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August 2015

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 A Survey of Investor Relations and Earnings Guidance. There are also multiple opportunities to participate in research surveys – including Goodwill Impairment and the next-Generation Finance Function.
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Posted: 8/31/2015 2:07:34 PM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


Below is a FELIX question from an anonymous FEI member. If you are able to provide input, please send comments to felixpc@financialexecutives.org.
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Posted: 8/14/2015 10:34:27 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


In a business environment where the market often expects more detailed information, today’s traditional methods of producing compliance and other reports cannot keep up with the demand nor facilitate timely approval processes. In response, a new breed of software, known as Disclosure Management Solutions (DMS), has taken the market by storm.
 
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Posted: 8/3/2015 12:22:24 PM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


July 2015

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 the new Disclosure Management Solutions research report in addition to the Financial Reporting & Regulatory Updates for Public and Private companies. There are also multiple opportunities to participate in research surveys – including Goodwill Impairment, Disclosure Effectiveness, and Revenue Recognition.
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Posted: 7/30/2015 12:12:18 PM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF), in collaboration with Duff & Phelps has launched the seventh annual Goodwill Impairment survey.  This year’s survey continues to examine industry trends for goodwill and goodwill impairment of U.S. companies, to gauge the breadth of Step 0 testing and the extent of adoption of the PCC accounting alternatives for goodwill and intangible assets.
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Posted: 7/14/2015 1:56:08 PM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


The growth and complexity of financial disclosures continues to expand, worrying regulators that the current U.S. financial disclosure regime has lost its ability effectively communicate critical information. In addition to their required annual and quarterly regulatory filings, companies are increasingly communicating with users through a variety of other channels, including company websites, earnings calls, and investor and analyst presentations.
 
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Posted: 7/10/2015 11:37:11 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


It hasn’t been all smooth sailing for the new revenue recognition standard after it was issued in May 2014. Some companies are finding they need extra time to implement, while others are pushing forward with the original adoption timeline. Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF), in collaboration with PwC, is conducting a second survey to gain an understanding of where organizations stand relative to implementing the new revenue recognition standard. The survey explores executives’ perspectives on key considerations for companies implementing the new standard from adoption method and overall readiness to accounting policy decisions, systems, and controls and process changes. 
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Posted: 7/8/2015 2:02:10 PM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


While enhancing the fundamentals of internal controls over financial reporting (ICFR), the
2013 COSO Framework casts a wider net to embrace the evolution of cloud-based technology and outsourced infrastructure to streamline and create efficiency in managing the organization’s business. The framework includes explicit content in 12 of the 17 principles relating to outsourced service providers (OSPs), outlining where a company should go beyond monitoring the controls to researching its risk tolerance, and assessing the controls of the OSP as they relate specifically to the company’s activities.
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Posted: 7/2/2015 8:16:53 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 the three new research reports as well as multiple opportunities to participate in research surveys – including your last chance to respond to this year’s Audit Fee Survey.
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Posted: 7/1/2015 9:49:44 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


June 2015

Despite concerns about global issues such as the decline in oil prices and cyber-security, Chief Financial Officers are approaching the second half of 2015 with increased optimism in the global economy and their businesses. According to the results of the latest “CFO Quarterly Outlook Survey" conducted by Financial Executives International (FEI) and Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business, the outlook among CFOs towards the financial prospects for their own companies are the brightest it has been in years. Survey responses indicate that CFOs also are gearing up to increase hiring activity in the coming months, although a majority of CFOs have been consistently projecting hiring increases since the end of 2009.
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Posted: 6/23/2015 11:02:18 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


Cyber breaches have been widely publicized in recent years, and cybersecurity has become an important concern for financial executives and their companies.
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Posted: 6/17/2015 11:28:27 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


Have you downloaded Benchmarking the Accounting & Finance Function 2015 yet? If not, you need to click here and download your copy now. Then be sure to register for the Benchmarking the Accounting & Finance Function 2015 webinar.
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Posted: 6/8/2015 11:45:30 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


May 2015

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 the Financial Executive Compensation Survey 2015 and Benchmarking the Accounting & Finance Function 2015.
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Posted: 5/27/2015 11:04:45 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


By peering into what other finance departments are doing when it comes to practices such as closing the books, using technology, managing compliance and staffing their departments, financial executives can gain a valuable point of reference when making decisions.
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Posted: 5/20/2015 4:19:53 PM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


For nearly a decade, the Financial Executive Compensation Survey report has been providing senior-level financial executives with valuable total compensation data to help them benchmark their own compensation. It is important to note that, unlike other compensation studies, this survey was completed by the executives themselves rather than by human resources or executive search firms.
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Posted: 5/18/2015 10:12:34 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


FERF needs 10 minutes of your time to complete the 2015 Audit Fee Survey. We value your input and have included new features in the survey to help you save time completing it! 
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Posted: 5/7/2015 10:49:02 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


The requirement to provide financial statement information using eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) has led to technological innovation that has fundamentally changed how most companies prepare and file 10-Ks and 10-Qs.
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Posted: 5/5/2015 9:34:40 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


I am writing to ask for your help in an important study on financial communication practices conducted by FEI member Tom King, who is also a doctoral student at Case Western Reserve University.  The study explores how firms share information with investors.  Your voluntary participation is important to the success of this study and advancing our profession's understanding of financial reporting.
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Posted: 5/1/2015 1:48:14 PM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


April 2015

The monthly FERF Focus e-newsletter provides readers must-read research with actionable information for effective decision-making. This month’s edition launches the 2015 Audit Fee Survey and includes a link to a new Issue Alert, The Challenges of Increasingly Complex and Changing Industry Regulations.
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Posted: 4/29/2015 9:00:42 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


It has been said that, “Morality cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated.” Following the global financial crisis, negative perceptions about the financial industry amongst the general public and a “never again” attitude held by many in positions of authority have led to a continuous wave of new regulations. There is little doubt that the speed, complexity, and variety of regulatory change multiply the challenges organizations face.
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Posted: 4/7/2015 8:00:00 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 also includes links to participate in the Net Impact of the XBRL Mandate and Technology Issues for Financial Executives Surveys.
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Posted: 4/1/2015 10:34:33 AM by Tom Thompson | with 0 comments


 
 
 
 

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