The accounting profession welcomes the tabling of the bill creating the Ordre des CPA du Québec

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Montreal, March 28, 2012 – Today, Jean-Marc Fournier, Minister of Justice and Minister responsible for the application of professional legislation, tabled Bill 61, Chartered Professional Accountants Act, that will constitute the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés (CPA) du Québec. The CA Order, the CGA Order and the CMA Order welcomed the news. Another milestone in… Read more »

RIM PlayBook sales hurt earnings targets

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Inventory Write-Down: Research In Motion Ltd. will write off much of its PlayBook inventory and book a $360-million after-tax charge due to poor sales and discounting of the tablet, a move that will impact the BlackBerry maker’s financial targets.             “RIM is committed to the BlackBerry PlayBook and believes the… Read more »

Flaherty calls Europe’s debt woes ‘dire’

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Urgency to Reduce Debt: Finance Minister Jim Flaherty urged European leaders to find a solution to their debt crisis quickly, or risk further harm to the global economy. “This dire and pressing problem threatens not only Europe itself, but all countries,” Flaherty told a business audience at a luncheon for the Canadian Club in Toronto…. Read more »

Happiness is owning a small business!

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Small business owners in Canada are a happy group, a new survey says. In fact, 62% of Canadian small business owners would describe themselves as “very happy” with only 1% saying they are “very unhappy.” These are just some of the findings from TD’s Small Business Happiness Index, which examined the attitudes and behaviour of… Read more »

Assessing Operational Risk: A New Profession In The Making!

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Have you ever wondered what is the fundamental purpose of a Corporation: You are correct in assuming “To Make a Profit”. Henry Ford once said ” A Business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business”. Let us put ourselves into perspective and see what we are referring to. Looking back a… Read more »

How Low Can the Costs Go?

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India has developed the world’s cheapest laptop – a touchscreen device which resembles Apple’s wildly popular iPad but will cost just £23. The prototype was unveiled this week by Kapil Sibal, the country’s human resource development minister, who said 110 million Indian schoolchildren would be the first recipients. Questions: 1.  Find the current exchange rates and calculate… Read more »

New Revenue Recognition Standards on the Way for Contractors

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Contractors should be educating themselves on the impact of the new proposed revenue recognition standards and the recently published (June 24, 2010) exposure draft pertaining to revenue from contracts with customers. Public comments are due October 22, 2010, and it is expected the standards will be finalized in 2011. Questions: 1. What are some of… Read more »

Mortgage Fairs

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Given the last year’s trend, is there an end in sight to new record-low interest rates? For example, on July 22, Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, which provides a snapshot of national average mortgage rates, reported a national average rate of 4.56% with 0.7 points on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. At the same time… Read more »

Bank of America: It Depends On How You Define Materiality

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Bank of America incorrectly classified as much as $10.7 billion in short-term lending and repurchase deals for mortgage securities as sales. This claim surfaced in a May 13 letter to the SEC where the banking corporation alleges that the transactions were immaterial and that it would be beefing up its internal accounting controls.  This letter… Read more »

What Does It Cost To Make An Apple IPhone4?

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According to market research firm, Apple’s iPhone 4 wireless handset components cost about  $187.51. The iPhone 4 sells for $199 and $299. The most expensive component is the LG display that costs $28.50. According to the consultant, the iPhone has typically hovered around the $170-to-$180 cost range because Apple seems to be trying to hit… Read more »