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Insight, news and updates from Alliott NZ Chartered Accountants, Auckland New Zealand. The views expressed here are the views of the author and should be discussed in further detail should an article be relevant to your individual circumstances.

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Management Buyout

Written by Vanessa Williams on September 30th, 2019.      0 comments

baton-405Most businesses experience significant events such as acquisition, merger, liquidation, IPO, etc. A Management Buy-out (MBO) can be attractive to buyers and sellers who know each other well before the transaction. There are risks and careful planning is required. Our article explores these issues and why having a competent advisor is important.
 

Cyber policies should cover these points

Written by Greg Millar on September 2nd, 2019.      0 comments

check tick-407-962Continuing our focus on cybersecurity, we list 10 cyber policies and nine governance questions for business owners.
 

Your numbers should tell a story

Written by Vanessa Williams on August 26th, 2019.      0 comments

ipad outside screen-253Accounting is a technical skill, and not all business owners are necessarily savvy in this field. This is where a good accountant can come in. 
 

The era of the cyber resilient CFO

Written by Greg Millar on August 21st, 2019.      0 comments

catch fish hook-44If you’re a finance leader who thinks cyber risk is someone else’s problem – probably the IT department’s – it’s time for an urgent rethink.
 

Cybersecurity and whaling

Written by Vanessa Williams on August 14th, 2019.      0 comments

privacy keyboard-613More than a baker's dozen of education points about the practice known as 'whaling' and processes to adopt as your organisational and personal cybersecurity checklists.
 

ABC success for small business

Written by Greg Millar on July 3rd, 2019.      0 comments

success-182Well-organised businesses conduct financial housekeeping to minimise risk and maximise profits and growth. Use our pointers to help improve your own business.
 

The CFO - A Vital Role in the Cockpit of Your Business

Written by Greg Millar on May 2nd, 2019.      0 comments

Screenshot 2019-05-02 08We explain the role of a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and why it is important in a business. Best practices in managing your accounting function are listed as well as ideas on appointing a Virtual CFO to ensure strategic oversight of your finances.
 

Financial Reporting

Written by Vanessa Williams on March 6th, 2019.      0 comments

calculator ledger-516The quality and relevance of financial reporting influences a manager’s attitude to financial matters. Having a good understanding and good representation of the numbers helps improve decision making and boost business performance.
 

Investing to fit your needs and risk tolerance

Written by Michael Beech on March 4th, 2019.      0 comments

2017 Michael Beech-431None of us can control the news and the daily ups and downs of markets. But you can build an investment plan that fits your needs and risk tolerance.
 

The power of data

Written by Greg Millar on November 14th, 2018.      0 comments

small world-375Read how data has a unique place in society and business, and why maintaining trust in that data is pivotal.
 

ACC and the Self-Employed

Written by Vanessa Williams on May 28th, 2018.      0 comments

risk blocks-726An appropriate personal income protection cover should sit alongside ACC and provide financial security if either injury or illness strikes. Brett Pearce outlines some options.
 

Gravel Road Investing

Written by Greg Millar on May 25th, 2018.      0 comments

2017 Michael Beech-431Structuring an appropriate portfolio involves making decisions. You need an allocation that can withstand a range of investment climates while being mindful of fees and taxes.
 

Volatility returns to sharemarkets. Does it matter?

Written by Michael Beech on February 20th, 2018.      0 comments

2017 Michael Beech-431In recent weeks there has been renewed volatility in equity markets and the media have awoken from their summertime slumber. News directors drag out old footage of frantic traders and summon talking head experts to explain to ‘mums and dads” what it all means. Well, what does it mean? More importantly, does it matter?

 

Your Blueprint to Business Success

Written by Greg Millar on July 18th, 2017.      0 comments

check tick-407-962Running a business without a business plan is like rock climbing blindfolded. Your chances of making it successfully to the top are slim. 

A business plan is a step-by-step guide to running your business and creating a product or service that will make it successful in the marketplace.

 

7 tech trends that will change the way businesses operate

Written by Greg Millar on December 16th, 2016.      0 comments

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Technology has the power to make our lives easier, and small businesses have the flexibility and the creativity to take advantage of this power. By staying lean and agile, a small business can adapt quickly in a moment and use new technology to power into emerging markets.

 

Don't just reverse the risk - remove it

Written by Vanessa Williams on October 17th, 2016.      0 comments

risk blocks-726How you articulate guarantees can have an enormous effect on their power.

Will customers take advantage of you when you offer a strong guarantee? A few will, but the money you lose on those customers is a tiny fraction of the increased sales you’ll experience by offering the guarantee in the first place.

 

Top 5 tips for managing foreign exchange risk

Written by HiFX NZ on September 21st, 2016.      0 comments

HiFX logo-475NZ's HiFX helps individuals and businesses transfer money every year quickly, easily, securely and at highly competitive rates, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

They've kindly shared their article ​Top 5 tips for managing foreign exchange (FX) risk.