Archive for January, 2013

ASA Aviation Courses Set to Take Flight

TweetRemember the movie Top Gun where an elite group of advanced fighter pilots competed to be the best at flight school. You probably still have its theme song ringing in your ears. Well you better get a buzz cut, pack your aviator sunglasses and think of a cool nickname, because ASA’s Machinery and Technical Specialties […]

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Special Focus—First International Recipient of ASA’s Intangible Asset Specialty Designation

TweetKelly Chou, ASA, CFA of PwC Taiwan is the first international recipient of the ASA’s Intangible Asset Specialty Designation.  FastRead recently sat down with Kelly Chou and Raymond Rath to discuss her achievement and the relevance of the intangible asset designation to international valuation professionals. [FastRead] Please provide some of your professional background. [Kelly]  I […]

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Spotlight on: Reston, VA

Tweet  For those of you making the trek out our way for the upcoming courses this February, we thought we would take some time to highlight our little part of this great world and let our guests in on Washington Metro-area’s best kept secret: Reston, VA! Nestled in the heart of Northern Virginia, Reston, VA […]

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Why You Should Care about Congressional Subcommittees

TweetBy John D. Russell, JD, Director of Government Relations A new Congress means many things in Washington, but to those of us who make a living as lobbyists, nothing is more fun than tracking the subcommittee assignment process. It’s this process that defines how you’ll proceed the next two years in promoting your interests, and […]

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Releases Two Final Rules from Dodd Frank

TweetBy John D. Russell, JD, Director of Government Relations Last Thursday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (or CFPB) released two final rules stemming from the Dodd-Frank Act. These rules, addressing a consumer’s ability to repay a loan and requirements for pre-loan consumer counseling, mark the first final rules to come out under what will, in […]

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Understanding Art Appraisals

TweetIn today’s topsy-turvey world of art valuations and with the ever-changing tax laws, what is a “reasonable” value? Chicago residents are anxiously awaiting word about an appraiser’s valuation of three outdoor sculptures that were removed from the Lakeview, Illinois neighborhood last fall. According to news outlets, if the price is “reasonable”, there is a possibility […]

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Follow Up: “Fiscal Cliff” Averted, Now what?

TweetBy John D. Russell, JD, Director of Government Relations With some time to delve into the details of the “fiscal cliff” bill signed by President Obama on New Year’s Day, it bears noting that neither valuation discounts nor charitable contributions were directly impacted by the legislation. That’s not to say that both of these subjects […]

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