December, 2023

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5 focal points for future-ready CFOs

CFO Dive

Step into the future with CFOs as they navigate a rapidly transforming financial landscape, where ESG metrics take center stage, GenAI shapes business planning and CFOs grapple with intensified priorities in data security, inflation and talent management.

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2024: Business and Finance Ahead of Us

CFO News

Explore the optimistic financial forecast for India in 2024 by seasoned finance expert Robin Banerjee. From increased loan availability to a rising stock market, Banerjee provides insights into the potential economic landscape. However, he cautions against global risks that could impact India's trajectory.

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Cybersecurity pressures stretch CFOs

CFO Dive

CFOs are bracing for new SEC cybersecurity rules set to kick in this month as the regulator is already signaling an aggressive enforcement posture.

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Four Key Technology Trends to Watch in 2024

Bramasol

As we come to the end of another year, this is a good opportunity to look ahead at the key trends to watch during 2024. Since our last trends update on June 30, 2023 , the areas of Cloud-based Digital Transformation, the Generative AI Revolution, and the Digital Solutions Economy (DSE), continue to expand and morph into even more important trends to watch.

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Register Now: Sneak Peek Into Close Automation SkyStem Web Demo

Technology is rapidly changing the way accountants perform and manage month-end activities. Spreadsheets, email, and shared drives no longer have to slow us down. Join us as we present a "sneak peek" recorded demo of SkyStem's month-end close solution – ART. In under four weeks, your team can start reaping the benefits of month-end close automation by vastly reducing spreadsheets, cut down on reconciliation work, speed up the month-end close, and better manage your remote team.

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Lessons of “Number Go Up”

Barry Ritholtz

Tyler Cowen and his colleague Alex Tabarrok write some interesting posts over at Marginal Revolution. Sometimes I agree with them, sometimes I disagree with them. Recently, a post utterly perplexed me: “One doesn’t get a favorable impression of crypto from Number Go Up but in fact one doesn’t learn much about crypto at all. Indeed, Faux’s book isn’t really about crypto it’s about the rise and collapse of a bubble and the consequent madness of crowds.

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Treading along the propulsion of the digital payments system

Future CFO

In the US, the US Federal Reserve is set to introduce to the local market FedNow – an instant payment solution that will enable customers of participating banks and credit unions to instantly send and receive money transfers outside of traditional banking hours. In Asia, instant payment has been around for some time and has been instrumental in consumers, and some industry sectors, to return to a post-pandemic normal faster than may have been possible.

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Human Connection Is Still CFOs’ Greatest Asset

CFO Dive

Finance chiefs must find the “delicate balance between leveraging the power of digitization and fostering personal connections,” Bob Purcell writes.

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CFOs must take an ROI-centered approach to global expansion

CFO Dive

To access top talent in new markets, finance chiefs need to keep their focus on value creation and ROI, CFO Simone Nardi advises.

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RBI MPC: India Inc CFOs exude confidence in stability, foresee robust demand ahead

CFO News

In its fifth bi-monthly monetary policy, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) decided to keep the repo rates unchanged at 6.5 percent. ETCFO spoke with finance leaders to understand the impact of the pause and stable policy on India Inc's planning and demand.

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Accounting Software and ERP Readiness Guide

In this white paper, we explore the factors to consider in deciding whether the time is right for your Company to consider a new ERP or accounting software, the total cost of ownership and plans necessary to make the potential leap to these systems.

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Retail Lobby: “We Lied About Organized Theft”

Barry Ritholtz

No, “ nearly half ” of $94.5 billion in retail inventory losses in 2021 was not “attributable to organized retail crime.” That line is just another in a long series of falsehoods put forth by the professional b *s at the National Retail Federation. Here’s Reuters : “The main lobbying group for U.S. retailers retracted its claim that “organized retail crime” accounted for nearly half of all inventory losses in 2021 after finding that incorrect data was used for its analysis.

