December 2018

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'Karen Stocks’ career path is a story of taking existing skills and leaping into a role to gain new experience. Not bad for someone who completed high school with no idea about a future career. Photographer: Alan Richardson.

Machine learning or people power? Karen Stocks FCPA has a foot in both worlds.


It’s not often that a regulator enjoys unambiguous support from the sector it oversees, but the ACNC’s light-touch approach has struck a chord with a sector that has struggled for decades with unnecessary and excessive regulatory burden.

ACNC review calls for national scheme for charity sector


Matthew O’Meara CPA is in the process of merging two complementary companies.

Mapping a business merger in caravanning


If the stigma around bankruptcy diminishes, rogue bankrupts could become less concerned about the consequences and creditors could suffer greater losses.

Bankruptcy exclusion period: will dropping it to one year really improve economic growth?


Three experts forecast what the top issues will be for global business in 2019.

Business forecast 2019: the top issues


People with a growth mindset believe intelligence can be developed, so they invest energy in learning in order to future-proof their careers.

Can a growth mindset future-proof your career?


In a globalised world, a job overseas where you can experience different working cultures can be an important way for professionals to differentiate themselves and get ahead in their careers.

Is a job overseas the right move for your career?


Singapore Accountancy Commission chairman Chaly Mah FCPA. Photographer: Weave

The technology bandwagon is moving fast and now is the time for accounting and finance professionals to get onboard


For most businesses, blockchain is part of a distant future they don’t quite understand, but proponents say it has the potential to transform the engine room of financial services.

Blockchain reaction: is your data safe from hacking?


A perfect storm of ageing populations, low interest rate environments that stymie compound interest, and high government debt is placing enormous pressure on many retirement systems.

Retirement: future-proofing your nest egg