The SEC proposes two rules that would allow it to supervise broker-dealers and their affiliates on a consolidated basis ( ). One proposal would create an alternative method for computing certain net capital charges for broker-dealers that are part of a holding company that manages risks—and consents to SEC supervision—on a groupwide basis. The other proposed rule would implement section 17(i) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which created a new structure for consolidated supervision of broker-dealers’ holding companies and their affiliates. Such SEC supervision would include recordkeeping, reporting and examination requirements. This proposal also would adjust the audit requirements for over-the-counter derivatives dealers to allow accountants to use agreed-upon procedures when conducting audits of risk management control systems. Comments are due by February 4.


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.