Chief Insights is a Cohen & Company podcast designed to help C-level executives, board members and other top decision makers drive successful, dynamic companies. In this series, entrepreneurial-minded CPAs, consultants and specialists offer their expertise and stories from the field regarding business best practices and opportunities. Listen and share!
Episode 16: Using Technology to Transform Your Back Office20/02/2020 Duration: 17min
HR, accounting and IT are a few of the areas that can benefit from transformative technologies like digital and robotic process automation. But it’s not just about the tools; it’s about changing the way you work to be smarter and more efficient. John Cavalier and Mary Washburn of Cohen & Company’s Management Consulting Group discuss how organizations along all points of the digital maturity scale can transform their back office. Learn what drives the decision for transformation, what tools could help and what else you need to be successful.
Episode 15: 2 Ways the SECURE Act Will Impact Your Retirement Accounts28/01/2020 Duration: 19min
More than 85 million Americans have IRAs — and the SECURE Act stands to affect all of those plans and more. Scott Swain of Cohen & Company and Leon LaBrecque of Sequoia Financial Group give real-world examples of the impact of the new Required Minimum Distribution age as well as the elimination of the stretch provision, which will significantly increase the tax burden on individuals inheriting IRAs. Learn how tax bracket management, trust planning and other proactive steps may be necessary to align your retirement goals.
Episode 14: How You Can Minimize Your Tax Burden Before Year End11/12/2019 Duration: 20min
Listen to year-end tax planning ideas that businesses and individuals can still take advantage of before December 31, 2019. Cohen & Company Tax Partners Phil Baptiste and Scott Swain discuss how tax reform has changed the planning landscape and offer practical tips surrounding items such as entity structure, bonus depreciation, charitable contribution strategies, gifting and more.
Episode 13: SOC Reports: What Are They and Can Your Business Benefit from One?31/10/2019 Duration: 20min
Listen as we demystify the various types of Service Organizational Control (SOC) reports and the process to obtain one. Steve Guarini, assurance partner, and Michelle Chopper, a director of audit and advisory, also offer insights into which types of companies need a SOC report and how it can offer credibility for your organization and help retain and attract customers.
Episode 12: How the AICPA’s Dynamic Audit Solution is Creating the Audit of the Future08/10/2019 Duration: 22min
Responding to a long-awaited call for change to the traditional audit process, the AICPA has created the Dynamic Audit Solution. Audit Partner Nevin Nussbaum and Jeff Kovacs, one of the initial members of the DAS and an audit partner at Cohen & Company, discuss audit quality, new technologies and enhanced insights expected from the audit of the future — and when we can expect to experience it.
Episode 11: Life After Wayfair: Nexus and the New Reality30/08/2019 Duration: 18min
A lot has changed since the Wayfair sales tax decision was handed down by the Supreme Court in June 2018. Join Hannah Prengler and Sara Britt, leaders in the State and Local Taxation Group, as they discuss everything from sales tax liability and how states are responding to Wayfair a year later, to the impact on financial statements, M&A activities, online marketplaces, and information and reporting requirements.
Episode 10: Current Trends in Investment Industry M&A31/07/2019 Duration: 20min
The investment industry continues to experience growth and change via significant transaction activity. Chris Bellamy, Co-President of Cohen & Company's Investment Industry Services Division, and Jim Lisy, Director of M&A Advisory, talk M&A trends from this specific industry's perspective - from what's driving activity to advice for companies considering a transaction.
Episode 9: Can the Precidian ActiveShares® ETF Structure Work for You?19/06/2019 Duration: 15min
The SEC’s approval of the Precidian ActiveShares® ETF structure stands to change the landscape for active fund managers who have historically avoided the ETF space. Investment Industry Partners Brett Eichenberger and Jeff Haneline sit down to discuss how this new type of structure works, how it differs from traditional ETFs, and the benefits and shortfalls fund managers should evaluate closely.
Episode 8: What You Need to Know Before, During & After the Sale of Your Private Company23/05/2019 Duration: 21min
What does it really take to prepare for and sell your company? From following your financial plan, finding the right buyer and navigating the sale process, to communicating with family and prioritizing what needs to be done when, Randy Myeroff of Cohen & Company and Annie McCauley of Sequoia Financial Group share how entrepreneurs can plan for and execute a successful business exit.
Episode 7: Why You Should Have Your Business Valued — Even When You Don’t Have to18/04/2019 Duration: 21min
Josh Lefcowitz and Aaron Caya, partners in Cohen & Company’s Business Valuation Group, discuss the benefits of proactively valuing your business. Learn about the compelling information this type of valuation can produce and how it could lead to improved profits, minimized risks and a stronger plan for the future.
Episode 6: Challenges to Consider When Investing in Digital Assets19/03/2019 Duration: 23min
Are you investing in digital assets? Corey McLaughlin, co-president of the Investment Industry Services Division, and Will Coleman, director of technology services, walk investors through the key considerations when it comes to the custody of digital assets. In addition, learn about the related accounting and tax concerns associated with this unique type of investing.
Episode 5: The Real Impact of the New Lease Standard19/02/2019 Duration: 10min
Accounting Standards Update (ASU) No. 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), will affect companies that lease real estate, vehicles, construction and manufacturing equipment, and other assets. The standard requires these businesses to recognize most leases on their balance sheets. Marie Brilmyer and Phil Ryan, partners in the firm’s A&A Department, dig into the new lease standard for financial reporting to reveal how it may impact important financial metrics, such as working capital and EBITDA, and ultimately how that could impact your business.
Episode 4: Making ‘Big Data’ Mean Something15/01/2019 Duration: 16min
Jim Boland, Holly James and John Cavalier, leaders in the firm’s Management Consulting Group, help businesses understand how to get value from one of their most important assets — their data — and where to start. Learn how companies of all sizes can deliver the right information, to the right people, to make better-informed decisions.
Episode 3: Why RICs Should Consider Using Tax Equalization13/12/2018 Duration: 18min
Ravi Singh and Jay Laurila, partners in Cohen & Company’s tax department and dedicated to the investment industry, pull back the curtain on tax equalization — a less commonly used but highly beneficial tax strategy. They discuss how this technique works and why today’s market conditions are causing funds to take another look.
Episode 2: Wayfair Creates a New Normal for State Sales Tax27/11/2018 Duration: 11min
Sara Britt and Olivia Ringler of Cohen & Company’s Tax Department highlight what every business owner needs to know about the game-changing Wayfair decision — including how the decision alters the sales tax landscape for all multi-state sellers and what you should do now to protect your company from liability.
Episode 1: Welcome to Chief Insights16/11/2018 Duration: 02min
Cohen & Company CEO Randy Myeroff kicks-off the firm’s Chief Insights podcast series and gives C-level executives, board members and other top decision makers in private companies and the investment industry an overview of what they can expect from this financial and business podcast series.