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San Antonio Accounting Societies

Local Accounting Firms

  • BKD
    In the last few years several local firms have been acquired, like the Hnake group, by national firms such as BKD.
  • Grant Thornton San Antonio
    Grant Thornton is one of the large national firms occupying the size ladder below the Big Four.l
  • Padgett Stratemann is now RMS
    As San Antonio becomes a bigger player in Texas Business, more national firms are entering this market. A national firm does not start from zero. RMS ( purchased Padgett. This gives the buyer a large client base to start with. Typically the local partners have made a handsome profit on their time at the firm. But seeking to recoup the investment, the buyer typically raises fees knowing some business will be lost. RMS has re located from North Loop 410 to 1604 and 281. Renee Foshee, a tax expert with the firm, is the current SA CPA Society President.
  • Turner Cleveland PC
    Terry Cleveland has addressed our students. Two of our graduates are employed with at this firm.
  • weaver CPA
    Weaver is one of the largest Texas based Accounting Firms.
  • Hill and Ford CPAs
    Kim Ford has addressed our students. She has expanded her practice from tax and write up to forensic investigation and court testimony.
  • Fisher Herbst and Kemble P. C.
    Bruce Howard who was on our Business Advisory Council was the Officer Manger for this firm.
  • Ridout Barrett CPAs
    Tony Ridout has visited and addressed our students many times. We have placed graduates with Ridout for several years.

Financial Consulting Firms

  • Aventine Hill Partners, Inc.
    Beth Hair CEO founded Aventine in San Antonio in 2009. The firm now has offices in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. She formerly was with RGP.
  • Resource Global Professionals
    Susan Hough has been to campus and spoken to our students. She is the San Antonio Manager of RGP. RGP and Aventine are not CPA firms. Instead they offer contract specialists for firms needing specific tasks such as compliance or Controllerships.

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TAMUSA Library

  • P2240002
    Learn about the accounting review mateirals!

Geo Politics

  • Foreign Affairs
    :Published by the Council on Foreign Relations
  • Institute for the Study of War
    The Institute for the Study of War advances an informed understanding of military affairs through reliable research, trusted analysis, and innovative education. We are committed to improving the nation’s ability to execute military operations and respond to emerging threats in order to achieve U.S. strategic objectives. ISW is a non-partisan, non-profit, public policy research organization.
  • Stratfor
    This Austin, TX based site was begun by an ex Texas State Professor.

Columnists - Thoughtful Reading

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San Antonio Ragtime Society

  • San Antonio Ragtimne Society
    This is an organization that sponsors the only annual Ragtime Festival in Texas. A TAMUSA student is an active member.
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March 17, 2017


Vicky Salazar

As Robert Pretcher mentions in chapter 1 of the Socionomic Theory of Finance book, most people believe in the theory that the fluctuation of the stock market changes as good or bad news are reported. I can say that I thought the same thing. I believe this is very interesting topic because it got me thinking that if dramatic news do not affect the financial markets, then what affects these changes? There has to be something related to mood that affect the fluctuation in the stock market, but what specifically does affect it is what got me engaged to continue to learn about socionomics.

Heather Grant

I find the correlation between the movement of the DJIA, up or down, and the social mood of the day wildly fascinating. I am looking forward to demonstrating this with my SRS project.

Nelson Thomas

I found Prechter's deconstruction of the exogenous cause claims very appealing especially in light of his analysis related to the anthrax attacks in 2001. The idea that news does not necessarily move the markets in a causal relationship demolishes the prevailing paradigm. Prechter's explanations about the fall of oil prices after Hurricane Katrina suggests that it is quite possible for most of the media's commentary about what provokes market reactions to be completely false.

Prechter's commentary on the false application of cause and effect in the markets could revolutionize the way in which we study economics. Instead of an action causing a reaction, I suspect that some kind of a feedback loop or fluidity is in effect when describing societal mood and market behavior.

Socionomics offers an exciting alternative to the existing thinking about market shifts. I hope that, over the coming years, more resources can be shifted to studying behavioral economics so that we can debunk common myths about the way society interacts with the markets.

Vicky- Great question about what actually affects the changes in the markets? What is beneath all of the moods that we experience as a society? I suspect that the answer is a mix between groupthink, individual mood and other variables like the subconscious mind. What do you think?

Heather- I would love to hear more about your SRS project. Socionomics seems like a field ripe with research topics and new ways to look at society and the markets.

I also found this lecture which explains socionomics in a succinct fashion using a clever analogy.

Christina Marie Dotson

I think one thing we all need to remember is that the stock market is based on company performance and growth. Although sometimes the media and/or historians enjoy treating it like a magic 8 ball that cannot be predicted or that it is impacted by the slightest social event, the bottom line is that stock prices will grow if a company is doing well. Many US companies had amazing Q4 results, (almost all except the mall stores and some brick & mortar, thanks to Amazon :). However we understand that Q1, & Q2 will not look the same, so the market will fall.

Pete Galvan

Stock values fluctuate for different reasons. One cannot predict the effect an event will have on stock value based on the magnitude of the event. As Prechter explains, not all events have the effects we predict they may have. There are two things I believe one needs to take into consideration: media coverage and society’s perception. Figure 1 in chapter 1, is a good example of how media portrays the relationship between an event and the market. Not all readers could comb through these assumptions to determine if this type of coverage is accurate of the truth. This can then play into society’s perception thus influencing the market price.

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