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I’m not going to pretend
I have extraordinary insight
into the economy, but I do know that February was a very strong month
for IPOs and that signs are
pointing to an increase in mergers and
two trends, combined with the fact that business valuation is already
one of the fastest growing
‘niche services’ among Accounting Today’s Top 100 firms in both 2012
means that this is a great time
to learn more about the AICPA’s Accredited in Business Valuation Credential.
addition to the increase in M&As and IPOs thus far this year, valuation
professionals said they expect to see increased demand for shareholder/partner
disputes, contractual disputes and family law as well as in bankruptcy,
insolvency and reorganization in the next two to five years, according to the 2011 Forensic and Valuation
Services Trend Survey.
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Pinterest, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
Have you had a chance to try out Pinterest yet? You should! If you are a visual person, this image-driven platform may really hit home for you like it does for me.
What is Pinterest?
Pinterest is a fast-growing niche social networking site that has generated a lot of buzz and media coverage. With over 15 million users, Pinterest is the fifth most visited social media site in the US, and generates more referral traffic to other websites than Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn combined.
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3 Tips for
Ensuring You’re Coaching a Winning Team
I’m a sports fan. And I’m the mother of two athletic teenage
boys. I’ve watched a lot of ball games over the years, and I’d like to think
I’ve learned a little bit about coaching. Recently, I watched a basketball
game where the home team lost, but should have won.
Why do I think they lost? Coaching.
Despite the team’s collective talent, the coach allowed
selfish play and poor execution without consequence. More importantly, he
failed to adjust his strategies to counter the opposing team's strengths. Occasionally, talent alone suffices in order to win a game. Most times,
however, how that talent is deployed makes the difference between success and
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The AICPA’s Forensic and Valuation Service Conference, held
Nov. 11 through 13, involved several sessions that were taught the “un-conference
way.” These sessions were unconventional in their approach and involved
peer-to-peer interactive learning. One un-conference session I attended was Tom
an ROI from Social Media via ROA (Return on Attention).” Tom is the CEO of
the Maryland Association of CPAs and is considered a top thought
leader in accounting.
From the moment we entered the room, we were thrown headfirst
into the world of social media, as Tom encouraged us to sign into the gosoapbox event. Tom kicked off the session
with a survey of attendees’ social media habits. In our group, 11% did not use social
media at all and 71% viewed social media as a time sink, a valid concern for
professionals who already have very demanding schedules.
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Earlier this year, the AICPA
Forensic and Valuation Services Conference was held in Orlando. In the
past, forensic services and valuation services held separate conferences; this
year, in recognition of the fact that many CPAs perform a combination of these
services, the two events were joined. As many as eight concurrent sessions were
available to attendees on topics including basic, advanced and practical
forensic and valuation issues; practice management and marketing; and
As a CPA who performs primarily valuation services for
litigation, two issues of particular interest for me were expert testimony and
the cost of capital in business valuations. Ron Seigneur moderated a panel of
three attorneys in a session titled “What
Do Lawyers Really Say About FVS Experts?” This session was a great look
into what attorneys are looking for in an expert and how expert testimony can
be most effective.
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