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    Cyberattackers have upped their game. Have a recovery plan ready.

    With a good plan, data can be quickly restored after a ransomware attack, bringing systems back online without the need for a hefty payment to a cybercriminal, writes Object First’s Anthony Cusimano.

    Anthony Cusimano • Aug. 28, 2023
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    How CFOs can trade ‘Dr. No’ role for stickier customers

    Advances in AI can help executives balance the tension between cost efficiencies and satisfied customers, AlixPartners’ Saurabh Singh and Jason McDannold assert.

    Saurabh Singh and Jason McDannold • Aug. 24, 2023
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    Mixing whiskey and blockchain: A CFO’s perspective

    Blockchain is helping Metacask to modernize the sale and ownership of whiskey casks, highlighting the technology’s business potential, writes CFO Andrew Kennard.

    Andrew Kennard • Aug. 14, 2023
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    It’s time for family-owned firms to put private equity on the table

    Well-publicized cases of bad behavior have fueled certain biases against private equity. But family-owned businesses shouldn’t ignore the financial lifeline that PE can offer, Bob Goldsmith argues.

    Bob Goldsmith • July 31, 2023
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    How CFOs and businesses can get (or stay) ahead of rising rates

    The Federal Reserve is widely expected to raise the benchmark rate again this week. Finance executives must adjust their strategies, PwC’s Wes Bricker asserts.

    Wes Bricker • July 25, 2023
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    How predictive analytics can curb just-in-time inventory pitfalls

    CFOs can use predictive analytics to avoid panic buying, anchor price bias and overpaying suppliers, Edmund Zagorin, an executive with the procurement platform Arkestro, writes.

    Edmund Zagorin • July 11, 2023
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    CFOs shouldn’t let high rates hold them back

    A capital project that automates a business can yield a positive discounted investment return, Bill Fink asserts. When rates do come down, CFOs can refinance the debt.

    Bill Fink • July 5, 2023
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    B2B must embrace digital payments

    “B2B organizations have been slow to adapt to the changing demands and expectations of Gen Z,” writes a payments company vice president. “This is a huge mistake, and it can cost them dearly in the long run.”

    Justin Main • June 23, 2023
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    Building resilience, funding sources critical to riding out a storm

    The more efficiently you run your operations, the longer your company’s cash cushion will last. Industry-specific tools can help, Luke Voiles writes.

    Luke Voiles • June 9, 2023
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    Accounts payable shouldn’t be a cost center

    CFOs are under growing pressure to drive efficiencies at zero cost. Leveraging intelligent automation to process invoices can help, Steven Cronin writes.

    Steven Cronin • May 26, 2023
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    Why CFOs must beef up their CX playbooks

    The B2B market is facing a new generation of decision makers who are accustomed to speedy digital customer experiences, according to Billtrust CFO Bob Purcell. 

    Bob Purcell • May 19, 2023
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    It’s time for holistic emissions accounting

    A fulsome and holistic accounting of a company's operational emissions and other sustainability risks helps businesses find new pathways and opportunities for value creation, Donavan Hornsby writes.

    Donavan Hornsby • April 26, 2023
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    Why CFOs eyeing IPOs must prep now

    While many companies have put public listing plans on pause, CFOs would be wise to get ready now for when the IPO window reopens, Nick Theos writes. 

    Nick Theos • April 14, 2023
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    CFOs need public/private funding mix to bridge ESG financing gaps

    Finance leaders need access to multiple types of capital to finance their companies’ environmental, social, and governance goals, Ana Carolina Oliveira writes. 

    Ana Carolina Oliveira • April 13, 2023
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    Why CFOs must take inventory reins

    The people responsible for bloated inventory levels don’t all sit in factories and warehouses, Ernst & Young’s Peter Kingma writes. 

    Peter Kingma • April 7, 2023
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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