The CA magazine: May 2017

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robert-outram By Robert Outram, Editor of The CA

2 May 2017

Robert Outram, Editor of The CA, rounds up what's inside the May issue of the magazine.

The proposed merger between Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management is set to create a financial services giant with a market capitalisation of around £11bn and assets under management of more than £600bn.

In the May issue of The CA, we talk to Martin Gilbert CA, Chief Executive at Aberdeen, about why he thinks the merger will be good news for both businesses and for customers, about the highs and lows of Aberdeen’s extraordinary growth story and what being a CA has meant for his career.

The financial services sector theme continues with a look at the ICAS FS community and how ICAS is building on its strengths in this sector, with the aim of becoming one of the most powerful networks in business.

Meanwhile, IT and the Internet offer a vast number of new ways to do legitimate business – and an equally vast number of ways in which your business could be damaged. Our cybersecurity feature examines the range of risks out there and how they can be mitigated.

Also in the May issue, you can find out about the pros and cons of traditional asset and invoice finance providers, versus IT-based alternatives, and learn how innovation, including technology and online business models, is changing this sector.

In our technical section, the ICAS policy team set out the key things small business owners and their advisers need to know about the new UK accounting regime, which has been introduced as part of FRS 102; while the Law column explains the role of a foundation in wealth planning.

Finally, in the Last Word, French Duncan’s Managing Partner Graeme Finnie sets out his vision for the future of accountancy practice in an age of rapidly evolving technology.


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