Instilling a Compliance Culture: Three Aspects of Board Oversight

If you asked corporate directors to rank their favorite board duties, overseeing compliance likely isn’t at the top of the list. Regardless, compliance is central to a board member’s fiduciary duties–and as we’ve seen many times before, failure to oversee compliance effectively can have costly implications for a company.

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6 Risk Management Methods to Reduce the Inherent Risk of Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency is here to stay and executives must be smart about the risks posed and manage accordingly.

This article looks at 6 risk management methods in which the high inherent risks of cryptocurrency can be reduced and thus install more confidence and trust in the currency transactions. The methods are wide ranging and, if applied in total, could confirm the acceptance and spread of cryptocurrency, a currency for the 21st century.

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IAASB proposes audit risk assessment standards revision

The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) has moved to update its standard on audit risk assessments, to take into account developments arising from IT.

In an exposure draft for the proposed International Standard of Auditing 315 (revised) (ISA-315), the IAASB said that as IT has become the medium through which a significant amount of audit evidence is obtained, it has become increasingly important for auditors to understand an entity’s IT system, including how the integrity of the information is maintained.

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5 Inherent Risks of Cryptocurrency

Understand the risks associated with cryptocurrency, both from a currency and a business perspective.

A defining feature of a cryptocurrency, is that is not issued by any central authority, rendering it theoretically immune to government interference or manipulation. In order to understand the risks of cryptocurrency, one must first understand the features of the platform (Blockchain) on which the cryptocurrency is based. Blockchain is a digitized, decentralized, public ledger of all cryptocurrency transactions. Constantly growing as ‘completed’ blocks (the most recent transactions) are recorded and added to it in chronological order, it allows market participants to keep track of digital currency transactions without central recordkeeping. Each node (a computer connected to the network) gets a copy of the blockchain, which is downloaded automatically.

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Internal Controls And Automation: Interactive Research Insight

The Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF) surveyed nearly 200 senior-level financial executives about automating Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting (IFCR).

Big Companies Plan to Automate ICFR While Smaller Companies On The Technology Sidelines.

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What Blockchain Means For The Future Of Accounting Practices

While I haven’t been an accountant for as long as some seasoned financial professionals, I have been in the game for long enough to see trends come and go. I have witnessed the tail end of the subprime mortgage crisis and have heard stories from veterans about the dot-com bubble in the late 90s. One thing that has remained the same throughout all these experiences, based on my experiences and the experiences of my peers, is the core value of all these assets. Whether it’s a web domain, a property, a rare earth mineral or a fossil fuel, all forms of capital that I have worked with track their gains and losses based on a dollar value.

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Sustainability Accounting Standards Board: What Boards Need to Know

ESG (Environmental, Social, & Governance) is one of the fastest growing issues on the minds of institutional investors; however, studies show that the concern for ESG isn’t always shared by today’s corporate directors. Not only can sustainability be hard to measure, but boards have historically struggled to understand how it ties to the bottom line.

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Regulators challenge financial services boards on ‘operational resilience’

The regulators say an operational disruption such as one caused by a cyber-attack, failed outsourcing or technological change could impact financial stability by posing a risk to the supply of vital services on which the real economy depends, threaten the viability of individual firms and FMIs, and cause harm to consumers and other market participants in the financial system.

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5 GDPR-related mistakes businesses are already making

We’re only weeks into the GDPR, and already companies all over the country have misinterpreted and misunderstood the legislation, or just simply buried their head in the sand when it comes to getting compliant.

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Technology Is changing everything in the Finance suite

The Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF)’s Olivia Berkman spoke with Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half, about the critical business focuses that emerged this year, according to the recent Benchmarking Accounting and Finance Functions: 2018 report.

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