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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Litigation support Q&A: Rehmann offers the services you need

Written by Rehmann Team

Litigation support covers a range of issues. To provide an idea of the kinds of litigation support services available, we've put together a convenient Q&A for you.                Make sure you also check out rehmann.com's litigation support page and the cover story from our latest edition of BWD magazine...

Published in Business Consulting
Monday, 28 April 2014

Six Mistakes Landlords Can Make

Written by Thomson Reuters

Rental real estate, if managed well, can provide income and tax breaks. But watch out. Problems can arise even with good tenants. Knowing the sources of trouble can help you steer clear of unnecessary problems...

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Working Through Questions About the Private Health Exchange

Written by Jim Schafer, MPA

Despite the fact that healthcare has been the focus of many television programs, magazine articles and Internet posts, questions about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remain … questions that some employers face regularly. They include employees asking about their options and whether or not they’ll still have insurance, and the finance person wondering how much more the organization can afford. Fortunately, learning more about the private health exchange could provide answers to these and other questions. An affordability crisis Companies that offer healthcare insurance benefits traditionally have funded their programs with a “defined benefits” approach...

Published in Healthcare
Thursday, 24 April 2014

When to collect Social Security: Five questions to ask

Written by Gary Gilgen

If you’re like most people, Social Security is an important weapon in your retirement planning arsenal. If you were to reach your full retirement age today, your benefit would be as high as $2,642 per month (depending on your earnings history). You can begin collecting as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. So, when is the right time to pull the trigger?..

Published in Wealth Management
Thursday, 24 April 2014

Social media + financial institutions

Written by Jessica Dore, CISA

Like it or not: when it comes to social media, financial institutions must play by certain rules. Social media introduces potential risks to financial institutions, including compliance/legal risk and reputation risk that might be caused by poor due diligence, lack of oversight, or lax control on how, when and by whom social media is used. Because of this, efforts to train employees on the proper use of social media should be appropriate to the breadth of the financial institution’s social media usage to attract, acquire and retain customers. Such training should be developed with participation from specialists in compliance, technology, information security, legal, human resources and marketing...

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Litigation Support: Preparing your case through a team concept

Written by Rehmann Team

Litigation and fraud can be threatening and costly events for both companies and individuals. It is critical, then, to have the right firm in place to work with counsel. “Legal matters of any kind have many moving parts that can require a lot of effort to effectively get going in a single, synchronized direction,” said Michael Kridel, a Rehmann principal and member of its litigation support team. “If the matter at hand involves financial consequences, whether it is lost profits, insolvency or dissolution of marriage, that effort can expand exponentially...

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Investment options today

Written by Doug Barber, CFP®, CLU®, LUTCF

Knowing where to go from here can be difficult. We can help. Cash in money markets, CDs and savings accounts have been generating miniscule returns for the better part of a decade — the overall average rate on savings accounts now stands at well under 1 percent. Returns like these have left high net-worth individuals, who could once rely on cash investments to satisfy income goals, seeking alternatives...

Published in Wealth Management
Thursday, 24 April 2014

Click with caution

Written by Jim Carpp and Bill Kowalski

The email should never have been opened. The link inside should never have been clicked. But the message was opened, the link was clicked. The employee’s computer crashed but was quickly put back online without deep examination of the cause...

Thursday, 24 April 2014

China: Is it right for your small business?

Written by Rehmann Team

In previous years, the economic potential of moving into China held a fair amount of allure for U.S.-based businesses. But a little bit of the shine came off earlier this year with news that the country’s economic growth had slowed...

Published in International
Thursday, 24 April 2014

Buy? Lease?

Written by Andy Rose, CPA

One of the most important questions businesses face is whether it's better to buy or lease essential equipment — a question that takes on added weight for small business owners carefully watching every nickel and dime. Fortunately, answering a handful of key questions can help point their business in the right direction. Is cash flow an issue right now for your operation, perhaps because it's a new business? If "yes," leasing equipment can help improve cash flow, since leased equipment typically carries lower initial costs — but watch out for fi ne print that might contribute to the overall lease cost, such as excess mileage penalties on a company vehicle...

Published in Tax
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