proposals. The Obama administration released much-anticipated details about its proposed tax cuts and revenue raisers on May 11. The Treasury Department’s General Explanations of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2010 Revenue Proposals (also known as the “Green Book”) describes the administration’s tax agenda.

Grant Thorton Addresses Bank Capital Requirements in Letter to Regulators

  • May 13, 2009

On May 6, 2009 public accounting firm, Grant Thorton sent a letter to Timothy Geithner, Ben Bernanke and Sheila Bair addressing bank capital requirements and the allowance for loan losses. I believe that this letter completely explains the auditor's viewpoint on these two issues and offers the regulators a solution to protecting banks from future losses.

Breathing Easier After Bank Stress Tests? You Shouldn’t

  • May 13, 2009

Largely unnoticed in last week's government report on the condition of the nation's biggest banks was the disclosure that five of them, topped by Bank of America, could lose $99 billion from the kinds of exotic bets that sank the global economy.

Bank Lending Terms Keep Squeeze on Consumers

  • May 5, 2009

Banks tightened lending standards further in the three months to April, adding to the credit squeeze on households and businesses, the Federal Reserve’s senior loan officers survey said on Monday.

Using fringe benefits as an income substitute during the economic downturn

  • May 1, 2009

Many businesses are foregoing salary increases this year because of the economic downturn. How does a business find and retain employees, as well as keep up morale, in the face of this reality? The combined use of fringe benefits and the tax law can help. Some attractive fringe benefits may be provided tax-free to employees and at little cost to employers

The Next Accounting Controversy

  • May 1, 2009

Standard-setters have moved on from fixing fair-value rules and have set their sights on off-balance-sheet accounting and loan-loss provisioning. Revisions to how companies account for off-balance-sheet items and loan-loss provisions will knock fair-value accounting off the front page with respect to financial reporting, according to James Kroeker, acting chief accountant at Securities and Exchange Commission.

AICPA’s 1Q 2009 Economic Outlook Survey

  • April 7, 2009

Each quarter the AICPA posts the results of the AICPA/UNC Kenan-Flagler Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey. The survey was conducted of AICPA Business and Industry members between January 28, 2009 and February 12, 2009 and had 1,183 respondents. Most of the respondents are CFO's and controllers from privately owned companies.

60 Minutes Interview With Bob Bernanke

  • March 16, 2009

See Bernanke's first TV interview about the financial crisis on 60 minutes.