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Research on the application of “Dazhi Yiyun” technology on Chinese enterprises

From IAFEI October 2020 Quarterly Bulletin By Kouging Li, Tie Qiu and Jian Zhao, Shanghai National Accounting Institute The technology of “Dazhi Yiyun” not only profoundly affects people's lives, but also promotes a new round of industrial transformation. Through the analysis of the questionnaires of Chinese corporate financial personnel, this article finds that companies hav ...

Living through lockdown - the CFO's guide

From IAFEI October 2020 Quarterly Bulletin By Jacques van Wyk, CEO of JGL Forensic Services and member of IAFEI Technical Committee Originally, we were told lockdown would last for three weeks. We hang onto that like a drowning man to a flotation device. But it has the lockdown was repeatedly extended – albeit finally with less severe restrictions - we all became obsessed wit ...

Delivering a Compelling ROI Message to Customers

The market is saturated with ROI messaging, and most of it is not very convincing, so credibility is key, writes Dave Arkley of Gigamon. From CFO.com.  While it’s always important to highlight value, in our current environment communicating a strong return-on-investment message to customers is more important than ever. With a shortage of resources and budget, business leaders ...

Recovery more likely to be K-shaped than V-shaped

From CFO Daily News: Don’t count on a V-shaped recovery, as many initially predicted. Instead, buckle up — we’re in for a much slower and K-shaped recovery. That’s Moody Analytics’s Chief Economist Dr. Mark Zandi’s take. He recently addressed finance execs at a general session at Financial Executives International’s Corporate Financial Reporting Insights 2020 Virtual Conferenc ...

Some astonishing examples of intangible asset growth, like Andrew Lloyd Webber

From John Stretch: In 1976 the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber formed the Really Useful Company to monetise the rights to his intellectual works Cats, Evita, Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard. Ten years later he listed on the London stock exchange at a market value of 35 million pounds. The assets at that time consisted of a West End theatre valued at 2 million pounds, the ...

UK Company Audits Need to Improve, Regulator Says

From WSJ: The Financial Reporting Council found that auditors often fail to provide enough evidence to verify companies’ accounting estimates. Audits of financial statements of Britain’s largest companies need to improve, the U.K. Financial Reporting Council said Thursday. The country’s audit and accounting watchdog in recent months inspected 130 company audits. Most of the b ...

CFOs Using Bond Proceeds to Pay Down Credit Lines, Debt

From WSJ: Many companies in recent months raised billions of dollars in new debt in the bond market, taking advantage of low funding costs and high investor demand. Finance chiefs used the additional capital to bolster their companies’ balance sheet, pay down credit lines or replace older debt following interventions by the Federal Reserve to stabilize financial markets. Most ...

COVID-19 drives CFO optimism to all-time low

From IAFEI October 2020 Quarterly Bulletin:  By John Graham, D Richard Mead Jr. Family professor of Finance, The Fuqua School on Business, Duke University, and Phillipe Dupuy, Associate Professor, Accounting, Law and Finance, Grenoble Ecole de Management (EM) IAFEI and a group of partners, including Grenoble EM, survey CFOs across the world. For the second quarter of 2020, th ...

CFOs Brace for Trade Tensions, More Tariffs After Election

From WSJ: President Trump expected to rely on tariffs if re-elected while Joe Biden proposes multilateral approach to trade. Finance chiefs are closely tracking how U.S. trade policy could change after the presidential election, potentially leading to higher tariff-related costs and new restrictions on certain products. The winner of the election will have to navigate tension ...

COVID-19 driving rise in loan portability

From CFO Dive: Between the pandemic, election, international trade and low interest rates, it’s a perfect storm for debt to carry with a company to a new owner as a way to speed sales. Loan portability — when loans are transferred from a company to an acquirer — has become more popular in recent years as a way for businesses to make themselves more attractive to potential buye ...

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