There’s More to Toxic Than Meets the Eye

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As a way of tracking the housing crisis, an NPR investigative team bought a toxic asset.  While it was filled with home loans from people across the country who borrowed more than they could afford, it also contained at least one mortgage that was a part of a $200 million mortgage fraud scheme. The house… Read more »

Troubles for Deloitte

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The American government has terminated its contract with an international accounting firm that was providing technical advice to the Afghan banking system here because of the firm’s failure to report signs of trouble at Kabul Bank, the nation’s largest financial institution. The United States Agency for International Development ended the banking portion of a contract… Read more »

Bank of America and Loan Modifications

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  Many Americans have applied for the federal government’s loan modification program, meant to keep them in their homes. Instead, less than a quarter of those who signed up have gotten any help. The banks are being sued by several states and consumer class action lawsuits for their failure to follow through. If you research… Read more »

Update on Lawsuit Loans

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Companies that advance money to plaintiffs involved in personal injury lawsuits are campaigning in state capitals for legislation making clear that their growing industry is not subject to usury limits on interest rates or other state laws that protect borrowers. Since February, they have persuaded legislators in at least five states, including New York, Alabama,… Read more »

Advising an Elderly Client

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Three surviving spouses of reverse mortgage borrowers filed a lawsuit today against the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), alleging that the agency had abandoned long-established federal rules and violated protections for surviving spouses, with the result that the three individuals are now facing imminent foreclosure and eviction from their homes. The case will… Read more »

Will Debit card transactions change?

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JPMorgan Chase, one of the nation’s largest banks, is considering capping debit card transactions at either $50 or $100, according to a source with knowledge of the proposal. And the cap would apply even if you run your debit card as credit. The reason for this is interchange fees. as part of the Wall Street… Read more »

Is the Game Rigged? Say it ain’t so!

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The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed civil charges against a former director of Goldman Sachs and Procter & Gamble, accusing him of passing illegal tips about those companies to Raj Rajaratnam, the hedge fund manager set to go on trial next week for insider trading. Rajat K. Gupta, former Goldman director, is the highest-profile… Read more »

The Poster Boy in a Different Type of Pennant Race – Time for a Reality Check

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Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will pay virtually no property tax for a $6 million apartment he is buying on the upper West Side. Rodriguez will be billed around $1,200 this year in real estate tax for his 3,000-square-foot, five-bedroom penthouse with spectacular views of the Hudson River.Over the next 10 years Rodriguez and his fellow… Read more »

What is the cost of a bad hire?

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In this article, Goltz helps you understand the importance of a bad business decision, action or behavior, within the hiring process that can have long lasting monetary results. The hidden costs of a bad hire can result in increased recruitment costs, increased training costs, possible increases in the rate of unemployment taxes due to increased… Read more »

Intellectual Property Disputes

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The proper valuation and management of intellectual property is an area where accountants add value to their client services.  Often companies engage accountants and other financial experts to defend both plaintiffs and defendants in intellectual property (“IP”) disputes. As this video shows, similarity in names or trademarks can be at the heart of these disputes. … Read more »