The Philosophy of Linus Tadt

You have probably never heard of Mr Linus Tadt. But, for those ACCA students who are sitting their exams in September, I would take heed of what he has said. I have been a follower of Mr Tadt’s philosophy for most of my career in this profession. He has been a major...

Exam Tips – Cake or Icing?

“I believe in giving exam tips.” It is unlikely that you will hear many tutors say that. However, for my ACCA papers of FM and AFM, I do make this statement. However, it’s key is when these tips are provided and how they fit into your studies. With the commencement of...

Avoid The Asian Wedding Syndrome

Asian weddings are generally grand events with the number of guests (pre COVID) in the hundreds. I am lucky enough to have been invited to many of them. However, they have all had one common theme. They always run late! People like me with a heritage from the Indian...

The Crystal Ball

Can we predict what will appear in the next ACCA exam? Or to be more precise the Constructive Response Questions that will be set in the Applied Skills Papers? Then the big one, the topics that will be tested ACCA SBR, SBL, AFM, APM,ATX & AAA ? Well let’s take my...

Get on your Motorbike !!

It goes without saying that the last few months has been incredibly challenging for virtually all businesses. All areas have been affected to some extent by the pandemic. The recent situation has also highlighted that strategic decisions made in the past has led to...

IPO The Route To New Capital

Initial public offerings (IPO’s) seems to be the way to go when companies want to raise new capital. In 2012, we saw Facebook go the market for the first time , followed hot on its heels by Twitter in 2013. UK companies did not miss out on this trend with both the...

Love & Zoom.

It is not a surprise that the video conferencing business Zoom has benefited from the lock down. But the financials are staggering. Sales have virtually doubled from the pre-pandemic forecast. They expect to be around $1.8bn. Their ability to convert the free users...

Oil & Music – Don’t Mix

Sir Leonard Blavatnik may not be a person well known to many. Mr Blavatnik could once have been described as an Ukrainian oligarch. He once owned a substantial stake in the Russian Oil company TNK – BP. He sold this stake to shift into the music market. He was...

Hard Work & Charity

Today would have been my Dad’s 93rd birthday. Sadly, he passed away in 1984.He never saw his three sons grow up, let alone meet his 4 grandchildren. I learned two huge things from my late father. One, work hard. Does not matter how talented you are – work hard....

The Sharks are Circling

It is not unexpected that the UK borrowed just over £62 billion in April. This was as a direct consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The government has needed to fund both business support loans and the job retention scheme. The government’s independent...