One of the core beliefs of 1st Global is that thought leadership is critical to CPA firm growth and success. The firms that affiliate with 1st Global rely upon the progressive ongoing education that is derived from the primary research we perform on the accounting and financial services industries. The following articles have been published in leading accounting and investment journals. We encourage you to weigh in on the articles and interviews posted here. We want to hear your voice!

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Don’t Overlook the Importance of Password Protection

By: Greg Wilson
Head of Information Security

Jul 8, 2016

Because of the growing concern of hacking and fraudulent schemes in the technology we use every day, the importance of password protection is something all businesses — and all individuals — should understand and apply.  (more)

Brexit Is a Reality — Now What?

By: Jesper Rindboel, CFA, FRM
Portfolio Manager, 1st Global Investment Management Research Group

Jun 24, 2016

With the U.K.’s exit from the European Union — the Brexit — now a reality, there is a great level of uncertainty among investors as they try to discern what this means to their financial plans.  (more)

Keys to Making Wise Investment Decisions

By: Alan Zabloudil
Director, Capital Markets

Jun 15, 2016

How you feel about market conditions and sentiment can greatly impact your decision to make your savings work harder for you through investing.  (more)

Protecting Your Business from Cybercrime

By: Greg Wilson
Head of Information Security

May 20, 2016

Cybercrime has become a prevalent problem in society today with the advancement of technology and instantaneous access to so many different online outlets.  (more)

Top 10 Ways to Avoid Becoming Phishing Bait

By: Greg Wilson
Head of Information Security

May 16, 2016

A common issue that continues to grow as a problem in the technology world is phishing, which is a tactic used by cybercriminals to try to obtain financial or other confidential information from unsuspecting individuals.  (more)

Shifts in Major Asset Classes

By: Yogi Kraja
IMS Trader

Apr 22, 2016

With a strong U.S. dollar and slowing global economic output, lower commodity prices have not helped the Fed’s case in raising interest rates, leaving investors plenty of opportunity to adjust their inflation expectations.  (more)

Preparing for the Future of the CPA Profession

By: Natalie Merrill
Senior Marketing Communications Writer

Apr 4, 2016

As an advocate for small firms and representative for CPAs, Carl Peterson brings insight regarding how the AICPA is working to make improvements for the CPA profession as a whole.  (more)

Beware of Tax Season Scams

By: Shawn Baxter
Manager, Centralized Compliance Controls

Mar 28, 2016

With all of the available technologies at hand today, scammers aren’t limiting themselves to computer hacking methods to steal individuals’ identities — they are now using tactics via phone and email to threaten taxpayers into providing personal and financial information.  (more)

Downhill Slide for Oil Impacts Financials and Regional Economy

By: Rick Spencer, CFA
Fixed Income Trader

Mar 25, 2016

The decline in energy prices over the last two years have benefited American consumers, but the spillover effects have negatively impacted many businesses and government entities.  (more)

Applying Extreme Practices Leads to Extreme Winning

By: Natalie Merrill
Senior Marketing Communications Writer

Mar 24, 2016

Individuals involved in professional sports know what it takes to win and what it feels like to lose. But you don’t have to be an athlete to apply practical winning strategies to your life and your career.  (more)

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