June, 2024

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Alternative Financing Comes Of Age

Global Finance

Fintech is fueling a boom in innovation, offering CFOs an array of new ways to access capital. For years, alternative financing models have been changing the way companies access cash. Now, fintech is offering innovations, from subscription and fee-based online lending marketplaces to blockchain, that are changing the alternative financing landscape itself.

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A CFO summer playlist

CFO Dive

With summer kicking into high gear, it’s a good time to add a little finance-inspired fun — yes sometimes we all need a reminder money can be fun — to your next gathering.

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How a CFO Ensures Compliance in Financial Reporting

CFO Share

How a CFO Ensures Compliance in Financial Reporting Reliable financial statements are crucial for business management, but ensuring compliance may feel like a luxury in the resource-constrained world of small business. How can a small team hope to achieve the quality of a public company? Yet missteps in compliance can lead to severe consequences, including bad decisions, financial penalties, and a loss of credibility amongst your investors.

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The Digital Green: How ERP Systems are Shaping Sustainable Business Landscapes

Navigator SAP

The Green Wave and ERP In the early 2010s, businesses began to embrace the green wave with Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles, marking the start of the Green ERP sustainability movement. This shift was driven by growing awareness of environmental issues, the rise of corporate social responsibility (CSR), new regulations, and the realization that ESG is good for business.

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How to Navigate Revenue and Expense Management: Competitive Insights for Financial Success

Speaker: Hilary Akhaabi, PhD - Founder, Chief Financial & Operations Officer at Go Africa Global

In the fast-paced world of corporate finance, staying ahead of the curve is crucial for sustainable growth and profitability. This exclusive webinar with leading expert Hilary Akhaabi, PhD, will teach you practical ways to navigate complex financial landscapes and enhance your company's revenue management capabilities. Whether you're aiming to refine your financial strategies or seeking innovative solutions to drive performance, this new session is for you!

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Inflation is Obvious But Wage Gains Seem Invisible

Barry Ritholtz

I’ve been observing how radically unusual various sentiment readings have been for a few years now. It made little sense to me that the post-pandemic era saw sentiment levels far below major dislocations such as the ‘87 crash, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Dotcom implosion, or the 08-09 great financial crisis. We have tried to identify the causal factors by considering social media , increases in partisanship , ignorance, even trolling of pollsters.

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The Guide to Buying or Selling a Business: Understanding What Kind of Finance and Accounting Support You Need to Get the Price You Want

CFO Selections

Originally published: 8/14/17 Updated: 5/24/24 Preparation and expert guidance are key for successful middle-market business acquisitions, sales, and mergers. In this comprehensive guide to buying and selling businesses, our expert CFOs provide all the finance and accounting information you need when entering into a transaction. It covers: Transaction structures Buyer analyses and considerations Buy-side and sell-side finance/accounting transaction support Buyer-side and seller-side due diligenc

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1,006: From Salesforce Playbook to Start-up Strategy | Scott Henderson, CFO, DISQO

CFO Thought Leader

In the early years of Scott Henderson’s career, the dotcom bubble burst, leaving the tech industry in turmoil and many young professionals uncertain about their futures. Despite this chaotic climate, Henderson decided to take a calculated risk by joining another dotcom venture. This time, the company was a modest enterprise with 300 employees and $25 million in revenue.

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How Financial Advisers Can Boost Online Reputation Through Google Reviews (While Complying With SEC Marketing Rule Requirements)

Nerd's Eye View

Online reviews are commonly given and used by consumers across many industries, from finding a good restaurant in a new town to reviewing a lawn care service provider. Nonetheless, fewer than 10% of SEC-registered investment advisers report using them, even though the SEC’s updated investment adviser marketing rule allows financial advisors to proactively encourage testimonials (from clients), use endorsements (from non-clients), and highlight their own ratings on various third-party revie

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The Key to Achieving Accurate 3-Year and 5-Year Forecasts

Lime Light

Financial forecasting software is making it so that the CFOs of today can accurately project out the financial realities of tomorrow (and tomorrow’s tomorrow). Taking advantage of the best financial forecasting software in today’s market is critical to establishing a strong, data-backed financial future for your organization.