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Why Life Sciences Businesses Need ERP

Navigator SAP

For most life sciences startups , the product is the business. This makes sense because many life sciences businesses come out of fundamental innovation in the lab, and thoughts of how best to bring the product to market only come later.

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We believe being named a Leader means standing for innovation and customer value delivered.

Jedox Finance

I am beyond thrilled to share some exciting news. Jedox was recognized as a Leader in the Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Financial Planning Software. A Gartner Magic Quadrant is a culmination of research in a specific market, giving the reader of the research wide-angle view of the relative positions of the market’s competitors.

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Orchestrating cohesion amid a multifaceted focus

Future CFO

“The role of the CFO has become one of the most complex and demanding in the C-suite. From financial expertise to strategic decision-making to risk and stakeholder management, successful CFOs should possess a diverse skill set to help guide companies through ever more complex business landscapes and financial and regulatory environments.” PwC With technology powering much of business innovation and transformation, PwC expects CFOs will be expected to bring together equal parts business, strategi

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Recruit and Retain New Blue-Collar Talent

Blue-collar jobs have a branding problem. One company, GEON, partnered with Paycor to find the solution. Learn how to attract, engage, and retain blue-collar employees, helping them build meaningful careers – and support your company’s goals.

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Most economists put odds of recession at 50% or less: NABE

CFO Dive

A report Tuesday of declining job vacancies bolstered optimism that the labor market will cool without pushing up unemployment much beyond the 3.9% level in October.

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Uniqus buys Goodera's global ESG biz, aims $20 mn revenue from acquisition by FY28

CFO News

Uniqus Consultech, a recent entrant in accounting and ESG consulting, has acquired Goodera's global ESG business, unveiling the rebranded ESG UniVerse. The strategic move aims for global ESG market leadership and a $20 million product within 5 years.

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Forecasting Recessions

Barry Ritholtz

The chart above shows that 84% of CEOs are forecasting a recession over the next 12 months, 69% of Consumers saying the same thing, with the yield curve predicting a 61% chance of a contraction. The problem is those sets of forecasts is already 2 months old, dated October 3, 2023. It was before the very encouraging CPI, Unemployment, and GDP data releases.

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How to Cut the Costs of FDA Validation with ERP

Navigator SAP

All businesses want systems that perform as expected. But for life sciences companies, there is the additional burden of proving that the systems and processes within the company perform as expected. That’s because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates certain processes for public safety reasons. So life sciences firms are legally required to validate their systems.

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PowerPoint Best Practices for Creating Stellar Presentations

Mastering data visualization in PowerPoint will help accelerate your career because it positions you as someone who can present data that drives business decisions forward. think-cell's PowerPoint Best Practices eBook was created specifically for professionals aiming to master the art and science of data-driven storytelling. What’s inside: Practical Insights: Uncover valuable tips for crafting engaging and persuasive presentations.

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#FA Success Ep 363: Finding The Best Networking Approach For Prospects (And New Career Opportunities), With Christa Madison

Nerd's Eye View

Welcome back to the 363rd episode of the Financial Advisor Success Podcast! My guest on today's podcast is Christa Madison. Christa is the Managing Director of Financial Planning and Business Development at Sebold Capital, a fee-only RIA based in Chicago, Illinois, which manages $300M across more than 100 client households. What's unique about Christa, though, is how she used her business development and networking skills to overcome the challenges that sprung up when, through a combination of p

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PodChats for FutureCFO: Capturing opportunities under an evolving payments landscape

Future CFO

Among all that has happened over the past few years following the COVID-19 pandemic, transformations within various areas of business have been seen here and there. The payments landscape is not exempted from these shifts, what with the current talks of digital transformation and technological advancements. Beyond these changes and shifts in the industry, the questions that arise are leaning towards the way of payment efficiency.

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Powell does not rule out Fed rate hike even while noting slower inflation

CFO Dive

The Fed chief suggested that borrowing costs will remain high for the foreseeable future despite recent signs that inflation, hiring and economic growth are slowing.

