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  • More on rising protectionism

    An international trade expert explains why the WTO understates the rising degree of protectionism among the globe's more advanced economies.

FASB may help companies hide the results of bad deals

The accounting standard setter is likely to try to resurrect amortization of goodwill, which critics say would enable companies to obscure the poor performance of assets they acquire.

Companies concerned about employees' retirement readiness, survey shows

Companies should use technology, targeted communication to better reach individual employees and get them to save appropriately for retirement, Towers Watson said.

Audit committees open up

Committees are providing more information about their work in their report in the proxy statement, at least at the largest companies.

More volatility in Treasurys seen ahead

Last month's record intra-day spike in Treasurys is a sign of more volatility to come, thanks to a decline in bond market liquidity, analyst warns.

Can stock purchase plans help contain 401(k) loans?

Employees at companies that offer both types of plans take fewer loans, according to Fidelity.

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BGC Partners has extended its tender offer to acquire rival interdealer broker GFI Group after its stake in the company more than doubled but fell well short of the majority needed to assume control. The offer to purchase shares of GFI for $5.25 per share in cash has been extended to end of business on Dec. 9.

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Regulation Systems Compliance and Integrity or Reg SCI, the rules devised to better insulate the market against the technical failures, received unanimous approval on Wednesday. The regulation--which mainly applies to exchanges, clearing houses and certain other market infrastructure players--mandates annual reports on efforts to safeguard systems and a policy for immediately notifying the Securities and Exchange Commission when a major technical problem is detected.