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“Accounting…and…accountability” – these are clearly linked terms with common meaning that emerged along with the modern capitalist system, deriving from Middle European languages and cultures. “Accounting,” (says Webster’s New Collegiate) is derived from the medieval, “to tell…” -- as today’s accounting systems are designed to “accurately tell the story” of an organization’s financial condition.
News & Updates
December 5, 2013 Chicago Pursues Deal to Change Pension Funding
New York Times - âWithout reform and revenue, we cannot be the city that we want to be.â One credit rating agency, îFitch Ratingsî, estimated that if there is no deal to reduce pension benefits for city...
December 5, 2013 Income inequality is riskier than you thinkSource: MSNBC
President Obama decried “the relentless, decades-long trend” of “a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility” in a speech Wednesday, calling it “the defining challenge of our time.” Even as he spoke, fast-food...
December 5, 2013 How Bernie Madoff Cheated His Clients Even After They DiedSource: Seattle PI
While Madoff usually backdated trades to diminish payouts to the estates of clients who died, he couldn’t do that for Jacques Amsellem, a French customer since the late 1970s, because the man’s lawyer didn’t alert the firm to the...
Research & Insights
November 21, 2013 ICCR: Top U.S. Banks Get Average Or Below-Average Scores On Key Shareholder Concerns
CNBC - In addition to in-person meetings, members continued to gather data via company CSR reports, websites, regulatory filings such as 10-Ks and proxy circulars, through watchdog organizations such as the îCenterî...
November 20, 2013 Bruce Ellig's "The Complete Guide to Executive Compensation" New 3rd Edition to be Published in DecemberSource: Sacramento Bee
"It seems to me that we've got quite a disconnect: charges of excessive executive compensation have filled the business press for years, but few understand why pay plans are to blame," says executive compensation expert Bruce R....
October 18, 2013 Summary of Economic Reports by Federal Reserve District BanksSource: Bloomberg
Following is a summary of U.S. economic conditions as reported by the 12 Federal Reserve district banks in the central bank’s latest regional survey, also known as the Beige Book. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago prepared the...
Commentary & Opinion
November 23, 2013 The New Normalcy: Lawrence Summers & Paul Krugman’s Pall on ParadeSource: Peter D. Kinder
No administration was more tumultuous than Woodrow Wilson’s second (1917-21): World War I entered and won; the fight over the League of Nations; Prohibition’s start; the influenza pandemic; the Red Scare and dragnet; women got...
November 12, 2013 President Obama Clearly Never Worked For Goldman SachsSource: Forbes
To put it very plainly, any legislation that promises more of a market good at a below market price is by definition a very expensive lie.
Only 22 percent of Americans trust the financial system. Despite a broad stock market rally since the financial crisis officially ended, public distrust of banks and investment banks has not fully abated," says reputation...
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