You Are Here: From the FTC for Your Kids

We’re from the government. We’re here to help. The Federal Trade Commission has launched a new site designed to help kids learn to protect their privacy, spot frauds and scams, and avoid identity theft. You Are Here is set up as a virtual mall. Visit the West Terrace to learn about advertising techniques, target marketing, […]

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Classification of Private Funds as Publicly Traded Partnerships

Due to the increasing incidence of fund investors who want to transfer their investment fund interests, private investment funds face a risk of being classified as publicly traded partnerships. That would mean the fund would become taxable as a corporation. A bad result. Under Internal Revenue Code § 7704, a partnership will be classified as a […]

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Amendment to the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) amended the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 594 to define the term “financial, material, or technological support,” as used in sanction regulations. Section 594.201(a)(4)(i) of the regulations implements section 1(d)(i) of Executive Order 13224, as amended, by blocking the U.S. property of persons who assist in, […]

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Hulk Smash Compliance Program!!

Hollywood has done it. Now it’s your turn. Reboot your compliance program. There is the “reboot” you hear from IT support when your computer is malfunctioning. It seems to always be the first response from the help desk. But once you start back up, its exactly the same computer with exactly the same programs. Hollywood […]

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FTC Guidelines Are In Effect

Today is a the day. The FTC’s recent updates to its Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising are now in affect. To comply with the Guides, individuals (bloggers, users of social media) must disclose every “material connection” or relationship they have with an advertiser. How to comply with the changes? Disclose […]

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Enterprise 2.0 – The Book

At the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, Andrew McAfee handed out a few copies of this new book: Enterprise 2.0. I was one of the recipients of a shiny new copy with his autograph on the cover page. If you have heard of Enterprise 2.0, they you have heard of McAfee. He coined the […]

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How Fraudsters Try to Look Legitimate

The SEC is putting its new investor-focused website to good use: The first item that caught my eye was their article on how fraudsters use fake SEC registrations and bogus seals to make them look legitimate: Fake Seals and Phony Numbers: How Fraudsters Try to Look Legit. They offer these five pieces of advice: […]

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Happy Thanksgiving

That means an extra long weekend for me. The White House traditionally pardons their turkey. The tradition is credited to President Truman who received a White House turkey for Thanksgiving. But there is no evidence that he spared the life of the turkey. According to an in-depth investigative report by the Washington Post, it was […]

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Engage with Grace

With the Thanksgiving holiday this weekend, I’m turning the blog over to public service. Some conversations are easier than others. Last Thanksgiving weekend, many bloggers participated in the first documented “blog rally” to promote Engage With Grace – a movement aimed at having all of us understand and communicate our end-of-life wishes. It was a […]

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