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Comment on Appraisal Reviews for $3 – The Devaluation of Appraisers by Baggins

Appraisers Blog

In reply to Lindsey. Buy a ghost key, or at least always copy the reo key’s so you eventually end up with a big fat roll of possible keys that may work. Keep a disposable freebie plastic card to slide past the lock, those work well on back doors with smaller framing. As the appraiser, you have permission to be there and get into that vacant home.

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The 2023 OECD Corporate Governance Factbook

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Daniel Blume and Mats Isaksson, OECD, on Saturday, February 3, 2024 Editor's Note: Daniel Blume is the Head of the Corporate Governance Unit, and Mats Isaksson is a Board Member of the Swedish Corporate Governance Board and former Head of Division in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)’s Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs.

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Beyond the hype: New opportunities for gen AI in energy and materials

Mckinsey and Company

Generative AI can create additional value from other forms of AI and analytics—and the energy and materials sector is uniquely well-positioned to benefit from these advancements.

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Why is the $180bn games industry shedding thousands of staff?

The Guardian M&A

Despite healthy sales, publishers such as Epic Games and Activision Blizzard are making hundreds of employees redundant – which may radically reshape the industry It is widely agreed that 2023 was a stellar year for video games. The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom , Baldur’s Gate 3 , Alan Wake 2 , Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 … barely a week passed without some blockbuster hit or independent gem.

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How to Leverage Intent Data for Better Outcomes

Speaker: Susan Spencer, Principal of Spencer Communications

Intent signal data can go a long way toward shortening sales cycles and closing more deals. The challenge is deciding which is the best type of intent data to help your company meet its sales and marketing goals. In this webinar, Susan Spencer, fractional CMO and principal of Spencer Communications, will unpack the differences between contact-level and company-level intent signals.

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The Seven Samurai: How Big Tech Rescued the Market in 2023!

Musings on Markets

I was planning to finish my last two data updates for 2024, but decided to take a break and look at the seven stocks (Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Meta, Microsoft, Nvidia and Tesla) which carried the market in 2023. While I will use the "Magnificent Seven" moniker attached by these companies by investors and the media, my preference would have been to call them the Seven Samurai.

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A New Season for Executive Compensation Disclosure

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Michael Albano, Laura Bagarella, and Julia Petty, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, on Friday, February 9, 2024 Editor's Note: Michael Albano is a Partner, Laura Bagarella is Counsel, and Julia Petty is a Partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. This post is based on a Cleary Gottlieb memorandum by Mr. Albano, Ms. Bagarella, Ms.

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AMA: Dustin Siggins, founder of Proven Media Solutions

Vested

We spoke to Dustin Siggins, the founder of Proven Media Solutions , about how to juggle family and working lives, and why doing a handful of things well is the route to success.

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Exploring key 2024 tax bill proposals

ThomsonReuters

As we step into a new year, the taxation realm is abuzz with discussions surrounding the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act of 2024. However, amidst this spotlight, there are other tax proposals quietly gaining momentum. In this blog, we will dive into the details of four notable tax laws that have been introduced into legislation and deserve our attention.

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Exxon proxy suit highlights divide between ESG investing and activism

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Amy D. Roy and Robert A. Skinner, Ropes & Gray LLP, on Monday, February 5, 2024 Editor's Note: Amy D. Roy and Robert A. Skinner are Partners at the Ropes & Gray securities litigation group in Boston. This post is based on their Ropes & Gray memorandum. Related research from the Program on Corporate Governance includes The Illusory Promise of Stakeholder Governance (discussed on the Forum here ) by Lucian A.

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If you are the Gardener of Governance, take out the weeds….

Norman Marks

A few years ago, my friend Dr. Rainer Lenz started talking about the internal auditor as the “gardener of governance”. In an article in EDPACS, Rainer explained (with my emphasis): Governance has been central to what internal auditing has been aspiring to do for a long time.

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Statement of Cash Flows vs. Cash Flow Statement

Speaker: Wayne Spivak - President and Chief Financial Officer of SBA * Consulting LTD, Industry Writer, and Public Speaker

The old adages that "cash is king" and "you can’t spend profits" still hold true today. But however well-known these sayings might be, it requires a change in mindset to properly implement a cash flow management system that predicts your business's runaway as accurately as possible. Key to this new mindset is understanding the difference between the Statement of Cash Flows, a historical look at the source and uses of cash, and the Cash Flow Statement, which uses transaction history and forward-l

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Adam Neumann Wants to Take Over WeWork

NYT M&A

Adam Neumann, the co-working company’s onetime chief, has sought for months to buy the now-bankrupt business, but accuses its current leaders of stonewalling him.

