Even after my five years at the helm of Accounting Today, my father - ever my booster - still asks me how I can edit a financial-based paper when, in my formative years, my basic math skills were performed with the aplomb of an absent-minded seventh grader.

I was, to be sure, a candidate for one of the many financial literacy programs launched by the American Institute of CPAs and some of the state societies. The problem is that I was born about 30 years too late.

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