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Susan Muldowney

Susan Muldowney is a Melbourne-based writer and editor and a former deputy editor of INTHEBLACK. When she's not working she spends her time plotting her next holiday.

Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift FCPA.

Why Datuk Muhamad Umar Swift FCPA believes in investor education


CFOs will need the ability to monitor and predict changes and adapt quickly.

The must-have CFO skills for 2022


Alan Joyce, CEO of Qantas, talks to the media at the Qantas Jetbase in Sydney, Australia. In October 2021, Qantas announced that all Australia-based Qantas and Jetstar employees will be able to return to work in December 2021.

Why the future of aviation is still up in the air


Prices have been flatlining for years, but now there is talk that inflation is back. How worried should we be?

Should we be worried about high inflation?


Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic many public practitioners have witnessed a significant rise in both their small and medium-sized enterprise clients and their own employees struggling with their mental health.

Mental health first aid training essential for accountants


Conversations about the ageing workforce have tended to overlook how ageing is experienced differently across genders, but that labour market dynamics will force a change.

Why it's time to talk about menopause at work


Within four days of leaving her role as CFO of Australia’s governing body for tennis in March this year, Melissa Azzopardi CPA stepped into the newly created position of general manager finance at the Australian Football League (AFL). Photo: Jarrod Barnes.

Melissa Azzopardi CPA on finance transformation in the sports industry


Investment bubbles are defined as the swift escalation of an asset price followed by a rapid and often devastating fall.

The impact of social media on investment bubbles


If you are mid-career and interested in becoming a professional director, a necessary step is to land a C-suite role reporting to a CEO.

Top tips from experts on getting a board role


Kylie Thompson FCPA, who started Sorrento Strategic Accounting in her lounge room in 1998. Photo: Philip Gostelow.

Kylie Thompson FCPA on the business of music


What can accountants do? You can not only ensure that your organisation complies with relevant protective legislation, but also ensure that you act in its spirit and intent, and do not just see it as an obstacle to be overcome.

The role of accountants in healing country


In the absence of sound financial analysis and a link to business strategy, short-term cuts can actually lead to lower long-term profits.

Tough times: When should you cut costs?


There are factors for and against leasing or buying, which SME owners need to carefully weigh up.

Should you own or lease business assets?


Olympic Rings installation in front of the Japan Olympic Museum in Shinjuku. The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are scheduled to be held in July 2021.

Is hosting the Olympics Games worth the investment?


Sofie Carfi CPA, founder of Revival Runway.

Sustainable fashion: Supporting local fashion labels


People want flexibility, and they want to be able to work from home where they can.

How to structure and manage flexible teams


More than a feeling, gut instinct – otherwise known as intuition – refers to the idea that people can make successful decisions without systematic thought.

Should you trust your gut instincts?


It’s not just about communicating within the organisation. If a CFO wants to become a CEO, they must be prepared to be the public face of an organisation.

What skills do you need to become a CEO?


Rajeev Jain FCPA, chief executive officer of Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL). Photo: Pulkit Sehgal.

How the CEO of Mumbai Airport is planning for recovery


We have enjoyed an enviable period of economic growth and low unemployment over the past three decades, but within a few short months in 2020, that period of prosperity has become a thing of the past.

How to get the unemployed back to work