WASHINGTON — In the wake of President Bush’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night — and of the Democratic response that followed it — pension reform, improved accounting standards, and increased disclosure requirements are all looking like live issues in the near term.

Though the President’s speech focused primarily on the war on terrorism and homeland security, and predictably eschewed many matters important to the financial services industry, the few financially-targeted words he did say (" Enron" was not one of them) prompted eager reactions from both sides of the aisle.

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