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Financial Director - March 2014

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03 Mar 2014

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Editor's Letter: On the merry-go-round -

Audit is still going through an existential crisis, having never really recovered its reputation post-Enron/Andersen

26 Feb 2014

Boat in China

Markets worried about China's slowdown

Nervousness has been linked to Federal Reserve tapering and signs that Chinese growth is slowing. But this is unlikely to produce a market rout

26 Feb 2014

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

Business be wary, despite positive indicators

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

19 Feb 2014

Carney's forward guidance replaced by traditional policymaking

The Bank of England has returned to a more traditional style of policymaking, writes George Buckley

14 Feb 2014

Secret FD is in a tangle over web of reporting lines

A local FD’s reporting line should be to the local MD, with a dotted line through the finance structure

13 Feb 2014

Stop firing your best assets

Cutting too many jobs can damage quality control and undermine company performance, writes Proxima's Guy Strafford

12 Feb 2014

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

Predictive selling to become part and parcel of commerce

Amazon is pioneering predictive selling, but will it work?

04 Feb 2014

Bischoff a winning appointment as next head of the FRC

The FRC's new chairman must bring his banking experience to bear on how the FRC tackles failings in bank audits, governance and financial reporting

29 Jan 2014

Northgate FD drives home centralisation

Chris Muir, FD of vehicle hire business Northgate, discusses centralisation, rebranding and the patience and honesty required to make such difficult tasks a success

28 Jan 2014

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

A postcard from...China: Rewards from reforms

The second in our series of country briefings from the experiences of BDO's people. Simon Michaels talks about Chinese opportunities

17 Jan 2014

Career ladder pitfalls

The career paths of new and aspiring FDs will bear little resemblance to those of their predecessors

16 Jan 2014

Editor's letter: Beans and peanuts

Our 2014 FD salary survey shows average total pay has crept down

16 Jan 2014

Investing in technology should be at the heart of the business

Outsourcing of IT on a grand scale has created a dearth of capability and deep understanding

16 Jan 2014

Decision making has become difficult - everyone has an opinion

Tech savviness may be useful but it’s adding complexity to a CFO’s role, with too many opinions in the mix

16 Jan 2014

Year starts on an early bright note for the economy

If it is ‘the economy, stupid', the chancellor has got his timing spot on

16 Jan 2014

Comply or Explain - is it sustainable?

'Comply or explain' in governance requires trust between the corporate and stakeholders, while concerns over the regime should also be looked at head-on, says Jo Iwasaki

06 Jan 2014

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