Baker Tilly’s 2021 cyber predictions e-book

Through a global pandemic and political unrest, the dangers of cyber threats only seemed to grow in number. Where once the prevailing vision of cyber threat conjured up images of hooded hackers working to access our personal data, now the hackers are maturing, harnessing machine learning in ways that are much more effective and efficient…

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Validating your asset liability management model beyond checking the compliance box

By Sean Statz, senior manager, Baker Tilly Financial institutions are required to have their asset liability management (ALM) process and model validated by qualified third parties. Model validations can include a wide range of procedures including policy reviews, sample testing, and assumption and results reviews. To maximize value, validations can be taken one step further…

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Hawks Rule the Roost

By Diane Swonk, chief economist, Grant Thornton The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted unanimously to keep rates unchanged and signaled that members are getting ready to taper the Fed’s purchases of Treasuries and mortgage backed securities. “If progress continues broadly as expected, the Committee judges that a moderation in the pace of asset purchases…

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The NFT Market – The Future of Trading & Collecting

Authored by: Nicholas Prentiss In today’s day and age, digital trading is everywhere. Cryptocurrencies are being mined daily, blockchains and secured wallets are being generated and released left and right. The new trend that has caught the eye of investors is the nonfungible token (NFT) market. NFTs are digital records of proof that represent all…

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Managing Your Risk Against a Ransomware Attack

Presented by Brian Nichols and Rich Sowalsky With ransomware attacks rising every day, their impact is felt by all types of organizations, big and small, across all industries. This on-demand webinar provides insights on managing your risk against a ransomware attack. Our cybersecurity specialists discuss the impacts and trends of ransomware attacks, how ransomware attacks are executed…

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Key Considerations for Companies Envisaging SPACs

Special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) are not new investment options, but their popularity has grown dramatically in recent years, as a vehicle for private entities to merge with an existing public shell or “Blank Check Company.” This type of merger is often more attractive than a traditional initial public offering due to the perceived ease…

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Three aspects of market diligence private equity firms should seek

It is no secret to private equity professionals that the current M&A market is one of the craziest in recent memory. Although the onset of COVID-19 led to a downturn in deal activity in the first and second quarters of 2020, the decline was short lived with 2021 on pace to experience a record number…

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Delta Variant Reshapes Debate

By Diane Swonk, chief economist, Grant Thornton The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) – the policy setting arm of the Federal Reserve – is scheduled to meet this week. The Fed will continue to welcome the improvement in the economy we have seen since the Fed last met in mid-June. Members will have to acknowledge…

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How private equity firms can leverage data

Brian Francese, a Baker Tilly partner and private equity practice leader, joins ACG’s GrowthTV to talk about how private equity firms are using data to evaluate potential investments, monitor portfolio companies and assess readiness for exit. Technology is enabling more sophisticated data collection and analysis and points to new ways that firms are leveraging data…

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