By Ben Hurley Warren Buffett says his winning 10-year bet on a simple index proves investment returns delivered by active investment experts don’t justify their fees. For most of the 21st century, active investment managers have been losing market share in retail investment to cheaper, index-tracking passive managers. The active managers have been under pressure… Read More Ditch hedge funds and go passive
By Adam Johnson The Managing Director of Robert Half Hong Kong on the dos and don’ts of writing an interview-landing CV. Curricula vitae (CV) are important personal documents that will always be a part of your career no matter where you go. Done well, they are your ticket to a job interview, and will edge… Read More How to write a winning CV
By David Walker As accounting’s Big Four grow larger, their success creates new risks. Could the fairytale bubble burst? The Big Four accounting and audit firms – Deloitte, PwC, EY and KPMG – are a remarkable global business success story. Their combined revenues now top US$130 billion a year. Collectively, the Four are growing at… Read More Can the Big Four keep winning?
There are four distinct phases in the negotiation process, each one with its own unique pitfalls and opportunities. Negotiation is a central feature of day-to-day living. Whether it’s negotiating your fee for client services, manoeuvring through the maze emanating from the Brexit vote, or agreeing on who is responsible for cooking the dinner this evening… Read More The art of effective negotiation
Being a people-pleaser and being an effective team player are two very different things. Does your office have a people-pleaser? The person who just can’t say no? Every office has one and regardless of how often they say yes, they will rarely be appreciated for their efforts. People-pleasers yearn for attention, external validation and the… Read More How to stop being a people-pleaser
Taxing business property forms an important part of the tax base for many countries, but property taxes are often complex and can be detached from an organisation’s ability to pay. The time has come to overhaul business property tax systems and here ICAEW outlines the options. Property makes a good target for taxation. Its location… Read More Reforming property taxes for business – what are the options?