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Monthly Newsletter – Feb 2017
Pride & Prejudice: Top Four Predictions for 2017 The global economy is picking up and Australia is about to secure the global record for the longest period a country has gone without a recession. But with the focus on the political environment, there is an uneasiness in the market and with uneasiness comes a reticence to take risks. The fortunes of Australians this year will have much to do with how you or your business is positioned and how you respond to challenges. Here are our top predi...
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A Few Tips on Email Management
At Rapport Tax, we frequently use emails to contact you, so it’s important that you regularly check your inbox for emails from us to avoid missing out on important ATO emails, your notices of assessment, invoices, and much more. To make sure you can easily keep track of your emails, here are a few tips that can help you improve your email management. 1. Check and manage your email regularly The best way to make sure your inbox doesn’t get overwhelmed, is to regularly check and go through y...
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Implied Materiality and Material Disclosures of Credit Ratings
Materiality—a concept at the core of financial, sustainability, and integrated reporting—means the "reportability" of economic, environmental, social, and governance (risk) issues. Using the lens of materiality, the authors of this paper examine principles underlying the methodologies and business models of credit reporting agencies (CRAs), finding that CRAs have potential governance shortcomings that need to be addressed by the boards of the CRAs themselves. The governance remedies recommen...
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Accounting Data, Market Values, and the Cross Section of Expected Returns World
Over the past 30 years, the central question in asset pricing is understanding what drives the variation in expected returns. Despite its importance, empirical research in this area has remained problematic because the key variable, expected returns, is not observable. This paper promotes an accounting-fundamentals-based approach to estimating expected returns. It contributes to the stream of empirical studies devoted to developing the estimation of, and understanding the behavior of, expected r...
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Banks’ Risk Exposures
Since the financial crisis, there has been renewed interest in documenting how much risk financial institutions are exposed to. This paper shares the important goal of that scholarship: to come up with a method that summarizes banks' positions in a meaningful way so that it will inform the theoretical modeling of these institutions and offer insights for policy decisions. Specifically, the paper measures banks' exposures to macroeconomic risk through their fixed income positions by representing ...
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