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Ultimate Earnings Adjustments

Since the Federal Reserve issued guidance on leveraged lending limits, borrowers and lenders have been interested in the ratio of debt-to-EBITDA in proposed financing packages.  However, banks are supposed to steer clear of deals for which the ratio is 6.0x or greater.  Travis Harms, Mercer Capital’s Financial Reporting Valuation Group lead, explains the topic of earnings adjustments. To read the full artic ...

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A Few Thoughts on Valuing Investments in Startups: An Interview with Travis Harms

The need to develop reliable, defensible fair value markets for hard-to-value assets is universal.  Sujan Rajbhandary, senior member of Mercer Capital’s Financial Reporting Valuation Group, sits down with Travis Harms to get his insight from a financial reporting perspective on a few issues around valuations of startups. To read more about the results of this report in the Mercer Capital's Financial Reporti ...

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Small Firms Say LinkedIn Works, Twitter Doesn’t —Wall Street Journal Plus: YouTube Starts Charging

Six Out of 10 Small-Business Owners Buy Business Benefits of Social Media; 41% Prefer LinkedIn; Only 3% Vouch for Twitter  Not that that stopped Twitter from getting a $9B valuation this last week.   Emily Maltby and Shira Ovide report that the Wall Street Journal and Vistage International recently surveyed 835 small business owners.  Here are the results. ...

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Why Concierge Medicine Will Get Bigger —CBS Marketwatch

Many Physicians Find Personalized Service is Increasingly Popular Among Patients  Elizabth O'Brien at CBS Marketwatch writes that plenty of baby boomers have done the math on so-called "concierge" medicine (also known as "boutique," "personalized" or "private physician" practices)  and deemed the investment worthy. In the typical concierge experience, a primary-care doctor accepts insurance for routine serv ...

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BlackBerry 10: Five Questions CIOs Should Ask —WSJ CIO Journal

Considering Technology, Integration, and the Future Clint Boulton at the WSJ CIO Journal reports:  Research in Motion Ltd. Wednesday [tomorrow] is introducing two smartphones based on its new BlackBerry 10 operating system software, giving CIOs yet another platform to consider supporting at a time when consumers are bringing in their own smartphones to use at work. CIOs are skeptical about the uncertainty s ...

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Avoiding Last-Minute Errors — Before the Last Minute! — Wall Street Journal Tax Blog

The Wall Street Journal Recounts What the IRS Advises:  Moves to Make as April Grows Near April deadlines may not be that far way,  but some Americans still haven’t even rounded up their W2s, the Wall Street Journal noted in a (just-before-deadline) filing last year.   Acknowledging the tax procrastination is a national pastime, the Internal Revenue Service issued some tips and a series of videos to help la ...

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