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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

FD bean by Bill McConkey

Green shoot optimists

The challenge is to capitalise on improved conditions to repair balance sheets and to invest for growth

30 Oct 2013

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Washington paralysis key factor in tapering postponement

By bailing out the politicians from the consequences of their folly, the Federal Reserve may fail to do its own job properly

30 Oct 2013

Kids have mastered real-time resource allocation. Have you?

Young people are addicted to gaming, but oldies must learn from their mastery of real-time resource allocation

30 Oct 2013

House inflation fears overdone

The chancellor’s scheme to help house buyers has created nervousness about housing market overheating

11 Oct 2013

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

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

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

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