US Economy Survey: Chartered Accountants Review

Two CPA decision-makers at trucking companies in the Midwest have pretty much the same outlook on the nation’s economy and their businesses: They are buoyed by lower fuel costs and increasing demand, but a driver shortage is keeping them from being able to haul every load a customer wants.

Their sentiment sums up key themes found in a new survey by the AICPA: The view is generally positive, but there is rising concern about the availability of skilled personnel.

The fourth-quarter Business & Industry Economic Outlook, released Thursday, shows gains across all nine indicators in the Chartered Public Accountant Outlook Index (CPAOI). U.S. economic optimism, one of the indicators, is up 22 points from a year ago to 78. Projections for profit (up 10 points since the fourth quarter of 2013) and employment (up nine points) also show widespread optimism, helping the overall CPAOI hit 78 (see chart below). A reading above 50 indicates a generally positive outlook.

Regulation, including implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, P.L. 111-148, continues to be the top obstacle for businesses, according to the survey of 830 finance executives. Just behind regulation is concern about the availability of skilled personnel, a concern that was rated sixth on a list in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Finding good workers is a concern at Melton Truck Lines in Tulsa, Okla., where Melissa Ruby, CPA, is the controller. She said that 10% of Melton’s trucks are unused because the company is having a hard time finding and keeping drivers.

“We don’t have a truck for every call that we get,” Ruby said. “We don’t have somebody that can go and pick up that load. Obviously, there’s a lot of opportunity cost when you’ve got those trucks parked against the fence.”

She cites the boom in oil and natural gas, and an uptick in construction, as reasons that drivers have left recently. Some drivers are taking jobs in those industries instead.

But Melton is taking steps to not only keep the drivers it has but also attract others. One way is through regular pay increases and other incentives, Ruby said. Another is by building a new corporate headquarters and highlighting its amenities. Among the features of the 77,000-square-foot facility is a 3,500-square-foot fitness center, including a section for women only. The company’s website has a portal for viewing live construction updates.

Good benefits and competitive pay are offered to offset the time demands of truck driving.

“We ask our drivers to be out on the road for three weeks at a time,” Ruby said. “We’ve got to make it worth their while to stay out on the road that long.”

That’s similar to retention and recruitment strategies at Nussbaum Transportation Services in Hudson, Ill., where the new company headquarters is a selling point. “People say it feels like a Colorado resort,” said CFO Bill Wettstein, CPA, CGMA.

The company moved into the building about a year ago and views it as part of its growth strategy. Nussbaum has annual revenue of $60 million, and Wettstein projects revenue to grow 20% in the next year.

“Our employees definitely want to come to work in this building,” Wettstein said. “We try to send a message to our workers and our vendors and customers that we have a high standard of excellence in everything that we do.”

Like Melton, Nussbaum is seeing high demand for its services—in freight industry parlance, capacity is tight. That’s a reason Wettstein is optimistic about the economy.

Health care optimism

Another optimist is Stephen Ure, the CFO at Supplemental Health Care, a staffing company in Park City, Utah. While implementation of the new health care laws is proving to be a regulatory headache, Ure said the law’s existence means hospitals are staying busy and hiring more of his company’s doctors, nurses, and therapists.

“Our business has had its ups and downs, but right now, it’s pretty good,” Ure said. “The hospitals are doing well, and when they’re doing well, they hire.”

Optimism among health care providers is rising, according to the survey, which showed 37% optimism in the fourth quarter of 2013 and 65% optimism in the fourth quarter this year.

“When we grow and have to add people, it’s hard for us to find” qualified finance staff, Ure said.

Growth is a theme of this quarter’s survey, where 71% of respondents said they expect their business to expand in the next 12 months, compared with 62% who felt that way a year ago.

