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Fifa must red-card its old-fashioned governance structure

Fifa's current governance arrangements have proved unable to deliver effective leadership, accountability, transparency, clean business practices and public confidence

11 Jul 2014

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Dealing with IT suppliers: negotiating nous

Buying technology is one thing - outsourcing tehcnology requires even more rigour. Gavin Wakefield takes us through the key questions and pointers

09 Jul 2014

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Capitalising on culture

Effective risk culture is about achieving the right balance between the physical aspects of a risk management framework and those behavioural aspects

25 Jun 2014

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European companies continue to be impacted by the sovereign debt crisis

Despite signs of improving stability in the European economy, strong headwinds from the sovereign debt crisis continue to impact corporate defaults

16 Jun 2014

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A Postcard From...Qatar: More than the 2022 World Cup

There is more to Qatar than the 2022 World Cup, but it's impact is evident everywhere

21 May 2014

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Cyber security: the weakest link in M&A transactions

Regular audits of cyber security and the security of potential acquisition partners should be at the very heart of the M&A due diligence process

22 Apr 2014

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Green skills can help turn rising bills into cost savings

It might sound like a simple task to cut your energy bills, but to capitalise on savings takes specialist green skills

24 Mar 2014

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Transforming your business with data

Analysing payment data can help to forecast how customers will behave, which may help businesses to mitigate risks ahead of time

20 Mar 2014

Opinion

Prioritising prudence and conduct in a regulated market

Jim Muir looks at the role of the regulator in creating a more controlled market as the financial services outlook continues to improve

05 Mar 2014

Opinion

Calculating the true costs of commercial property

Before making a final decision on property, FDs should take into account hidden costs that could create a ‘black-hole' in their balance sheet

03 Mar 2014

Opinion

Accounting by design: Building cloud-based accounting architecture

Anne Howard outlines how the Cloud has provided the perfect architecture for agile and responsive accounting across her firm’s global operations

20 Feb 2014

Opinion

Business be wary, despite positive indicators

Conflicting stats cast doubts over the economic recovery, so mind your back, says John Alexander

19 Feb 2014

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Audit committee reporting less about the what than the how

Audit committee reporting still has a long way to go on the road to fuller disclosure

10 Feb 2014

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Training is essential for equipping first time directors

Directors now have to juggle operational responsibilities with ensuring proper corporate governance across their organisations

24 Jan 2014

Opinion

Why the numbers add up for direct cash flow statements

Detractors must recognise that disclosure will bring benefits, not just for investors and analysts, but for businesses too

17 Dec 2013

Opinion

Tackling late payment: An overdue consideration

To effectively tackle late payments companies should first understand the real root cause of the issue

25 Nov 2013

Opinion

Audit exemption: reduced red tape or false economy?

Ditching your audit under exemption rules will be more detrimental to the business than the benefit of the short term cost saving

07 Nov 2013

Opinion

New reporting burdens will fall on audit committees

The blunt use of disclosure as a government policy tool could be punsihing the many for the sins of a few

04 Oct 2013

Opinion

Book extract: The rise of interdependence

The drive to increasing interdependence and this drive has consequences for business leaders as much as for politicians

01 Oct 2013

Opinion

Auto-enrolment: The story so far

David Pye examines how auto-enrolment costs are shaping up, how opt-out and opt-in rates look, and what the future holds

24 Sep 2013

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Latest Opinion

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

Agrarian revolution: The Rural Payments Agency's accounts

The Rural Payments Agency's FD talks of its successful efforts to avoid another set of qualified accounts

The Secret FD's moral dilemma over pre-pack administrations

Pre-pack administrations raise questions of morality and integrity for finance directors

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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