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Banking – Part 2: Fundamental Issues in Banking

Fundamental Issues in Banking
In part one of our banking series, we scratched the surface on how complicated the sector is. Today we continue in that same vein by focusing explicitly on the fundamental issues of banking. The Buck Stops with Banks Banks are unique financial intermediaries. Remember, financial intermediaries are institutions that sit between lenders and borrowers, aiming to pay the least amount possible (to...

Banking – Part 1: The Financial System

financial system
Imagine a writer writing about writing. Confusing, right? The subject of writing is what the writer writes about. Still no clearer? Banks are part of a similarly confusing system in that the very product they sell is the definition of money; essentially banks buy and sell money with money. And as money is their product, they are unique in...

Smart Accounting? It’s All About Deduction

Tax relief symbol - roll-over relief
We here at Aspiring Accountants think of accounting as somewhat akin to detective work. It involves thorough investigation, inference and an excellent understanding of accountancy practices. Today we look at a principle that requires some creative thought, mental deduction and, if done correctly, could save clients large amounts: the Roll-over Relief. Roll-over Relief is a form of capital gains deferral...

Investment Watch: Virtual Reality

Man wearing Virtual Reality Headset
That Google Glass - pretty interesting idea, it’s shame about the budget Joe90’s look and the hefty $1,500 price tag. Perhaps if Pokemon Go had come out a little earlier… If you pegged Google Glass as a sure-fire investment win, you weren't the only one. Early 2015 saw Intel stump up $24.8m for a 30% stake in smart glasses...

The Game Changer That is Open Days

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Have you ever visited somewhere or made a decision based on a great review, and then ended up being disappointed anyway? Yes, us too. Many of us rely on the feedback of others before we make our own decisions. Whether you’re choosing a holiday location, visiting an art exhibition, or buying a product, none of us can deny that reviews...

How Positive Working Environments Allow Ethics to Grow

Maintaining strong working relationships is a challenge for any type of company, anywhere in the world. However, if ethics are to flourish in a business, it’s a positive and productive working environment that is needed. The challenge for businesses is that there are two factors that often get in the way of a harmonious working atmosphere: the stubborn ‘I’m the...

Personal Branding: Employability Skills

Personal Branding - image of suits with bar codes above the suit
What Is Personal Branding and Why Is It Important? Thanks to the 80s, appearance is everything. Although the term was coined sometime later, personal branding really started when status symbols really began to take off. Think of Nescafe Gold Blend - that sweet cup of Joe certainly made the couple in the ad more attractive, right? Or was it the...

Is an Accountancy Apprenticeship Right For You?

Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has become an approved trainer of accountancy and finance apprenticeships as part of the government’s push to increase the number and quality of apprenticeships via the Apprenticeship Levy. CIPFA will now be listed on the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s (ESFS) register of apprenticeship training providers. The Apprenticeship Levy came into force...

What are the Chances of Working Remotely?

Man working on remotely on a computer on the beach
How we work is changing Just a few years ago the idea of working remotely was unthinkable, now, however, it’s become a realistic option for many employees and employers. It requires a certain level of trust from the employer, but many of the world’s biggest companies are hiring remote workers. Aspiring accountants are not immune to these shifts in working life;...