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    CFO stressors: four cures for inflation fever

    CFOs have seized on ways to shield profits against the worst price pressures in nearly 40 years.

    Jim Tyson • Nov. 21, 2022
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    CFO stressors: Agonizing over layoffs

    As a growing number of economists forecast a downturn, finance chiefs are wrestling with if or when to make the hard, emotionally-charged call to cut jobs.

    Grace Noto • Oct. 31, 2022
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    CFO stressors: Sounding the alarm after suicide

    Gustavo Arnal’s death has led to new conversations around C-suite mental healthcare and the rising pressures challenging even the most battle-tested finance leaders.

    Maura Webber Sadovi • Oct. 24, 2022
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    7 CFO tips to prepare for SEC climate risk rule

    CFOs should not delay putting in place the staff, technology and processes needed to comply with an imminent SEC rule requiring detailed disclosure on climate risk.

    Jim Tyson • Oct. 18, 2022
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    ESG backlash unlikely to derail SEC climate risk rule

    SEC Chair Gary Gensler faces growing resistance to the agency’s proposal that companies provide detailed disclosures on carbon emissions.

    Jim Tyson • Oct. 17, 2022
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    Furniture retailers adapt to supply chain chaos

    As some retailers extend lead times and amass inventory to manage delays, they're also building sourcing relationships beyond China and Vietnam.

    Ben Unglesbee • April 25, 2022
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    CFOs hold pay raises far below inflation despite war for talent

    CFOs are spurring resignations by letting inflation far outpace wage gains. They can take steps to improve employee retention even as prices increase at the highest rate in four decades.

    Jim Tyson • March 11, 2022
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    CFOs reveal four inflation-coping strategies

    CFOs in several industries describe how they are trying to shield profits against an inflationary surge.

    Jim Tyson • Feb. 9, 2022
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    8 CFO tips for pursuing M&A amid dealmaking 'fever'

    M&A will probably surge this year after a record 2021, and CFOs who want to prevail in the highly competitive market should follow several best practices.

    Jim Tyson • Jan. 14, 2022
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    5 CFO trends to watch in 2022

    Against a backdrop of rising costs, finance leaders will be navigating a number of strategic considerations, including the need for talent and the right tax strategy.

    Robert Freedman and Jim Tyson • Jan. 4, 2022
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    5 CFO tips for adjusting wages to high inflation, labor shortages

    CFOs eager to attract and retain workers and overcome labor shortages can follow five strategies to raise compensation and sustain profits.

    Jim Tyson • Dec. 21, 2021
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    11 CFO tips for riding the rising tide in ESG activism

    CFOs eager to steer clear of shareholder activists should publicly embrace sustainability despite flaws in the measurement of best practices.

    Jim Tyson • Oct. 20, 2021
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    Why CFOs speak to the press (and whether they should)

    Finance chiefs' credibility, diligence and deep knowledge of the numbers make them ideal candidates for press interviews and company spokespeople, PR specialists say.

    Jane Thier • Aug. 13, 2021
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    From green to gold: 5 ways CFOs can gain from climate risk disclosure

    CFOs confronting growing pressure to disclose climate change risks can find in their analysis opportunities to improve capital allocation and risk management.

    Jim Tyson • June 29, 2021
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    A nonprofit CFO's guide to navigating a downturn

    Tasked with balancing mission and sustaining revenue, CFOs have relied on difficult decisions and quick thinking to keep their nonprofit organizations afloat.

    Jane Thier • June 23, 2021
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    Avoiding ASC 470 debt modification mistakes

    Many companies restructured debt during the pandemic; accounting for that can be fraught with risk if you misapply the rules, reporting specialists say.

    Ed McCarthy • June 3, 2021
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    5 CFO tips for limiting harm from inflation

    Amid signs of rising inflation, economists and financial executives suggest ways that CFOs can buffer against the damage from unstable prices.

    Jim Tyson • June 2, 2021
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    Up from the ashes: retailing CFOs get ready for a consumer rush

    Retailing CFOs preparing for a "spring-loaded" consumer splurge provide insights for financial executives in industries less challenged by the coronavirus.

    Jim Tyson • May 18, 2021
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    Trump tax law cut what US drugmakers owed. Now they fear an increase.

    The 2017 law saved pharmaceutical companies billions of dollars, BioPharma Dive found. Executives are now fiercely opposing tax hikes proposed by President Biden, claiming they've since boosted domestic investment. 

    Jonathan Gardner • May 17, 2021
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    Up from the ashes: Restaurant CFOs prepare for boom

    Profit-hungry restaurant CFOs blindsided by the pandemic get ready for robust economic growth, offering lessons for leaders in less-stressed industries.

    Jim Tyson • May 6, 2021
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    Up from the ashes: How airline CFOs are preparing for the post-pandemic rebound

    CFOs of airlines challenged by the pandemic are preparing for a rebound in demand, offering lessons for financial executives in less-stressed industries.

    Jim Tyson • April 26, 2021
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    SEC cybersecurity tactics point to ESG approach, attorney says

    As the Securities and Exchange Commission builds investor protections on sustainable investing, CFOs can look to the agency's approach to cybersecurity for hints on how to prepare for disclosure rules and enforcement actions.

    Jim Tyson • April 15, 2021
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    4 CFO lessons from the pandemic

    CFOs are advancing into the second year of a once-in-a-century pandemic with lessons they’ve learned while coping with a broad range of disruptions from COVID-19.

    Jim Tyson • March 26, 2021
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    How university CFOs survived the 2020 pandemic

    The pandemic has shown the limitations of endowments as a resource, the risks of too many people in charge, and the intricacies of decision-making as a higher ed CFO.

    Jane Thier • March 19, 2021
  • CFOs facing an unprecedented range of risks find an edge in analytics

    CFOs are adapting to an unusually hazardous business landscape by forecasting with advanced data analytics.

    Jim Tyson • March 8, 2021