Fifty-one percent of companies say they have the right amount of employees, a decrease of 6 percentage points from a year ago. Twenty-three percent say they have too few employees and plan to hire, compared with 13% who said that in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Other findings

Other key findings in the survey:

Revenue is expected to grow 4.7% and profits 3.9% in the next year, compared with projected revenue growth of 3.6% and profit growth of 2.7% a year ago. Revenue and profit projections have risen or remained steady for the past eight quarters.Businesses expect staffing to rise 2.1% in the next 12 months, compared with a staffing expectation of 1.2% a year ago. Companies plan to pay more as well, increasing expected salary and benefits by 2.5% in the next year, compared with 2.2% in the fourth quarter last year.Expected health care cost increases are at 5.9%, a drop from the previous quarter and previous year projected increases (6.6%).Companies report projected rises in spending on marketing, research and development, and employee training.Optimism in the construction industry is at 78%, compared with 67% in the fourth quarter of 2013. Most other sectors had small rises in optimism.Technology is the only sector with less optimism now than in the fourth quarter of 2013. It saw the biggest drop in optimism, to 50% from 69% a year ago.

 

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Multan City

A web portal for the city of Multan, Pakistan has been launched featuring Multan Business Directory & Classifieds.

Post your ads from free in a single step on the site and reach out to your potential business customers domestically, nationally or internationally.

Find property, used or new items to buy!

Please feel free to leave your comments for the good. Thank you!

Legends.Lawyer : A Business Directory Service For Lawyers, Solicitors & Judges

Whether you are married or unmarried considering getting tied up you might at some point in life need a legal consultant. This guy has now launched a directory service for lawyers, solicitors and judges for all across the legal system worldwide. Find lawyer, find solicitor or an advocate worldwide.

The search service offers category bases search like:

  • Family Law
  • Human rights law
  • Real Estate Lawyer
  • Taxation Lawyer
  • Art And Culture Law
  • Banking Law
  • Capital Markets Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Companies Law
  • Company Law
  • Competition Law
  • Hedge Funds Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Labor Law
  • Labour Law
  • Maritime Law
  • Mass Tort Litigation
  • Private International Law
  • Transportation Law
  • Aboriginal Law
    Administrative Law
  • Admiralty Law
  • Advertising Law
  • Agency Law
  • Alcohol Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Animal Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art Law
  • Aviation Law
  • Bank Regulation
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Bioethics
  • Business Law
  • Business Organizations Law
  • Charities & Not-for-Profit Law
  • Civil Law Or Common Law
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commodity Tax, Customs & Trade
  • Communications Law
  • Computer Law
  • Conflict Of Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Construction Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Contract Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Corporate Compliance Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Cryptography Law
  • Cultural Property Law
  • Custom Law
  • Cyber Law
  • Defamation
  • Derivatives And Futures Law
  • Disability Law
  • Drug Control Law
  • Elder Law
  • Employee Benefits Law (ERISA)
  • Employment & Labour Law
  • Energy Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Equipment Finance Law
    Evidence
    Family Law
    FDA Law
    Financial Services Regulation Law
    Firearm Law
    Food Law
    Franchise Law
    Gaming Law
    Health And Safety Law
    Health Care Law
    Health Law
    Human Rights Law
    Immigration Law
    Insurance Law
    Intellectual Property Law
    International Law
    International Trade And Finance Law
    Internet Law
    Land Use & Zoning Law
    Litigation
    Martial Law
    Media Law
    Mergers & Acquisitions Law
    Military Law
    Mining Law
    Minor Law
    Municipal Law
    Music Law
    Mutual Funds Law
    National Air and Space Law
    Nationality Law
    Native American Law
    Obscenity Law
    Oil & Gas Law
    Parliamentary Law
    Patent Law
    Pensions & Benefits Law
    Poverty Law
    Privacy Law
    Private Equity Law
    Private Funds Law
    Procedural Law
    Product Liability Litigation
    Property Law
    Public Health Law
    Public International Law
    Railroad Law
    Real Estate Law
    Securities Law
    Social Security
    Space Law
    Sports Law
  • Statutory Law
  • Tax Law
    Technology Law
    Timber Law
    Tort Law
    Trademark Law
    Transport Law
    Trusts & Estates Law
    Utilities Regulation
    Venture Capital Law
    Water Law
    Wills, Estates & Trusts

On the next post, expect a description of the search features of the site, by the way a note for goooooogle, others have made quite good progress in finding what was needed, the g at bus stop on the 9th on way back was awesome hope to meet again for the good on permanent basis. Thanks, keep up the good work!

Karachi Phone Directory & Karachi Classifieds !

Karachi Phone Directory & Karachi Classifieds !

