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You May Soon be Able to Exchange Your Extra Vacation Days for Other Perks

Startup Gives Employees a Way to Trade in Unused Time Off Many employees do not use all of their vacation time, which can create liabilities for the companies they work for. A startup called PTO Exchange is trying to address that problem by allowing employees to exchange unused time off for perks, such as 401(k) contributions or help with college tuition. Jena McGregor introduces us to this fresh concept. T ...

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Why Performance Management is Dead and Performance Motivation is Here to Stay

Try This Instead of Traditional Performance Management A technique known as performance motivation may replace traditional performance management among companies interested in inspiring maximum effort and loyalty among employees. Instead of focusing on scoring employees and offering standardized feedback, companies can focus on creating intrinsic motivation to inspire their workers. Christine Comaford expla ...

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Gimme Shelter: Help Clients Leverage Real Estate’s Investment Clout and Tax Advantages

Boosted by solid consumer spending and improving international trade, the expansion of the U.S. economy rose to 2.9% in the third quarter, the Commerce Department said. Nelson Schwarts reports that economists said the biggest quarterly gain in two years will probably be enough to persuade the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in December. Charles Paikert discusses several avenues to take advantage of ...

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Licenses of Intellectual Property

The New Revenue Recognition Standard and Accounting for Licenses Wiley author, Joanne Flood, looks at how the new revenue standard affects reporting of licensing revenue. Copyright Wiley, 2016. To be published in February 2017 in the book: Wiley Revenue Recognition plus Website: Understanding and Implementing the New Standard (Wiley Regulatory Reporting). ...

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Treasury Selloff is About to End if Consensus Forecast is Right

With 10-year yields up 22 basis points in October, economists anticipate an end to the Treasury bond sell-off.  "Now it's a good time to buy," said Hideo Shimomura, Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management's chief fund investor.  Anooja Debnath and Wes Goodman explain. To read the full article in Bloomberg, click: Treasury Selloff is About to End if Consensus Forecast is Right. ...

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Why a Restaurant CEO Wants His Employees to Leave After Three Years

Restaurateur Scott Richards is opening an eatery with a clear understanding that his employees will work there for no more than three years.  His goal is to use a special development program to help employees connect with mentors and achieve career objectives.  Katie Toussaint explains this innovative concept. To read the full article in CharlotteFive, click: Why a Restaurant CEO Wants His Employees to Leav ...

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U.S. Economy Grew 2.9% in 3rd Quarter, Picking Up the Pace

Boosted by solid consumer spending and improving international trade, the expansion of the U.S. economy rose to 2.9% in the third quarter, the Commerce Department said.  Nelson Schwarts reports that economists said the biggest quarterly gain in two years will probably be enough to persuade the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates in December. To read the full article in The New York Times, click: U.S. Ec ...

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Mitigation of Damages

Professional Obligations for the Expert Witness Computing Damages What can a court reasonably expect of value experts? What are value experts able to contribute to the proceedings? What about mitigation of damages, i.e., how should value experts address mitigation and do so when the retaining counsel is disinterested in discussing mitigation of damages? In this article, Dr. Kreuter, a Marks Paneth, LLP part ...

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Lost Profits and Other Commercial Damages

A Case Study (Part II of II) This is the second of a two-part article. In the first part, Dr. Needham provided factual background regarding this commercial damages case where he served as plaintiff’s damages expert—the case ultimately went to trial. In this second part, Dr. Needham describes the financial data, discovery challenges, the Daubert motion to disqualify him, how the case was decided, and then se ...

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Pension Contributions Could be Bigger Boost to EPS than Buybacks: GSAM

Companies might be able to deliver a bigger boost to their earnings per share by making pension contributions rather than using borrowed money to fund buybacks, according to a report by Goldman Sachs Asset Management.  Low interest rates may encourage companies to make stock buybacks, but these rates also tend to increase pension obligations. To read the full article in The Wall Street Journal, click: Pensi ...

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Will Your Next Tax Appeal be a Videoconference?

More widespread use of videoconferencing could ease burdens on taxpayers who must meet in person with Internal Revenue Service Appeals personnel, but stringent privacy rules limit its use.  Joseph Brophy, CPA, ABV, explores what it would take to expand this service. To read the full article in The Tax Adviser, click: Will Your Next Tax Appeal be a Videoconference? ...

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Capital Budgeting in 30 Minutes

Switching costs for capital investment are high and do-overs are expensive.  Travis Harms, Mercer Capital’s Financial Reporting Valuation Group lead, shares this whitepaper in order to assist directors and shareholders in evaluating proposed capital projects and contributing to capital budgeting decisions that enhance value. To read the full article in Mercer Capital's Financial Reporting Blog, click: Capit ...

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Lost Profits and Other Commercial Damages

A Case Study (Part I of II) Most commercial damages assignments call for the calculation of lost profits or lost business value. However, some cases, particularly those relating to lost profits, contain elements of additional economic damages. These situations require the expert to focus on multiple areas of loss while insuring each element does not contain losses claimed by another. In this two-part articl ...

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Using Harsh Feedback to Fuel Your Career

Critical feedback can help you grow in your career, but only if you use it effectively.  William Treseder shares five ways to manage your emotions and make the most of this feedback. To read the full article in Harvard Business Review, click: Using Harsh Feedback to Fuel Your Career. ...

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Hiring Lessons from the Company Adding More Than 15,000 Employees in One Year

EY looks to hire 15,200 employees by July 1, and that effort includes the use of candidate-relationship software to interact even before the application is finalized.  After a hire is made, the company uses a digital learning software for onboarding. To read the full article in Fast Company, click: Hiring Lessons from the Company Adding More Than 15,000 Employees in One Year. ...

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Valuation Expertise is Necessary to Navigate Chapter 11

Once a petition for Chapter 11 is filed with the bankruptcy court, the company usually undertakes a strategic review of its operations, including opportunities to shed assets or even lines of businesses.  The Chapter 11 reorganization process concludes when the bankruptcy court confirms a reorganization plan which specifies a reorganization value and which reflects the agreed upon strategic direction and ca ...

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IRS Section 2704

NACVA Present at the Congressional Hearings on the Proposed Regulations In 2015, the IRS issued proposed section 2704 regulations. The proposal would severely impact valuations of family held businesses that are the subject of gifts. On December 1, 2016, hearings were held in Congress regarding the impact of the proposed regulations. NACVA members, Peter Agrapides, Robert Grossman, and Mark Hanson testified ...

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