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The Intersection of Advocacy and Financial Forensics

The Role of the Expert in 21st Century Dispute Resolution—A Recovering Judge’s Perspective As technology evolves, the role of the expert and the interplay between experts and the judiciary will evolve. This change is already underway. In this article, QuickRead presents the presentation made by Retired Judge Platt at the NACVA and the CTI’s Annual Consultants’ Conference, held in Salt Lake City. Judge Platt ...

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The Case of the Missing Post-Acquisition Income

Finding the Culprits Whatever happened to the expected post-acquisition income? The author identifies the potential culprits. One of my favorite games as a kid was the murder-mystery classic Clue. How many of you remember trying to deduce the culprit, the murder weapon and the room in which the attack took place? “I think it was Colonel Mustard in the kitchen with the candlestick.” “I think it was Mrs. Peac ...

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Strategies to Retain and Advance Female Employees

Here is a look at how one accounting firm has sought to boost diversity by offering flexible work-life balance initiatives as well as providing training and developmental programs meant to aid career advancement. To read the full article in The CPA Journal, click: Strategies to Retain and Advance Female Employees. ...

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Why Sharing Diversity Data Publicly can be Good for Your Company

Publicly sharing diversity numbers—positive and negative—can be beneficial to companies because it shows a willingness to openly address diversity issues. Sharing the numbers also allows for a company to be held accountable for future progress in reaching diversity goals. To read the full article in CNN, click: Why Sharing Diversity Data Publicly can be Good for Your Company. ...

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Designing Development Programs that Work for Gen Z

With Generation Z coming into the workforce, employers will need to create development programs that cater to the needs of this demographic group. These programs may involve self-directed learning and a focus on soft skills. To read the full article in Chief Learning Officer, click: Designing Development Programs that Work for Gen Z. ...

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The Most Underutilized Tool in Business Valuation

The Use of Common Sense and Experience The acceptance of tools such as Monte Carlo simulation and Option Pricing models has changed our ability to value options, warrants, and derivative instruments. The list goes on and on. However, as many of us are fond of saying, valuation is as much an art as it is a science. Many of our tools address the science, not so many of them address the art. In my opinion, one ...

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Tax/Personal Financial Planning

Avoid Traps with a Timely Appraisal New basis-consistency requirements make defensible valuations of inherited property even more important. Informed taxpayers are aware that only the wealthiest individuals should have concerns about the federal estate and gift tax, for gifts given and decedents dying in 2018 through 2025. Thanks to the legislation known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), P.L. 115-97, the ...

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Steps for Becoming a Better Leader for Millennial Employees

With millennials constituting a significant chunk of the workforce, it is important for employers to avoid preconceived notions about this generation. Leaders should stay focused on the future and recognize that asking the right questions can encourage self-reflection among employees. To read the full article in Quartz at Work, click: Steps for Becoming a Better Leader for Millennial Employees. ...

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SEC Simplifies Disclosure by Public Companies, Money Managers

The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved amendments to Regulation S-K aimed at simplifying and modernizing disclosure by public companies, consultants and money managers. The amendments are required under the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015. To read the full article in Pensions & Investments, click: SEC Simplifies Disclosure by Public Companies, Money Managers. ...

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Copyright Litigants Entitled to “Full” Costs, Not “Extra” Costs

On March 4, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Ninth Circuit’s expanded view of "full costs" in copyright cases was improper, going beyond the "costs" typically available to litigants in federal court. Rimini Street, Inc. et al., v. Oracle USA, Inc., et al., No. 17-1625, slip op. (U.S. Mar. 4, 2019.) This ruling overturns a $12.8 million award granted to Oracle USA Inc. for its "nontaxable costs," w ...

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