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Timing Your Exit

When owners of CPA firms begin to think about succession planning, the most important decision they need to make is when to bow out.  Brannon Poe explores some factors to consider that can help you achieve the "Goldilocks zone" of timing. To read the full article in the Journal of Accountancy, click: Timing Your Exit. ...

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Many Wealthy Americans haven’t Planned for the Transfer of their Assets

Affluent Americans aren't Getting Inheritance Help, Survey Finds Even the richest Americans aren't getting professional help and creating plans to pass wealth on to the next generation, according to a survey by RBC Wealth Management.  Less than a third have a comprehensive plan, the survey found. To read the full article in InvestmentNews, click: Many Wealthy Americans haven’t Planned for the Transfer of th ...

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Cashing In by Checking Out

Incentive compensation works much like the proverbial carrot dangled in front of a horse.  The lure of a future reward to employees encourages and propels momentum at the company level.  But what happens when the carrot is dangled a little too closely?  Megan Richards, financial analyst with Mercer Capital, explores this topic. To read the full article in Mercer Capital's Financial Reporting Blog, click: Ca ...

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Are You Making These Mistakes with Your E-mail Trailers

Personalize the Trailer to Engage the Reader An e-mail trailer provides an opportunity for the reader and firm to engage. Using mindless disclaimers at the end of an e-mail misses an opportunity to stand out and differentiate yourself and your firm. In this article, the author discusses the opportunity and provides some clever trailers used by established firms…that do work. ...

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The Asset-Based Valuation Approach

Introduction Valuation analysts are retained to value closely held businesses, business ownership interest, and securities for a variety of transaction, financing, taxation, accounting, litigation, and planning purposes. For each engagement, analysts consider the three generally accepted business valuation approaches: the Income Approach, the Market Approach, and the Asset-based Approach. However, most anal ...

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Why Audit Teams Need the Confidence to Speak Up

Audit teams and engagements suffer when members feel unsafe about raising questions or admitting mistakes.  This blog defines what psychological safety means and the best practices to put audit team members at ease. To read the full article in the Journal of Accountancy, click: Why Audit Teams Need the Confidence to Speak Up. ...

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Health Law Repeal Could Cost 18 Million Their Insurance, Study Finds

CBO: Partial Repeal of ACA Could Lead to 18M People Losing Insurance Some 18 million people could lose health insurance in the first year after a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and the number could grow to 32 million by 2026, according to a Congressional Budget Office report.  However, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said the analysis represented "a one-sided hypothetical scenario" that did not accoun ...

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A Market Participant Perspective on the Size Premium

The magnitude of the equity risk premium, or required return in excess of the risk-free rate, is a perennial question for valuation specialists.  Travis Harms, Mercer Capital’s Financial Reporting Valuation Group lead, explains that the aggregate equity premium is typically broken into two pieces: 1) a market risk premium, and 2) a size premium. To read the full article in Mercer Capital's Financial Reporti ...

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The Value of Using the Services of a Forensic Accountant in Legal Matters

Engage and Assist Legal Counsel It is critical that the right person with the right expertise, training, and background be selected. This article will describe the various areas of specialization in which a forensic accountant performs, how counsel should select the right professional for the job, and the benefits of using a forensic accountant. ...

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Why We Shouldn’t Add a Size Premium to the CAPM Cost of Equity

A Critique of the Ibbotson Methodology In this paper, the author argues that the Size Premium in Excess of CAPM (and other similar size premium measures) should not be used by valuation practitioners because: a) it is inconsistent with the empirical evidence; b) it is constructed using a method that is inconsistent with how practitioners estimate their CAPM cost of equity; and c) it does not properly calcul ...

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