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PCAOB gears up for new audit inspection cycle


  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

Among the issues the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board will be looking for as it begins its next inspection of audits early next year are international tax, environmental risks and corporate i… Read More

Valuation disparity is driving C corps to REITs, analyst says



This year has been a tipping point for many C corporation management teams considering a REIT structure to capture the value of their real estate holdings and access lower cost of capital, said Matt W… Read More

Pitching a company -- on live radio


  • American City Business Journals

Three startup founders went on a live Kansas City radio program, "Dream Big America," to pitch prospective investors. The pitch that receives the biggest number of votes from the public goes to the fi… Read More

Group advises steps for safety when decorating for Christmas


  • PropertyCasualty360

Christmas trees are estimated to have caused an average of 230 home fires per year between 2007 and 2011, according to the National Fire Protection Association. People decorating for the holiday shoul… Read More

CFPB concerned about college-backed prepaid debit cards


  • Hill, The

Over the last four years, the number of partnerships between colleges and financial institutions to market credit cards to students has dropped about 70%, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said… Read More