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  • Public Sector Research Centre: Trade & Finance Winter 2013/2014: PwC
    industry Browse by service Monthly highlights Spotlight The CEO agenda CEO insights blog Careers About PwC Technology careers Employer of choice Our history PwC Professional Employability Aspire to lead PwC s series on leadership and gender equality Country job search Explore careers with Strategy Press room Facts and figures Press contacts Analyst relations Global International PwC Sites Commonly visited PwC sites Global Australia Brazil Canada China Hong Kong France Germany India Italy Japan Mexico Middle East Netherlands Russia Singapore South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Complete list of PwC territory sites Trade Finance Winter 2013 2014 Download Trade Finance Winter 2013 2014 deals with the potential and the management of economic promotion programmes an issue that has gained considerable momentum at policy level in recent years While economic promotion in industrialised countries is currently focused on overcoming the challenges of the financial crisis it has contributed decisively in emerging and developing countries recently to taking national economic development to the next level Feature Managing economic promotion programmes Viewpoint Financing SMEs in the post carbon economy Snapshot Economic promotion as strategy enabler for the GCC countries Practice Matching confidence with competitiveness 2013 Middle East Practice Capital

    Original URL path: http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/industries/government-public-services/public-sector-research-centre/germany/trade-and-finance-winter-2013-2014.html (2016-02-10)
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  • Download and read the retail banking 2020 report: PwC
    careers with Strategy Press room Facts and figures Press contacts Analyst relations Global International PwC Sites Commonly visited PwC sites Global Australia Brazil Canada China Hong Kong France Germany India Italy Japan Mexico Middle East Netherlands Russia Singapore South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Complete list of PwC territory sites Download the Retail Banking 2020 report Download Retail banking will look very different in 2020 than it does today Many have gloomily predicted the fall of the traditional bank as disruptive new entrants win share by offering a better customer experience through new products and channels Yet despite the emergence of new competitors and models we believe the traditional bank has a bright future the fundamental concept of a trusted institution acting as a store of value a source of finance and as a facilitator of transactions is not about to change However much of the landscape will change significantly in response to the evolving forces of customer expectations regulatory requirements technology demographics new competitors and shifting economics Against this background 70 of global banking executives believe it is very important to form a view of the banking market in 2020 to understand how these global trends are impacting the banking system in order to develop a winning strategy Each bank needs to develop a clear strategy to deal with this transforming landscape They need to decide whether to lead to follow fast or to manage defensively putting off change for as long as possible They need to be agile to adapt to rapid change and future uncertainty Yet whatever the chosen strategy success will come from successfully executing the right balance across the following six priorities To create a customised PDF select from any or all of the components listed below Priority 1 Developing

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  • Public Sector Research Centre: Redefining local government: PwC
    Member firms worldwide Live events and discussions Strategy Research insights View featured Browse by issue Browse by industry Browse by service Monthly highlights Spotlight The CEO agenda CEO insights blog Careers About PwC Technology careers Employer of choice Our history PwC Professional Employability Aspire to lead PwC s series on leadership and gender equality Country job search Explore careers with Strategy Press room Facts and figures Press contacts Analyst relations Global International PwC Sites Commonly visited PwC sites Global Australia Brazil Canada China Hong Kong France Germany India Italy Japan Mexico Middle East Netherlands Russia Singapore South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Complete list of PwC territory sites Redefining local government Download Prolonged austerity is driving an important shift in local government The early years of austerity have been characterised by authorities taking action to reduce costs through a range of traditional supply side cost reduction measures However given that austere public finances will last well into the next parliament local government needs to raise its sights and shift beyond traditional cost reduction approaches Many authorities are already reaching a tipping point where it is no longer possible to undertake the same activities as before Local authorities now have to fundamentally redefine their role and purpose Local public services need to be viewed in a much more holistic way with a focus on how multiple organisations and citizens themselves can contribute to securing desired outcomes This new landscape will require fundamentally different organisational cultures and behaviours to make it successful along with an intense focus on digital innovation and intelligent and insightful data collection and management This will be a complex journey In our latest Talking Points we set out the six steps that will help to create the right foundations to deliver more effectively

    Original URL path: http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/industries/government-public-services/public-sector-research-centre/united-kingdom/redefining-local-government.html (2016-02-10)
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  • World Watch: boards should focus on risk FRC says: PwC
    Japan Mexico Middle East Netherlands Russia Singapore South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Complete list of PwC territory sites Bar to be raised on how boards handle risk 10 Jan 2014 Boards should focus more keenly on their appetite for risk and how they re managing it and they should include any risks to liquidity and solvency according to the proposed Guidance recently issued by the UK s Financial Reporting Council FRC on implementation of the Sharman Report Sharman Boards should focus more keenly on their appetite for risk and how they re managing it and they should include any risks to liquidity and solvency according to the proposed Guidance recently issued by the UK s Financial Reporting Council FRC on implementation of the Sharman Report The regulator has decided to integrate this guidance Draft guidance to directors on risk management and internal control and the going concern basis of accounting with the implementation of the principles set out in the Sharman Report on going concern Final guidance will be effective for years beginning on or after 1 October 2014 for companies applying the UK Corporate Governance Code The FRC is also consulting on specific guidance for banks If the proposals are implemented directors will be required to confirm formally that a robust assessment of the principal risks to the company has been carried out and explain how they are being mitigated This will significantly increase the focus on this area for boards and raise the profile of related disclosures in the annual report Auditors will also have a duty to report whether they have anything material to add to the directors disclosures The emphasis on risk and culture and liquidity and solvency comes in part as a response to the financial crisis and other