The business / phone directory service hosted on the new type of .Directory domain for the cities, internet directory of businesses, phone directory for the cities of Pakistan. The websites provide or going to be introducing, Inshallah, the following list of information & classifieds:

Hope the other searches would also find the links, I think, gooooogle, binnnnnng and yahoooo have already made some progress hurray!!! It would be shame for them from different sources if they did not.

Accounting Services

Since Accurate accounting is a legal requirement, it is essential to hire a qualified or Certified Accountant from any of the recognised accounting organisations for the proper functioning of the business world. Accounting is often referred as the “language of business” by experts.  It is essential to find a Chartered Accountant who is member of accounting organisations, the method of communication between business and market. An accountant could not only save you on tax but most importantly could also help you make your business decisions more profitable.

A single bad business decision could ruin your business progress. In order to make a good business decision, you will need to have a detailed knowledge of your business financial history, current state and future forecast – otherwise your business could end up losing more than it could ever hope to make. An accountant will use this information to predict the most profitable path to take, potentially determining the success of your business.

What are the different Accounting Organisations?

The chartered certified accountant are often are members of the different recognised bodies worldwide. The accountants or the accounting businesses could be searched in the Accountant.Directory an Accountant Business Directory service. You may find accountant from the following accounting organisations and countries for example:

An accountant could reduce your taxes

Many accountants know certain ‘tricks of the trade’ to save on taxes. These are all entirely legitimate ways in which businesses can keep their tax rates as low as possible. Many businesses usually pay more than they should, simply because they don’t know about certain government schemes and initiatives, flat rate schemes or certain expense claims that can end up saving thousands. Accountant make cost-effective business decisions, and they also know how to avoid hidden costs.

PIPO M9 Pro 3G 32GB Tablet Sale

Currently, the PiPo M9 Pro 3G Tablet is on sale and is available from Tharparker online shop with secured payment and worldwide shipping.

There are many other smartphones and Android Tablet Sale on discounted prices at the moment. There is fast / express delivery service available on most items.

The accessories section is with lot many accessories for smartphones and tablets.

ACCA, CIMA, AIA, ICWEA & More Accountant Directory Worldwide

Lol, this guy is back again on the Asia Tree 2020 weaving more web. This time round he has suggestion of an Accountant Directory for searching for Accountants or accounting firms worldwide. The site has recently been launched and looks promising, though it doesn’t look like this guy could survive to launch more websites. He definitely need to avoid any widow spiders. OK, this got to be different from other posts…..

The Features of Accountant.Directory:

  • Search Accountant / Accountancy Business worldwide
  • Add your business listing for free
  • Claim your business listing
  • Manage Accounting Events / Business Events
  • Manage Special Offers for your customers right from your business  account
  • State of the art business listing Control Panel

Many features are planned any time soon. The site has many features at the moment but the feature “Claim Business” with a pre-filled listing deserves more than 5 stars on functionality as well as the effort that has been put by that weird guy in listing your business listing without a business having to do much!

I think, this guy is going to add more listings in the near future. In terms of future updates or any improvements which could further improve or list the Chartered Certified Accountants for the different Accountancy bodies like;  ACCA Certified AccountantAAT, AIA, ICAEW Certified Accountant, IAB, CICA, AICPA Certified Accountant, HKICPA, CIPFA, SAICA, CIMA Certified Accountants, and more, would be an added advantage on the worldwide web.

New Rolex Watches 2014 | Review

New Rolex watches in 2014

If you are fond of high quality watches, take a look at the collection of amazing and elegant new Rolex watches in 2014. The elegance and durability of Rolex Watches make them favourite choice for one to keep them forever. We take a look what is available this year along with recommendations of websites currently offering massive discounts.

Buy your Rolex today from:

Javazon (A site with massive discounts on Rolex and many other designer watches)

Rolex brand has been around since 1905. A brand re-known for manufacturing in the tradition of Swiss watch making associated with high standards, premium quality and functionality. Rolex watches are made using high quality materials and the expertise of craftsmen passed down from generation to generation for matter the prices tag is quite high.

Here is the collection of new Rolex watches in 2014:

Oyster Collection

The Oyster Perpetual Collection consists of several models such as Milgauss, Rolex Deepsea, ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL YACHT-MASTER II 116689, Day-Date, Date Just II, DateJust, Day-Date II, Explorer II, Explorer,  Sky-Dweller, Submariner Date. Cosmograph Daytona, GMT-Master II, Yacht-Master II, Cosmograph Daytona, or Submariner Date, among choice of many other designer watches.

