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Rob Casey

In response to calls to simplify the accounting demands on private companies, the Financial Accounting Standards Board has issued two new standards that will allow private companies to forego annual impairment tests of goodwill and more easily apply hedge accounting to certain interest rate swaps.  Read about the benefits of adopting these accounting alternatives for fiscal year 2013 or subsequent years.  

Apple Sings, "We Got the Beats" - What Did $3 Billion Buy?  

On May 28, 2014, Apple, Inc. announced the agreement to acquire Beats for $3 billion. Several analysts have described the deal as a large-scale "acqui-hire." The talent reportedly of interest to Apple was not Dr. Dre, but the somewhat lesser known Beats co-founder, Jimmy Iovine. But what besides Iovine does Beats bring to Apple that's worth $3 billion? Find out in this week's #ExecutiveDecisions.

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