Welcome to BlogNotions' Finance Blog

The BlogNotions Finance Blog delivers a diverse series of perspectives provided by finance and accounting thought leaders. Presented by NetLine, this forum delivers compelling updates on the latest trends in the market, discussions of financial performance strategy, new ideas for communicating, raising capital, and controlling funds, and much more. Here you can find helpful information, ask questions, and collaborate freely.

My Buy Michigan Week Contribution

It’s Buy Michigan Week (July 28th through August 3rd), so I’m making my contribution. I’m a Michigan homeboy: I was born in Detroit, grew up in Hazel Park, went to college and law school in Detroit; spend summers in Eastport, hunt in West Branch and kayak any stretch of open water I can find without […]

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Webinar Next Week – Women: Lean In & Win!

Once again, I am very pleased to be doing a webinar for CPA Leadership Institute. This time I hope to provide you with some great information on helping women in accounting become more successful. When:  Wednesday, August 6th Time:  1:00 – 2:40p Eastern Topic:  Helping Women CPAs Make History… Lean In & Win! Here’s where […]

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The Best of the Aleph Blog, Part 25

In my view, these were my best posts written between February and April 2013: Wall Street Hates You I have a saying, “Don’t buy what someone wants to sell you. Buy what you have researched.” And so I would tell everyone: don’t give brokers discretion over you accounts, and don’t let them convince you to […]

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Insights From Krista McMasters

I was delighted this summer to have the opportunity to meet Krista McMasters, chat with her and hear her talk about her 30-year journey in the CPA profession. She joined Clifton Gunderson in 1978, the same year I joined my firm. She was admitted as a partner in 1985 and after years of service in […]

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Of Faith and Markets

Here’s another letter from a reader.  If reading about my faith turns you off, stop reading now, because this will be thicker than usual. Hi David,  I’ve just started reading your blog, and greatly enjoy it. I noticed you integrated your faith with your perception of the world and economics/policy. I am a Christian who […]

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On Returns-Based Style Analysis

Sometime in the next few weeks, I am going to dig into my pre-2003 [pre-RealMoney] files and see if there is anything there to share with readers.  Most of my best stories I have already told in my various series.  The one I will tell tonight I don’t think I have told. In 1994, we […]

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Are You Happy?

Often, working inside a busy accounting firm, unhappiness vibes abound. CPAs and their team become stressed, tired, grouchy, impatient and so on. Then, there are the happy firms. There are plenty of happy firms but not enough! Sometimes, the people trying to keep people happy inside CPA firms are not happy themselves. Here’s some of […]

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Balancing Quality Against Valuation

A letter from a reader: Hi David, I am XXX, from India. I started reading your blog since few months. Few of the things i learnt, and much more are really complex for me to understand, the learning is ON. Somehow i decided that ” being good value investor and control the behaviour” is a […]

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Balancing Quality Against Valuation

A letter from a reader: Hi David, I am XXX, from India. I started reading your blog since few months. Few of the things i learnt, and much more are really complex for me to understand, the learning is ON. Somehow i decided that ” being good value investor and control the behaviour” is a […]

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Managing By Exception

A couple weeks ago, I posted on the topic of having too many exceptions inside your firm.  It crossed my mind again because of a post I read by Leadership Freak titled, “Fewer Policies – More Conversations.”  Here’s some highlights: “Excessive policy making is an empty-headed response to leadership challenges.” “Excessive policies create busy work, […]

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