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September/October 1999 - Volume 78, Number 5

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Features

Thinking Outside the Box: Creative Business Planning Strategies By Parnell Black, MBA, CPA, CVA
In our rapidly changing industry, where competitors are here one day and gone (or acquired) the next, how does a reasonable executive figure out just where (and how) to steer the ship? Parnell Black from the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts has some interesting insights on opening up your mind and affecting change in your business.
Alien Invasion: Using Today’s Technology to Fight Off the Competition 
Aside from the fact that in today’s market, you’re never really sure who your competitors are, the fact of the matter is that you need to be on the cutting edge of technology in order to even be in the game. Log onto the ALTA® website or take the low-tech approach and read this article to find out how you can hold off the aliens, make the world safe for title insurance, and have a great time in Las Vegas, all at the ALTA® Tech Forum 2000!
Changes to the Fair Credit Reporting Act Pose Problems for Title Companies By Sheldon E. Hochberg
In addition to 1996 changes in the Act, recent opinions by staff at the Federal Trade Commission have changed the legal landscape in this area. All title companies that use third parties to provide, verify, or evaluate any kind of information on current or prospective employees must assess their risk under these new regulations. Also of significance, agents are defined as "employees" under these new rules.
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