Finance

A&A

Accounting Starting Salaries Projected to Rise 3.5% in 2015

According to a new forecast released on Thursday by staffing firm Robert Half, strong demand is expected next year for such professionals as staff accountants, senior financial analysts, and business systems analysts.
A&A

Reconciliation of Accounts Still Mostly Done by Hand: Report

Fifty-nine percent of US companies and 66 percent of Canadian businesses are still reconciling their general ledger accounts manually, according to a new report from Robert Half and the Financial Executives Research Foundation.
A&A

ACCA/IMA Report Reveals Ten Key Skills for Future CFOs

While many of today's CFOs have taken the usual finance stepping-stones toward their executive roles, they believe tomorrow's CFOs will need new experiences and key skills to meet the evolving needs of business, according to a new report.
A&A

Benchmarking for Competitive Advantage: Best Practices, Metrics, Pitfalls

Businesses often want to see how their company's financial performance stacks up against the competition, but it's difficult for accountants to find quality data on comparable, private companies.
A&A

More Jobs Now, but Where Is the Country in Economic Cycle?

The August 2 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing that US unemployment fell and 162,000 jobs were added in July was positive, especially on the heels of news that second-quarter GDP grew at an annual rate of 1.7 percent.
A&A

Survey: New Jersey CPA Firms Anticipate Growth in 2014

Nearly nine out of ten New Jersey CPAs expect their businesses to grow in 2014, while more than half say their firms are performing better now than at this time last year, according to a recent Capital One Bank survey.
A&A

Affordable Care Act Makes It Less Likely That Businesses Will Hire New Employees

The Affordable Care Act is decreasing the likelihood that businesses will hire new employees, according to a new survey by Sageworks, a financial information company.
A&A

Will He Stay or Will He Go: Finance Leaders Focused on Bernanke's Future at Fed

In boardrooms across the country, finance executives share a common question: Will he stay or will he go? All eyes are on Ben Bernanke amid speculation that he will cede the top spot at the Federal Reserve.
A&A

Private Company Likelihood of Default Improving; Companies May Be Positioned to Borrow

According to Sageworks latest "Private Company Report" released May 28, private companies in the United States continued to grow at a healthy pace and experienced strong profit margins in the most recent period.
Practice

Three Indicators of Creditworthiness for Your Business Clients

Are your business clients applying for a loan? Sageworks Research Specialist Mary Ellen Biery outlines three indicators of creditworthiness and how your clients can improve them.
A&A

Report: Most General Ledger Accounts Reconciled Manually

If you think automation is primarily being used to reconcile the general ledger accounts of public and private companies, think again. Nearly two-thirds of finance departments in US companies and one-half in Canadian companies are still using a manual accounting system.
A&A

Political 'Hangover' Holds Back US Business Confidence Despite Financing Boost

Business confidence has grown in the United States, according to new research from ACCA and IMA®. However, businesses are not yet in a position to take advantage of better trading conditions and easier access to financing.
Practice

Financial Outsourcing Services Seen Growing 8 Percent Annually Through 2017

Global spending on finance and accounting business process outsourcing (F&A BPO) services will exceed $25 billion in 2013 and rise at an annual compound growth rate of 8 percent through 2017, according to research by accounting firm KPMG and HfS Research.
A&A

Private Companies Grow; Strong Profit Margins for Accounting Firms

Private companies in the United States grew sales by approximately 9.7 percent in the period ended February 2013, about the same as in the period ended January 2013 and close to the 10.1 percent growth seen one year ago.
Technology

Growing Number of CFOs Using Mobile Technology for Money Management

A survey conducted by Bill.com of corporate financial executives shows a shift toward mobile money management. Two-thirds of respondents reported they now process at least some of their financial transactions on mobile devices.
A&A

Three Tips for Getting a Business Loan: What Your Clients Need to Know

Applying for a business loan can be intimidating and stressful, and it can be confusing to have an application rejected with little explanation. There are steps company executives can take to avoid some of the possible confusion and to develop a more positive experience while applying for a business loan.
A&A

Private Company Trends Remain Positive in January

Private companies in the United States continued to grow sales and expand their net profit margins in the period ending in January 2013. Private company credit risk also appears to be improving, with the average private company's likelihood of default currently standing around 3 percent.
Practice

Advising Small Business Clients on Personal Guarantee Negotiations

For your small business owner clients, signing a personal guarantee has become standard practice as part of the commercial loan approval process. While this is often the price of doing business, what does a personal guarantee really mean?
A&A

Private Company Credit Risk Shows Signs of Improving

Privately held companies in the United States, on average, have a slightly improved credit position than a year ago, according to new data from Sageworks Inc., a financial information company.
Practice

Was Your Client Denied Business Credit?

If one of your clients recently applied for business credit and was rejected, he or she isn't alone. Learn five ways you can help a client whose business credit application was denied. A recent survey of banks and asset-based lenders found they had turned down more than a third of all businesses' applications for loans, according to Pepperdine University's 2013 Capital Markets Report.

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