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More CFOs 'Unplugging' while on Vacation

Good news! A significant number (51 percent) of CFOs will leave the office completely behind during their summer vacations, up from 26 percent in 2010.
Practice

CGMA Global Economic Forecast Results Are In

Worldwide, CEOs, CFOs, and senior management accountants have an increasingly negative outlook for the global economy, according to the CGMA Global Economic Forecast released by the AICPA and the CIMA.
A&A

Experts Say Financial Abuse of Elderly Getting Worse

Results of the IPT's Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation Survey reveal that 84 percent of respondents who deal with investment fraud/financial exploitation of senior citizens agree that the problem is getting worse.
A&A

Accounting Profession Faces Huge Challenges

Gail Kinsella, the newly elected president of the NYSSCPA, shares her perspective on the challenges the NYSSCPA and the profession as a whole must be prepared to deal with in the near term.
Technology

Dumb Down Your Smartphone

Thanks to our smartphones (along with tablets, other handhelds, etc.) we no longer have to fret about having nothing to do.
Technology

Google Chrome Breaks into Top Spot for Web Browsers

A much-discussed development in the browser world is the recent breakout performance by Google Chrome, which averaged the highest traffic share for a full seven days for the first time.
Education & Careers

Sage Survey: How Small Businesses Deal With an Unpredictable Economy

Sage North America announced the results of its Reinvention of Small Business Study, a survey focused on how small businesses are changing the way they conduct business in an unpredictable economy.
Practice

AICPA Calling for Firms to Participate in 2012 National MAP Survey

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS), in partnership with the Texas Society of CPAs, is now gathering data for its much-anticipated 2012 benchmarking survey ? the National Management of an Accounting Practice (MAP) Survey.
AccountingWEB Life

Survey Finds Americans Out of Touch with How Much They Spend

A new survey conducted by Rasmussen Reports for the Consumer Federation of America ? the COUNTRY Financial Security Index - shows a gap between what Americans think they're spending and what's happening in reality.
Practice

Weighing In on Employee Benefit Plans

MetLife has released its "Tenth Annual Study of Employee Benefits Trends," the results of which confirm that despite uncertain and shifting times, the potential of benefits to help attract and retain talent and improve employee productivity are stronger than ever.
Practice

AICPA Survey: 17 Percent of Young Adults Check Bank Accounts Daily

There's little doubt most young adults are obsessed with their digital devices and the latest technology that helps them use those devices. In fact, three times as many young adults check their social media accounts daily as check their bank accounts, according to the results of a national telephone survey conducted for the AICPA.
AccountingWEB Life

AICPA Survey Reveals Americans' Concerns about Finances and Saving

To commemorate National Financial Literacy Month, a national telephone poll of 1,005 adults was conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA). The purpose of the survey was to find out what one habit poll participants would most likely forego in a financial pinch.
A&A

ACCA/IMA Survey Reveals Global Confidence on the Rise

Confidence in the global economy recovered substantially in early 2012, regaining some of the optimism lost over the last year, according to the Q1 2012 ACCA/IMA Global Economic Conditions Survey, the largest global study of professional accountants.
Technology

AICPA Survey: Technology Has Made It Easier to Spend, Not Save

All those songs, games, apps, mobile connections, and movie downloads are taking a toll on Americans' wallets, with more than half of US adults saying technology has made it easier to spend money and only 3 percent saying it has made it easier to save, according to a survey conducted for the AICPA.
Practice Development

The JOBS Act: Economic Solution or Investor Nightmare?

In an effort to jump-start the US economy and create more jobs, both the House and Senate passed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, and President Obama signed the act into law April 8, 2012.
A&A

Update: Obama Signs JOBS Act: What's in It for You?

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act has been touted as the latest attempt to revive and stimulate the economy, with its key element focused on applying a concept called crowdfunding to small businesses.
Practice

IC Opportunities Honors Innovative Technology Developer

At the inaugural IC Opportunities event in Schaumburg, Illinois, this February, there was a vibrant, envelope-pushing discussion among young and young-thinking accountants about how to move the profession forward and adapt to the needs of an increasingly tech-savvy business world.
Community News

Elliott Davis Named among "Healthiest Employers of Greater Charlotte"

Elliott Davis, a Charlotte-based accounting, tax, and consulting services firm, has been named one of the "Healthiest Employers of Greater Charlotte." A second annual awards event, which honored the area's most outstanding health and wellness programs, was held at the Charlotte Convention Center March 21.
Practice

'Cash Mob' Sensation Reviving Local Businesses

In a retail market dominated by generic superstores, pop-up corner pharmacies, and faceless online shopping, it has become increasingly difficult for "main street" businesses - the very businesses that provide the individual stamp and distinctive character of their communities - to survive.
Practice Management

KPMG Survey Shows Companies Think Cloud Will Improve Data Analysis

After conducting a survey at the Oracle Open World conference, KPMG was able to glean some significant information regarding how companies are feeling about a move to the cloud. Overall, the survey made it clear that companies’ needs are driving their investment decisions when it comes to upgrading their ERP.

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