Tesla Invests in BitCoin

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According to the Washington Post and an SEC report, Tesla has invested  $1.5 billion in bitcoin and plans to start accepting the cryptocurrency as payment in the near future. Questions: As a result of Tesla’s announcement, what happened to the price of bitcoins? Alternatively, did Tesla show as much movement? How does the price of… Read more »

New SEC disgorgement provisions

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According to the Insights Commentary, the U.S. Congress recently passed the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) for Fiscal Year 2021, which includes important changes to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) ability to seek disgorgement. Although President Trump vetoed the bill, the House of Representatives and Senate voted to override the veto on December 28,… Read more »

GE owes $200 Million fine

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According to Accounting today, General Electric Co. was fined $200 million for allegedly misleading investors about the finances of its gas-power unit, as well as a run-off insurance business. Questions: According to the article, what did GE fail to explain to its shareholders? What is GE required to report for the first year to the… Read more »

SEC goes after COVID disclosures

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According to Accounting Today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said it has settled charges against Cheesecake Factory Inc. over “materially false and misleading” statements after the restaurant chain failed to disclose the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic earlier this year. Questions: What was the penalty? According to SEC’s order, how much was… Read more »

SEC loosens independence rules

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According to Accounting Today, the SEC loosened independence rules as part of a deregulatory push in recent years. Questions: According to the article, what will the amendments to Rule 2-01 of Regulation SX do? How do the new and old rules vary on the following situation: An auditor is with a firm that audits a… Read more »

General Electric on Notice by the SEC action

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According to the Washington Post and the regulatory filing, the Securities and Exchange Commission warned General Electric that it faces legal action in connection with its troubled insurance business. Questions: What is a Wells notice that the SEC issued to GE? What is the reason for the notice to GE, specifically? What will happen next… Read more »

Big Overhaul at SEC

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According to Accounting Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted rules to reduce the number of disclosures of business, legal proceedings and other risk factors, including environmental and human capital risks, that public companies are required to make. This is seen as probably the biggest overhaul of Regulation S-K disclosures in more than three decades…. Read more »

Fraud Disgorgement by SEC Ruled OK

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In an 8-to-1 decision, written by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the court said the money must be for the benefit of investors and cannot exceed the actual profits that came from the wrongdoing.  Questions: Which justice voted against the majority saying that the law does not give authority to the SEC for the practice of disgorgement?… Read more »

SEC Commissioner Entangled in Friday Night Controversy

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Corporate lawyer, Jay Clayton, named to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was near to landing his dream job when he became embroiled in a huge political fight where Geoffrey S. Berman, the current United States attorney for the Southern District of New York was fired.   Questions: What was the controversy explained in the… Read more »

Mattress Startup – Casper – filed to go public

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Questions: What paperwork is filed with the SEC to go public? What are some of the eccentric nuggets in Casper’s paperwork? According to Casper, how does the mattress market interface with the sleep economy and the sleep arc and other sleep products and services? Source: Hartmans, A. (2020). The 6 most surprising and unusual takeaways… Read more »