The confused world of outsourcing

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India’s outsourcing giants — faced with rising wages at home — have looked for growth opportunities in the United States. But with Washington crimping visas for visiting Indian workers, some companies such as Aegis are slowly hiring workers in North America, where their largest corporate customers are based. In this evolution, outsourcing has come home…. Read more »

Gamify Your Life!

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Are there things that you hate to do?  Sure, plenty!  Well now Green Goose, Inc. is trying to entice you to connect sensor activity to things to wide-spread activities, like how long you brush your teeth or how much you vacuum your house or apartment or how much energy you burn while riding your bike, or… Read more »

Are you considering homeownership? A “Must Read” study!

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Of the 50 most populated cities in the United States, New York remains the city where it’s better to rent than buy. The Big Apple’s competition? Fort Worth, Texas. According to Trulia, an online real estate resource, buying a home has become more affordable than renting an apartment in 80 percent of major cities. Besides… Read more »

Company Profile: Weight Watchers International Inc.

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Weight Watchers’ CEO talks about keeping the company trim and profits healthy. Weight Watchers International, Inc. (WWI) is a consumer company and the provider of weight management services, operating through a network of Company-owned and franchise operations. Questions: 1.  According to the video, how much do consumers pay for Weight Watcher products? Discuss whether you… Read more »

Love those 50’s Cars!

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Cuba’s Raul Castro has outlined hundreds of reform measures in preparation for the big Communist Party Congress that starts this weekend, the first since 1997. Among these, Cuba’s cars and homes will go on sale soon as part of sweeping economic changes. These major changes include Cuba’s property laws. The reforms could lead to a… Read more »

The Poster Boy in a Different Type of Pennant Race – Time for a Reality Check

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Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will pay virtually no property tax for a $6 million apartment he is buying on the upper West Side. Rodriguez will be billed around $1,200 this year in real estate tax for his 3,000-square-foot, five-bedroom penthouse with spectacular views of the Hudson River.Over the next 10 years Rodriguez and his fellow… Read more »

What is the cost of a bad hire?

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In this article, Goltz helps you understand the importance of a bad business decision, action or behavior, within the hiring process that can have long lasting monetary results. The hidden costs of a bad hire can result in increased recruitment costs, increased training costs, possible increases in the rate of unemployment taxes due to increased… Read more »

Intellectual Property Disputes

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The proper valuation and management of intellectual property is an area where accountants add value to their client services.  Often companies engage accountants and other financial experts to defend both plaintiffs and defendants in intellectual property (“IP”) disputes. As this video shows, similarity in names or trademarks can be at the heart of these disputes. … Read more »

Macro Sea: Urban Renewal and Greening Ideas

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David Belt, a successful developer and construction consultant and manager, is interested in urban renewal and the greening of America.  He created a stir when he created do-it –yourself swimming pools made from dumpsters.  In another project, Glassphemy, Belt and his team of architects endeavored to make recycling more exciting.  This project allowed participants to… Read more »

Bank of America CEO: Sorry no Raise.

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Bank of America Corp. is not giving its top executive a raise for 2011, unlike some rivals in the financial services industry. Over the past year, the nation’s largest bank by assets saw its stock fall 11 percent. While President and CEO Brian Moynihan didn’t receive a raise in his base salary or any cash-settled… Read more »