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Safety in numbers

Corporate governance doesn’t just protect investors, it can save lives, says ICAEW Chief Executive Michael Izzy.

Passing with distinction

The AAT’s latest pass rates come with a break down of the number of passes, merits and distinctions awarded to AAT PQs at the various levels of the qualification. And the stats show that getting a distinction doesn’t always come easy.

What makes a good online course?

What should you look for in an online training course? Mark Ingram explains all


Adrian Davies continues his threepart series on trading losses. The final instalment will be in next month’s issue of PQ magazine

Future perfect?

The Financial Reporting Council unveils the 2018 UK Corporate Governance Code.

Embracing change

The world of accountancy training is rapidly changing – and you must exploit these changes to your advantage, says Alex Leach

Words + numbers = pass

Alex Wakeham has some advice for business strategy studiers who tend to struggle with the numbers

AAT level 4 for LSBF

LSBF online has launched new AAT level 4 professional diploma courses.

AAT pass rates for new assessments

The AAT has published new one-off pass rates for the revised versions of three assessments – the Advanced Synoptic (AVSY), the Professional Diploma Synoptic (PDSY) and Management Accounting: Decision & Control (MDCL).

IFRS: classifying financial intruments

Why is the IASB consulting on the accounting for financial instruments with characteristics of equity?

Concern over reason for PDSY pass rates

Graham Hambly reports from the recent AAT event

Read the whole paper first

AAT students must take time and read the synoptic assessment thoroughly before they begin to write, says Maureen O’Mara of Blue Horizon Training. That means teaching students to resist the temptation of writing an answer straight away, she told her packed session at the Training Providers’ Conference.

The award goes to…

So who walked off with the recent AAT Training Provider awards? Here are all the winners

The future accountant

Andrew Williamson has a vision about what the accountant of the future will look like

No more Carillion scandals?

Is it time for fundamental changes in the audit maket? Both Labour and BDO think so, reports Graham Hambly

Tax: no safe havens

PQ magazine editor Graham Hambly reports on how the UK is reforming offshore tax evasion

Why you can’t ignore the money laundering regs

Tim Pinkney explains why AML is a subject that you really need to know about

FRC ups the ante

The Financial Reporting Council has announced big plans to enhance its monitoring of the six largest audit firms.

Why reports matter

Mark Clatworthy poses the question: who actually uses financial reports?

Why you can’t ignore the money laundering regs

Tim Pinkney explains why AML is a subject that you really need to know about

Carillion fallout: FRC ‘under threat’

The future of the Financial Reporting Council has been thrown into doubt after the government promised an independent inquiry into its whole operation.

Synoptic worries for AAT sitters

The struggles AAT PQs are having with the later synoptic assessments were laid bare when the AAT released its first full set of pass rates for the AQ2016 assessments.

PSCs: a question of control

What is a PSC and how does it work? Here’s what Companies House has to say...

Blockchain and the future of accountancy

With bitcoin seemingly always in the news there’s much interest around the blockchain concept. David Lyford-Smith explains what it is and how it works

Keeping it real

Philip Dunn explains the importance of financial statements and who they are of most use to

AAT unveils three new qualifications

AAT has launched three qualifications for those are aiming to take their first steps into a career in finance.

It’s all about the people

As it celebrates its 20th anniversary, Sam Hannigan relates the tale of how Premier Training started and why it continues to go from strength to strength

AAT on demand

PQ recently dropped in to Kaplan to see what all the fuss is surrounding its on demand product

Still room for improvement in corporate reporting, says FRC

Regulator expects more detail and less ambiguity, according to report

Making Tax Digital: VAT

Despite delays to various staging post dates, the government’s digital agenda juggernaut is rolling on…

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