Total – French Oil Giant Quits American Petroleum Institute (API)

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According to the Washington Post, Total is the first major petroleum company to leave the influential trade group, the American Petroleum Institute (API). Question: Why did Total leave the influential API trade group?’ What other oil companies have left trade groups? Name the trade groups and companies. How much has Total invested in the U.S…. Read more »

Dollar General Pays Employees to Get COVID vaccination

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According to the Washington Post, Dollar General workers who get the COVID vaccine will be rewarded with four hours of pay. This makes the company one of the first major retailers to incentivize inoculations for its workforce. Questions: What is the base rate for Dollar General workers? What barrier does the company hope to break down… Read more »

New IRS tax law focuses on top paid coaches

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According to Accounting Today, highly paid college sports coaches (and some hospital executives) are are targets of a 21 percent excise tax by the IRS if these nonprofit employees receive $1 million or more in salary. Questions: What is the big loophole in the law? Who pays the tax? Employee or nonprofit organization? What is… Read more »

New SEC disgorgement provisions

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According to the Insights Commentary, the U.S. Congress recently passed the National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) for Fiscal Year 2021, which includes important changes to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) ability to seek disgorgement. Although President Trump vetoed the bill, the House of Representatives and Senate voted to override the veto on December 28,… Read more »

A lookback at 2020

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One of the most read articles by the BV Wire in 2020 was one summarizing the thoughts on the impact of the crisis on valuations by the Business Valuation Update Editorial Advisory Board, in both the U.S. and around the globe. Questions: Edwina Tam, partner at Deloitte in Hong Kong, suggested that issues to be considered… Read more »

Humans: 1 Robots: 0

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According to Engadget.com, Walmart announced that they have decided to cancel their original plans to have robots to track and check inventory after they discovered that actual human employees were capable of performing the tasks just as well. Questions: According to the article, which function(s) were humans better at? When did Walmart start testing the… Read more »

Watch this FDIC development

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According to Bloomberg, Amazon, Facebook, Walmart and other corporate giants may soon give Wall Street a run for its money as a key U.S. regulator smooths the path for nonbanks to get into lending. Questions: Why is the banking industry against this? List at least two reasons. What is the loophole that the article talks… Read more »

China’s New Tough Stance on Tech

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According to the New York Times, despite the fact that Jack Ma and other entrepreneurs have prospered under Beijing’s laissez-faire attitude toward the business side of the internet, new investigations by China’s authoritarian government indicate that the dynamic is shifting as the companies have grown in power. Questions: What is the investigation into Alibaba about?… Read more »

COVID Disclosures

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According to a new KPMG report, audit committees will have fuller plates than usual in the coming year as a result of managing agendas packed with new risk management responsibilities amid the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic and other crises of 2020 Questions How many issues has KPMG identified that audit committees will have to… Read more »

The IMA is Growing by Leaps and Bounds!

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According to Accounting Today, the Institute of Management Accountants reported record growth in 2020 despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the accounting profession. Questions: What is the 10-year compound annual growth rate for CMA candidates? How many global IMA members are there? In your opinion, why do you think that the IMA is… Read more »