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Education & Careers

Three Percent Salary Increase 'New Normal'

While employees may not see much improvement in base pay next year, the prevalence and size of short-term incentives has increased substantially, according to the sixth annual "Compensation Planning Survey."
Technology

Using Technology to Enhance Client Service

Cloud and mobile top the list of emerging technologies transforming the tax and accounting profession, according to the "2012 CCH Technology Survey - Technology in Accounting: Then, Now and Next."
A&A

Survey: National Debt Impacting Hiring Plans

According to results of a new survey released by Sageworks, a financial information company, the national debt is weighing on business owners as they consider adding workers and making other investments.
A&A

Fiscal Cliff, Deficits, and Jobs Remain Concerns

A quarterly volatility and variables poll of 540 corporate executives indicates that many CFOs are stressed and plan to be more diligent in planning and forecasting.
Education & Careers

The Next Generation of Leadership

We're headed toward a massive transition at firms across the country as current leaders get closer to retirement. Some firms have successfully transitioned, others are preparing, and there are those that don't have any plans in place.
Community News

Extreme Cheapskate CPA: NY Living on the Cheap

By day, Kate Hashimoto is an employed New York CPA. By night, she's a self-confessed "extreme cheapskate." In fact, she spends so little money that TLC featured her in an episode of its new show "Extreme Cheapskates."
Practice

Validate Your Marketing with Google Trends

Many of us marketers go off our "gut," which can get us in trouble as many times as it can aid us. Google Trends allows us to test our gut with TONS of data that is free and readily available.
Education & Careers

Entrepreneurs - Losing Sleep but Not Losing Hope

Despite financial pressures, stresses, and sleeplessness, the majority of entrepreneurs still have faith in their futures and maintain the determination to succeed, according to results of the "2012 Hiscox DNA of an Entrepreneur Study."
Education & Careers

Tech Dinosaurs: Tape Recorders and Fax Machines Top the List

As part of its "Office Endangered Species" study, LinkedIn surveyed more than 7,000 professionals and asked which office tools and trends will most likely not be seen in offices by the year 2017, and what tools they dream of having.
A&A

Employees Slow to Prepare for Retirement

Statistics from multiple studies paint a dire picture of the number of Americans who think they are prepared for retirement. A new survey found that only 26 percent had run a retirement projection, and only 18 percent felt they were on target.
Practice

Private Companies Growing; Sales Growth Slowing

At the recent "Analyzing America's Private Companies" summit in New York City, the sales growth, profitability, and significance of private businesses in the United States were among the topics of discussion.
Practice

Ten 'Must-do's' for Accountancy Profession

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants' Accountancy Futures Academy report, "100 Drivers of Change for the Global Accountancy Profession," identifies 100 factors that will create uncertainty for accountants during the next five to ten years.
A&A

Global Economic Outlook - More Pessimists than Optimists

The third quarter CGMA Global Economic Forecast shows that pessimists now outnumber optimists nearly 8:1, as senior finance executives take an increasingly dim view of the global economy.
Education & Careers

Intuit Indexes Show Small Business Growth Slowing

Results of the monthly Intuit Small Business Revenue and Employment indexes are in. They show revenue in August declined for the sixth consecutive month, and employment continued to grow slowly in September.
Technology

Xero Touch App Now Available for Android Users

Seventy-three percent of small businesses say their biggest stressors are managing revenue, expenses, and collecting overdue payments. Xero has made it easier to stay on top of cash flow with its new Xero Touch app for android users.
Education & Careers

50-State Report on College and Career Readiness

With all fifty states and DC having adopted college- and career-ready standards in English and mathematics, Achieve's "Closing the Expectations Gap" report shows how states are aligning to those standards.
Practice

Private Company Sales Growth Down Significantly

The rate of annual sales growth among privately held US companies has slowed significantly, to around 5.4 percent currently from nearly 11 percent in January, according to new data from Sageworks Inc.
Practice

Will Outsourcing Overseas Cut You Some Slack?

Do you think you're the only one in your office who can complete tax returns "the right way?" If so, outsourcing some of your tax work to India or some other foreign location isn't for you.
Education & Careers

Top Cities for Best Salary Raises

Workers in a majority of metropolitan areas received substantial raises from 2010 to 2011. Cities with greater concentrations of college graduates did even better, according to data from the Martin Prosperity Institute.
Education & Careers

Moms Spend More on Kids' Wardrobes than Their Own

According to a survey of 1,000 moms, 60 percent say that clothing will be their biggest expense this year - with 91 percent admitting to spending more on their kids' wardrobes than their own.

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