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Not only will Wells Fargo fake account fiasco not go away, but new fiascos keep appearing – 2

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Photo at Wells Fargo San Diego museum in October 2016 by James Ulvog.

I have accumulated a long list of articles on the mess Wells Fargo has create for itself. Here is the rest of the articles I’ve gathered in the last few months, including two new fiascos. Previous list of articles I’m catching up on are found here.

7/23/17 – Wall Street  Journal – Wells Fargo Discloses Accidental Client-Data Release – Oops.

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August 16, 2017, 6:58 am at 6:58 am

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Another overview of blockchain technology; time to start figuring out this stuff.

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Sure does look like this blockchain technology is going to be a big deal. Might be time to start getting our minds wrapped around the concept.

For starters, check out this short overview:

 

 

For a bit more detail:

8/4/17 – Bill Sheridan at Business Learning Institute – Block chain might remake accounting. The opportunities are huge. – Introductory article is one of the better overviews I have read. It introduces the video shown above.

One sentence description of Block chain, quoting from the article:

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August 15, 2017, 7:31 am at 7:31 am

Not only will Wells Fargo fake account fiasco not go away, but new fiascos keep appearing – 1

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Photo at Wells Fargo San Diego museum in October 2016 by James Ulvog.

I’ve been sitting on a string of articles describing the mess Wells Fargo has created for itself by opening accounts without customers’ permission. That issue keeps hanging around like a bad hacking cough.

At the same time some new fiascos have surfaced.

It is time to get caught up, so here are some articles I saw a few months ago:

4/4/17 – Wells Fargo advertisement in Wall Street Journal – The bank published a full-page public letter from the CEO.

He describe the steps taken by the bank to make things right. I will paraphrase or nearly quote the steps:

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August 12, 2017, 8:30 am at 8:30 am

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Suggestion for coping with massive change that could replace your job: Take full responsibility for developing new skills for yourself.

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Embrace Change” by Iqbal Osman is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The rate of change we are seeing around us is massive. There are threats of automation or artificial intelligence even eating into what is called the white-collar world.

Here’s a suggestion on how you might cope with this overwhelming change:  Take on full responsibility for keeping your skills and abilities current.

8/1/17 – Stephanie Kasriel at Medium – Skill, re-skill, and re-skill again. How to keep up with the future of work. – The rate of change is accelerating and the skills needed to do work in the new economy are changing as well.

Article provides a brief summary of our education system. I will expand that with what I have learned elsewhere. Then I’ll mention a plan to dealing with this turmoil.

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August 7, 2017, 8:45 am at 8:45 am

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Free resource you can copy and paste to develop a Quality Control document for a small CPA firm.

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Cover of free resources from AICPA, used under fair use.

Did you know the AICPA has provided a tool you may use as a starting template to develop a Quality Control document?

If you perform compilations, reviews, or audits, you are required to have a written QC document. Even if you aren’t going through a system review. Even if you only do comps.

If you perform audits and will have to go through a system review, keep in mind you are obligated to have quality control program in place before the system review starts, even before the peer review year begins. That means you really really need to have a QC document in place. (Yes, I’m talking to you, my fellow sole practitioners.)

The AICPA’s template can give you an easy starting point, in case you want to step up your policy.

There are two documents, one tailored for a sole practitioner and the other for small firms. Here are links to the documents:

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July 13, 2017, 7:08 am at 7:08 am

Things really can go terribly wrong. Do your backups work? How’s your disaster planning?

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Disasters can happen. Consider:

  • How will you recover if you lose your wallet?
  • How will your business recover if ransom ware encrypts your server?
  • What is your planning to survive a tornado if your business is in Oklahoma, a hurricane if you work on the east coast of Florida, or a flood if you live in low territory next to river that overflows once a decade?

Rumbi Bwerinofa-Petrozzello ponders these questions in her 7/2/17 post If Lost…Then What?

She tells of finding a wallet on the ground, walking into the adjacent restaurant looking for the owner by glancing between the patrons and the photo on the driver’s license in the wallet. No luck.

When she got home she was able to do a bit more research. She located the woman and returned the wallet.

Life hack tip: make sure you have a business card with a current phone number and email in your wallet so that if a kind-hearted person finds your lost wallet the nice person can reach you quickly.

From there she transitions to disaster recovery.  A few questions for you to ponder:

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July 12, 2017, 9:45 am at 9:45 am

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Before the tsunami hits it might be time to tune into the accounting rules on the horizon.

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tsunami” by hansol is licensed under CC BY 2.0

While you have been sitting on the beach enjoying life this summer, have you noticed that dark, odd horizontal line out there on the horizon?

It isn’t a figment of your imagination. There really is a tsunami wave out there in the distance of the accounting ocean and it is going to hit the shore where you are sun bathing.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, there will be fresh waves of water hitting the beach over four years.

The good news? Maybe one or two or three of the waves will miss your organization.

Here is a quick glance of what’s on the horizon:

  • Overhaul NFP financial statement presentation
  • Restricted cash on cash flow statement
  • Revenue recognition for all entities
  • Grant and contribution recognition for NFPs
  • Most leases brought onto the statement of financial position
  • Credit losses on loans and receivables

Here is just a bit more detail:

(Cross-post from my other blog, Nonprofit Update, so this will focus on not-for-profit issues.)

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July 10, 2017, 8:39 am at 8:39 am

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