Monthly Archives: October 2011

A Wild Ride Ahead for Corporate America

Fortune Magazine’s 2011 ranking of the world’s largest corporations lists these top ten: Wal-Mart Stores, Royal Dutch Shell, Exxon Mobil, BP, Sinopec Group, China National Petroleum, State Grid, Toyota Motor, Japan Post Holdings and Chevron. Of these corporate giants, only … Continue reading

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M&A Planning: Buy-Side Due Diligence

The acquisition of a company or division can bring many benefits as well as potential downsides. For a company interested in M&A activity from the buy side, it is critically important for the acquirer or investor to conduct an extensive … Continue reading

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Ensuring Payroll Tax Compliance

Successful companies look for payroll and payroll tax processing solutions that are fast, accurate, versatile, reliable and easy to use. This CFO Edge article… Ensuring Payroll Tax Compliance …provides a context for discussion by looking at the types of payroll … Continue reading

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Fiddling While Rome Burns

Like most financial professionals, I have a thing about numbers. I am often amazed by what numbers can reveal – how they can tell a story, indicate a trend or expose a looming problem. Right now our nation is looking … Continue reading

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Management and Business Plans

A business plan means a lot of different things to different people. Which sort of business plan you need depends on factors such as type, scope, and size of the business, whether investors will be sought, and the business and … Continue reading

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Activity-Based Costing: Improving Cost and Expense Analyses

Activity-Based Costing (ABC) is a special costing model that manages business costs or expenses by identifying activities used for the production of products or services. This model assigns indirect costs, such as overhead, to products or services so as to … Continue reading

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