May 2018

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Strava's CEO James Quarles, a former Instagram and Facebook executive, is no stranger to building successful digital communities. Photos by Marc Olivier Le Blanc.

Strava success: why the app adds a million new users every 40 days


Stake co-founder Matthew Leibowitz.

Cut the cost of trading international shares


Nigel Mason FCPA, Group CFO, AirEng. Photo by Damien Pleming.

Question the status quo says this CFO


Green walls at Lendlease's Barangaroo offices.

Why green offices boost productivity


Captain John Stavridis CPA combines business acumen with military expertise on board HMAS Hobart, thanks to his CPA Australia designation. Photo by Leading Seaman Imagery Specialist Nicolas Gonzalez.

Captain, commander and CPA: a meeting of business and military


Giving an honest reference is better for everyone in the long run but context is also important.

How much truth should referees tell when asked for a reference?


WeChat is now a fully-fledged ecosystem that offers a range of functions. Illustrations by Carolyn Ridsdale.

WeChat is a way of life for 900 million daily users


Wayne Reaburn FCPA, director of finance and administration at the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority. Photos by James Braund.

On budget and on time: the strategy for Melbourne's rail tunnel project


To the relief of borrowers and the chagrin of savers, there is no sign that official interest rates will return to the levels they reached before the GFC in 2008.

The forces working to push interest rates lower


Even when lending to those closest and dearest to you, you should be seeking independent advice.

Protect yourself when lending money to family


Providing a better customer experience is becoming critical for Australia's financial services providers, as consumers have more choice than ever before.

Finance professionals: disrupt or be disrupted


Universities train workers of the future, and university research impacts on every sector of Australia's economy.

As government funding drops, how do Australian universities respond?


Technology has a role to play as a service to advisers and their clients, but that role will not replace human interactions entirely.

Go digital or die: wealth managers don't have a choice


In the last few decades, mentoring has become more formalised and recognised as a valuable form of professional development.

How to make mentoring work and why your workplace will benefit


A private suite on a Singapore Airlines Airbus A380.

What's ahead for business travel?


ZTE Axon M, the first smartphone with foldable dual screens

Samsung, Nokia, Land Rover: more features, higher prices for new smartphones


Learn how Excel treats dates and times.

Calculating dates and times in Excel


Ross Springolo FCPA believes his CPA Australia designation adds kudos to his professional experience.

Strategic planning and student complaints: all in a day's work


Kerryn Harvey (second from left) and the START team in the 42km Sri Chinmoy Tan Relay.

CPA skills help athletes realise their dreams