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The 2013 Big Four Firms Performance Analysis Is Now Available!

Download the 2013 Big Four Firm Performance Analysis

This new 28-page 2013 performance analysis report provides a detailed analysis of the historical performance of each of the Big Four firms and insights from their combined figures. Continue reading


Big4 at Davos 2014 – PwC Unveils 2013 Annual CEO Survey

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Twice as many CEOs believe the global economy will improve in the next 12 months, compared to those polled last year. Continue reading


Fresh Technologies for Building a Consulting Practice in 2014

Alan Radding, Big4.com guest blogger

Your own book is the best way to build a consulting practice; ask me about ghostwriting your book

While everyone is talking about the hot technology trends for 2014—hybrid cloud computing, real-time and predictive analytics—innovative IT consultants need to look beyond those, which have become so ho-hum. When looking ahead, this [...]


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 [...]


PWC: Canada affords ease of paying taxes for businesses

According to Paying Taxes 2014 — a joint study from PwC and the World Bank Group that reviews tax regimes in 189 economies around the world,  Canada remains in 8th place when it comes to its ease of paying taxes for businesses. That has the country sitting steady in the Top 10 ranking for the last three studies.

The [...]


PwC: North American Power & Utilities M&A Activity Up

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According to PwC US’ quarterly deals snapshot – North American Power & Utilities Deals: Q3 2013, Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the North American power and utilities industry increased in the third quarter of 2013 on both a year-over-year and sequential quarter basis as dealmakers in the industry continue to consider opportunistic M&A to achieve strategic [...]


PwC: Security threats looming

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PwC’s Global State of Information Security Survey 2014 reports despite forecasting a 51 per cent increase in investment in 2013 and significant improvements in technology safeguards, processes and strategies, organisations globally are failing to keep pace with information security threats.

Of the industries represented in the survey, the pharmaceutical sector (20%) was among the highest reporting losses of $10 [...]


PwC: Donations Made To Five Philadelphia-based Non-Profits

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Through grants from the PwC Charitable Foundation,  PwC US  announced that its Philadelphia office will donate $200,000 to five Philadelphia-based non-profit organizations.

In conjunction with these donations, PwC volunteered with the Junior Achievement of Delaware Valley for its JA-in-a-Day program, an intensive one-day initiative that took place on November 1st.  Approximately 350 volunteers from the local PwC Philadelphia office [...]


PwC: Transportation & Logistics Companies Reap Benefits Of Shale

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According to a new PwC US report, Shale Energy: A potential game changer – Implications for the US transportation & logistics industry, transportation and logistics companies are experiencing an immediate and dramatic impact as the shale energy revolution is gaining speed in the U.S.

In addition to transporting people, equipment and oil, railroads are also being used to haul [...]


PwC: Engineering & Construction Firms Play Vital Role

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According to a new PwC US report released recently entitled, Shale Gas: New conventions for unconventional development for the engineering and construction industry, Engineering and construction firms have come to the forefront in the efforts of the U.S. oil and gas industry to optimize and accelerate shale development and delivery.

According to the report, the first step in [...]


PwC: Access to transit a crucial consideration for CDN real estate developers

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According to the Emerging Trends in Real Estate report, released by PwC and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) today, live/work/play development offerings along or near mass transit lines will be essential.

The report also states that condominium developments in major urban centres have not hindered the market for rental apartments—in fact, rental apartments are considered a very [...]


PwC: Oil sands opportunities sparked

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PwC’s oil sands technology innovation report – Innovation surge sparks oil sands opportunities, reveals four innovation surges that are opening up a new era of opportunity for Canadian oil sands.

The report also  found that for a majority of oil sands companies, environmental and economic goals are consistent. By improving operational performance, a company can also reduce its emissions footprint.  [...]


Show, Don’t Tell (Rule #3 Of The 7 Irrefutable Rules Of Professional Relationships)

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By Michael Moshiri, Founder of Big 4 Confidential

There’s no doubt that your professional relationships have the potential to help you accomplish your goals, achieve remarkable professional growth, and advance quickly in your firm. But most people fail to unleash the full extent of that potential because they refuse to take their relationships beyond purely professional connections.

In fact, [...]


PwC: U.S. Lodging sector robust

Updated estimates from PwC  based on a quarterly econometric analysis of the lodging sector are favorable. Favorable gains in hotel performance are continuing in the second half of 2013 and PwC expects lodging demand in 2013 to increase 2.0 percent, which combined with still-restrained supply growth of 0.9 percent by year-end, is anticipated to boost occupancy levels to 62.2 [...]


PwC: Governance perspectives of directors and investors studied

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PwC US today released a comprehensive report examining the views of corporate directors and institutional investors on current corporate governance issues.

Highlights include:

·         Directors and investors both believe that compensation consultants are “very influential” over board decisions on executive compensation (41% and 37%, respectively).

·         Seventy percent of directors indicate that some type of action was taken by their company in response [...]