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FD turtle by Bill McConkey

Fast track your VAT

Applying for VAT registration is painful and goes against government policy to cut red tape, argues Bishopsgate Financial CFO Stephen Hay

08 Oct 2013

box-burden

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

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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

Editor's letter: Any second now

If it wasn’t such bloody hard work for all concerned then I would say it’s fascinating to watch the tentative signs of economic recovery develop

24 Sep 2013

The power of ROD

The ability for businesses to sweat their data assets will become a key performance measure

24 Sep 2013

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

Unravelling auto-enrolment

Auto-enrolment regulations have left Interserve CFO Tim Haywood wondering if he is, in fact, a pensions director

24 Sep 2013

Think about the IT minefield when you want M&A

Transition problems with M&A are akin to walking through an IT minefield wearing a blindfold: fraught with risk

20 Sep 2013

Regulatory change and the prize of effective execution

Lessons learnt by financial services in coping with the avalanche of regulatory change can be leveraged by other sectors

19 Sep 2013

Carney's forward guidance takes a backward step

Critics are already picking holes in Mark Carney’s forward guidance policy

13 Sep 2013

Markets and central banks collide over forward guidance

Markets predict a much earlier date for official rates to start increasing than that suggested by central banks

13 Sep 2013

Why CFOs should avoid Real Madrid’s recruitment example

CFOs should resist the temptation to seek out the next Gareth Bale of finance. A Galácticos approach to recruitment rarely pays dividends

06 Sep 2013

Editor's letter: Old school ties

Accountants will inevitably take on a huge proportion of important board roles for the foreseeable future

27 Aug 2013

The Secret FD's consolidated headache

Tools only work when the FD has addressed the issues that form the backbone of the consolidation process

27 Aug 2013

Drop-in centres provide a treasure trove of inside information

Business drop-in centres can provide a treasure trove of inside information from the unwary

23 Aug 2013

Cheerful markets underpinned by subsiding fears

Turmoil that greeted Fed plans to scale down asset purchases has subsided without causing too much damage

16 Aug 2013

GDP figures herald a change in the economic weather

Although not mirroring the blistering sunshine of recent weeks, the UK economy has moved from cold to warm

16 Aug 2013

On the same page: Keeping boards informed and engaged

Increasing travel commitments, frequency of meetings and disparate sources of information contribute to distractions inside and outside the boardroom

01 Aug 2013

Rising import costs putting pressure on small businesses

An increasing number of SMEs are becoming frustrated by the government’s export led policy and the weakening of the pound, writes Alex Sullivan

16 Jul 2013

In Your Business Series – Exiting the business

In the last of this series charting a business from start up to exit, Garry Jesson looks at the exit strategy

15 Jul 2013

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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

Old technologies struggle to meet new demands

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

Off Balance: Short stuff signals end for Gowex

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

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Governments told to grasp nettle on accrual accounting

Governments failed to address deficiencies in public sector cash-based accounting that were exposed by the sovereign debt crisis

Key pre-pack measures are unworkable

Teresa Graham’s pre-pack recommendations are in the right spirit but are unworkable, insolvency practitioners tell Accountancy Age

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