Knowledge and Insights

Offering resources and insights that help clients and communities

One of the ways Mercadien accelerates client and community success is by continually enhancing and sharing knowledge.  By offering our expertise and thought leadership on key business and industry trends and issues, we’re a better resource to you. It benefits everyone to keep minds sharp and fingers on the pulse of what’s critical in today’s dynamic environment.

We’re pleased to provide articles, news, and information to help you stay up-to-date on topics affecting your organization; learn about best practices and processes in relevant fields; and simplify the business and financial complexities you may face.

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NJ.com – Princeton’s Mercadien Group Announces Promotions

September 23, 2015PRINCETON — Conrad L. Druker, CPA and Managing Director of The Mercadien Group, is pleased to announce that Bryan E. Screws, CPA, MBA, CGMA, PMP, and Lovepreet Buttar, CPA, MBA, CGMA, have been promoted from supervisors to managers in the accounting firm. Screws is a member of Mercadien’s Government and Compliance Services Group, where he…Read More

Mercadien Announces Two Promotions to Manager

September 23, 2015Conrad L. Druker, CPA and Managing Director of The Mercadien Group, is pleased to announce that Mr. Bryan E. Screws, CPA, MBA, CGMA, PMP, and Ms. Lovepreet Buttar, CPA, MBA, CGMA, have been promoted from supervisors to managers in the accounting firm. Mr. Screws is a member of Mercadien’s Government and Compliance Services Group, where…Read More

Frank Pina Receives Young Leaders Award from the PICPA

September 21, 2015With the Young Leaders Awards, PICPA annually recognizes members under the age of 40 who demonstrate a commitment to the accounting profession through active PICPA or community volunteer activities. Keep your eye on this group, they are the future of the accounting profession and the PICPA. In addition to climbing the ranks quickly at their…Read More

Ken Kamen Discusses Fed with Reuters Business

September 14, 2015Mercadien Asset Management President Ken Kamen talks with Bobbi Rebell about the Fed’s lack of action, why he thinks it is time to raise rates, and why they won’t in September. View video.Read More

Dealing With Employee Dishonesty Allegations

September 10, 2015 | By: Frank PinaIn years past, employee dishonesty was recognized in straightforward terms, mainly involving the intentional misappropriation of cash or merchandise from a company by an employee. However, trends today demonstrate a dynamic shift towards sophisticated fraudulent schemes spanning several years, often involving financial professionals and the use of computers. Due to less stringent or non-existent regulatory…Read More

Bitcoin in Brief: The Mystery Unraveled

September 10, 2015 | By: Joseph GaldoMany of us have overheard or joined discussions with friends and colleagues regarding bitcoin.  Perhaps you have skimmed articles discussing its potential as a commodity or its future demise as a widely-accepted form of digital currency.  Nevertheless, bitcoin continues to gain supporters and detractors based upon the perceived benefits and risks associated with its use.…Read More

Trending Now in the Nonprofit Sector

August 19, 2015 | By: Kyle A. NeeldIt’s difficult to recall another time period in recent history when nonprofit organizations faced such a preponderance of financial and operational challenges and new developments.  Every time you turn around, read an industry or news publication, or attend a professional conference or meeting, there’s a new concern or regulation nonprofits must take into account and…Read More

Are You Ready for TRID?

August 19, 2015 | By: Gina HollandEffective October 3rd, 2015, creditors will be required to comply with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosures Rule, also known as the TRID Rule. As with any new rule implementation, there are compliance challenges that come along with it. The TRID Rule will affect lenders, title companies, mortgage document software providers, and…Read More

Steep Penalties for Excess Benefit Transactions

August 19, 2015 | By: Christine ThomasIn recent years, the IRS has increased its audits of not-for-profit organizations. One of the hot-button topics is asset protection, which includes monitoring private inurement and private benefit transactions by persons who control not-for-profit organizations or who are related in some manner. A nonprofit that is found to have violated the private inurement or private…Read More

Mercadien Hosts Seminar for Bank Executives on New CFPB Loan Regulations

July 23, 2015More than 40 chief executive, audit, compliance and financial officers from commercial and community banks in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York attended The Mercadien Group’s seminar, “Are You Ready for TRID?,” at its offices on July 21, 2015.  TRID is an acronym for new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure regulations promulgated by the Consumer Financial Protection…Read More