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Industrials Company Owens-Corning Announces Acquisition of Masonite International

Benzinga

Owens-Corning (NYSE: OC ) has announced an acquisition of Masonite International (NYSE: DOOR ) that is expected to be completed 2024-H1. Under the terms of the agreement, Owens-Corning has agreed to give Masonite International $3.90 billion in cash in exchange for DOOR stock. About The Companies Involved Owens-Corning Inc is a manufacturer of glass fiber utilized in composites and building materials.

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Material ESG Alpha: A Fundamentals-Based Perspective

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Byung Hyun Ahn (Dimensional Fund Advisors), Panos N. Patatoukas (UC Berkeley), and George S. Skiadopoulos (Queen Mary University of London and the University of Piraeus), on Thursday, February 8, 2024 Editor's Note: Byung Hyun Ahn is a Senior Researcher at Dimensional Fund Advisors; Panos N. Patatoukas is a Professor and the L.H. Penney Chair in Accounting at the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business; and George S.

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AMA: Donna Airey, founder of HomeGrown PR

Vested

As HomeGrown PR ’s founder and sole employee, Donna Airey talks to us about the importance of determination, starting a business during a global pandemic and championing the underdog.

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Mastering Intent Data: Understanding its Importance & Best Practices

Speaker: Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union

In this webinar, Joe Apfelbaum, CEO of Ajax Union and business strategist, will take you through the ABCs of intent data. You'll learn how to effectively use it to drive business results, with practical tips on how to leverage both company and contact intent data to maximize your marketing efforts. Whether you're a seasoned marketer or just getting started, this webinar is a must-attend for anyone looking to stay ahead in the ever-evolving world of digital marketing.

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With PE Exits Set To Surge, Buyers Must Act Quickly, Wisely

Law 360 M&A

Private equity exits are expected to rebound this year after a decade low in 2023, as investment time horizons expire and investors demand returns, but strategic buyers will need to act quickly and keep a finger on the market's pulse as competition heats up.

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Spark & Sustain: How all of the world’s school systems can improve learning at scale

Mckinsey and Company

With student learning improvements not keeping up with today’s ever-shifting demands, it is more important than ever before to improve the quality and equity of education systems around the world.

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Using Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence for Public Disclosures

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by David Woodcock, Vivek Mohan, and Hugh N. Danilack, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, on Sunday, February 4, 2024 Editor's Note: David Woodcock and Vivek Mohan are Partners, and Hugh N. Danilack is an Associate Attorney at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. This post is based on a Gibson Dunn memorandum by Mr. Woodcock, Mr. Mohan, Mr. Danilack, Frances Waldmann , Chris Rosina , and Samantha Yi.

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When to invest in sales tax automation software

ThomsonReuters

Jump to: When to consider an automated tax software solution Benefits of sales tax automation software What if you don’t have a complex business model? Amidst a rapidly changing regulatory landscape, it can seem more challenging than ever to understand your sales tax obligations in every jurisdiction in which you do business. The tax complexities of interstate and international commerce are why most companies use some form of automated software to help track and calculate their organizatio

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Okta Investors Win Cert. In Cyberattack Coverup Suit

Law 360 M&A

Investors in identity and access management software company Okta Inc. have received certification for a class in a suit alleging the company misled them about a 2022 cyberattack.

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Location, location, location: The impact of place on racial equity

Mckinsey and Company

There is a dramatic difference in health, economic, and social outcomes for Black US residents compared with their White neighbors. What can investors, companies, philanthropies, and public sector leaders do to help close the gap?

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Caremark Claim Based on Business Risks Dismissed

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Richard Horvath, Stephen Leitzell, and Taylor Jaszewski, Dechert LLP, on Monday, February 5, 2024 Editor's Note: Richard Horvath and Stephen Leitzell are Partners, and Taylor Jaszewski is an Associate at Dechert LLP. This post is based on a Dechert memorandum by Mr. Horvath, Mr. Leitzell, Mr. Jaszewski, and Christopher Merken ; and is part of the Delaware law series ; links to other posts in the series are available here.

