Rating service Standard & Poor’s says the financial performance of personal insurers—which offer auto, health and similar coverage—continued a downward trend in 2001. Under earlier, more favorable market conditions, these insurers had amassed huge financial reserves and cut prices aggressively. However, since 1998, S&P says, managed care and other cost-reduction measures have lost their effectiveness, eating up personal insurers’ savings and making it harder for them to compete by reducing premiums. ( )


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.