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What Does CEO Optimism Really Tell Us?

What Does CEO Optimism Really Tell Us?

After about 10 years of analyzing data from our Vistage CEO Confidence Index (a quarterly survey of our Vistage CEO members), University of Michigan’s Dr. Read More

The Economy in 2015: Prosperity in the Age of Decline

The Economy in 2015: Prosperity in the Age of Decline

Businesses all over the country are wondering what the year will hold in terms of economic health. Will there be another first quarter stall-out similar Read More

What is the Long-Term Economic Outlook for 2015 and Beyond?

What is the Long-Term Economic Outlook for 2015 and Beyond?

U.S. leading indicators show: Employment is rising, banks are lending, retail sales are up, non-residential construction is improving, and while deficit spending continues, there is Read More

Crossing the Street in 2015

Crossing the Street in 2015

Relying on the past to predict the future is like studying yesterday’s traffic patterns and believing you can cross a street blindfolded without fear of Read More

Big Banks Go Small with Small Business Loans

Big Banks Go Small with Small Business Loans

Need a loan for your small business? You’re in luck: small business loans from big banks are on the rise. Small business loan approval rates Read More

The Democrats’ Plan to Fix Medicare: The Affordable Care Act

The Democrats’ Plan to Fix Medicare: The Affordable Care Act

The 2 party’s approaches are quite different and their positions are polarized.  Politicians realize that Medicare will not be able to continue on its current Read More

The Era of the Informed Customer: Have You Changed How You Sell?

The Era of the Informed Customer: Have You Changed How You Sell?

The Wall Street Journal reported that UPS struggled with last minute Christmas demand from Amazon, Kohl’s, Wal-Mart and other online sellers. It should be no Read More

What is Your Outlook for Trends in 2014?

What is Your Outlook for Trends in 2014?

I always point out that we do not have a crystal ball for the future, only facts already in evidence today. I am not a Read More

Inappropriate Indicators Can Mislead You

Inappropriate Indicators Can Mislead You

About 30 years ago, I worked on Capitol Hill, handling health and environment legislation for (now) Senator Barbara Mikulski. During that time, I did what Read More

The Importance of Entrepreneurial Capitalism in Today’s Society

The Importance of Entrepreneurial Capitalism in Today’s Society

Capitalism is not a contrivance: it is a manifestation of nature.  No person, committee or nation invented it.  They didn’t have to—it just happens naturally Read More

5 Reasons Why You Should Hire an Accountant For Your Company

5 Reasons Why You Should Hire an Accountant For Your Company

If you’re a small business owner, you know that there is a lot of financial paperwork required, in the form of payroll, general accounting, and Read More

Profit Is Not a Four Letter Word

Profit Is Not a Four Letter Word

The better you understand the truth of my title, the less vulnerable you will be. And the more you learn about the noble nature of Read More

Co-Ownership Planning: When You Shouldn’t Co-Title Your Assets

Co-Ownership Planning: When You Shouldn’t Co-Title Your Assets

One form of protective co-ownership is tenancy-by-the-entirety (TBE). Twenty-five states, at least to some extent, protect assets owned by spouses as TBE against the creditors Read More

The Complexity of Equity Warrants Valuation

The Complexity of Equity Warrants Valuation

If you have recently been offered a warrant as a perk from a company you work for, it may be a good idea to use Read More

Determining the Valuation of Stock Options in Your Business

Determining the Valuation of Stock Options in Your Business

There are 2 primary purposes for stock options.

  1. Part of an employee benefits package
  1. To pay for goods and services to help companies retain cash
  2. Read More

How to Understand Preferred Stock in a Growing Business

How to Understand Preferred Stock in a Growing Business

Before attempting to understand the valuation of preferred stock you must first have an understanding the term and what makes preferred different from other types Read More

Entrepreneurs: The Art of Business Creativity

Entrepreneurs: The Art of Business Creativity

The art of business creativity is a common denominator among those of us with an entrepreneurial spirit and a new business opportunity in mind.  It Read More

Business Target Market: When Babies Start Wearing Gucci (Again)

Business Target Market: When Babies Start Wearing Gucci (Again)

These past few years have been tough due to the economic recession. Fortunately, the economy is slowly recovering from this with a rising trend in Read More

How to Use Asset Protection for Risk Management

How to Use Asset Protection for Risk Management

Risk Management is the process of identifying, analyzing and mitigating the uncertainty in investment decision-making. One form of Risk Management is Asset Protection. Asset Protection Read More

An Explanation of the Lack of Marketability Discount

An Explanation of the Lack of Marketability Discount

Marketability Discount – “The concept of marketability deals with the liquidity of the interest—how quickly and certainly it can be converted to cash at the Read More

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6 Ways to Convert Data into Cash

For the past years, tremendous amounts of data are being produced every day. This big data phenomenon is shifting the global economy towards profitable complex Read More

Net Results Plus Net Rewards Equal Net Profits

Net Results Plus Net Rewards Equal Net Profits

Net Results, Net Rewards:  These two succinct yet powerful phrases define the last imperative of Robert’s Rules of Innovation.  The principle is essential; dynamic Read More

What is the Company Specific Cost of Capital?

What is the Company Specific Cost of Capital?

The Cost of Capital typically used for a business valuation is the Ibbotson’s Build-up method which comprises several risk factor elements discussed in a previous Read More

How to Calculate the Cost of Capital

How to Calculate the Cost of Capital

It is often necessary to calculate the cost of capital when you are trying to make decisions concerning investments or lending. You may also need Read More

The Latest on ESOPs: It’s Worth Knowing

The Latest on ESOPs: It’s Worth Knowing

So here’s the big question people want answered about ESOPs:  will an ESOP pay as much as other potential buyers?

Let’s back up a second Read More