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The Secret FD: Black holes should be on CFO reading lists

At some point, some of us will have to face a potential black-hole problem. The Secret FD has experienced it twice

22 Oct 2014

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Macro View: Soaring US dollar could unleash nasty global tremors

If upward pressures on the dollar escalate, its strength could become malignant and the blessing could become a curse

07 Oct 2014

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Leader: Reporting watchdog needs sharper teeth

The FRC must be granted powers to compel companies to give it access to internal documents, rather than the voluntary basis that currently exists

06 Oct 2014

When predictions aren’t cutting it: the golden rules of financial forecasting

Instead of trying to help managers perfectly predict the future, FP&A teams should focus on the most common causes of bad forecasting and seek to improve them

03 Oct 2014

Implications from Scotland's ‘No' stretch far beyond the UK

With uncertainty over Scotland's future removed, the Bank of England can think more clearly about the timing of the first policy tightening

01 Oct 2014

Financial Director – October, 2014

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29 Sep 2014

The Secret FD: The FD futurist

The Secret FD has doubts about the role of the CFO as a chief future officer

29 Sep 2014

Automation has made certain professions an endangered species

The list of professions that have been automated or redistributed out of existence is growing fast

24 Sep 2014

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

23 Sep 2014

The sharing economy has gone mainstream

Big businesses would be foolish to ignore the growing sense that the sharing economy has gone mainstream, writes John Hawksworth

22 Sep 2014

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

03 Sep 2014

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

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

21 Aug 2014

Is the Commonwealth good for British business?

Most research finds that being a former British colony has, at best, a neutral effect on economic growth

14 Aug 2014

Geopolitical threats endanger growth prospects

New geopolitical threats are accentuating concerns that the global economy may be facing a prolonged period of low growth

11 Aug 2014

A clear and tangled vision to benefit from the cloud

Be innovative, brave and use a multitude of suppliers to make the cloud work effectively - and be safe, writes Peter Cochrane

04 Aug 2014

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

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

Dissatisfaction with ‘European project’ threatens recovery

The basic obstacle to stronger eurozone growth is lack of structural reforms which hampers the region’s dynamism and supply potential

13 Jun 2014

The Secret FD on how to avoid merger indigestion

Having led countless acquisitions and disposals, the Secret FD has had some difficulties with larger deals

12 Jun 2014

Old technologies struggle to meet new demands

Old systems and technology can never scale to meet new demands, writes Peter Cochrane

04 Jun 2014

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Leader: Reporting watchdog needs sharper teeth

The FRC must be granted powers to compel companies to give it access to internal documents, rather than the voluntary basis that currently exists

Implications from Scotland's ‘No' stretch far beyond the UK

With uncertainty over Scotland's future removed, the Bank of England can think more clearly about the timing of the first policy tightening

The Secret FD: Black holes should be on CFO reading lists

At some point, some of us will have to face a potential black-hole problem. The Secret FD has experienced it twice

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Tesco's fall from grace compounded by accounting blunder

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