Smart Stops on the Web

BY MEGAN PINKSTON

  

 
 

WEALTH MANAGEMENT

 

PFP CLASSES 2.0
http://pfp.aicpa.org/Events/PFP+and+PFS+Web+Seminars.htm
Visit this site from the AICPA’s Personal Financial Planning Center to register for upcoming Web seminars on sophisticated IRA and AMT strategies and overcoming common challenges in PFP practices. Through the Web seminar format, participants can interact with fellow financial planning CPAs and earn CPE credit for select programs. PFP section members can also view archived Web seminars, including “Taxation of Stock Options and Restricted Stocks,” “Investment Fiduciary Responsibility” and “Tales of the Tax Return.” Users can also access the center’s engagement planning and PFP practice management materials.

KEEPING IT SIMPLE
www.bargaineering.com/articles
This Smart Stop’s author puts together a “Blueprint for Financial Prosperity,” working and blogging through the complexities of personal finance. Articles include “Speed Up or Shift Up: Thinking About Your Income Path” and “Do You Have an Opportunity Fund?” Also find tax and investing coverage, plus reviews of financial planning and wealth management books. Every month, the author plays “Devil’s Advocate,” where he examines the other side of “mainstream” or “common sense” personal finance ideas. Recent “Advocate” posts include “Don’t Budget to the Penny” and “Don’t Just Buy Index Funds.”

THIS WEEK IN PERSONAL FINANCE
www.carnivalofpersonalfinance.com
The Carnival of Personal Finance touts itself as “a traveling weekly showcase of the best blog articles on the topic.” The carnival is hosted by a different guest blogger each week. In every edition, you’ll find links to the guest editor’s picks of the week, typically highlighting five to 10 posts from various sources, which feature expert advice on professional sites or regular-Joe experiences on personal sites. You can submit your own post for consideration, view the schedule of upcoming hosts or just browse the wealth of archived articles.

 

GENERAL INTEREST

 

INTRO TO INTERNATIONAL CONVERGENCE
www.ifrs.com
As the buzz around International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and convergence only seems to get louder, the AICPA, in partnership with CPA2Biz, launched this Smart Stop in May. The site offers IFRS overviews tailored to accounting firms, financial managers and executives, and boards, audit committees and investors, as well as An AICPA Backgrounder on IFRS, CPE self-study courses, and IFRS updates from the IASB, the SEC and FASB. There’s also information for CPAs interested in volunteering on convergence projects.

AUDIT INFO FROM ACROSS THE POND
www.bdo.co.uk/managingpartnerblog
Jeremy Newman, managing partner of BDO Stoy Hayward, the U.K. member firm of BDO International, brings his expertise in auditing and assurance services to this blog. Newman, named “Personality of the Year” by Accountancy Age in 2006, typically updates the site weekly, offering an international perspective on the profession’s hot topics, including adoption of new technologies (the firm recently launched an island on Second Life) and accountancy networks.

HER SIDE OF THE STORY
http://tinyurl.com/5dmwu2
Deloitte’s Women’s Initiative (WIN) Blog, part of the firm’s program for advancement and retention for female employees, is an “ongoing community conversation about life, work, and everything in between.” Recent posts are listed down the right side of the home page, and cover topics such as work/life balance, the generation gap, mentors, office politics and life lessons. An active group of readers—who include both men and women—give feedback, commiserate or just share their related experiences in the comments below each blurb. You can also subscribe to the RSS feed to keep up with the latest posts.

TACKLING SMALL BUSINESS TECH ISSUES
www.technology.inc.com
This new site from Inc . magazine offers information on technological devices and trends of all stripes. Read articles on hardware, software, e-business, managing technology, networking, security, and telecom and wireless. “Expert Corner” features posts by guests in areas such as content management, and “Technology Blog” provides news and views on topics ranging from America’s broadband efforts to notebook Blu-ray DVD players to cell phones. Plus, business leaders share firsthand experiences in Q&A format in the “Tech Talk” section.

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