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Predicting the future is a job for soothsayers, not directors

There is too much volatility in world markets for predictions more than 12 months hence to be anything other than guesswork

19 Sep 2014

Financial Reporting Council

News

FRC publishes final guidance on going concern

FRC retains original wording of controversial going concern proposals in updated corporate governance code

17 Sep 2014

News

Currency risk costs British SMEs £10bn a year

SMEs must tread carefully to avoid falling into foreign exchange pitfalls

11 Sep 2014

Analysis

FRC nears end of Sisyphean task of implementing going concern

The FRC’s third set of going concern proposals attempted a compromise. Naomi Rainey looks at the corporate and investor positions

13 Aug 2014

News

Accounting rule change could wipe £25bn off UK companies

Changes to how companies account for surpluses in their pension schemes could knock £25bn off FTSE 350 balance sheets

12 Aug 2014

Analysis

IFRS 9 leaves much open to interpretation

Judgement will play a key part in implementing new financial instruments standards, finds Richard Crump

11 Aug 2014

News

Standard Life: Still no clarity on Scottish vote

Financial services firm notes none of its concerns over Scottish independence have been addressed, less than two months before vote

07 Aug 2014

Feature

What if... Scotland votes for independence?

Finance chiefs don't like uncertainty, and that's the one thing that seems guaranteed if Scotland goes independent, writes Peter Bartram

04 Aug 2014

News

DB/DC transfers allowed under new retirement regime

Members of private sector defined benefit schemes allowed to transfer to a defined contribution arrangement

21 Jul 2014

News

Just 6% of companies switched auditors ahead of incoming rules

Only 6% of qualifying businesses appoint new auditors ahead of CMA orders coming into effect in October

14 Jul 2014

News

FRC reaches settlement with former Bradford & Bingley FD

CIMA member Chris Willford to pay £13,000 fine for his role in bank’s 2008 bailout

10 Jul 2014

News

Companies could see tenfold rise in DB lifeboat fund costs

Credit rating override plans could see Pension Protection Fund levies soar for big businesses, says Towers Watson

10 Jul 2014

Opinion

Off Balance: Short stuff signals end for Gowex

Short seller Gotham City seemed pretty much spot on with Gowex, Off Balance notes...

07 Jul 2014

News

Internal audit body calls for better business culture oversight

Companies under greater pressure to improve corporate behaviour, body says

07 Jul 2014

News

WH Smith drops Deloitte for PwC audit contract

The appointment is subject to shareholder approval at the 2015 AGM

07 Jul 2014

News

FRC faces Lords committee grilling over going concern

Watchdog's bosses will answer questions over controversial proposals, as investors blast plans

07 Jul 2014

News

Investors slam FRC going concern proposals

Plans to water down ongoing viability statements will be “damaging to the public interest”, according to top shareholders

04 Jul 2014

News

Deloitte loses out to KPMG in Arrow Group audit tender

Incumbent firm fails to win competitive tender after auditing company for five years and advising on IPO

03 Jul 2014

News

Law changes mean all employees can ask for flexible working

New rules allow all workers to request alternative hours

01 Jul 2014

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0930, Tue 26 Aug 2014

New masterclasses: FRS 102/cashflow/small biz accounting

Accountancy Age expands on last year's successful masterclasses with new series of courses

Latest Opinion

Leader: Can Tesco questions be answered without more red tape?

Will Tesco's problems be answered by rolling heads and improved controls? Hopefully businesses won't be punished with more red tape

Predicting the future is a job for soothsayers, not directors

There is too much volatility in world markets for predictions more than 12 months hence to be anything other than guesswork

Leader: CFOs must prepare for a more devolved UK

CFOs must consider the potential for all four of the UK nations to set different tax rules and implement separate business environments

Latest Analysis

New AA FD will hope governance potholes are filled

With AA CFO Andy Boland to leave the newly-listed business alongside the departure of its CEO, will governance concerns be answered prior to a new finance chief's arrival?

Betfair dragged into true and fair row

Investor group uses Betfair as example of disconnect between law and accounting rules

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