Cellini collection

In addition to the Oyster collection, you may also consider the Cellini Collection before making your choice. The collection of watches are dedicated in honour of the goldsmith and sculptor, Benvenuto Cellini. Each piece of Rolex is handcrafted using the know how and artistry of skilled watchmakers. Enjoy the Prince Everose Gold, Cestello White Gold, Cellinium Platinum, Danaos White Gold, Cellisima White Gold and the Prince. With a long list of classic timepieces, there is one amongst the collection that will satisfy the most discerning of tastes.

Other collections

In the world of watches the elegance and beauty are main choice factors as offered by the new Rolex Designer Watches collections this year. In addition to men’s and women’s wristwatches, you can get diving wristwatches, wrist chronographs, wristwatches with integrated bracelets and watches with jewellery cases. The year 2014 also marks the 50th anniversary of the Cosmograph Daytona with the first-platinum case version. With Rolex watch, you are guaranteed to have a timepiece that will last for years to come.

Difference Between ODM and OEM

ODM vs OEM

Both of the terms ODM and OEM are related to the manufacturing industry. ODM refers to Original Design Manufacturing, and OEM refers to Original Equipment Manufacturing. It is quite confusing to see the difference between the two, as they are very similar.

If a company or a firm undertakes the responsibility of designing and developing a product to its own set specifications and then sells the product on to another company or firm which is responsible for its distribution. That way a company is a producer of products on behalf of another company. The purchasing or distributing company of the product markets the product under its own brand name.

While an ODM company or firm, on the other hand, undertakes the responsibility of designing and developing a product as per another company’s specifications. The purchasing company then markets the product under its own brand name the product manufactured as per its own specification.

In short, OEM companies design products as per their own specifications, whereas ODM companies design products as per other company’s specifications.

An advantage of OEM/ODM is that the purchasers can obtain products without setting up a factory. In a sense, OEM/ODM helps the purchasing companies to lower their production costs.

Some companies offer both OEM/ODM services to other companies and for the consumers have some production lines branded under their own brand like PIPO with it’s line of consumer tablets and smartphones manufactured in house and branded under their own name. For example, their one of the best low cost tablet range M9 Pro 3G currently available from Tharparker.com e-Shop based in the UK.

Handbags Trends: Autumn Winter 2014-2015

Handbags have become more and more of a fashion statement rather than a practical accessory that allow us to carry things with us, handbags shout out about our personality and style choices more then any other item. This is because when you do wear a handbag, it really defines and characterized the style of the overall look.

Forecasts for the fall/ winter 2014-2015 handbag trends tell us that the balance between practicality and appearance is definitely broken, with being spectacular a key factor in the general handbag trend, and size getting smaller and smaller accordingly – basically, handbags not as carrier but as statement.

Designer handbags from Javazon UK are almost out of fashion for the cold season 2014 2015. Yes you may still find some examples on the catwalks, but let’s face it either you go for the outrageous and outrageously big Moschino bag or you may be better off accepting the fact that is time to downsize.

This literally leaves lots of room for medium and mini sized handbags, the real stars of the season. As masculine inspiration is the general trend in women’s wear for autumn winter 2014 2015, the attache becomes one of the hottest styles.

The satchel becomes prominent this season, as well as geometric forms, paired with both soft and textured materials, as well as more rigid versions like Christian Dior, MODALU WOMENS PIPPA, Giambattista Valli,  PICARD BAG and Bottega Verde, amongst others, offer a variety of satchel bags from reptile skin prints to colourful knitted pieces, to suit and enhance any style. Alexander Wang, Chanel and Versace present innovative leather versions, perfect for creating effective combinations.

Classic clutches, as well as simplified envelope and folded bags used as clutches, dominate the scene, with the everyday styles ranging kept minimal and almost humble, while the classic lady outings clutches are re-proposed by Frankie Morello, Michael Kors, Nina Ricci, BOSS HANDBAG and Roberto Cavalli in many successful variants.

Moschino collection,  Autumn Winter

Check prints and neon colours are also fast growing trends coming straight from the previous seasons and going strong in the handbags forecasts for the Autumn Winter 2014-2015.

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