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    Six steps CFOs communicating layoffs should take

    Layoffs are painful. Finance chiefs need to prepare in order to avoid missteps and ensure their approach to staff cuts is as empathetic and transparent as possible.

    Cassandra M. Bailey • Feb. 23, 2023
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    Financial services, Black America and the evolution of DEI

    Despite the rise of corporate diversity initiatives, Christopher Johnson writes systemic hurdles still keep many minorities from working in finance.

    Christopher Johnson • Feb. 17, 2023
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    How CFOs can combat inflation’s supply chain squeeze

    Just-in-time inventory logic can appeal to boards. Michael Poveda argues CFOs should consider stockpiling inflation-sensitive products and materials.

    Michael Poveda • Feb. 9, 2023
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    CFOs are focused on talent — and the return to office

    It’s becoming increasingly clear there is no “going back” fully to how we worked before the pandemic, Kathryn Kaminsky writes.

    Kathryn Kaminsky • Feb. 1, 2023
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    3 reasons to make accounts receivable a top priority

    Unpaid invoices take a nasty bite out of cash flow. Dean Kaplan writes that taking time early on to evaluate receivables and stratify accounts for fast attention will pay off.

    Dean Kaplan • Jan. 18, 2023
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    CFOs must still run tight ships in ‘23: S&P Global’s finance chief

    With 2023 poised to be a transitional year, CFOs need to run tight ships while still making sure their businesses are ready to seize opportunities when markets turn.

    Ewout Steenbergen • Dec. 21, 2022
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    3 reforms for the post-FTX crypto era

    FTX’s collapse underscores the highly-centralized crypto market’s risks and blockchain’s importance as a defense against bad actors, Metallicus' CFO argues.

    Irina Berkon • Dec. 9, 2022
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    Beyond Paris: the tax implications of remote work

    While working from almost anywhere is increasingly possible, employers need to consider the tax implications before sending employees to or from the U.S.

    Christine Deveney • Dec. 2, 2022
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    A holistic approach to ASC 740

    Calculating taxes owed is always a monumental task. A provision which guides how companies recognize income taxes is proving to be particularly challenging.

    Adam Schrom • Nov. 17, 2022
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    Dark social: the invisible CFO tool

    Financial executives want quick answers to people, process or tech questions. Lately they are finding new ways to get the information they need.

    Zviki Shimon • Nov. 9, 2022
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    Tackling the build versus buy forecasting dilemma

    The rise in economic volatility is increasing the need for better decisions when it comes to acquiring and interpreting forecasting data.

    John Frechette • Oct. 20, 2022
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    Intercompany ops: more than zero-sum game

    For CFOs of growing companies, intercompany operations have increasing implications that extend across accounting, finance, tax, and treasury departments.

    David Brightman • Sept. 13, 2022
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    Why C-suites need to get more serious about harnessing tax technology

    More than half of the C-suite executives surveyed said they’re not using their tax data to scenario-plan around policy changes or identify tax credits, a KPMG report found.

    Greg Engel • Sept. 1, 2022
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    Why a CFO should be one of your first hires

    Startups are inherently risky but their CFOs have an early opportunity to fundamentally shape the way the companies operate.

    Harry Hurst • Aug. 23, 2022
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    How to adopt dynamic pricing on B2B marketplaces

    By 2028, it’s estimated that the global B2B e-commerce market size will reach $25.65 trillion. Dynamic pricing is one of its challenges.

    Ryan Lee • Aug. 12, 2022
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    The ABCs and IRCs of cannabis accounting

    From cash control issues to inadequate reporting and point of sale (POS) software, accounting for cannabis dispensaries is no easy feat and the wrong move can land a company in serious legal trouble.

    Andrew Hunzicker • July 14, 2022
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    Don't abandon stablecoins over Terra, CFO says

    Fintechs and financial services players will "be the driver of innovations and regulations that enable stablecoins, crypto and other digital assets to scale," argues Metallicus Chief Financial Officer Irina Berkon.

    Irina Berkon • July 8, 2022
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    Practical tips for forging a stronger CFO-COO partnership

    The duo needn’t be good friends, but the CFO and COO do need to trust each other as transparency and accountability are key.

    Julie Iskow and Jill Klindt • June 16, 2022
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    Prepping for the next phase of stimulus fraud probes

    Federal authorities appear to be operating under a strong mandate to ferret out perceived fraud and abuse in the oft-confusing world of COVID-19 stimulus programs.

    Matthew S. Adams • May 31, 2022
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    Lessons from the M&A front lines

    Early in the deal-making process CFOs should think big and prioritize but they also need to consider steps for setting the tone after the ink dries.

    David Roberson • May 13, 2022
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    With SEC's proposed climate rules, CFOs should listen to investors

    A stakeholder-influenced materiality assessment will help business leaders comply with the SEC's proposed disclosure rules and focus their sustainability efforts.

    Donavan Hornsby • May 9, 2022
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    Collaborative model can be a win for both company and customers

    Making money based on the customer's savings or revenue generated from the product or service is gaining steam but valuation and accounting challenges are still being sorted out.

    Katelyn Horowitz • April 12, 2022
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    Why real-time cost anomaly detection for your cloud is non-negotiable

    Misconfigurations can spin up the wrong number of services in an organization's cloud use, causing cost anomalies. If this spending appears small, it may go unnoticed, but the costs add up. 

    Asim Razzaq • April 8, 2022
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    3 steps to finding Zen in unmanaged spend

    Finance departments have thought of unmanaged spend as a problem rooted in how well we track purchases, enforce T&E policies and consolidate vendors, but the human element is the big factor. 

    Adriana Carpenter • April 1, 2022
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    How growth, inflation and access to capital will play off one another this year

    The rise in prices is complicating CFOs' plans as they continue to focus on talent, transformation and growth as their strategic priorities. 

    Wes Bricker • March 25, 2022