Negotiating Down Student Loans

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According to these experts, it is possible that you can negotiate down your student loans. Outstanding student loan debt is a major problem for many graduates. It is possible to negotiate with your creditors and possibly reduce or even eliminate your student loan debt. If you’re not up to the negotiations yourself, you can hire… Read more »

OK, tell me again, how is this NOT a prosecutable felony?

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In late June 2004, a plant manager in charge of a Mexican plant of Tyson Foods sent a memo to his headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas about 2 women who did not work for Tyson’s but were being paid from his payroll, the equivalent of $2,700 per month (and had been for years). The women happened to… Read more »

KPMG in the News

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Although KPMG LLP, one of the “Big Four” accounting firms, a former female Senior Manager, Donna Kassman, filed a $350 million class action discrimination lawsuit against the company on June 2, since the numbers tell a different story entirely. Women comprise about half of KPMG’s employees, but are conspicuously absent from the top leadership positions…. 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 »

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 »

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 »

2011 Prediction

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According to William K Black, the FBI and the DOJ will not be likely to prosecute the elite bank officers that ran the enormous “accounting control fraudss that drove the financial crisis. While over 1,000 elites were convicted of felonies arising from the savings and loan crisis from the 1980’s and 1990’s , there are no convictions of… Read more »

Extreme Dress Code

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You’ve hear of Extreme Sports, but what about Extreme Dress Code?  UBS sought to downplay a new 43-page dress code widely lampooned in the international press for detailed instructions to staff extending as far as the color of their underwear and the care of nasal hair and nails. The memo said the dress code was… Read more »

Did Bernie Madoff Have Help?

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HSBC prolonged disgraced financier Bernard Madoff’s ability to burn investors by “engineering a labyrinth” of international sources of funding for his epic Ponzi scheme, a court-appointed trustee alleged Sunday. Trustee Irving Picard announced a lawsuit in federal bankruptcy court in Manhattan that seeks to recover $9 billion in illicit earnings and damages from the Britain-based… Read more »

CPA Exam: More Changes Ahead

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In 2011, the Uniform CPA Examination will be offered outside the 55 U.S. jurisdictions for the first time in its history. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA), and Prometric – the three organizations that jointly offer the CPA exam in the United States – reached… Read more »