CFO ESSENTIALS

Cyber threats loom large

How COSO’s new framework helps mitigate risk Data breaches and other cyber threats are among the biggest risks companies face today. To help companies address these risks, the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) released a research...

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The cost of going — and being — public

An initial public offering (IPO) is a complex, time-consuming and costly undertaking. Unfortunately, many companies that seek the benefits of “going public” underestimate the significant costs involved, as well as the ongoing costs of being a public company. The JOBS...

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Understanding Strategies and Best Practices

The Ins and Outs of Earnings Calls The quarterly earnings call is one of the most important tools public companies use to communicate with shareholders, analysts, journalists and other interested parties about their financial results. Typically, these calls are...

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Are Your Programs Working?

Evaluating Ethical Conduct in Companies Many companies that get caught up in scandals have ethics and compliance (E&C) programs. So why aren’t they working? One way to evaluate your program is to compare it to those of companies that achieve the highest Program...

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2 Ways to Prepare Your Company for CEO Succession

All public companies should have a CEO succession plan. Those that are unprepared for a CEO’s departure — whether planned, such as a pending retirement, or unexpected, such as circumstances necessitating an immediate dismissal — often see performance decline and...

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Putting Revenue in the Spotlight

In September 2014, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) issued Staff Audit Practice Alert No. 12, Matters Related to Auditing Revenue in an Audit of Financial Statements. It released the alert because of concern about the frequency with which its...

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