September 2018

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'My team was charged with finding out where the Taliban got its money from and how much.' US Navy Lieutenant Bill Conway, who used his accounting acumen to fight terrorism. Photography: Chris Strong.

From accounting to bringing down the Taliban


Naomi Vowels with the debut book from Red Shoes stories.

Naomi Vowels CPA puts finance skills to good use in Singapore start-up


The government will establish a multi-agency Black Economy Standing Taskforce to lead a cross-agency approach to combating the black economy.

Back in black: taskforce combats the black economy


We live in a highly digitalised society, where the concept of “public image” has a completely different meaning than it used to.

Pros and cons of 'fame tax' on celebrity image rights


The beginning of the global financial crisis prompted widespread economic hysteria.

10 years on: looking back on Lehman Brothers and the global financial crisis


Chris Powell's aim is to make Integrity Life, a new Australian life insurance company, 'the easiest life insurer to do business with'. Photos: Jeremy Park.

Start-up insurer Integrity Life gets set to disrupt the life insurance powerhouses


A good apology has the power to repair relationships and restore respect. Rather than being a sign of weakness, saying 'I'm sorry' shows strength of character.

Apologise like a leader: how to say 'I'm sorry'


Johanna Platt CPA, CFO Vanguard Investments Australia.

Be involved with change says Johanna Platt CPA, the CFO of Vanguard Investments


Diana B. Henriques, New York Times finance reporter, watched from the sidelines as Bernie Madoff evolved into an investment titan.

Hunting Bernie Madoff, the wizard of lies


Not all design trends stand the test of time. What features should you look for in your property investment?

Designs to future-proof your property investment


Coralia Mielczarek CPA, management accountant and Greg Edelmaier CPA general manager, finance, at social enterprise STREAT. Photo: Jarrod Barnes

Meet the two CPAs at STREAT who put financial structures in place to help the disadvantaged


Employers can minimise toxic complaining by making employees feel valued and heard.

Whinge away the day: why complaining at work can be good for you


Age discrimination far outweighs other forms of bias in the job-seeking process, so those over the age of 55 are finding it difficult to find work, despite a willingness to participate in the workforce.

Over 50 and out to pasture? Time for employers and government to stamp out age discrimination.


SMSFs are under fire, with some self-managed super funds not matching the returns of APRA-regulated default MySuper funds.

The SMSF dilemma: would you be better off with a professional fund manager?


Microlearning is not “slicing up” a large complex topic, it’s about identifying learning opportunities throughout the workday that will help an employee do their job better.

Microlearning: what it is and how to make it work for you


The first thing to know about flying is that you should always credit the loyalty program where you will earn the most points.

How to make the most of your travel loyalty program


Surveillance cameras, smart lights and smart TVs, have become an increasing target for attacks, with many having little in the way of built-in security. Network security appliances can help.

Norton Core, Netgear Armor and more: protect your network with a security appliance


Expand your Excel horizons by performing calculations within your PivotTable


New Zealand Cricket COO Anthony Crummy CPA (left).

Anthony Crummy CPA puts runs on the board for New Zealand Cricket


Luisa Diaz-Zeledon ASA is enjoying her rewarding role with Anglicare Victoria.

Newly enrolled in the CPA Program, Luisa Diaz-Zeledon ASA finds time to give back