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What's your fraud IQ?

All organizations issue payments for expenditures, whether inventory purchases, repairs and maintenance expenses, utilities, or contract services. How well do you know the warning signs and preventive strategies for check and electronic payment tampering? Test your knowledge in this month’s interactive quiz.

From CGMA Magazine: Finance's role in fostering innovation

The finance function is rarely expected to be the originator of a breakthrough product or technology. But it has an important role in ensuring that great ideas are spotted, encouraged, financed, and delivered efficiently to the market. “A finance function needs to be able to understand the business well enough

A nontraditional approach to finance management

Tom Steiner would like to get CFOs to stop thinking so logically all the time. He contends that the world is emotional, not logical, and that “linear, logical people that concern themselves with numbers” are too focused on tasks instead of the people performing those tasks. Steiner, nicknamed “Dr. Tom”

MD&A reporting tips

Deciding what to include in the management discussion and analysis (MD&A) section of a financial report isn’t always easy. During a session at the AICPA Conference on Current SEC and PCAOB Developments, Katherine Gill-Charest, CPA, the chief accounting officer at Viacom, and Brian Lane, a corporate securities lawyer at Gibson,

CPAs continue to forecast storms ahead for U.S. economy

Economic optimism, which started the year on an upswing, has fallen to a 12-month low, according to the latest AICPA Business & Industry U.S. Economic Outlook Survey, which was released Thursday. A big reason for the gloomier mood: Washington. “The overwhelming majority of comments this quarter focused on the fiscal

Private-company financials often shielded from employees

Employees at publicly traded companies have an advantage when it comes to understanding the financial health of their companies. After all, public companies are just that: public. And they release detailed financial results each quarter for the world to see. Employees at private companies, however, aren’t as plugged in. Indeed,

Execs less optimistic about hiring, U.S. economy, AICPA survey shows

Lower hiring expectations and a steep drop in optimism about the U.S. economy summed up the uncertain mood of CPA financial executives who took part in the AICPA’s Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey for the second quarter of 2012. Optimism about the U.S. economy dropped significantly after rising for

CFO round table: Managing uncertainty

Three CFOs from three very different industries offer insight into the fickle global marketplace—and how their roles are changing because of it.

Eight steps for implementing a technological overhaul

Author, venture partner, and consultant Geoffrey Moore made a pitch for a technological revolution Friday afternoon in the closing speech at the AICPA’s spring Council meeting. Consumer-facing business processes in professional services need to be re-engineered to accommodate the digital needs of clients and employees who already are using consumer

From CGMA Magazine: Executives turn data into internal insight

Prolonged economic sluggishness—which has limited organic growth and stymied mergers and acquisitions the world over—has given many companies something they didn’t have when things were busier: time, and reason, to think differently about new ways to build value. One place they’re increasingly applying the magnifying glass: their own ranks. More

Finance executives’ outlook on U.S. economy improving, survey shows

CPA financial executives displayed a more positive but still wary view of the U.S. economy in the most recent quarterly Business and Industry Economic Outlook Survey, released Thursday by the AICPA. Those indicating optimism for the U.S. economy increased from 19% in the previous quarter to 43%. Optimists outnumbered pessimists

Helping CEOs connect the dots

The business world is experiencing an extraordinarily challenging period. The multiple pressures exerted on executives in terms of global competition, increasing regulation, climate change and growing expectations from consumers has resulted in a call for a new business paradigm. At the end of last year, the AICPA joined forces with

CEOs seeking value in human dimension of business

The human dimensions of business – areas such as talent development, intellectual property and relationships with suppliers and customers – will be the primary focus of top executives during the next 18 to 24 months. And one of their first challenges will be determining the value of these factors to


6 key areas of change for accountants and auditors

New accounting standards on revenue recognition, leases, and credit losses present implementation challenges. This independently-written report identifies the hurdles that accounting professionals face and provides tips for overcoming the challenges.


How tax reform will impact individual taxpayers

Amy Wang, a CPA who is a senior technical manager for tax advocacy at the AICPA, answers to some of the most common questions on how the new tax reform law will impact individual taxpayers.