Smart Stops on the Web


Articles of Interest

The Business Valuation Services site offers more than two dozen articles, with titles such as “A Lender’s Business Valuation Option,” “Alphabet Soup: Making Sense of Professional Designations” and “Mediating Valuation Differences.”

Advice From AmEx

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On this AmEx Web site, users can ask experts for advice on business valuation topics or find answers to previously asked questions. The Small Business Services section recently featured an article on the business valuation methods involved in buying and selling a business, among them asset, capitalization of income, owner benefit and multiplier or market valuation methods.

Find an Appraiser Here

On the American Society of Appraisers site, users can find experts in personal and real property, machinery and equipment, and gems and jewelry appraisal—as well as in business valuation and appraisal review and management. The site also offers archived copies of the society’s online magazine Newsline (from August 1997).

Information for Appraisers

This site was created by the Institute of Business Appraisers “to increase awareness of business valuation as a specialized profession” as well as to have an impact on national policy and law affecting the business valuation community. Its news section contains articles such as “The Market Analysis Portfolio” and “Admissibility of the Business Appraiser’s Testimony.” The resource library has links to related publications, practice aids and Web sites.

For the Business Analyst

Free membership on the My Business Analyst (MBA) site provides access to financial analysis, business valuation and business plan tools. Users also can find explanations for a dozen methods of valuation, including income capitalization; discounted cash flow; and book, replacement and liquidation value. In addition, the site offers a glossary and a frequently-asked-questions section.

A Site for Stock Valuation

The Global Value Investing with Stock Valuation site has an investment guide, models, and analysis and commentary, as well as the full text of its four-step common-stock selection process. It also has a section on frequently asked questions, among which recently were, How can I practice intrinsic value investing? and What are some indications that a mutual fund really is a “pure intrinsic value” fund? Other sections discuss additional aspects of investing—for example, margin of safety and value vs. price.



This site’s search engine breaks down 20 general headings—including education and careers, finance, small business, and Web and e-commerce—into subtopics users can click on to access a list of Web sites. Specific searches can also be done by typing in a query.

This site offers 15 topics that can be searched, among which are business and money, government, news and media, and reference. As in the site above, they are broken into subtopics and linked to other sites on the Web. In addition, the home page offers links to free newsletters, hardware reviews and technical news.

This site’s search engine has fewer categories than the other two, but includes just as much information—provided you’re looking for chat rooms, mailing lists or Usenet newsgroups. These three search categories offer links to topics such as books, computers, news, business, the Internet and politics, so users can locate individuals and groups specific to their interests.

For the Business Traveler

If you travel frequently and prefer to make your own arrangements, this site is worth visiting. It has links for airfare price comparisons, car rentals and hotel reservations. Sections on the site offer travel articles, news and information for tourists. Another section has links to international newspapers—broken down into topics including business, computers, education, government and investing.

Links to Government Agencies

This site, “designed specifically for environmental consultants and remediation professionals,” includes information about environmental regulations and legislation, health and safety issues and professional associations. Of more general interest is its extensive list of links to government agencies including the Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy and Labor Departments. Users will also find links to the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate.


Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.