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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Market Outlook -- October 2017

Written by Frank Germack III, CFA

Economics U.S. GDP growth is above the 2 percent trendline, and is expected to finish the year at +2.1 percent...

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Managing debt while saving for retirement

Written by Forefield, INC.

It's a catch-22: You feel that you should focus on paying down debt, but you also want to save for retirement. It may be comforting to know you're not alone. According to an Employee Benefit Research Institute survey, 18% of today's workers describe their debt level as a major problem, while 41% say it's a minor problem. And workers who say that debt is a problem are also more likely to feel stressed about their retirement savings prospects...

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Company stock and your portfolio: keep your eye on concentration risk

Written by Forefield, INC.

The opportunity to acquire company stock — inside or outside a workplace retirement plan — can be a lucrative employee benefit. But having too much of your retirement plan assets or net worth concentrated in your employer's stock could become a problem if the company or sector hits hard times and the stock price plummets. Buying shares of any individual stock carries risks specific to that company or industry. A shift in market forces, regulation, technology, competition — even mismanagement, scandals, and other unexpected events — could damage the value of the business...

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Does your business need a buy-sell agreement?

Written by Forefield Inc.

When you're mired deep in the day-to-day challenges of the management of your business, it's often hard to step out of the trees and take a good hard look at the forest. But at various points in the business cycle, it's important to do just that. For example, one of the key decisions you'll need to consider is what would happen to your business if you decide to step away, or you die or become permanently disabled. A buy-sell agreement can be a useful tool in helping you plan for these circumstances...

Thursday, 05 October 2017

Introducing the Save Local Businesses Act

Written by The Rehmann Team

Franchise owners are celebrating the recent legislation Congress proposed to permanently protect franchises from joint employer liability, because many believe the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) current policies are misleading and don’t have the interests of workers and small businesses in mind. In addition, franchise owners consider these existing policies to pose a threat to the franchise industry by redefining the term “joint employer,” and disrupting the way franchise businesses run day-to-day operations. U.S...

Thursday, 05 October 2017

3 strategies for handling estimated tax payments

Written by Thomson Reuters

In today’s economy, many individuals are self-employed. Others generate income from interest, rent or dividends. If these circumstances sound familiar, you might be at risk of penalties if you don’t pay enough tax during the year through estimated tax payments and withholding. Here are three strategies to help avoid underpayment penalties: Know the minimum payment rules...

Tuesday, 03 October 2017

Risk Report - October 2017

Written by Bill Kowalski

Rehmann Corporate Investigative Services (CIS) compiles Risk Report to help raise awareness of the risks you and your company could face — from fraud to cyber crime and more. We can help protect you against these threats. Call us at 248.267...

Tuesday, 03 October 2017

M&A transactions: Five tips for retaining and engaging executives and key employees

Written by Heidi Bolger, CPA/ABV, CM&AA, CGMA and Mary Van Skiver, CPA, MBA, PHR, CEPA

Whether you’re selling your business, acquiring a business, or merging with another company, retaining and engaging executives and other employees is one of the solutions for a successful transaction. Here are five tips for motivating your key people, encouraging a high level of retention and engagement,  and preserving the value of your business.   1. Communicate...

Tuesday, 03 October 2017

The new revenue recognition standard: Lessons from SEC filers

Written by Magdalena Marriott, CPA, MBA, CISA, CGMA

Companies that follow generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in the U.S. will soon be required to adopt the new revenue recognition standard, which may have a significant impact on their revenue accounting processes. Most non-public companies will begin applying the new standard in 2019, while public companies generally must adopt it beginning in 2018...

Tuesday, 03 October 2017

Rehmann patch kit

Written by The Rehmann Team

While Rehmann can help you respond to and recover from a hack, why not be prepared and keep a patch kit handy in the event of emergency? Your kit should include tools to help you track available patches for your system, a patch implementation plan and a broom to sweep out any obsolete equipment or software. Here is your Rehmann patch kit: 1. Define your patch process Select the tools you will use to help track available patches on main systems and third-party software Determine whether you will use internal or external vulnerability scan services to identify where available patches have not been installed Select a time frame for rebooting to implement patches 2...

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