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    FDIC Refreshes Guidance on High-Risk Customers

    January 29, 2015

    Gun merchants, strippers, and payday lenders of the world rejoice. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. this week signaled an end to “Operation Choke Point,” an effort to restrict industries deemed as “high risk” from banking access. The FDIC tells banks “to take a risk-based approach in assessing individual customer relationships, rather than declining to provide banking services to entire categories of customers."

  • The Big Picture Blog

    Compliance Week 2015: Full Agenda Announced

    January 26, 2015

    Good news for everyone looking to firm up springtime travel plans: we have just announced the agenda and speaker lineup for the best compliance and audit conference out there, Compliance Week 2015. From hardcore SOX compliance issues, to strategies for effective leadership of compliance teams, to all the operational challenges you face, we’re on it. Editor Matt Kelly has more inside. Register soon!

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    Focus on Equity Pay Plans This Proxy Season

    January 27, 2015

    Worry over say-on-pay votes is out this proxy season; all the cool kids will be stressing over equity compensation plans instead. Proxy advisory firms are promising new levels of scrutiny for equity plans. “Companies have to be flexible because there are so many more moving parts to the methodology,” says Jim Kroll of Towers Watson. Also on the horizon is the SEC’s pending rule on CEO pay ratio disclosure.

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    COSO Tacks Toward Cyber-Security

    January 27, 2015

    As cyber-security works its way onto the corporate board agenda, COSO is suggesting ways that its frameworks for internal control and risk management can be a starting point for companies to anticipate fast-emerging risks. “Just as the board is responsible for enterprise risk management, this is very similar,” says Mike Rose, a partner at Grant Thornton. So is the basic COSO approach, whether the risks are financial or cyber. More inside.

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    OECD Updates Views on Governance

    January 27, 2015

    The OECD has received an earful about proposed revisions to its principles of corporate governance, guidelines it encourages countries to adopt much the way they already follow its principles for anti-corruption. Some say the revisions dwell too much on company-level reforms, and not enough at the country-level to allow flexible application of them. More inside.

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    Smarter Assessments of Cyber-Risk

    January 27, 2015

    Every compliance and audit executive wants to manage cyber-security risks. That assumes, however, that the whole organization agrees on what a cyber-security risk is. Taxonomies do exist to build a more disciplined approach to cyber-security. Try to take all steps to manage all such risks, and “it’s going to be very difficult to manage,” warns Greg Michaels, of Kroll’s cyber-security practice. More inside.

  • Scott Taub

    How Good Ideas Still Lead to Bad Reporting

    January 27, 2015

    Every role in financial reporting is generally clear, which should lead to a relatively smooth process to issue financial reports—and yet, no. This month, Compliance Week columnist Scott Taub examines the peculiar inefficiency we have around adjustment of immaterial items. Even as participants in the reporting ecosystem all do their jobs here, the result still is wasted time on issues irrelevant to investors. How did we get here? How do we get out?  

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    Cracking Open the Cuba Market

    January 27, 2015

    U.S. companies eager to do business in Cuba face a long road in front of them, including a bewildering maze of compliance reviews and certifications before they can transact one dollar of trade. Revival of banking processes alone will be subject to a “blindingly deep amount of regulation and law,” says John Kavulich of the U.S.-Cuba Trade and Economic Council. More inside.