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Comment on AMCs Violating TILA and C&R Fee Clauses by Josephine Bracken

Appraisers Blog

Buyers are getting very smart about what they are being charged in real estate transactions, just ask the agent community. About time AMC got sued by a buyer due to costing buyers excess fees. Day may be coming sooner than they think only takes one buyer and one smart attorney.

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Reimaging Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

Law 360 M&A

While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

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How grid operators can integrate the coming wave of renewable energy

Mckinsey and Company

To integrate renewables into grids and support the energy transition, operators may need to rethink their planning approaches and tools to tackle network and value chain challenges.

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Voting on ESG: Ever-Widening Differences

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Lindsey Stewart, Morningstar, Inc, on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 Editor's Note: Lindsey Stewart is Director of Investment Stewardship Research at Morningstar, Inc. This post is based on his Morningstar memorandum. Related research from the Program on Corporate Governance includes The Illusory Promise of Stakeholder Governance (discussed on the Forum here ) by Lucian A.

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Comment on AMCs Violating TILA and C&R Fee Clauses by Honest Appraiser

Appraisers Blog

10 years ago we tried to get our state board to require that ALL AMC orders were required to be delivered with the Appraiser Invoice as page 1 of the report. We tried… The lack of disclosure that AMC’s even exist in the transaction to the consumer should be enough for a Class Action.

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Aviva's £460M AIG Life UK Takeover Gets Competition Probe

Law 360 M&A

The Competition and Markets Authority said on Thursday it has launched an investigation into Aviva PLC's planned all-cash acquisition of the U.K. protection business of AIG Life Ltd. for £460 million ($580 million).

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How to navigate accounting assumptions

ThomsonReuters

Jump to: What are the main accounting assumptions? Going concern assumption: A closer look How do common accounting assumptions relate to GAAP? Staying up to date with GAAP standards Running an efficient and successful business isn’t easy. Therefore, when serving business clients, it is important that accounting professionals have the right framework to ensure that proper financial reporting procedures are in place to help with accounting assumptions.

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2023 Say on Pay & Proxy Results

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by Todd Sirras, Austin Vanbastelaer, and Justin Beck, Semler Brossy LLC, on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 Editor's Note: Todd Sirras is Managing Director, Austin Vanbastelaer is Principal, and Justin Beck is a Senior Consultant at Semler Brossy LLC. This post is based on a Semler Brossy memorandum by Mr. Sirras, Mr. Vanbastelaer, Mr. Beck, Kyle McCarthy , Nathan Grantz , and Anish Tamhaney.

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Comment on AMCs Violating TILA and C&R Fee Clauses by Dave

Appraisers Blog

Hey Mike – last I knew taking USPAP is mandatory, so your sarcastic “threatening” remark is frankly arrogant. There are always work arounds to preserve confidentially. It’s not like we signed a non-disclosure agreement wth the soon to be out of business AMC industry. The lenders think they can do it better! Hello Appraisalport!

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NY Marketing Co. Gets OK For $51M Sale To Lender

Law 360 M&A

The marketing firm Troika Media Group received final approval Tuesday of its $11 million debtor-in-possession loan from secured lender Blue Torch Finance, and for its $51 million credit sale to Blue Torch.

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The McKinsey Crossword: Body Language | No. 166

Mckinsey and Company

Sharpen your problem-solving skills the McKinsey way, with our weekly crossword. Each puzzle is created with the McKinsey audience in mind, and includes a subtle (and sometimes not-so-subtle) business theme for you to find. Answers that are directionally correct may not cut it if you’re looking for a quick win.

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Why did shareholder liability disappear?

Harvard Corporate Governance

Posted by John D. Turner, Queen's University Belfast, on Monday, February 5, 2024 Editor's Note: John D. Turner is Professor of Finance and Financial History at Queen’s University Belfast and a Director of the Centre for Economics, Policy and History. This post is based on a recent paper forthcoming in the Journal of Financial Economics by David Bogle , Christopher Coyle , Gareth Campbell , and Professor Turner.

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Comment on AMCs Violating TILA and C&R Fee Clauses by Baggins

Appraisers Blog

Related, old post. ‘Anon’, you’re going to want to read this, and please forward to your people looking into this if you feel is helpful. Last summer I wrote a lengthy piece on the failure of the CFPB to reign in the amc model. [link] The end is near. It’s going to take another housing crash before the central planners realize they did it wrong, again.

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