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Derek Parker

Derek Parker is a freelance writer based in Melbourne, and a former editor of INTHEBLACK (when it was known as Australian CPA). His reviews and articles, mainly dealing with business issues and current affairs, appear in a wide range of publications in Australia and overseas. His first novel, This Tattooed Land, was published in 2014.

Before you take a career leap, it helps to have a plan.

Considering a career change? Plan carefully.


Australian's have a big appetite for debt - and financial institutions have been happy to indulge us.

Australia's big appetite for consumer debt


It is easy to confuse busy-ness with productivity.

Beat your addiction to distractions at work


CPA Australia's 2017 small business survey found a growing sense of optimism in the small business sector. Overall, 2017 was slightly more positive than 2016, with a moderate increase in the number of businesses reporting that they grew.

Small business owners in the Asia-Pacific feeling optimistic: survey


Buying bitcoin in Hong Kong.

Should governments control bitcoin?


Are you ready for new challenges, a new focus in your career?

Rethink your career: What to consider when your career spark dims


Sit back and relax this holiday season with these business books.

8 great business books for holiday reading


With careful consideration and solid professional advice, reverse mortgages have a role to play.

Reverse mortgages can be useful, but take care


Will the "gig" economy work with the high-value advisory work that accountants offer?

Accountants and the gig economy


Charity man: Bill Gates recently makes largest donation since 2000 with a pledge of A$5.8 billion

Bill Gates, Jack Ma and other billionaires can make (or lose) a billion in a day