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Safety in numbers

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

What makes a good online course?

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

Long arm of the law (paper)

This month our friendly Agony Aunt turns her attention to law


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

From Russia with love

Sunil Bhandari has some good news for ACCA PQs sitting option papers – the AFM examining team are playing fair!

Feedback from June

Here’s your chance to learn from the mistakes of those who sat the June exams. We look at what the examiners of two papers with poor pass rates have to say about how you can do better.

ACCA exam tips for December 2018

Tips for this winter's sitting are here...

How to be a big game player

Claire Bennison explains the importance of ACCA’s SBL leadership module

Future perfect?

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

FM in the spotlight

The ACCA Financial Management exam assesses students on the knowledge and skills expected of a finance manager, in relation to investment, financing and dividend policy decisions. Students often find this a challenging exam, so we’ve asked AVADO’s Agony Aunt, Caron Betts, to deal with some of the most popular FM student queries.

Embracing change

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

TOP of the TIPS

Here's BPP's tips for the September 2018 exam sitting. Read carefully there have been some big changes...

SBL: in with the new

Ashim Kumar explains everything you ever wanted to know about the new ACCA Strategic Business Leader examination, examinable from September

How to beat the beast

Liz Hulls has some top tips on passing the Advanced Tax paper

Words + numbers = pass

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

Put down that calculator!

ACCA CBE sitters need to put their calculators away and use the spreadsheet software, says the F5 examiner.

IFRS: classifying financial intruments

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

Audit quality falling – and that’s official

PQ editor Graham Hambly reports on what’s happening at the UK’s financial watchdog

Getting over the line

Rob Sims offers some wise words on how you can turn a near miss into a solid gold win

Think ahead to September

Alan Hatfield explains imminent changes to some of the ACCA exams

No more Carillion scandals?

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

What the ACCA examiner wants

What did the ACCA examiner reports highlight after the March sitting? Here’s the F5 to F9 papers

Getting ready to pass Audit & Assurance

Paul Kirkwood has some simple advice: if you want to improve your chances of passing then read the examiners’ articles

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.

Practical experience essential to qualifying

You can’t become an ACCA member just by sitting classes, says Linda Calder

OT questions: make the right choice

Tutor Tom Bulman explains how best to tackle OT exam questions, now the heart of the ACCA exams

Why reports matter

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

ACCA Professional exams: the same – but different

Two experts in the field explain the changes to the core ACCA exams

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.

Where’s the mark allocation?

ACCA P7 sitters want to know why they are treated differently to international sitters.

Cryptocurrencies: so what do you know?

Accountancy professionals need to better understand cryptocurrencies, says Narayanan Vaidyanathan

What did you think?

Here’s our paper-by-paper guide to the March sitting, courtesy of those who sat the exam!

Preparation is the key to success for CBEs

Andrew Mower offers five top tips on how you can get through the CBEs

PSCs: a question of control

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

Make your mark

Alan Hatfield tells you exactly what you need to know to improve your leadership skills

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

P5: How to be part of the 29%

Mustafa Muchhala offers some sound advice on how to pass the Advance Performance Management paper

ACCA - the examiners' reports

Do you measure up to examiners’ expectations? We look at the December skills and option level papers with the worst pass rates

Why the ‘why’ is the key to passing P3

Paul Anderson explains what you need to do to get through this tough paper

Be wary of the seven-year rule

Professional level ACCA students need to be aware that they now have seven years to complete their exams before the results ‘expire’.

Are sample papers an Achilles’ heel?

Sunil Bhandari is skeptical about how useful ACCA sample questions are when it comes to students trying to pass the real thing

A new ethical dawn

Stephanie Keenan explains how the new Ethics and Professional Skills Module will work

So you think you know how to learn?

PQ has a guest editor this month – Craig Coda. Here he offers some top tips on how to pass ACCA – and he should know the score, as he did it in two years!

Everything you need to know..

Welcome to PQ’s one-stop briefing for the new ACCA Professional Level exams, which come into play from September 2018 – courtesy of BPP’s Tony Sharples

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…

Ethics survey shows there’s more to do

A new report from ACCA exposes a worrying level of unethical behaviour in the workplace in the UK. ACCA’s Brian McEnery explains all

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