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A&A

Research Finds Internal Auditors Must Reach for New Heights or Risk Losing Relevance

On March 18, PricewaterhouseCooper's (PwC) released its "2013 State of the Internal Audit Profession Study." PwC surveyed 1,100 chief audit executives and more than 630 stakeholders worldwide for the company's ninth annual survey on the role of internal auditors.
A&A

New Report Shows Changing Fraud Environment

The latest Kroll "Global Fraud Report" shows the incidence and cost of fraud have decreased over the last year, yet fraud still remains an important issue for all companies around the world. And a DOJ suit against Standard & Poor's highlights the need for oversight of the credit rating industry.
Practice

AICPA Survey: CPAs More Upbeat on Economic Outlook, but Still Cautious

The first quarter American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey is out, and it looks like respondents are increasingly optimistic about the US economy and their own businesses' prospects compared to the fourth quarter of 2012.
Education & Careers

Accountants Pay Seen Rising an Average 3.3 Percent This Year

Accountants with solid credentials should have no employment worries, because demand and pay throughout the profession are showing strong gains this year, according to reports from the recruitment firm Robert Half International.
A&A

Accountants' Worries Range from Fuel Costs to Value of US Dollar

A new report, “Drivers of Change in the US,” is an analysis of a 2012 survey of 550 members of the ACCA and the IMA who were asked to rank their concerns about the changes and challenges facing the accounting profession now and in the future.
Education & Careers

Finance and Accounting Professionals' Confidence Grew Fourth Quarter

According to a recent survey, finance and accounting professionals' confidence in their own job prospects rose late last year, with more than half reporting they're confident they can find a new job.
Technology

KPMG Survey Finds Shift to Cloud Presents Unexpected Challenges, Costs

The shift of IT systems to Cloud computing from an in-house infrastructure is proving more expensive and more complicated than first anticipated, according to KPMG International's "The Cloud Takes Shape" survey.
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.
A&A

Financial Analysts Say Hedging, Derivatives Reporting Inadequate

Financial analysts say there's not enough detail being provided in reports from companies that use derivatives and hedging activities, which makes analysis of investments that rely significantly on such financial instruments riskier.
A&A

Internal Auditors See Steady Rise in Pay

It's a great time to be a corporate internal auditor – pay and perks for the profession are growing at a faster pace than most other jobs. Internal auditors in the United States and Canada received a median 3 percent increase in their base salaries in 2012, the second year in a row they've seen an increase.
Technology

Cyberattacks and Hacktivism – Take Cover!

Cybersecurity experts at Deloitte are warning that when it comes to cyberattacks, it's not a question of "if" but "when." A new study shows 88 percent of technology, media, and telecommunications companies don't think they're vulnerable.
Technology

Social Media Trends: Where Does Your Firm Stand?

No one can deny that social media is on everyone's mind. Instead of looking at what everyone else is doing, let's look at what other accounting firms are doing - or at least thinking about doing.
Practice

Survey: Fiscal Cliff Uncertainty Weighs on Business Owners

The uncertainty surrounding the "fiscal cliff" is directly impacting the strategic decisions of many US business owners, according to a new survey by Sageworks, a financial information company.
Tax

KPMG Survey: Senior Execs Weigh In on Fiscal Cliff

Almost half of senior executives polled said they don't expect an agreement on the so-called "fiscal cliff" negotiations by year-end, according to a survey of more than 2,500 business leaders conducted by KPMG's TGI.
Practice

"Trust but Verify" Creditworthiness

All too often, companies trust that a potential business partner is creditworthy with very little evidence to support the assumption. CPAs can advise their clients on how to evaluate potential business partners, further instilling their role as trusted business advisors.
A&A

Economic Optimism among CPAs Continues to Decline

CPA decision makers, primarily CEOs, CFOs, and controllers, are becoming more pessimistic about the future of the US economy, according to the latest AICPA Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey.
A&A

Small Businesses Unprepared for Data Breach

Data breach events are a growing risk for small businesses, but only a small percentage of companies with fewer than 250 employees have policies and procedures in place to protect against online intrusions.
A&A

ACCA/IMA Survey Finds Business Confidence Falls Again

Confidence in the global economy fell in Q3 2012, according to a worldwide survey of 2,550 finance professionals, with some 67 percent of respondents saying the global economy is stagnating or reversing.
Education & Careers

Survey Finds Morale High Among Workers

The mood around the office water cooler is generally positive, new research suggests. In an Accountemps survey, nearly four in ten workers (39 percent) described the morale at their companies as very good.
Education & Careers

Employee Confidence Index Decreases, Second Consecutive Quarter

The Mergis Group Finance and Accounting Employee Confidence Index decreased this quarter to 50.4. This was a 2.2 point decline over the second quarter of 2012, although 5.3 points higher than this time last year.

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