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Equity Compensation & Employee Mobility

The compensation of employees with equity has become a critical tool for the recruitment, retention and motivation of executives at all levels. The popularity of equity compensation (and the requirement to expense awards) has created a great deal of complexity for operations, controllers, human resources, tax and financial reporting. This paper explores the impact of employee mobility on equity compensation issues across all departments.

Selecting a Software Solution for Equity Compensation Accounting

The accounting risk associated with equity compensation can be addressed by software. This paper examines the criterion for selecting the best software for handling the accounting issues that are associated with equity compensation.

Why Spreadsheets Are Risky Business

Spreadsheets are the killer application of our time, but their very success has led to overuse and even misuse of this technology. This can actually increase a company's risk profile because data maintained on spreadsheets is unstructured, unsecure and cannot be shared with key decision makers. Strengths and weaknesses of spreadsheets in the area of risk management are reviewed, and suggestions made for the integration of spreadsheets into structured applications.

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How Spreadsheets Increase Your Reporting Risk

Companies rely heavily upon spreadsheets to close their books and meet the disclosure requirements under GAAP. Data is taken from various parts of the financial reporting system and is then analyzed offline. This creates reconciliation and security issues. The use of subledgers, which are embedded within the financial reporting system, directly addresses these issues and provides a collaborative environment for problem solving.

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The Fast Close

Many organizations are attempting to improve the efficiency of the process by which they close their books. Most financial systems are built to report on historic costs; however, the trend is toward more subjective measures, such as fair value accounting. Process improvements to the financial reporting system are suggested to deal with this new reality.

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Financial Statements and the Return of Professional Judgment

Financial statements have become more subjective, placing greater reliance on the professional judgment of management and their auditors. Fair value accounting, projections and estimates are replacing historic book values on both the balance sheet and the income statement, increasing the volatility of earnings. A brief outline showing the trend of recent accounting pronouncements is presented, along with thoughts on future developments.

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