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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
  • 3 CFO mistakes to avoid as IT spend rises to record in 2021

    Financial executives should avert mistakes in digital transformation as they budget record capital for IT purchases this year.

    Jim Tyson • Feb. 15, 2021
  • 5 CFO tips for tapping today's abundant capital

    Record monetary and fiscal stimulus is flooding markets with liquidity, giving CFOs an unusual opportunity to improve capital structure.

    Jim Tyson • Jan. 29, 2021
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    SEC to take harder line on financial reporting, attorneys say

    COVID-19 and ESG disclosures, information controls and SPACs could receive increased scrutiny, along with accuracy of filings as part of Biden’s SEC approach. 

    Robert Freedman • Jan. 21, 2021
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    Biden tax, oversight plans could add to M&A costs

    Sellers can be expected to seek higher valuations to offset higher corporate tax rate and capital gains changes, deal specialists say. And some deals could get more regulatory scrutiny.

    Robert Freedman • Jan. 19, 2021
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    4 ways CFOs can cut waste in spending on the cloud

    The typical company wastes as much as 35% of its cloud budget, estimates show. Wasteful spending rose as many companies rushed to move operations into the cloud during the pandemic.  

    Jim Tyson • Jan. 18, 2021
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    2021 Outlook: Why, and how, the CFO should lead ESG efforts

    This year, CFOs should prepare their companies for increased scrutiny on environmental, social and governance performance, if they haven't already. 

    Jane Thier • Jan. 12, 2021
  • 5 CFO trends to watch in 2021

    Greater attention to ESG metrics, real-time data and the wind-down of LIBOR are among the trends you'll see this year.

    Jim Tyson • Jan. 11, 2021
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    How Gilead finally spent its money

    This year, the biotech spent about $27 billion trying to become a leader in cancer research. But Gilead's CFO, Andrew Dickinson, said there's still work to be done.

    Jacob Bell • Nov. 24, 2020
  • Should your company consider a SPAC?

    Special purpose acquisition companies are becoming more popular as companies and investors see the benefits of going public without the time commitment and cost of a regular IPO.

    Ed McCarthy • Nov. 10, 2020
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    3 must-have CFO skills: Operating finance, strategy and communications

    Corporate finance experience is declining, while investment banking is rising, as a path to the CFO seat, CFO Dive data shows. Public accounting remains the gold standard.

    Robert Freedman • Nov. 8, 2020
  • ESG to transform CFO role

    Now that the Big Four have agreed on a set of metrics, the path forward is becoming clearer for standardized corporate ESG reporting.

    Ted Jackson • Oct. 18, 2020
  • CFOs must grapple with pandemic-related payroll tax nexus

    With employees working remotely, often in another state from the office, payroll tax and other calculations are complicated by economic nexus issues. 

    Ed McCarthy • Aug. 24, 2020
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    CFOs urged not to wait on devising LIBOR transition plan

    Companies face both legal and reputational risk by failing to deal with contracts using the soon-to-be-obsolete benchmark. 

    Ted Knutson • Aug. 5, 2020
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    'Bonus depreciation' rule fix makes property improvements more attractive

    Companies have a new tax incentive to remodel property post-COVID now that qualified improvement property can receive the 15-year recovery treatment, with retroactive relief available. 

    Ed McCarthy • July 12, 2020
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    When the CFO departs, who steps up?

    Every company needs an established talent pipeline to fill the gap when its CFO leaves. But new research from CFO Dive finds that the role — and the way it is filled — is evolving. 

    Jane Thier • June 18, 2020
  • Need and eligibility keys to avoiding PPP loan liability risk

    Document what goes into your decision to apply for a loan to protect yourself and your company if you're hit with an audit or lawsuit, an attorney says. 

    Robert Freedman • May 25, 2020
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    Goodwill impairment testing during COVID-19 times

    Economic uncertainty is forcing finance chiefs to rethink the impairment testing process.

    Suzanne Northington • April 30, 2020
  • CFO in the Know: Protecting capital in pre-revenue biopharmas

    Last year, bankruptcies multiplied among early-stage drug companies, putting a premium on CFO finance management ideas. 

    Robert Freedman • March 10, 2020
  • As XBRL in financial reporting matures, focus is on accuracy

    The ability to increase financial transparency with machine-readable tags is improving, but few means are in place to ensure data quality. 

    Ted Knutson • Feb. 25, 2020