On April 14 President Obama signed into law HR4, which repeals the provision in the healthcare law that would have created mounds of paperwork for associations and small businesses (see "'Onerous' 1099 healthcare provision: Going, going, gone!" 4/7). Obama said, "Small business owners are the engine of our economy and because Democrats and Republicans worked together, we can ensure they spend their time and resources creating jobs and growing their business, not filling out more paperwork."
The Wall Street Journal has launched a new group, CFO Network, to serve as a resource for top corporate CFOs to create guidance on financial leadership. The council will gather for an annual meeting, June 20-21 at the Park Hyatt in Washington. They will also produce an online news site, in cooperation with the Journal, designed as a resource for other CFOs. Details: http://cfonetwork.wsj.com.
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Washington, launched a new advertising campaign designed to educate the public on the importance of financial planning, and of their CFP designation. The campaign includes print, TV and online advertising, and will cost $36 million. A new website accompanies the push. Details: http://letsmakeaplan.org.
Professional Risk Managers' International Association, Wilmington DE, has planned the third annual Global Financial Services Risk Management Symposium for May 9 at the FDIC Seidman Center, Arlington VA. The event is in cooperation with FDIC's Corporate University. Robert J Shiller, professor of finance at Yale School of Management and author of Reforming US Financial Markets, will speak about recent financial regulations. Details: www.prmia.org.