Smart Stops on the Web


Abstracts, Archives and Articles
This Web site offers CPAs news articles, briefs and reports on risk analysis, assessment and management, and archived content dating back to 1995. Other topics include business and investment, law and policy, and risk in everyday life with links to risk associations, organizations and societies. Also, RiskWorld’s publications section links to an abstracts library, as well as to related journals, newsletters and magazines.

Enron Senate Testimony
CPAs and risk management professionals can register for free here and access a transcript of Senate testimony given by Frank Partnoy, professor of law at the University of San Diego School of Law, on the unregulated status of derivatives use by Enron. Risk Center users also can read news items on equity markets, laws and regulations, and risk strategies and technology.

The [Risk] World According to GARP

Sign up to become an affiliate member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals and get free access to all public areas of the group’s site such as Today’s Risk eNews with articles about commodities, e-business, fixed income and operational risk. The site also offers a section of links to industry association, organization and regulatory body Web sites.

Case Studies and Questions
Accountants can read up on “Lessons From the Collapse of Hedge Fund, Long-Term Capital Management” at the International Financial Risk Institute site. This case study also includes an analysis of what caused the collapse and offers CPAs the same credit risk instruction the world’s bank regulators received. In addition, the site’s Dictionary of Financial Risk Management has detailed definitions for financial analysts and managers.

All About VaR
Financial risk managers can find value-at-risk book reviews, discussion groups, answers to frequently asked questions, news and presentations here, as well as articles such as “An Irreverent Guide to Value-at-Risk” and “Stress Testing by Large Financial Institutions: Current Practice and Aggregation Issues.”

Advice on How to Control Risk
Willem Top, a risk management, risk control, safety management and loss control consultant, offers visitors to his site—including CPAs and consultants—free advice on how to set up and implement risk and safety management systems. He presents model systems using exhibits, flowcharts and text discussions.


An E-ssential Site
CPAs, financial analysts and tax professionals not only can find links to many Web sites in their fields here, but also can use Essential Link’s home page to access online calculators, clocks, e-mail services, encyclopedias and dictionaries. Users can find links to online news, newspaper and television network Web sites in the Headlines area, as well as links to Internet engines such as AskJeeves and NorthernLight in the Search section.

Bob’s Got Bookmarks
Professor Bob Jensen of the department of business administration at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, offers accountants, educators and the general public Web links in categories from accounting and finance to technology and Internet security, as well as archived links dating back to 1998.

One for the Money
Anyone working in accounting, banking, finance, insurance or investments looking for a change can post resumes at this site, search available jobs, use its salary comparison feature or see an employer’s profile in its Company Gallery section. Users also can access current finance articles and news.

Uncle Sam, Meet Uncle Fed
This site bills itself as the “complete online resource for tax relief” and lives up to that slogan with more than a dozen sections of information, links and resources for taxpayers, preparers and professionals alike. The Tax Help Archives house instructions and forms—from 2000 back to 1996—for help in preparing delinquent tax returns.

The Mommy Track
Working Moms Refuge includes sections titled Art of Juggling, Career, Family, News, Single Moms, Sports Mom and even one for dad—Dad’s Voice. It also has practical articles for the home (“Ten Ways to Achieve a Goal or Special Project with Your Child”) and the business (“Working Women Relying on the Internet”).


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.