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How To Streamline Finance Operations Through Automation

Speaker: Claire Grosjean

In today’s fast-paced business environment, finance professionals are under increasing pressure to optimize operations and drive strategic value. As a result, automation has become a core part of business strategy, offering unprecedented opportunities to streamline operations and drive efficiency. Join esteemed global finance and operations executive, Claire Grosjean, for a comprehensive guide on how to harness automation’s power through strategic collaboration with functional leaders.

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Uplifting the Canadian Fintech Ecosystem: Insights from Payments Canada Summit

FISPAN

FISPAN’s Founder and CEO, Lisa Shields , attended the Payments Canada Summit 2024 in Toronto. Lisa spoke on an all-female panel of industry leaders to discuss ‘Uplifting the Canadian Fintech Ecosystem.’ She shared the stage with Shirley Hsu, VP of Payments at FreshBooks , Jen Rodrigues, Head of Open Banking at TD Bank , and Layial El-Hadi, Executive Director at Fintech Cadence.

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Mind the trust gap: Why C-suite humility matters in the AI era

CFO Dive

If executives engage in the big issues of today without acknowledging there can be a diverse set of explanations, they risk losing stakeholder trust, PwC’s Wes Bricker writes.

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What is an FUE When Buying S/4HANA Cloud?

Navigator SAP

One of the advantages of SAP S/4HANA Cloud Public Edition is the scalability of the ERP solution. Functionality can be turned on or off and extended depending on the needs of the business, and seat licenses can expand (or be reconfigured) depending on the company’s needs. This inherent ability to expand and reconfigure the ERP solution is where FUE allocation comes into play.

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Seattle Redux: Misunderstanding Seasonal Adjustments

Barry Ritholtz

@TBPInvictus here. About a decade or so ago, the city of Seattle undertook to raise its minimum wage, over time, to $15/hour. (Massive credit to my friend Nick Hanauer for his efforts to make that happen.) What followed in the immediate aftermath of both the announcement and implementation was nothing less than a apocalyptic, collective head explosion on the right about the devastating effects the increase would have, particularly in the food services sector: However, there’s little doubt that t

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Empowering Business Travel: The CFOs Guide

Business travel is more than just a line item. It’s a strategic opportunity to align with your company’s goals and empower your employees. With 60% of employees dissatisfied with the ease of booking and modifying travel plans, there’s a significant opportunity to improve travel management. This one-pager explores how to transform travel into a powerful tool for organizational success.

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Freelancing Boom Goes Global

Global Finance

Use of freelancers of all types, even temporary CFOs, has mushroomed in the last five years. Here’s why more employers around the world are moving away from the full-time staff model. The surging numbers tell the story. A major hiring shift is transforming how businesses find and utilize talent and how that talent finds and establishes relationships with companies that need its skills.

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Electoral bonds fine with profit caps and transparent disclosures: Amarjit Chopra

CFO News

Amarjit Chopra, former President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), provides insight into India's electoral bond scheme, emphasizing the Election Commission's critical role. He also reflects on the Supreme Court's involvement, suggesting that instead of deeming electoral bonds illegal, modifications could have been proposed prospectively to address scheme deficiencies.

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Advanced Bookkeeping Techniques for Growing Businesses

CFO Share

As your business grows and success becomes more tangible, the complexities of managing your finances increase as well. At this stage, it’s crucial to ensure that your bookkeeping processes are not just keeping up, but actively supporting your business’s scalability (simultaneously avoiding stress and headaches for you.) Whether you’re working with a bookkeeper or virtual bookkeeping services , adopting advanced techniques can significantly improve your financial management.

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Trump’s 10% tariff would annually harm households by at least $1,700: AAF

CFO Dive

Damage from a sweeping tariff would spread beyond the U.S., “threatening key relationships with allies and inviting a global trade war,” AAF said.

