According to those more experienced in such matters, I'm told the proper gift for a fifth anniversary is wood. To mark my five years of wedded bliss, I asked for a new wood driver. My wife, astutely predicting that such a gift would provide an entrée to spending weekends on the golf course in lieu of sharing domestic duties, instead bought me a hand-carved in/out box.The financial community recently marked a five-year anniversary, although not everyone was rushing out to locate the gift register. It's been five years since the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was signed into law, and exactly what type of wood gift one would purchase to celebrate that milestone depends largely, I would assume, on the giver.

Wall Street and scores of publicly traded companies would probably, by and large, opt for a Louisville Slugger and a chance for a free swing at co-authors Sen. Paul Sarbanes, D-Md., and Rep. Michael Oxley, R-Ohio (both now retired), citing the exorbitant costs in money and personnel required to comply with the corporate reform legislation.

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