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Byju's approves FY22 results, reappoints BDO as auditor at AGM

CFO News

The three-hour-long AGM witnessed the active participation of 60 shareholders. Although resolutions were approved, the extended and tumultuous nature of the meeting brought forth shareholder inquiries regarding auditor concerns.

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Predictions You Can Rely On: How Data Drives Successful Financial Forecasting

Speaker: Robbie Bhathal, Founder & CEO, and Matthew Acalin, Head of Credit Intelligence

In today's volatile financial environment, how confident are you in your company’s financial forecasting? To get the most accurate cash predictions that will lead to long-term financial survival, real-time data is critical. Innovative cash management strategies can lead to better credit opportunities, more sustainable growth, and long-term financial prosperity.

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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Barry Ritholtz

Billie Eilish may be only 22, but she sings like a chanteuse with decades of hard living behind her — a world-weary angel. Her version of this little tune gives it an entirely different read than the original Judy Garland take from Meet Me in St Louis. I imagine this version has some studio exec suggesting she do an album of Christmas songs; but not only is it way too early in her career) for that, it’s a bit lightweight and ephemeral for her wonderful voice and phrasing; instead, sh

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Why You Should Be Automating More of Your Financial Management

Navigator SAP

Automation is the original value proposition of computers, and 50 years later there still is a lot of low-hanging fruit when it comes to freeing up employee time with the help of automation. This is especially true when it comes to financial management. While most businesses automate at least part of financial and accounting functions today, enterprise resource planning solutions (ERP) help businesses move beyond piecemeal financial management automation to end-to-end automation that saves time,

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When Does A Financial Coach Need To Register As An Investment Adviser? The “ABCS” Test To Determine Status

Nerd's Eye View

Over the past several years, the financial services industry has undergone a tremendous evolution in how financial advisers deliver and charge for their services. While commission-based models remain in use, fee-for-service models (including AUM, hourly, retainer, and subscription) have become increasingly popular. And because many service offerings have traditionally focused on areas like investments and securities recommendations, there has been little debate about the need to register as an a

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Questions surround this week’s 5-year TIPS reopening auction

Tips Watch

By David Enna, Tipswatch.com The Treasury on Thursday will offer $20 billion in a reopened 5-year TIPS, CUSIP 91282CJH5, creating a 4-year, 10 month Treasury Inflation-Protected Security.

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Acterys: Revolutionizing CIO & CFO Decision-Making

Welcome to the Future of Technology for CIOs & CFOs! Ever stood on the precipice of a technological revolution, feeling the energy of change? Ever been captivated by the whispers of a software that's not just innovative but genuinely groundbreaking? Acterys unveils a groundbreaking technology tailored for CIOs and CFOs. This state-of-the-art solution streamlines data integration, analytics, and forecasting, empowering leaders to make informed decisions quickly.

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Talent tops 2024 CFO risks: Protiviti

CFO Dive

Risks relating to talent shortages, inflation and generative AI remain top of mind for finance chiefs as they look forward to 2024, Protiviti’s survey found.

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One out of four Indian employees may switch jobs within the next year, reveals BCG survey

CFO News

Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm, surveyed 11,000 employees across eight countries, including India. The survey reveals that 26 per cent of Indian employees may leave their current jobs within the next year, emphasizing the critical role of emotional factors in retention.

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ATM: Investing Skill vs. Luck 

Barry Ritholtz

 Investing Skill vs. Luck with Michael J. Mauboussin, Counterpoint Global (Dec 6, 2023) Is it better to be lucky or good? How much of a role does luck pay in investing? And how can you tell the difference between chance and skill? In this episode of At the Money, I speak with Michael Mauboussin. ~~~ About Michael J. Mauboussin: Michael Mauboussin is head of Consilient Research at Counterpoint Global, Morgan Stanley Investment Management.