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2014 Big Four Firms Performance Analysis Now Available!!

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2014 Big Four Firms Performance Analysis Available at http://www.big4.com/analysis

New, Unique and Insightful…

The 2014 Performance Analysis of The Big Four Firms – Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC

Revenues for the Big Four accounting firms accelerated from 2013 to 2014 after growing at a moderate pace from 2012 to 2013 to record levels, a performance helped by strong improvement in global economies.

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Just Out! The 2014 Performance Analysis of The Big Four Firms – Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC

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If you are in the Big Four, or accounting industry, and looking for a unique study, not available anywhere, this is a MUST! http://www.big4.com/analysis

This new 34-page 2014 report provides a detailed analysis of the historical performance of each of the Big Four firms and insights from their combined figures, including:

Analysis of historical performance

Detailed review of 2014 performance by each [...]


Keys to being a Top-Rated 1st Year accountant

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A guest blog from Big4Bound (www.big4bound.com)

This is a summary of things that I wish I had known going into my first year, or maybe I was told and should have payed more attention. For many of these you have heard them before but I wanted to actually add some value so I gave you actual ways you can put them into practice. [...]


Now Available! – Detailed 2013 Analysis of The Big Four Accounting Firms

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New, Unique and Insightful…

The 2013 Performance Analysis of The Big Four Firms - Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC

Revenues for the Big Four accounting firms grew at a moderate pace from 2012 to 2013 to record levels, a performance aided by continuing improvement in global economies while challenging conditions persisted.

Two Big Stories Of 2013: Deloitte beat PwC to become the largest accounting firm on [...]


4 business development lies you need to stop believing if you are to rapidly grow a partner-sized client portfolio

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These four business development myths are rife within Big 4 and large firms. Believing them could be very dangerous for your career. Heather Townsend, co-author of The Go-To Expert and How to make partner and still have a life, explains why…

Business development, or should we actually call it ‘marketing and selling’, tends to be seen as a dark [...]


5 smart tactics to use internal PR to accelerate your career in your firm

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Use these 5 smart tactics to accelerate your career in your Big 4 and large firm. Guest blog by Heather Townsend, author of The Go-To Expert and How to make partner and still have a life.

It can be tempting when your workload is high to just get your head down and do your work. In fact, that was [...]


PwC Clean Chit Audit of Herbalife Knocks Out Pershing’s Ackman

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Herbalife has been under constant attack from William Ackman of Pershing Square hedge fund, who alleged that the company was a pyramid scheme and has been up in arms against the company and its shareholders.

Well, on Monday, PwC delivered its audit analysis of Herbalife’s last three years’ financial statements and found no material changes. Yes, nothing at all, clean as [...]


What’s “Value For Money” For A Central Bank? Deloitte Will Explain Shortly

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What is the “value of money” at a central  bank?

Really, when you can just “print” it, do you really care about its value?

Well, we are soon about to find out.  Mark Carney, the current guv at the venerable Bank of England (and only 3 months ago, the previous head of Bank of Canada) is now hiring Deloitte and McKinsey to [...]


PCAOB Whacks Deloitte For $2 Million, Largest Penalty Ever!

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The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board is $2 million richer today by whacking Deloitte & Touche LLP with its highest ever civil money penalty (equaling another penalty for the same amount).

Deloitte apparently settled this disciplinary order for violating the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and PCAOB rules. The firm’s undoing – allowing a former partner to [...]


Thirty+ Common Big4 Interview Questions

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Guest post from http://www.big4bound.com

One of the best things you can do to prepare for an interview is to research the interview questions Big 4 firms most commonly use, and practice them ahead of time. Getting together a list and practicing the Interview questions is essential because it makes you more calm, look professional, and come off as a better candidate.

Write down your [...]


Special Big4 Offer to Attend Bank and Capital Markets Tax Institute (BTI) 2013

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For 48 years, the annual Bank and Capital Markets Tax Institute (BTI)  has brought the leading regulatory, government, and compliance experts from the banking industry to discuss the regulatory updates and this year will be no different.

Conference participants get essential updates on key industry topics, including general banking, IRS Developments, Capital Markets, and Loan Workouts.

Further, BTI continues to offer [...]


Selecting a Small Business Accountant

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Many small business owners do their finances and taxes on their own, so you may ask: why should I Selecting a Small Business Accountant? The reason: no matter what stage your small business is in, you can benefit from having an accountant on your side.

Gustavo A Viera CPA does [...]


SEC Guns Big Four Firms In China, Charges Filed Yesterday!

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Watch out! A sovereign issue between US and China is trickling down as heartburn between the SEC and the Big Four Firms.
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Hurricane Sandy Closes PwC Offices in NYC, Surrounding Area

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By Michael Foster, Big4.com Blogger

Hurricane Sandy, making its way through the northeast of the United States, has caused several Big4 firms to close their offices in addition to closing trading on the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.

On Sunday, NASDAQ and the NYSE announced that they would close exchanges on Monday and possible on Tuesday. This is [...]


Client Portfolio Management

Maureen Broderick, Big4.com Guest Blogger

If you’re serving the wrong clients, you don’t have a chance for success.”  Bill Hermann, former Managing Partner, Plante & Moran

For professional service firms the client base, in effect, defines the business. Clients represent much more than a revenue stream: They are the magnet that attracts other desirable clients as well as top professionals to [...]