Category: Blog

How artificial intelligence could influence the workforce solutions industry
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How artificial intelligence could influence the workforce solutions industry

By Neal England HCM Practice Leader “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.” — HAL 9000, a supercomputer capable of recognizing human feelings in the epic 1968 sci-fi film “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Fast forward to today: Artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping the way business is done across many industries, including in the...

On November 2, 2017August 20, 2018by
Guest Blog: Legally Speaking
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Guest Blog: Legally Speaking

How to maximize the value of your business when selling – Part 1 Editor’s Note: This blog is the first in a two-part series about legal issues that can impact the sales price of your business. By Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP Congratulations! Someone wants to buy your business. It seems like a straight-forward...

On October 18, 2017August 20, 2018by
Death, taxes, and the lack of a U.S. energy policy.
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Death, taxes, and the lack of a U.S. energy policy.

The certainly uncertain energy policy of the USA. “The market can deal with just about anything but uncertainty” – so commented a lawyer who has specialized in renewable power developments over the past 15+ years. Previously, I heard the same comment from a project developer working on an interstate natural gas pipeline. It’s a familiar...

On October 12, 2017August 20, 2018by
Beware of the Polar Vortex!
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Beware of the Polar Vortex!

Or…“How to use scare tactics to achieve the desired outcome,” by the U.S. Department of Energy By Kelly Gerry Managing Director There is no disagreement that resiliency of the North American grid is both a necessity and a major challenge, considering the changes to the energy mix already taking place. There is no disagreement that...

On October 10, 2017January 9, 2019by
Guest Blog: Legally Speaking
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Guest Blog: Legally Speaking

SEC rule changes make it easier for small businesses to raise capital By Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal, LLP Rule changes made by the Securities and Exchange Commission have expanded the capital-raising avenues available to small businesses while still offering investor protections. One of the most advantageous opportunities for certain small businesses comes via changes...

On October 4, 2017August 20, 2018by
Clean Power Plan withdrawal won’t halt U.S. coal industry decline
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Clean Power Plan withdrawal won’t halt U.S. coal industry decline

By Kelly Gerry Managing Director It’s too late to stop the decline of the U.S. coal industry, and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s recent withdrawal from the Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP), which limited carbon emissions, won’t bring coal back. The systemic decline of thermal coal has too many drivers. Let’s frame this correctly. Remember, coal...

On September 28, 2017January 9, 2019by
Breaking up is hard to do
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Breaking up is hard to do

A progressive idea for oil and natural gas By Kelly Gerry Managing Director I grew up in Alberta, Canada. As in Texas, we were all about oil & gas. A term. A marriage as firm as the ground below our feet, where oil and gas formed. Producers would tell you how much of “this” they...

On September 26, 2017August 20, 2018by
Higher oil prices (still) on the horizon as global demand rises
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Higher oil prices (still) on the horizon as global demand rises

By Bryan Livingston Managing Partner The “lower for longer” price on oil may be near its end as demand rises in countries such as India and China, which could give rise to a potential squeeze on global supplies next year or in 2019 due to long-term decreases in capital spend by Big Oil and OPEC...

On September 20, 2017January 9, 2019by
NAPEO conference highlights active PEO industry
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NAPEO conference highlights active PEO industry

By Brad Buttermore, Managing Partner, Neal England, HCM Practice Leader The National Association of Professional Employer Organizations’ (NAPEO) recent annual conference in Orlando reflected a thriving atmosphere for the growing Professional Employer Organization (PEO) industry. Capital Alliance Corp., as a middle-market investment bank operating in the human capital management sector, is experiencing strong third quarter...

On September 14, 2017January 9, 2019by
Recent oil price swings due more to speculation than supply-demand imbalance
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Recent oil price swings due more to speculation than supply-demand imbalance

By Bryan Livingston Managing Partner and CEO Oil prices have been unsettled recently, dropping to prices last seen in August 2016, before gaining ground days later after new data showed a decline in U.S. production. This recent dip into bear market territory is likely due more to speculation than to the fundamentals of supply and...

On July 17, 2017August 20, 2018by