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Accountancy News Aug 4 2007

Career development key to staff retention
A quarter of accountants have turned down a job opportunity because of a perceived lack of clear opportunities for progression. Read More

US standard-setter's processes may be scrutinised
The US standard setter's processes could be questioned by a top-level SEC committee tasked with reducing the complexities of financial reporting. Read More

ICAEW accused of selling ACA cheap
ICAEW's advert for ACA qualification enrages rival institutes for being cheap and burnishing the qualification's credentials. Read More

Dividend, profitability norms eased for IDRs
In a bid to infuse life into the Indian depository receipts (IDR) market --which is yet to see a single float-- the government today eased several stringent clauses for foreign companies to raise funds by selling shares to Indian investors. Read More



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