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Dr. Joel DiCicco is a CPA with over 30 years of practitioner experience in finance, taxation, and accounting/auditing. For approximately 20  years, Joel worked for the IRS with increasingly responsible jobs leading up to his position as Territory Manager for Financial Products.  In this role, he worked and supervised the most complex and sophisticated tax structuring and valuation issues, utilizing many of the latest forensic techniques applied in tracking the true substance of transactions. He also served on details as Territory Manager for both Global High Wealth and Large Business Employment Taxes. Dr. DiCicco has been a faculty member at Florida Atlantic University for more than 15 years and is now a full-time instructor for the Graduate Executive MBA program. Over these years, he has taught courses in accounting, finance, and taxation.  In addition, Joel lectures on Financial Risk Management and Derivatives, as well as Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation, for the Master of Science in Finance program. He is also the Co-Founder and a Principal Consultant of the Center for International Business Valuation, which conducts training programs in valuation and data analysis. Dr. DiCicco earned his PhD in Public Administration focusing on Budgeting and Finance, and has both a master’s in taxation and an MBA in finance.  Dr. DiCicco holds credentials in valuation from both the International Society of Business Appraisers (ISBA) and the IACVS.

Convertible Instrument Simplification Rule

Hi everyone.  Hope you are keeping healthy during the never ending COVID-19 pandemic.  For this month’s blog, I like to address a certain type of derivative product which the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) enacted a simplification rule. ...

Accounting and Intangibles

Hi everyone, Hope this blog finds you all doing well.  Once again, we see the traditional “brick and mortar” accounting valuation techniques not reflecting what the market sees or pays. Companies that haven’t produced a profit have been selling for astronomical...

Derivatives and Risk

Hi everyone, Hope this blog finds you doing great. A lot going on in the field of valuation of derivatives.  In a recent survey by the AICPA, there is much concern about risks inherent in derivatives and the approaches used to value these constructs. For example,...

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