This compilation of articles from The Wall Street Journal translates the accounting issues affecting both the business and personal lives of accountants in clear and concise fashion. This quick reference helps decipher annual reports and find out what's happening to investments. Readers learn how the professionals who set the standards in accounting and auditing are issuing rules which could affect pensions, medical costs, financial instruments and taxes. Practitioners will find insight on how consulting, a powerful second profession within the accounting field, is threatening to split apart the large CPA firms. Twenty sections on accounting and related topics give readers all of the latest.