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  • You are patient zero – How to diagnose and cure your bidding maladies

    Summer 2019
    Newsletter: On-Site

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 957

    Abstract: No matter how strong a contractor’s body of work might be when it comes to winning bids, any system can break down over time. The good news is that the cures to any construction company’s bidding maladies lie within the business itself. This article provides a few diagnostic questions on how to improve the bidding process. A sidebar looks at the usefulness of tracking the bid-hit ratio.

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  • IRS checklist offers a convenient compliance self-checkup

    February / March 2015
    Newsletter: Employee Benefits Update

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 957

    Abstract: Plan sponsors have a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that their qualified plan complies with all current employee benefits laws and regulations and operates within the plan’s current provisions. It’s time for an annual self-checkup with help from the IRS. The article highlights some questions to ask to determine whether a plan complies with laws and operates properly.

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  • How to find out your dealership’s value

    September / October 2011
    Newsletter: Dealer Insights

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 957

    Abstract: A business valuation is essential when selling a dealership, but it can be beneficial in other circumstances, such as when drafting a buy-sell agreement or preparing an estate plan. This article shows how valuators consider tangible and intangible assets, a wide range of valuation multiples and cap rates, and many other factors that can affect value. A sidebar explains that, for dealers who are selling their business, a valuator can prepare financial statements for buyer scrutiny by making various adjustments to earnings — a process called “normalizing.”

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  • Top of the heap – Be aware of the most rampant fraud risk areas

    August / September 2011
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 957

    Abstract: When fraud strikes a borrower, its ability to repay debt — and the quality of its collateral — may be compromised. This article shows how lenders can protect themselves from fraud losses by identifying and monitoring high-risk balance sheet accounts. It focuses on the fraud-prone areas of accounts receivable, accounts payable and inventory. A sidebar lists some of the ways executives under pressure might misstate or exaggerate financial results.

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  • Year end tax planning – Don’t get nickel-and-dimed by M&E expenses

    Fall 2009
    Newsletter: On-Site

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 957

    Abstract: An often overlooked way that construction companies lose cash flow is by failing to properly deduct meal and entertainment (M&E) expenses. Contractors do incur a significant amount of these costs in providing food and beverages on job sites and during project meetings. This article looks at the pros and cons of both the per diem method and an “accountable plan” in reporting these expenses, while a sidebar discusses travel expenses.

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  • “Fair value” in a troubled economy

    May / June 2009
    Newsletter: Valuation & Litigation Briefing / Litigation & Valuation Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 957

    Abstract: Last year, Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (SFAS) No. 157 took effect. The statement, entitled Fair Value Measurements, provides guidance on measuring fair value for purposes of several accounting standards, and establishes a “fair value hierarchy” that emphasizes market-based valuation methods. This article explains how it works. A sidebar discusses a few opportunities to explore in this down economy.

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  • When the going gets tough – What an economic downturn May Mean For Your Borrowers

    July / August 2008
    Newsletter: Commercial Lending Report

    Price: $225.00, Subscriber Price: $157.50

    Word count: 957

    Abstract: Amid conflicting economic indicators and wide-ranging prognostications, it’s hard to predict where the economy is headed. But a survey of CFOs reveals that optimism in the U.S. economy has reached its lowest point in six years. And 40% of CFOs predict a recession in 2008. Learn how you can prepare your customers.

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