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Capital requirements for banks should be raised further: study

Contrary to industry warnings, a recent study by the Bank for International Settlements shows that better capitalized banks lend more.

Insider trading reversal may be temporary

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rebuked the U.S. government last week for overreaching on insider trading cases, and seemed to offer executives and traders reassurance that they may not be liable if material nonpublic information is acted upon without knowledge of the original source or any quid pro quo.

Companies risk SEC's wrath by discouraging whistle-blowers

Experts warn that the commission is taking an increasingly hard line against companies that discourage employees from reporting compliance problems.

More bids like that of Ackman-Valeant on the way

Despite the failure of the unusual joint bid between Bill Ackman and Valeant Pharmaceuticals, more such alliances are seen as likely. 

Keeping tabs on outsourcing arrangements

A report that Apple was overcharged for outsourced services could sound alarm.

Congressional commission blasts China's trade practices

The annual report of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Commission finds Beijing's trade practices have helped cost the U.S. 29 percent of its manufacturing jobs since 2001.

New revenue recognition standard means work ahead for companies

Regulators suggest they're open to requests to extend the implementation period.

SEC focuses on materiality, relevancy in comment letters to companies

Deloitte's annual roundup of comment letters from the Securities and Exchange Commission shows the agency still sees much room for improvement in companies' annual reports.

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.

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.