December 2019

Read the December 2019 issue of INTHEBLACK magazine.

While insolvency might be the ultimate solution for a failing company, expert advice can help a business recover from insolvency, keep trading and save jobs.

The dangers of trading while insolvent


Opening the vault on Excel, Part 6


"While much has been achieved, too many boards in the ASX200 have stopped at appointing just one woman." Photo: Jarrod Barnes.

Elizabeth Proust is used to being the only woman in the boardroom. Now she wants more women to join her.


With a weakening economic outlook, Australia needs robust financial markets and effective oversight to guard against corporate failures.

Mind the audit expectation gap


Relax this holiday season with these great reads.

10 great holiday reads


The durability of small super funds is seen as another telling sign of inadequate competition.

Supercharged: How high fees eat into super returns


Containers are loaded off a ship and onto trucks at a container terminal in Hong Kong.

Top business issues for 2020


The internet, it seems, is now too deeply ingrained in our society to be assessed with mere money.

How much is the internet worth?


Rajeshwar Singh CPA. Photo: Ropate Kama.

As CFO of BSP, Rajeshwar Singh CPA excels at juggling


Because of the way the new standards are written, being a good accountant requires enhanced skills, such as a better understanding of risk management.

IFRS: new challenges, new opportunities for accountants


Former banking professional and author Eric H. Y. Koh FCPA. Photo: Rebecca Toh.

Eric Koh FCPA is on a talent quest


In just a few years, the Google Analytics tool has gone from being “just another toolbox” for businesses to an integral part of understanding customers and industry trends.

How well do you know your digital analytics?


An outback road in Australia’s red centre, Northern Territory.

Indigenous finance: closing the financial gap


The Mona Lisa is impossible to replace, which cuts to the heart of the issue many accountants face when valuing precious works: how do you put a price on that which has no peer, and a high degree of cultural weight?

Valuing priceless objects: can you put a price tag on heritage assets?


"You always think you have good time management skills, but once you have kids, you’re really forced to have exceptional ones."

Key advice led Janelle Whyte CPA's accounting career decision


Don't get caught out by ASIC


People line up to cast their votes at Moonee Ponds West Primary School, the electorate of Maribyrnong,, on May 18, 2019 in Melbourne.

What does it take to run federal elections? A lot, it turns out.


How does a business know whether the right people are having the right conversations? The use of social network analysis can shine a light on the social influences within team structures.

Social network analysis: what it is and why it matters


A resignation can be highly stressful. It can throw the business off kilter, disrupt plans, and there may be pressing organisational aspects.

The art of the employee farewell


Burnout affects about 5 per cent to 7 per cent of the working population, according to Michael Leiter, professor of industrial and organisational psychology at Deakin University.

Prevent burnout - 3 burnout symptoms and how to avoid them