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Application of Scenario Analysis for Computing Discount Rates

In Related-Party Cost Sharing Arrangements (Part II of II) This two-part paper demonstrates how the discount rate associated with the investment in intangibles developed under a cost sharing arrangement can be calculated using an analytical framework that explicitly considers variability of outcomes in profitability of the intangibles to be developed. Such framework is the probability-weighted scenario anal ...

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Application of Scenario Analysis for Computing Discount Rates

In Related-Party Cost Sharing Arrangements (Part I of II) This two-part paper demonstrates how the discount rate associated with the investment in intangibles developed under a cost sharing arrangement can be calculated using an analytical framework that explicitly considers variability of outcomes in profitability of the intangibles to be developed. Such framework is the probability-weighted scenario analy ...

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The Most Valuable Company (for Now) is Having a Nadellaissance

The congratulatory texts and tweets started the last week of November. Microsoft had overtaken Apple to become the world’s most valuable company, a stunning climax in a year that also saw it pass Amazon and Google’s Alphabet Inc. Longtime employees, who’d grown accustomed to thinking of Microsoft as far removed from its glory years, when it was run by Bill Gates and feared as the “Evil Empire,” were flooded ...

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Want to Work for L’Oreal? Get Ready to Chat with an AI Bot

The internet has revolutionized the workplace over the past three decades. Artificial Intelligence is now poised to do the same, and businesses that do not capitalize on the technology risk being left behind. Global tech giants like Amazon have been leading the charge—with algorithms powering personalized shopping recommendations and personal stylists—but businesses of all sizes are now embracing the techno ...

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Apple Spends More Than $30 Million on Amazon’s Cloud Every Month, Making it One of the Biggest AWS Customers

As Apple and Amazon compete for a greater share of consumer dollars and attention, they also have a particularly intimate business relationship: Apple is spending more than $30 million a month on Amazon’s cloud, according to people familiar with the arrangement. To read the full article in CNBC, click: Apple Spends More Than $30 Million on Amazon's Cloud Every Month, Making it One of the Biggest AWS Custome ...

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Google is Spending $1 Billion to Build a Massive New Campus in New York

Days after Apple announced a major expansion to its operations in the U.S.—including a new $1 billion campus in Austin—fellow tech giant Google has announced that it too will invest $1 billion as it sets up a new campus at Hudson Square in New York. To read the full article in Tech Crunch, click: Google is Spending $1 Billion to Build a Massive New Campus in New York. ...

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An Amazon for Financial Services? The Race is On.

Technology is rapidly changing the way advisors meet clients, so much so that the relationship may look completely unrecognizable in just a few years.  And that transformation opens up several key opportunities for innovators. To read the full article in FinancialPlanning, click: An Amazon for Financial Services?  The Race is On. ...

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Amazon, Whole Foods, and Value Implications

When and how do externally-driven events affect company value?  What certain events constitute meaningful data points from a valuation perspective?  And are they benchmarks or outliers?  Lucas Parris, senior member of Mercer Capital’s Financial Reporting Valuation Group, explains. To read the full article in Mercer Capital's Financial Reporting Blog, click: Amazon, Whole Foods, and Value Implications. This ...

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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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Equity-Based Compensation: Are Non-GAAP Earnings Misleading?

Stock-based compensation is used by companies of all shapes and sizes.  Travis W. Harms, leader of Mercer Capital’s Financial Reporting Valuation Group, explains from a valuation standpoint, the importance of measuring its fair value. To read more about the results of this report in the Mercer Capital's Financial Reporting Blog, click: Equity-Based Compensation: Are Non-GAAP Earnings Misleading?. This artic ...

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Surprise! The Cost of Cloud is About to Rise

Will Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon continue to competitively price match, even if it’s not necessarily in the downward direction?  Barb Darrow, a senior writer at Fortune, discusses cloud pricing and how the changes may affect your company. To find out more on the Fortune article, click: Surprise!  The cost of cloud is about to rise. ...

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Multi-National Companies Face Tax Risk with Transfer Pricing

Because of increased IRS audit procedures, multi-national corporations face great risk when it comes to transfer pricing from both a compliance and tax planning perspective.  The familiar multi-nationals like Amazon or Microsoft have made headlines regarding transfer pricing disputes and adjustments that run into the billions.  In an excellent article by the Journal of Accountancy, small, closely-held compa ...

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