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  • IMF Aims to Restore Financial Market Confidence - 8 July 2010
  • In its global growth forecast released today, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) raised its expectations for growth from its April forecast of 4.2 percent to 4.6 percent, noting that this was a reflection of stronger activity in the first two quarters of 2010, and was in anticipation of fiscal measures being put into place by authorities, particularly in Europe. The IMF expressed confidence that, despite the European debt crisis that continues to cause turbulence and increase potential risk, the forecast of 4.6 percent global economic growth is a realistic one.

  • Dodd-Frank Bill Meets With Skepticism - 6 July 2010
  • While the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act heads to the Senate after being passed by the House early last week, there are vastly differing opinions on Wall Street as to what is likely to be achieved when the 2,000 page bill goes into effect. It is anticipated that the Senate will vote in mid-July, with President Barak Obama signing it into law soon thereafter.

  • Wall Street Reforms Gain Momentum - 1 July 2010
  • With a vote of 237 to 192, on Wednesday June 30 the House passed a comprehensive package of proposed reforms aimed at restructuring the way the financial system is regulated. This approval moves the bill to the Senate, which is likely to review it during the week starting July 12 before putting it to the vote. The bill represents a culmination of eighteen months of intense debate and negotiation.

  • Creative Accounting – Misrepresentation of Facts - 28 June 2010
  • It's a common misconception that accountants lack creativity. The numerous accounting scandals over past decades have revealed that at least some accountants can be extremely creative with the finances they control. Such creativity can include the misdirecting or misusing of funds, understating expenses, overstating revenues, understating liabilities and overstating corporate asset values, thereby misrepresenting the financial state of a company. To be fair, large scale creative accounting (also referred to as innovative accounting or aggressive accounting) is seldom, if ever, the brain-child of the accountant in charge, but is carried out with the support of key executives in a company, and may even rely on the cooperation of officials in other corporations or affiliated companies. Creative accounting generally skirts along the edges of the rules of acceptable accounting practices, using very complicated ways of presenting assets and liabilities, and income and expenditure, with the view to enriching certain individuals in some way. Creative accounting can also be used to manipulate the value of a publicly traded company’s shares for financial gain.

  • World's Most Ethical Companies Honored - 24 June 2010
  • In a world where corruption seems to have permeated society on many levels, a growing number of companies are recognizing the value of establishing solid principles of business ethics by which to conduct their day-to-day affairs. Not only does this ensure that they never run into trouble with authorities, but very often sound business ethics and transparency can attract investors and consumers alike. In recognition of companies that have not only set sound business ethics down on paper, but gone the extra mile to reach their goals, Ethisphere has selected 100 companies to receive the honor of being named as the "World's Most Ethical Companies" for 2010.

  • Market Advance Likely to Continue in Week Ahead - 21 June 2010
  • Looking to the week ahead, investors are no doubt hopeful that the advances over the past two weeks will continue. However, more cautious, some may say pessimistic, Wall Street players warn that the market correction experienced recently may not yet be over. Bearing in mind that this recent stock recovery appears to have been driven primarily by technical and trading activity, rather than addressing and correcting underlying issues that had been a catalyst to the early-summer sell off in the first place, analysts have noted that another market dip is very likely on the cards, but not necessarily in the immediate future.

  • FINRA – Protecting and Educating Investors - 17 June 2010
  • FINRA – Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. – is contracted by brokerage firms and trading markets to perform the function of market regulation in the United States, with the aim of maintaining market integrity and protecting investors by means of efficient regulation, ensuring compliance and technology-based services. It is a common misconception that FINRA is a government entity, when in fact it is a private corporation. It is the largest independent regulator for all securities conducting business in the US, with close to 4,700 brokerage firms, approximately 167,000 branch offices and roughly 635,000 registered securities representatives under its wing. Major exchanges contracting FINRA to oversee market regulation include the American Stock Exchange, the NASDAQ Stock Market, the Chicago Climate Exchange and the International Securities Exchange.

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