Month: May 2021

PwC supports GRI Global Standards Fund

An initiative to safeguard the continued development of the GRI Standards has secured a new supporter. Multinational professional services network PwC has joined the GRI Global Standards Fund. The Fund enables the continued independent and multi-stakeholder development of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting standards, and their access as a free public good. It also …

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Time for CFOs to influence the SEC’s climate effort

Companies should seize the opportunity to engage with the SEC to help craft efficient and responsive climate change disclosure rules. From Cfo.com. Corporate sustainability is an increasingly big tent containing a broad spectrum of views and practices. In recent years, talk of “corporate purpose” and “stakeholder capitalism” has grown in importance and garnered the most …

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Five key elements of a successful investor pitch by the CFO

From Cfo.com: Creating a message that resonates with private equity investors or other suppliers of private capital requires more than a nice-looking PowerPoint. It means understanding the investor’s mindset. Investores are primarily focused on getting their original investment back (plus a return, naturally) after it’s been used to make improvements in the business. But there’s an …

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Four reasons that lease accounting distorted reality… have now become five

From The Uniform Accounting Monthly Report April 2021: I recently had a wonderful conversation with Ralph Nach. Ralph is a former co-author of the Wiley GAAP Guide. He teaches continuing professional education courses for practicing CPAs on many of the most difficult and complex accounting topics. Ralph was also one of the very first members …

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Audit watchdog proposes framework to help implement new trading ban

From WSJ: The U.S. audit watchdog has proposed a new framework that would help it implement a law that bans foreign companies from the country’s exchanges if their audits haven’t been inspected by American regulators. The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s framework would help it decide whether it can review or investigate a public audit firm …

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OECD to introduce cryptocurrency reporting by end 2021 – Tax Advisers Europe

From Tax Advisers Europe: During the CFE’s 2021 Forum, held virtually on 6 May 2021, Director of the Centre for Tax Policy at the OECD, Pascal Saint-Amans, gave a keynote speech on the panel discussion topic of cross-border exchange of information. Mr Saint-Amans confirmed that the OECD aims to update reporting standards for exchange of information …

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What CFOs and CEOs are saying about bitcoin

From Cfo.com: On first-quarter earnings calls, CFOs and CEOs revealed their attitudes about and approaches to cryptocurrencies. What is your thinking on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies? Many “experts” claim to know what CFOs and CEOs think about the development of digital assets, the use of Bitcoin on balance sheets, and the business opportunities crypto presents. But …

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More companies buy back shares, pay dividends a year into pandemic

From WSJ: U.S. businesses, many of them no longer facing cash-flow woes, are returning more capital to shareholders. Companies are spending more money on dividends and share repurchases after pausing or shrinking them last spring in an effort to preserve cash during the coronavirus pandemic. Executives are boosting these shareholder rewards as they are growing more optimistic …

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Corporate cash holdings metric offers mixed signals

From Cfo.com: About one-third of companies saw their cash balances fall in the first quarter, but did that indicate investment or poor financial performance? Many companies beefed up their cash and short-term investment balances in 2021’s opening quarter, but not all of them. In fact, 34% of organizations cut their cash holdings, compared with the 40% who …

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CFOs have a limited window to derive competitive advantage from Artificial Intelligence – Gartner

CFOs must invest in artificial intelligence (AI) within the next few years, or their companies will be left behind, according to Gartner, Inc. In a survey of 300 CFOs and finance leaders in May 2020, 90% of respondents said they anticipate investing “more, less, or the same amount” in AI since COVID-19. To get the …

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