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Cassel Salpeter & Co. and its leadership team are routinely contacted by the news media to comment on investment banking, M&A and general trends affecting middle-market businesses.
If a disaster or other unexpected event were to strike your business, would you be prepared, and would your brand be protected?
April is Stress Awareness Month, and that’s probably a good thing for your business. According to the American Psychological Association’s 2017 Stress in America survey of 3,440 U.S. adults, employee stress is pervasive. Sixty-one percent of Americans are stressed about work.
To say that the American mall is dead is a gross exaggeration. While many shopping centers across the country are struggling, so-called Class A mall real estate, typically in densely populated major metropolitan areas with attractive demographics and innovative concepts, is doing well and piquing investor interest.
If you watch or read the news, you’ve noticed more references to potential inflation on the horizon. Inflation means the purchasing power of a dollar has decreased; put simply, there is a general increase in prices for goods and services.
With the Fed set to raise rates for the first time this year, expect financials, technology and home improvement suppliers to benefit. Home builders and utility players, on the other hand, could lose from the Fed’s rate decision.
Timing a Fed rate hike is no doubt tricky. But if you ask the market participants, they are almost certain that Jerome Powell led Federal Reserve will increase its benchmark rate by 0.25%, at the conclusion of the FOMC meeting on Mar 21.
More private-equity firms are sprouting up in Florida as sponsors branch out on their own.
Should we make long-term plans based on the notion that the tax cuts are permanent? Although the personal tax cuts have an expiration date, currently the corporate cuts are permanent.
Florida continues to be an attractive destination for private equity, as deal flow grew for the third time in the past four years.
With so much noise and confusion surrounding the current political, business and economic climate, middle-market business owners are unsure how to protect the best interests of their businesses in the short and long term.
James Cassel has hired hundreds of people to work at the various companies he has helped start and run over the past four decades. Still, after all that time, the lawyer and investment banker says knowing when to staff up remains one of the hardest parts of being an entrepreneur.
After January 2018 racked up the most deal volume by dollar amount ever, February could see a bit of a respite as firms looking to list wait for enormous market swings to settle.
So far this year, there have been two major deals in the spirits industry: Bacardi Ltd.’s acquisition of Patrón Spirits International AG, and Pernod Ricard SA’s purchase of the remainder of Avión Spirits LLC, both hip-hop- approved tequila brands.
While many hope the new tax bill will stimulate the economy and bring faster GDP growth, we must consider whether it will indeed benefit us to speed growth from where we are today, or to experience a longer period of extended slower growth.
Imagine: You hire a new employee but after a few weeks, you realize you made a bad choice. What to do? Whether the problem is competence or chemistry, or anything else in between, the best advice is to be decisive and act — fast.
A bullish outlook on the financial sector encouraged more banks to go public this year. A number of banks were eager to take advantage of investor optimism after last year’s presidential election.
In light of the devastation following the recent hurricanes, it is important to evaluate what happened in Puerto Rico, Texas and even Miami, and consider how our middle-market businesses would have fared if a major hurricane, like Irma or Harvey, had been a direct hit on South Florida.
Without a doubt, companies need a diverse workforce to reflect the population that defines the United States and makes us strong. As discussed in my last column, while most middle-market business owners recognize the importance of a diverse workforce, many still struggle to find the right strategy for recruiting and retaining the right team members.
Florida may still be rebuilding after the devastation of Hurricane Irma in September, but there are plenty of reasons to believe that private-equity investing will keep its footing.
Private-equity firms in southern Florida and the Houston area likely have a renewed appreciation for the Boy Scouts of America motto, “Be Prepared.”