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The doom and gloomers are growing in numbers.
On a day when the ADP employment report for May showed slower job growth than expected and the ISM Manufacturing Index plummeted in May, at least two new reports were released indicating the business community and investors are becoming increasingly nervous about the future.
The funded status of pension funds slipped for the first time in nine months.
The funded status of the typical U.S. corporate pension plan in May fell 2.3 percentage points to 86.9 percent, according to monthly statistics published by BNY Mellon Asset Management. This also erased nearly half of the gains achieved since the beginning of the year.
After three consecutive years of decline, audit fees as a percentage of revenue of Independent Auditors increased slightly in 2009, points out a new comprehensive study for Audit Analytics.
However, the research firm says that as with non-audit fees, the uptick is due to a decrease in revenues instead of an increase in fees. It stresses the fees declined despite the extra work demanded of independent auditors during the same period when more and more companies were required to obtain a auditor attestations required under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
Are we in a new Internet bubble? And will it burst, like the last one?
More to the point, when will it burst?
The number of financial restatements rose in 2010, after three years of decline, according to a new study from Audit Analytics. The new uptick was driven by non-accelerated filers.
In addition, although the quantity increased slightly, the severity of the restatements remained low, AA stresses.
A growing number of companies think it is very important that their employees be healthy and plan to do something about this.
A new study from Towers Watson found that three out of four companies said workforce health and promoting health and well-being will be more of a priority this year and next. In addition, 87 percent said it will be a higher priority over the next two to four years.
Employees are once again ramping up their commitment to their 401(k) plans.
Just 2.4 percent of Defined Contribution plan participants stopped contributing in 2010, compared with 3.4 percent of participants in 2009, according to the ICI's latest quarterly study.
It's official: The first quarter was a huge pleasant surprise.
In a report fired off to clients, Deutsche Bank figures with 87 percent of the S&P 500 companies having reported, earnings for the March three-month period surged 18 percent year-over-year. This far exceeded the 12 percent expectation at the beginning of the quarter.
Corporate pension funds continue to become flusher thanks to the surging stock market.
The funded status of the typical U.S. corporate pension plan in April rose 0.7 percentage points to 89.2 percent, the eighth consecutive month of improvement, according to monthly statistics published by BNY Mellon Asset Management.
The funding ratio for the typical corporate plan has improved 4.9 percentage points since the beginning of the year.
For the seventh year in a row, CEOs rate Texas as the number one state in which to do business and California as the worst.
Chief Executive magazine's annual "Best & Worst States" survey once again singled out North Carolina as the second best state to do business.
"A handful of states have made business-friendly policies a priority," says J.P. Donlon, Editor-in-Chief of Chief Executive magazine and ChiefExecutive.net. "These forward-thinking states are the exception rather than the rule and include Utah, Arizona, Florida, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma."
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