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Things worth reading: 5th January 2010

Things we're reading today include …

Today's must watch:

Eliot Spitzer (no jokes please) on regulators

Today's must read:

Single standard proves elusive goalFinancial Times

"Cracks in international relations have been brought to light.  There was the rushed adoption in October 2008 of an amendment to
IFRS, allowing reclassifications of certain assets, without apparent
co-ordination with the US Financial Accounting Standards Board.  Then, in July 2009 the IASB
and FASB gave divergent views on the use of fair value in financial
instruments accounting.  In November the European Commission dealt
convergence another blow byrefusing to consider adoption in 2009 of IFRS rules relating to fair value.  In
the US the Securities and Exchange Commission is still not commenting
on IFRS adoption milestones, which observers attribute to cold feet
about a single global standard."


FSA urged to publish report on shortcomings at Britain's crisis-hit banks Telegraph
‘Coshed’ banks consider flight from London over tax burdenThe Times
Economists see recession drawing to a close in UKThe Times
£200m quantitative easing 'slowly taking effect'The Independent
Good year as hedge funds play catch-upFinancial Times


An Invisible Revolution in Rural India – Wall Street Journal
The Big Apple’s Big Problem – Newsweek 

Lax Oversight Caused Crisis, Bernanke Says – New York Times


Threat to chip-and-pin terminalsBBC
Businesses stung by BOQ computer bug – Sydney Morning Herald
A Decade in Plastic: Hits, Misses and Also-Rans – Wall Street Journal 
2020 Vision: Why you won't recognize the 'Net in 10 years – Computerworld

Quote of the Day:

"Internet payments accounted for one in four card transactions over Christmas."
Cash remains king but here comes the new wave – the Times


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