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February 2016

While it may be a common perception that audit firms want to bill as many hours as possible, we find that most auditors want to work efficiently with their clients. Regardless of regulatory requirements, business structure changes, inflation in the current business environment, or other factors that can drive up audit fees, many companies are finding ways to work with their auditors to mitigate fee increases.
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Posted: 2/4/2016 3:18:12 PM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


January 2016

The monthly FERF Focus e-newsletter provides readers must-read research with actionable insights for effective decision-making. This month’s edition sees the publication of Mitigating Increases in Audit Fees and the Financial Reporting and Regulatory Updates for the Quarter ended December 31, 2015 for both Private Companies and Public Companies. Additionally, opportunities exist to participate in important research surveys – including Technology Issues for Financial Executives.
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Posted: 1/29/2016 10:14:59 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


FERF Senior Manager, Research, Leena Roselli was interviewed by Sonia Luna for Blog Talk Radio.
 
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Posted: 1/12/2016 12:02:39 PM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


December 2015

The monthly FERF Focus e-newsletter provides readers must-read research with actionable insights for effective decision-making. This month’s edition sees the publication of Cybersecurity Incident Response: Planning is just the beginning. Additionally, opportunities exist to participate in important research surveys – including Technology Issues for Financial Executives and Financial Executive Compensation.
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Posted: 12/22/2015 12:10:13 PM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


Happy Holidays! We are reaching out today to ask for your support of Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF), the non-profit research affiliate of FEI.  As you may know, voluntary, tax-deductible contributions fund FERF's work, not FEI Member dues.
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Posted: 12/16/2015 9:39:54 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


November 2015

Today’s organizations face a sobering reality. The question is no longer whether we will be breached but when we will be breached. Cybersecurity is a C-suite and board-level issue requiring a comprehensive risk management strategy, intelligent investment and integration across the organization. 
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Posted: 11/30/2015 10:11:07 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


The monthly FERF Focus e-newsletter provides readers must-read research with actionable insights for effective decision-making. This month’s edition sees the publication of the annual U.S. Goodwill Impairment Study and quarterly Financial Reporting & Regulatory Updates for Private and Public companies. Additionally, new FERF reports entitled Maintaining Margins While Staying Vigilant and Disclosure Effectiveness: Companies embrace the call to action were also published this month. Opportunities also exist to participate in important research surveys – including Technology Issues for Financial Executives and Financial Executive Compensation.
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Posted: 11/25/2015 10:39:54 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


Duff & Phelps and the Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF) first published the results of their comprehensive Goodwill Impairment Study in 2009. This inaugural study examined U.S. publicly-traded companies’ recognition of goodwill impairment at the height of the financial crisis (the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009), and featured a comparative analysis of the goodwill impairments of over 5,000 companies (by industry), as well as the findings of a survey of Financial Executives International (FEI) members. 
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Posted: 11/23/2015 11:52:31 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


A company’s financial reporting is valuable to a wide variety of stakeholders, and financial reporting that reflects economic and business realities has never been more important. Financial reports help shape how investors formulate their decisions, thereby influencing where and how capital is deployed and enabling markets to function more efficiently.
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Posted: 11/19/2015 3:28:42 PM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


The following highlights from the FERF/Protiviti 2016 Finance Priorities Survey were provided by Kevin Donahue, Senior Director at Protiviti. 
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Posted: 11/11/2015 11:34:58 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF), in partnership with Grant Thornton (GT), has launched the 10th annual Financial Executive Compensation Survey. We strongly believe this vital survey provides unsurpassed benchmarking information on senior financial executives’ total direct compensation packages and other benefits. We compile this essential data from your peers to help you make informed decisions.
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Posted: 11/4/2015 3:28:18 PM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


October 2015

The monthly FERF Focus e-newsletter provides readers must-read research with actionable insights for effective decision-making. This month’s edition sees the publication of the annual Audit Fee report and a new FERF report entitled The New Revenue Recognition Standard: Assessing Impact and Implementation. There are also multiple opportunities to participate in important research surveys – including Technology Issues for Financial Executives, Financial Executive Compensation, and Benchmarking the Accounting & Finance Function.
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Posted: 10/30/2015 3:02:37 PM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


Originally slated for January 2017, the effective date of the new standard was deferred this summer by one year, moving the adoption date for U.S. GAAP public companies to January 1, 2018 and non-public companies to January 1, 2019.
 
While the extent of the impact will vary by company, it is clear that adoption is already presenting a rocky road. After seeking input on possible implementation issues last year, the
Boards not only chose to defer the standard’s effective date by one year, but there have also been ongoing discussions and changes to the standard in a number of areas.
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Posted: 10/27/2015 9:05:50 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


The annual Audit Fee Report examines total fees companies paid to external auditors in 2014 and other additional services related to the auditing process. The results summarize the responses of executives from 76 U.S publicly-held companies, 92 U.S. privately-held companies and 57 nonprofit organizations. In addition, the report also examines audit fees as reported by the larger pool of SEC filers of more than 7,000 organizations.
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Posted: 10/13/2015 11:10:27 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


The monthly FERF Focus e-newsletter provides readers must-read research with actionable information for effective decision-making. This month’s edition sees the publication of a new FERF report entitled Financial Management: Momentum Shifting to the Cloud. There are also two opportunities to participate in important research surveys – including Benchmarking the Accounting & Finance Function and Building the Next-Generation Finance Function.
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Posted: 10/1/2015 8:59:38 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


 
 
 
 

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