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Risky Business: How Data Analytics Can Help

New Operational Risk Thinking Can Help Predict and Prevent Disasters of a Global Scale and Improve Bottom Lines as Well In an interview with Renee Boucher Ferguson of the MIT Sloan Management Review, Kathleen Long discusses some of the threats operational risk can pose to a company and how her company, Montage Analytics, is helping businesses combat these dangers. ...

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ESOPs―The Swiss Army Knife of Liquidity Strategies

ESOPs serve as a utilitarian strategy for business owners looking for unique and effective ways to improve employee benefits and business flexibility. William Stewart explains how an ESOP, depending on how you set it up, can function like a Swiss Army Knife. Depending on how you set it up, an ESOP is fully flexible. ESOPs, for instance, offer buyers and sellers a wide range of purchasing options that can va ...

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How the Changes to the Government’s Credit Rating Impacts Discount Rates

The Risk-Free Rate is the Cornerstone in Finance for Estimating both the Cost of Equity and Debt Capital. In corporate finance and valuation, both academics and practitioners have long used government security (U.S. Treasury Bills and Bond) rates as proxies for risk-free rate of return. How do credit downgrades affect the risk-free rate for private company valuators? Anthony Banks explains. ...

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S-Corporations and Taxes: A Summary of Relevant Case Law

Taxes on S-Corporations are Hotly Discussed by Legislators and May Change. Here’s the History, Standing Precedents, and Current Law. S Corporations have been much in the news lately, as we’ve noted on the QuickRead blog. In this piece, Peter Agrapides provides a comprehensive chronological account of valuation cases where the issue of tax affecting S-Corporations has taken center stage. ...

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Insufficient Evidence and Defensible Opinions

Avoid Hypotheticals. But Remember: Experienced Experts Recognize that Limited Evidence Will Often Support a More Limited Opinion Michael Kaplan explains how limited evidence can still support a limited opinion. Read about a valuator who had access to an insufficient number of documents and a hard cutoff date to complete a valuation by. Since the valuation was prepared in a manner that meets the professional ...

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Valuing Complex Ownership Structures

Here’s How To Understand the Set-Up and Then Make Pre-Valuation Adjustments Valuation gets tricky when it involves complex ownership structures. Rand Curtiss explains how to approach the appraisal of companies that own interests in other companies, companies that charge fees to affiliated companies, and groups of companies that have several owners each holding different ownership percentages. ...

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Building Sustainable Competitive Advantage

Intangible Assets, Switching Costs, Network Economies, and Cost Advantage Provide a Critical Edge Ron Stacey contends the answer is not a dominant market share, efficiency, or even a talented management team. Companies with lasting advantage tend to be strengthened by intangible assets, switching costs, network economies, and cost advantage. Find out why.  ...

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IRS Compliance Trends for the Next Decade

A $450B Annual Tax Gap Prompts Treasury to Pursue Aggressive Compliance Techniques Blake E. Christian explains why the IRS has an explicit focus and specific tactics. Here’s what to expect: increased regulation of tax professionals, more mandated disclosures, and an insistence on tax document matching. Plus, there will likely be an added focus on high-yield assessments. ...

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Considering the Fair Market Value Standard When Evaluating Fractional Interests

Why There is No Such Thing as a Minority Premium Robert Buchanan of PCE Valuations writes about the application of discounts to fractional interests and argues that some appraisers are mistaken when they assert that certain levels of discounts amount to a “minority premium” for certain non-controlling interests. Here’s the logic behind his thinking. Be sure to read Mr. Buchanan's whole argument at HERE. Her ...

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Smart Acquisitions Drive Growth. Here’s How to Get the Owner to the Table.

Competitive Intelligence is Key to Smart Acquisitions Part of growth is acquisition.  To do smart acquisitions, you need insight into a business owner’s thoughts—specifically, her concerns vis-à-vis selling the businesses. These are not questions with simple yes or no answers; it’s more critical to figure out what an owner thought was missing in previous acquisition overtures. What, aside from price, will i ...

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