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  • World Watch: Investors demand more information on governance: PwC
    the risks that companies have identified and how they are managing them In both surveys Through the investor lens and ProxyPulse 2013 Season Recap executive compensation is singled out for tough treatment reflecting a view held by some that high reward can encourage risky behaviour Boards not effective Around half of investors surveyed say that their decision to invest is driven in part by risk factor disclosures 46 and executive compensation structure 51 And even though 43 of investors said that engaging with companies over their compensation structure was very or somewhat difficult it s not a conversation that s being avoided ProxyPulse points out in its section on say on pay votes Although the survey finds that approval of pay plans was up on 2012 this was attributed to companies making changes as a result of their previous year s vote According to the survey a resounding 66 of investors think that boards are not effective at controlling executive compensation and 79 said that much or somewhat more disclosure of the board s role in risk oversight would improve investment decisions The message received is clear investors want to know more about the risks that companies have identified and how they are managing them said Ms Gillan For nearly every topic within our survey investors are looking for more information not less Canada too tick box In Canada a relatively similar picture emerges Their national survey asked whether investors found information on corporate governance useful for making decisions and whether such information was currently adequate Many said that overall the information they got was adequate but some were concerned that typical measures of good corporate governance resulted in a tick the box mentality Some recent corporate governance scandals in Canada have involved companies who at first glance appeared to

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  • PSRC: PwC Benchmark of Public Budgets in the German States: PwC
    View featured Browse by issue Browse by industry Browse by service Monthly highlights Spotlight The CEO agenda CEO insights blog Careers About PwC Technology careers Employer of choice Our history PwC Professional Employability Aspire to lead PwC s series on leadership and gender equality Country job search Explore careers with Strategy Press room Facts and figures Press contacts Analyst relations Global International PwC Sites Commonly visited PwC sites Global Australia Brazil Canada China Hong Kong France Germany India Italy Japan Mexico Middle East Netherlands Russia Singapore South Africa South Korea Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom United States Complete list of PwC territory sites PwC Benchmark of Public Budgets in the German States PwC Länderfinanzbenchmarking 2013 Download the English short version Download the German full version PwC Germany has set a widely recognised standard for the annual financial reporting on German states and municipalities with the publication of the PwC Benchmark of Public Budgets 2013 As a sequel of last year s study On the way to a consolidation a comparison of the financial situation of the German states it carries forward the financial forecast for 2020 which is the year when the German debt brake takes effect for the German

    Original URL path: http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/industries/government-public-services/public-sector-research-centre/germany/pwc-benchmark-of-public-budgets-in-the-german-states.html (2016-02-10)
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  • World Watch: Swiss-referendum-executive-pay: PwC
    called 12 1 proposal followed hot on the heels of this summer s public approval of the Minder initiative named after the Swiss senator whose idea it was That proposal made law a binding shareholder vote on executive salaries at all publicly traded Swiss companies When finalised it will also rule out golden parachutes and signing bonuses among other means of compensation It seems as though the later 12 1 proposal was a step too far forthe Swiss public who have the opportunity to vote when a referendum is called on a change to Swiss law an option in every case Votes against the proposal hit 65 3 with the yes votes at 34 7 Traditionally the Swiss business environment has been soft on the issue of large executive pay packages But some high profile cases in the banking and pharmaceuticals industries are thought to be behind the souring of public opinion This time the no vote lobby was successful in painting a picture of large companies moving their headquarters elsewhere and eroding the tax base as well arguing that the government should not set a precedent for mass state intervention in the private sector The death of this proposal is not the end of the issue in Switzerland a trades union backed proposal on the minimum wage is slated for 2014 Move to binding vote on pay in the EU Nor is it the end of the matter in Europe where the Germans and the French are moving in a similar direction And the EU is looking at a binding shareholder vote on executive pay following its move to tighten remuneration at credit institutions But despite the generally cooling conditions for executive pay on the regulatory and political front research from Thomson Reuters shows that the total take home

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  • World Watch: Germany-board-quotas-women-EU: PwC
    heavyweight EU member states in voting against the European Commission s proposal for boardroom quotas Now in Germany the two parties slated to form the next German government have settled on a figure of 30 women for the supervisory boards of companies listed on the German stock exchange a new attempt at a national law known simply as frauenquote Disappointing unhelpful unnecessary But business leaders across Europe are already pushing back on both proposals In Germany the CEOs of the four largest car manufacturers representing nearly 400 billion in annual revenue have said that they would consider moving production outside Germany if forced to bring in the quota In the UK one of the few opponents of the original proposal the top echelons of business have been vocal too Helena Morrissey the CEO of Newton Investment Management a global thematic investment boutique and subsidiary of BNY Mellon called the EU s decision disappointing unhelpful and unnecessary British politicians will be paying particular attention to Ms Morrissey s opinion given her prominent role as an advocate for women in business The draft law in question has five main elements Publicly listed companies with less than 40 women among its non executive board members will be required to set up a selection procedure that gives priority to qualified female candidates No one will get a job on the basis of their being a woman but no woman will be denied a job because of her gender Small and medium sized companies are exempt from the law due to their lesser economic importance and low visibility EU member states must have sanctions for companies in breach of the Directive The law is a temporary measure and will automatically expire in 2028 Companies who fail to meet the targets by 2020 could face sanctions

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