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|SEC Regulators Are Investigating How Some Companies Tinker With Retiree Benefits Accounting|
Oct. 20, 2004
Excerpt: Telecom giant SBC Communications Inc. ... last year reported a stunning $2.2 billion plunge in operating income, and the company's explanation probably seemed arcane to many investors. SBC's number-crunchers, the company said, had lowered the expected return on retirement funds by a mere percentage point. Likewise, they raised their assumption of health-care cost inflation by a single point. And they shaved their estimate of future interest rates by just 0.75 percentage points.
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