Cybersecurity is more than just a technology issue in the back office; it's a critical business issue that can dramatically impact a company's competitive position. Learn what leading practices are available to investors to determine if a company is reasonably prepared to weather the storm of a cyberattack.
On May 9, 2014, the IRS released proposed regulations (“Proposed Regulations”) which are intended to clarify the definition of “real property” for purposes of the asset tests applicable to real estate investment trusts (“REITs”). The IRS’s expectation is that taxpayers will be able to utilize the additional guidance in the proposed regulations to analyze whether their assets qualify as real property in lieu of seeking private letter rulings.
What are the latest comparable statistics for mergers and acquisitions and active trades in the financial services industry? Check out PwC's quarterly valuation summaries for the Banking, Insurance and Asset Management sectors. Insights include: trends in market multiples, related transactions, and transaction benchmarking analysis.
This publication provides perspectives on the latest market and economic trends, regulatory activities and legislative changes affecting the real estate industry as well as informed views of the most current developments in operations, business strategy, taxation, compliance and financing.
In this webcast, Jean Connolly will summarize the recent developments of the short and long-term projects of the NAIC with a focus on decisions reached at the 2014 NAIC Spring National Meeting (March 29- April 1). The webcast will also highlight the activities of some of the committees, task forces and working groups of the NAIC.
Join us on Thursday, March 6 at 2:00 pm EDT, as we reveal the results from the PwC Cash Investment Survey. The survey was designed to identify leading practices in corporate investment management and provide value-added insight that treasury and finance professionals can apply within their own organizations.
How will the asset management industry’s operating landscape change by 2020, and how can asset managers prepare for the challenges ahead and turn them into competitive advantages? PwC's Asset Management 2020 poses these questions and offers a perspective on how they might be answered.
PwC's Investor Resource Institute invites you to join us for a webcast on Thursday, February 6 from 3:00 - 4:00pm ET. During this webcast we will be discussing five megatrends that we see shaping the global business environment, and the implications of these macroeconomic forces may have on corporate strategies.
Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have enjoyed two decades of explosive growth. Evolving and proliferating as they attracted new users, ETFs went from a single vehicle providing exposure to large cap US equities to thousands of products representing a dizzying range of asset classes and strategies. As ETFs reshape their environment all over again, asset managers and intermediaries alike will want to have strategies in place to deal with the changes sweeping across the competitive landscape.
Due to their low costs and potentially greater tax efficiency, ETFs offer a very efficient return to investors. ETFs’ tax advantages have contributed to their strong competitive position and growth. But a rapidly changing tax environment will present challenges as governments around the globe seek to bridge budget deficits. By staying on top of these changes, sponsors can mitigate adverse effects while remaining compliant with changing global tax laws.
As Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) enter their next phase of growth, much rests on the actions of the regulators. Innovation created ETFs and equipped them to achieve success through flexible, inexpensive and tax-efficient tracking of broad-based market indices. While growth in ETFs is set to continue, the pace of expansion likely will be impacted by regulations.
Professionals from PwC’s Asset Management practice and directors from the boards of some of the nation’s leading mutual fund groups gathered for informal discussions of the industry’s key issues and significant challenges. These talks generated important insights into what directors are thinking about in today’s evolving marketplace regarding valuation, risk management, board effectiveness, and other key issues.
What most concerns investors? What do investors expect of corporate directors? How do investors view the current quality of corporate disclosures? We asked investors about these issues, and the message received is clear: Investors want to know more about the risks that companies have identified, and how they are managing them. And investors are looking for more information.
This paper examines the four forces of change that are shaping wealth management - shifting demographics, changing client behaviors and expectations, rising technological innovations and emerging disruptive competition.
This edition of PwC's Current Developments for Mutual Fund Audit Committees covers insider trading and the risks to registered funds, SEC scrutiny of mutual fund distribution and marketing fees, and valuation.
The SEC and the European Securities and Markets Authority finalized a supervisory cooperation agreement on July 18th to allow regulators to share supervisory information about investment advisers doing business internationally.
On June 7, 2013, the FASB issued amendments to ASC 946 that modify the definition of an investment company under US GAAP. This Dataline looks at the key aspects of the new guidance and shares our insights on applying it.
US accounting standards require public companies to disclose, in their financial statement footnotes, segment data based on the “management approach,” under which investors are provided with a view of the business through the eyes of management. Read more in this edition of Insights from the investment community.
Classification and measurement is an important part of the FASB and IASB’s joint project on financial instruments. This Dataline provides a summary of the boards' decisions that is based on the project summaries posted on their websites, our observations of their meetings, and our understanding of their intent.