Inside Views

  • CFOs desire more strategic-thinking skills in accounting and finance professionals, survey finds

    June 23, 2016

    According to the results of a new Robert Half Management Resources survey, more than eight in 10 (86 percent) of polled CFOs said that strategic-thinking skills are important (either "mandatory" or "nice to have") for accounting and finance professionals. However, nearly half (46 percent) of those polled claimed their organizations do not provide the appropriate development opportunities for said skills.

  • Galleon Insider Trading Witness Shares Details of Fraud

    June 22, 2016

    Roomy Khan, a technology executive and financial analyst who helped convict Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam on fraud charges, told a group of fraud examiners last week about how she became enmeshed in the insider trading scheme.

  • Tax Revolution Institute announces winners of tax reform essay competition

    June 22, 2016

    The Tax Revolution Institute (TRI) announced on Wednesday the winners of their Robert A. Heinlein Tax Revolution Scholarship competition. Kenneth Adams, a high-school senior from Albuquerque, N.M., won first place and will receive a $2,500 scholarship to help pursue his studies in economics and political science at American University in Washington, D.C.

  • Accounting Degree Review ranks the 30 most affordable online bachelor's degrees for 2016

    June 22, 2016

    Accounting Degree Review, an online resource in accounting education and other related topics, recently published their ranking of the Top 30 Affordable Online Bachelor's Degrees in Accounting. The ranking weighs factors such as annual tuition rates (from the 2015-2016 academic year) and other fees in determining list placement.

  • New PwC Assurance Leader Aims to Increase Diversity

    June 21, 2016

    PricewaterhouseCoopers recently announced PwC’s new leadership team, including Maria Moats, a Latina who has been working as chief diversity officer at the firm and will assume the role of U.S. assurance leader, effective July 1.

  • Majority of CFOs believe millennials are ready to lead, survey finds

    June 21, 2016

    According to a new survey from Robert Half, the overwhelming majority of CFOs are confident that millennials possess the abilities to become future leaders. Eighty-five percent of CFOs polled in Robert Half's survey claimed they are generally confident that millennials -- those born between 1978 and 1999 -- are "prepared to assume leadership positions."

  • Best Practices for CPAs to Take Control of Life Insurance Reviews

    June 21, 2016

    Clients often seek counsel from their accountants and financial planners regarding proper life insurance coverage, especially when a policy might be used to secure family income or protect financial assets.

  • Cultural Optimization: Making Mergers Wildly Successful

    June 21, 2016

    A recent rereading of “The Rational Optimist” by British author Matt Ridley revived my belief in “cultural optimization” when it comes to accounting firm acquisitions.

  • Adelphi University kicks off summer 'COAP' program for CPA hopefuls

    June 21, 2016

    Adelphi University announced this week that their Robert B. Willumstad School of Business will kick off the annual Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession (COAP) summer program, designed to introduce minority high school juniors in New York State to the accounting profession. Approximately 40 local students will participate in Adelphi's five-day program, which begins Saturday, June 25.

  • FASB Credit Loss Standard Will Prompt Changes at More than Banks

    June 20, 2016

    The long awaited credit loss standard that the Financial Accounting Standards Board released last week is expected to have a wide-ranging impact beyond only banks and financial services firms.