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How to Avoid Getting "Ghosted": Top 3 Secrets to Staying Relevant with Gen Z

Speaker: Brian Muse-McKenney, Chief Revenue Officer & Matt Simester, Cards and Payments Expert

In today’s world of social media, dating apps, and remote work, businesses risk becoming irrelevant or getting "ghosted" if they fail to meet the evolving needs of Gen Z consumers. In this new webinar, Brian Muse-McKenney of Episode Six and Matt Simester of Payments Consultancy Limited will reveal key considerations banks should factor into their efforts to develop target products for the next generation of bank customers.

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How to Integrate and Extend SAP Business ByDesign

Navigator SAP

One of the advantages of using the SAP Business ByDesign ERP solution is that most of what a business needs for a complete backend business system solution comes included with Business ByDesign right out of the box. Where additional functionality is needed, Business ByDesign integration points and extensions can help. SAP Business ByDesign is built on a modular framework.

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Market Concentration

Barry Ritholtz

A quick break from book authorship to share a fascinating set of data and charts, via Sam Ro. In his weekly missive, Sam points to some amazing charts from Global Financial Data. They are based on historical data that looks at 200 Years of Market Concentration. You might be surprised at the findings. As the chart above shows, there are long periods of market concentration.

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Evolving CFOs: succeeding amid tech changes

Future CFO

Here and there, the business world witnesses changes around various sectors and organisational functions, hence it is no surprise how Finance undergoes several transformation to keep up with the pace, making way to evolving chief financial officers. In a recent Gartner CFO and finance executive conference, it was revealed that accelerated enterprise artificial intelligence spending and adoption is on the horizon, and CFOs will be responsible for effectively managing the costs and common prob

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Innovation Beyond Technology: Q&A With J.P. Morgan Payments’ Lori Schwartz

Global Finance

Lori Schwartz, Global Head of Liquidity & Account Solutions and Digital & Design at J.P. Morgan Payments, discusses fostering innovation within the corporate treasury with Global Finance. GF : How has artificial intelligence affected your organization’s performance in the past year? Lori Schwartz : We are looking at ways to harness the power of such technology to simplify and make our internal processes more efficient.

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Navigating the Automation Landscape: Selecting Tools That Fit Your Business

Speaker: Gary Dmitriev

Our upcoming webinar aims to demystify the process of selecting and implementing automation tools for financial institutes. This session will provide your roadmap for vetting potential solutions, focusing on due diligence, vendor assessments, and aligning technology with strategic goals. We’ll also address the critical issue of innovation fatigue, offering tips on maintaining enthusiasm and momentum for new initiatives.

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The Role of a CFO in Financial Risk Management

CFO Share

The Role of a CFO in Financial Risk Management Managing financial risks is crucial to ensuring long-term business success. However, small business entrepreneurs are particularly ill-suited for risk management: optimistic, energetic, and abstract. This is where a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) becomes indispensable: disciplined, deliberative, and concrete.

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Harnessing GenAI in corporate finance: Lessons from Microsoft

CFO Dive

Finance teams deploying the technology need a "trust, but verify" approach to outputs, among other best practices, a pair of Microsoft executives write.

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What is a Future-Proof ERP System?

Navigator SAP

Businesses plan for the future, but the future rarely looks like what was expected. Adjusting as plans change requires nimbleness and business agility. But it also requires backend ERP technology that can evolve with the business.

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Debunking QSR Minimum Wage BS: A Follow Up

Barry Ritholtz

@TBPInvictus here A few days ago, Barry and I detailed how unscrupulous bad actors had taken Not Seasonally Adjusted data to falsely claim that California’s new $20/hour minimum wage had cost the state almost 10,000 quick-serve restaurant (QSR) jobs. I wrote: It appears to me that the Journal got that number from BLS. However, BLS only offers the series without seasonal adjustment; this makes a very meaningful difference.

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Secure SaaS Success: Embedded Finance as a Competitive Advantage

Speaker: Ian Hillis, SVP of Growth at Payrix and Worldpay for Platforms

Join us for an exclusive webinar hosted by Ian Hillis, SVP of Growth at Payrix and Worldpay for Platforms, where he’ll explore the significant impact of embedded finance on the software industry! This session is designed to provide you with the strategic insights needed to navigate the future of SaaS successfully, all while gaining a deeper understanding of how these trends can enhance your competitive edge, boost revenue, and deepen customer loyalty.