When a Valuation Professional Finds Fraud

Imagine you’ve got your eye on a business that seems like an attractive investment or acquisition target. It boasts strong earnings, competitive growth estimates and a clean balance sheet. But this business has a secret: fraud. And fraud can dramatically change...

Protect Your Public Company With an Insider Trading Policy

Successful stock trading requires access to information — preferably publicly available information. However, some investors attempt to get a jump on the market by using insider knowledge to make buying, selling and holding decisions. Federal and state laws...

Divorce Valuations: Active versus Passive Appreciation

It’s common in divorce cases that involve an interest in a closely held business for that investment to be the marital estate’s most valuable asset. In many states, when the owner-spouse brings this asset to the marriage, a specialist may be called...

Hiring Family Members Can Pay Off for Everyone

One of the advantages of owning and operating your own business is the ability to hire family members to fill open positions. This can be a significant perk in today’s tight labor market. Bringing on family members can have tax benefits for all involved, too,...

Is it Time to Rebid Your Vendor Contracts?

While it’s great to have a good rapport with your vendors, it’s important to ensure the relationship remains cost-effective. Vendors who know there is a threat that they could lose your contract are more likely to focus on providing the best service and...