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In 2011, the oldest baby boomers reached the traditional retirement age of 65, and through 2029, about 8,000 boomers will reach that milestone every day. This aging of America will result in a significant shift in mature industries such as financial services because the average financial planner is currently 57.

As they reach their “golden years,” many of these professionals, who have worked hard to build successful practices, will choose to leave them — ideally in the capable hands of colleagues who’ve been trained to step into their shoes.[…] Continue Reading »

A roundup of all the best financial news and analysis coming out of the World Economic Forum, which kicks off tomorrow in Davos, Switzerland.

Who actually goes to Davos?: Before getting to which bankers are saying what at Davos, it might help to figure out who is actually tucked away up there in the Alps this year.[…] Continue Reading »

In my last post, I discussed some of the ways that companies contemplating an initial public offering or a possible acquisition by a larger firm (so-called “pre-IPO/pre-acquisition companies”) can use strong corporate governance practices, particularly readiness to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as a means of demonstrating additional value to potential investors or acquisition suitors.[…] Continue Reading »

The primary focus of the well-publicized and sweeping corporate governance reforms adopted over the last decade, such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”) has been public companies, but elective compliance with certain provisions of SOX by privately held companies can provide significant advantages.

In fact, many private companies are discovering that they can actually enhance the value of their businesses and improve operational procedures through changes in areas such as internal controls, board composition (e.g., independent directors), audit committees, and development and implementation of codes of business conduct and ethics.[…] Continue Reading »

Bennett Stewart is an expert in shareholder value and corporate performance management, and CEO of EVA Dimensions, a financial technology firm that provides software tools, databases and training and support packages that help companies to test and automate Best-Practice EVA, and investors to earn excess returns. This article was excerpted with permission from the publisher, John Wiley & Sons, from “Best-Practice EVA” (March 2013).[…] Continue Reading »