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Five Overpriced Acquisitions That Were Smart Deals

You know how it goes. Some billionaire or corporate conglomerate throws out a huge bid for a business acquisition that everyone is certain is way over the top. It’s impossible such an outlandish offer could be profitable or even justified based on the subject entity. From the LA Clippers $2 billion sale to the next windfall for a teenage phenom who creates a gimmicky phone app; it seems as if one of these b ...

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PCAOB Targets Crony Disclosures

  The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) has beefed up its requirement for auditors to clarify the nature of relationships and transactions between related parties. The new standards were instituted by the PCAOB to counteract a number of factors that it felt were contributing to financial fraud. Ultimately, the intention is to help companies avoid financial failure and reduce harm to inv ...

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FASB and IASB Issue Revenue Recognition Standard

  More than a decade in the making, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) have released a converged standard on revenue recognition. Titled, “Revenue from Contracts with Customers”, the standard is designed to enhance the process of revenue reporting and improve comparability in financial statements among corporations using IFRS and U.S. ...

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77,000 Banks Turn Over Data under FATCA

  In a windfall for the IRS, 77,000 foreign banks have turned over data on American account holders as part of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The U.S. devised tax law with global reach requires all foreign banks to submit full data on all American accounts with a balance of $50,000 or more. Financial institutions that are non-compliant risk being frozen out of U.S. markets and a 30 per ...

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40 Under Forty 2014 Honorees Announced

  NACVA and the CTI are founded on excellence, superior quality, and the spirit of pioneering. We have a rich history of partnering with visionary leaders across all spectrums of the accounting and financial consulting professions regardless of affiliation with NACVA and the CTI. Simply put, we want the best of the best among our group of subject matter experts and leaders. We are thrilled to recognize ...

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Discounting Economic Damages to Present Day Value

What discount rate should you use? Economic damages in litigation must be reduced to present day dollar values to avoid over-compensating the Plaintiff for harm caused by the defendant. This article explains present value theory in simple terms and addresses different methodologies used in reducing future economic damages to a present day dollar value. ...

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Basic Statistics

A good start for a forensic accounting engagement Statistical data is commonly presented in litigation reports. The data provides valuable information to test the hypothesis. This article provides an introduction of how some statistical techniques that are readily available can be used in practice. ...

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How GM Stock Holds Value Despite Recalls

  Barely six months into 2014, General Motors (GM) has recalled more vehicles than it sold in the five years since it filed for bankruptcy. In February alone, 2.6 million vehicles were recalled for an ignition problem that’s been attributed to at least 13 deaths. Even so, the GM stock price has remained completely neutral since April. How is the stock valuation immune to such a corporate and public rel ...

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A Business Valuation Bubble?

Since 2008, policymakers have kept interest rates at or near zero. All this cheap money was intended to heal the wounds of the financial crisis and encourage business owners to invest in and grow their businesses. Although this approach has helped a bit, business valuations tend to be running at higher than usual rates. has reviewed recent data and determined whether this is a business valuation bub ...

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