Smart stops on the Web.

General Interest

For the Investment Planner
This site offers information on individual investments, retirement plans for small businesses and a list of wholesalers offering investment products for brokers and agents.
Macey-Holland & Co., LLC, maintains this site, which offers not only information on investment planning but also a glossary of investment terms, related articles of interest and links to other investment sites. Also included is an engaging section called "Words of Wisdom" with quotes and advice from Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, Donald Trump and others.

For the Retirement Planner
The International Society for Retirement Planning site includes its mission statement and membership information, but most useful are the extensive links to other sites on life planning, retirement issues and financial planning and investment resources.

A Site for Media Relations
Getting all the news on major U.S. corporations that's fit to download is the goal of Business Wire. Billing itself as "the global leader in news distribution," the site can customize media relations news so users can avoid scrolling through items that may not be of interest or fit specific needs.

A Virtual Bank for a Real Home
From Intuit, the Quicken people, comes a mortgage shopping site. Look for different rates and use an online calculator to figure out how much home you can afford.

The Last Word on the Internet
The first, the last—and virtually every word or acronym you come across in the technology world is spelled out and defined on this online encyclopedia. Clear explanations, pronunciation guides and links to sites for further information make these pages invaluable for novice and advanced Internet users.

Business and Industry

A Forum for Financial Systems
The Financial Systems Forum was developed by the AccountWare Group as a resource for financial systems professionals. Its goals are to develop accurate management information, implement new financial systems and technologies, maintain existing systems and assist in conversions for the year 2000.

From Russia, With Caution
Thinking of expanding your business into Russia? Check out the site of this St. Petersburg-based consulting firm. Read a brief description of possible pitfalls in the Russian business world.

African Investing
SHARE South Africa offers information on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and analyses of key South African businesses.


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Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.