CFO

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AICPA panel addresses economic data and what it means for CPAs

Panelists in a recent AICPA Webcast were invited to take a close look at the pessimistic conclusions of the CPA Outlook Index for the third quarter, and consider what it could mean for CPAs and their clients.
A&A

A move toward separate accounting standards for private companies begins

For all those private companies frustrated with being forced to spend $25,000 on a valuation of intangible property or goodwill, or spending hours drafting disclosures that users may not read, or being burdened with a myriad of other financial reporting responsibilities, there may be some relief on the way.
A&A

Accounting and finance professionals seem glum about the economy

Recent survey results show accounting and finance pros paint a depressing picture of the U.S. economy including 70 percent who lack confidence in the strength of the economy.
Tax

CFOs speak out on economy, health care, wages, and benefits

In a national biannual survey of U.S. Chief Financial Officers and senior comptrollers conducted by Grant Thornton LLP, 54% of respondents say the best way to reduce the U.S. federal deficit is to reduce spending.
Tax

CFO survey: U.S. leads Europe in economic, business confidence

Chief Financial Officers in the United States lead CFOs in Europe in optimism, access to credit, and plans for hiring new workers, according to a recent survey. Despite their differences, U.S. and European CFOs share some of the same business challenges and economic worries as they kick off 2011.
Education & Careers

Survey: Executives face greater job demands today than five years ago

More than 80 percent of chief financial officers recently interviewed said they believe it’s more difficult to be a company leader today than it was five years ago.
Practice

Business confidence remains high among CFOs; recruiting challenges rise

A net 2 percent of chief financial officers interviewed for the Robert Half Financial Hiring Index said they plan to hire full-time accounting and finance professionals in the first quarter of 2011.
A&A

Deloitte CFO Vision Poll: Midterm elections improve business outlook

Despite the fact that more than 70 percent of chief financial officers at Deloitte's annual CFO Vision conference believe current government financial policy has either had no effect or negatively impacted their business, the tide is turning toward a more positive outlook.
Education & Careers

CFOs cite integrity as most important trait for future leaders

A strong moral compass can give high-potential managers a leg up the career ladder, according to the results of a recent survey.
A&A

Survey: Consulting work enables CFOs to stay active

They may be ready to hand over the keys to the company car, but chief financial officers aren’t ready to hit the golf course full time. For this segment of the workforce, a career in consulting holds some appeal.
A&A

Survey: CFOs most concerned with rising health care costs

Financial executives have many issues on their minds, but topping the list are curbing rising health care costs and keeping other expenses in check, according to a recent survey from Robert Half Management Resources.
A&A

A day in the life of... an interim CFO

Marc Palker, director at CFO Consulting Partners LLC in Princeton, NJ, has been working as an interim CFO since 1996.
A&A

Budgeting survey discloses causes of CFO headaches

Centage Corporation and The Institute of Management & Administration (IOMA) conducted a Budgeting Survey to examine difficulties faced by CFOs related to budgeting, planning, forecasting and reporting.
A&A

CFOs confidence on the rise, albeit modestly

A year has made a substantial difference in the practices and mindset of Chief Financial Officers as they continue to lead their companies out of one of the most difficult periods in global financial history.
A&A

Where is your climb going? CFOs discuss what it takes to reach the top

To explore the nature and background of the CFO position, several CFOs from well-known organizations were asked about the steps needed to reach the top.
A&A

SEC opens broad inquiry into accounting for repurchase transactions

Chief financial officers from 24 financial institutions received a Dear CFO letter from the chief accountant of the SEC last week asking for detailed information about their accounting for repurchase agreements.
A&A

Money matters: CFOs say bonuses reign as top employee reward

Despite lean budgets for many businesses today, most financial executives say cash is king in recognizing their teams' hard work.
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How to lose $7 billion in taxpayer money without really trying

How did the IRS manage to pay out $7 billion in improper child tax credits in the tax years, 2004-2007? That's the question that the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) wanted to answer.
A&A

Intuit announces winners of $20,000 grants

One plans to bring new services to a low-income Hispanic community. Another wants to revitalize a small town devastated by a tornado. A third plans to offer new job training to the unemployed. Yet another wants to assist those on the verge of financial disaster.These are just a few examples of how the 10 winners of Intuit Inc.'s Power to Get More Done Stimulus Grant winners plan to use their $20,000 prizes to expand their businesses and better serve their communities.
A&A

Why Marketing 101 lessons still prevail: A case study

by Barbara BixWith apologies to Robert Fulghum, author of the bestseller, Everything I Needed To Know I Learned In Kindergarten, a recent experience provided solid proof that much of what we need to know as marketers was covered in Marketing 101. In it, I had the opportunity to participate in formulating the marketing strategy and tactics of a specialty health care practice - and relearn some essential and fundamental principles of marketing.

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