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The CFO-CIO Relationship: Bridging the Gap

How CIOs and CFOs Can Find Common Ground In many organizations, chief information officers and CFOs are at odds, and their interactions are strained by misunderstandings.  Bryan Mueller, principal consultant at ISG, discusses ways to overcome this disconnect, and CFOs can help by promoting cost transparency, hiring the right staff, and building an effective planning process. To read the full article in CFO, ...

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Anatomy of a Cloud Project Cost Overrun

Cost overruns in cloud projects are common, and a few common problems are often to blame.  Issues with data integration, the need for custom code and project-management challenges can all lead to higher-than-anticipated costs.  David Taber helps you understand the driving specifics and what steps can be taken. To read the full article in CIO, click: Anatomy of a Cloud Project Cost Overrun. ...

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Why Good Employees do Bad Things

For outsiders observing a scandal at a company or organization, the situation often seems implausible or incomprehensible.  How did leaders let it happen?  Why did so many people go along with the wrongdoing?  And for so long?  The bigger the fallout, the more we shake our heads in disbelief.  Kellogg’s Maryam Kouchaki on understanding—and avoiding—ethical breakdowns. To read the full article in strategy+bu ...

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Fair Value Measurements

In the Crosshairs of Regulators In this article, Mark Zyla of Acuitas discusses trends in fair value measurements in financial reporting and enforcement actions. Mr. Zyla notes that financial reporting is increasingly scrutinized by regulators. He observes that recent inspection reports of accounting firms that audit publicly traded entities by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) have indi ...

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The Asset-Based Valuation Approach

The Adjusted Net Asset Value Method This discussion is the fifth part in a series regarding the asset-based business valuation approach. Previous discussions described the theory and application of the Asset-based Approach. And, previous discussions described the theory and application of the asset accumulation (AA) method. This discussion describes the theory and application of the adjusted net asset value ...

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New Form 990-EZ has Help Icons to Aid Exempt Organizations in Filing

Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax, which can be filed by small exempt organizations that meet certain gross receipts and assets tests, now has 29 help icons on various parts of the form that link to explanations, instructions and other resources, the Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday.  Sally Schreiber, JofA senior editor, explains. To read the full article in the ...

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A Record Number of Small Business Owners are Selling Their Companies

2016 Saw Record Number of Small Businesses Sold The 7,842 closed deals in 2016 were a record high for business sales, according to BizBuySell.  Gene Marks, Marks Group owner, explains that the factors driving the trend were strong business performance, low interest rates, and owners' desire to retire. To read the full article in The Washington Post, click: A Record Number of Small Business Owners are Sellin ...

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Is Cash Always King?

When it comes to money, “enough” is the hardest word to define in the English language.  The challenge of defining “enough” extends to corporate managers deciding what cash balance is appropriate.  Travis Harms, lead of Mercer Capital’s Financial Reporting Valuation Group, takes us through the data offering helpful tips. To read the full article in Mercer Capital's Financial Reporting Blog, click: Is Cash A ...

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Book Review—What It’s Worth

Hotel Business Value QuickRead’s Technical Editor, Roberto Castro, reviews BVR’s What It’s Worth: Hotel Business Value.  There are few resources available for business valuation professionals that focus on the valuation of hotels.  The “go to” reference books have been Stephen Rushmore, MAI and Erich Baum’s Hotels & Motels: Valuations and Market Studies, a 2001 Appraisal Institute publication, and David ...

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Six Ways to Ask for a Raise—And Get It

Getting a raise at work is all about picking the right time to bring up the issue and presenting evidence that proves your value.  Ginger Dean shares several tips for getting paid what you're worth. To read the full article in Forbes, click: Six Ways to Ask for a Raise—And Get It. ...

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Older Workers Feel on Track for Retirement. Are They?

Older Americans Upbeat about Retirement, but Savings are Lacking for Some Fifty-nine percent of Americans between the ages of 45 and 65 said they were at least somewhat ready for retirement, according to a survey conducted in the middle of last month.  However, 22% of those surveyed said they had saved less than $100,000, and 27% said they had saved nothing for retirement. To read the full article in USA To ...

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Charles Ellis on Indexing

Charles Ellis writes that market professionals cannot beat the market consistently.  Therefore, investors are better off investing through low-cost index funds and focusing on asset allocation to achieve their long-term investment objectives.  Jeff Davis, managing director of Mercer Capital’s Financial Institutions Group discusses Ellis’ thoughts. To read the full article in Mercer Capital's Financial Repor ...

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The Asset-Based Valuation Approach

Asset Accumulation Method This discussion is the third part of a series. Previous discussions introduced the theoretical concepts and the practical applications of the asset-based business valuation approach. This discussion describes one common Asset-based Approach valuation method: the asset accumulation (AA) method. ...

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Changing the Workplace Narrative

Assess Change, Communication, Control, and Emotions before Implementing Changes Exploring change, communications, control issues, and emotions is often the best way to begin to understand what is causing conflict in the workplace, and what can be done to curb or control the situation. Once there is a basic understanding of these elements, it is much easier to develop a management strategy that constructivel ...

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How the Big Time M&A Game is Changing

The number of deals involving firms with over $100 million dropped 25% last year to 104 deals, from 130 in 2015, according to Fidelity’s 2016 Wealth Management M&A Transaction Report.  Charles Paikert, senior editor for Financial Planning, looks at why the big RIA buyers are becoming more discerning. To read the full article in FinancialPlanning, click: How the Big Time M&A Game is Changing. ...

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Federal Securities Class-Action Suits Jump to 20-Year High in 2016

Federal Class-Action Litigation in Securities Disputes Rises Class-action securities lawsuits filed in federal court last year numbered 270, the most in 20 years, according to a report from the Stanford Law School Securities Class Action Clearinghouse and Cornerstone Research.  The 80 filings related to mergers and acquisitions were the biggest factor in the increase.  Meaghan Kilroy explains. To read the f ...

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Distribution Policy in 30 Minutes

Distribution policy addresses both how much cash flow should be distributed to shareholders and the ideal form of such distributions.  The purpose of this whitepaper is to help directors formulate and communicate a distribution policy that contributes to shareholder wealth and satisfaction. To read the full article in Mercer Capital's Financial Reporting Blog, click: Distribution Policy in 30 Minutes. This ...

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The Asset-Based Valuation Approach

Common Analyst Misconceptions The first article in this series provided an introduction to valuation analysts (analyst) regarding the need to integrate and use the Asset-based Approach to value going-concern businesses and securities. This second installment addresses common analyst misconceptions regarding the use of the Asset-based Approach to value both asset holding companies and operating companies. ...

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