Strategy & operations


  • Inflation, omicron variant could cloud SPAC opportunities

    Target companies are benefiting from a supply and demand imbalance but that could change as valuations drop in response to market uncertainty.

    By Nov. 30, 2021
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    Walmart's CFO to leave the company after 22 years

    Brett Biggs officially departs on Jan. 31, 2023. As part of the transition, he will remain a board member of the retailer's fintech startup.

    By Maria Monteros • Nov. 29, 2021
  • Trendline

    Rolling forecasts

    Learn how to improve your forecasting and decision-making by eliminating the artificial time horizon in this series of articles on rolling forecasts.

    By CFO Dive staff
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    How CFOs contribute to their organization's reputational risk

    Functions that aren't necessarily thought of as problems can hasten public relations woes if they're handled poorly by finance leadership.

    By Ted Knutson • Nov. 23, 2021
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    Spotify CFO sees beyond music a 'limitless' opportunity

    Spotify is rapidly growing its audience as it seeks to become the premier platform for a galaxy of audio choices.

    By Nov. 19, 2021
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    Most big companies fail to fully detail board diversity despite SEC pressure

    Even after pledging greater transparency, most large companies do not provide details on workforce diversity, a survey found.

    By Nov. 15, 2021
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    CFOs fast track digital payments during pandemic

    Digital payments have grown in popularity because of their role in helping ensure a healthy balance sheet, a survey found.

    By Nov. 11, 2021
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    Ansys CFO reaches back to early lessons to tackle challenges

    After helping a storied company spin off legacy businesses, Nicole Anasenes brings an operational mindset to finance transformation. 

    By Nov. 11, 2021
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    Flaws high in work by small audit firms: PCAOB

    Small audit firms have failed to overcome weaknesses as quickly as their larger rivals, the PCAOB’s acting chair said.

    By Nov. 10, 2021
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    Opinion

    Inflation is one reason SPAC redemptions are rising

    Frank Sinatra sang "That’s life!" and in the SPAC arena that sentiment does not sound so different than "That’s SPAC!" Economic circumstances are not as sweet as they once were.

    By Daniele D'Alvia • Nov. 9, 2021
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    Proportion of businesses raising pay hits 48-year high: NFIB

    Nearly half of small businesses can't fill job openings, and three out of four have either raised pay or plan to soon do so, a survey showed.

    By Nov. 9, 2021
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    Close faster and with more confidence by implementing an integrated and automated financial close solution

    As organizations continue to grow, the technology needed to support back-office teams must keep up with the pace of change and acceleration.

    Nov. 8, 2021
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    Intentional versus unintentional expense fraud: How finance leaders can detect and prevent fraud

    The first step to setting up the right controls and safeguards is understanding how expense fraud takes place.

    By Khushboo Koutu, Marketing Director • Nov. 8, 2021
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    Ransomware criminals targeting confidential M&A data, FBI warns

    Ransomware attacks hit at least three publicly traded U.S. companies negotiating M&As from March until June 2020, the FBI said. The talks were not publicly known at two of the companies.

    By Nov. 5, 2021
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    SaaS companies quickly replacing subscriptions with usage-based pricing

    Most fast-growing companies today make money based on consumption rather than number of users, a survey shows.

    By Nov. 4, 2021
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    Co-sourcing called best way to leverage tax function as planning asset

    Until tech tools mature and tax professionals come with data-crunching skills, CFOs can't be sure they're adequately incorporating tax issues into strategic decision-making, a tax specialist says.

    By Nov. 3, 2021
  • Glossier brings on new CFO, chief commercial officer

    Incoming CFO Seun Sodipo's background in M&A and public markets may signal the direct-to-consumer cosmetics company hopes to buy up other brands — or is eyeing its own exit.

    By Caroline Jansen • Nov. 2, 2021
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    ESG 'make-or-break' factor for leading investors: PwC

    Most investors want companies to demonstrate a commitment to sustainability but would not tolerate a reduction in returns of more than one percentage point, PwC said.

    By Nov. 1, 2021
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    Florida's allure for companies with climate and sustainability goals

    Florida's energy initiatives, tax breaks and reliability help companies achieve net zero faster.

    Nov. 1, 2021
  • CFOs responding to inflation by raising prices, earnings calls show

    CFOs say during quarterly earnings that they are passing on increased costs to consumers, raising the prospect that inflation will flare higher. 

    By Oct. 29, 2021
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    CFO on why Bright Machines is going public via SPAC

    Given the manufacturing automation company's capex-heavy model and its ability to help today's supply chain problems, merging with a blank-check company was seen as the way to go, says Michael Keogh. 

    By Oct. 28, 2021
  • Opinion

    Third-party vs. in-house functions: a CFO checklist

    When critical but time-consuming finance and accounting tasks limit strategic thinking, outsourcing becomes an attractive option.

    By Billy Leigh • Oct. 26, 2021
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    Companies raise wages as inflation, worker shortages persist

    One out of three companies view rising cost pressure as their biggest risk, according to a National Association for Business Economics survey.

    By Oct. 25, 2021
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    Hedge fund sells holding in SPAC backing Trump as shares soar

    Saba Capital divests of Digital World, a SPAC funding a Trump online venture, as retail investors rush to buy shares.

    By Oct. 22, 2021
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    Cyberattacks spurring demand for cyber insurance: Moody's

    “This is a critical area that we’re challenged with,” Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler said, describing the agency’s sharper focus on cyber risk.

    By Oct. 21, 2021
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    Deep Dive

    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.

    By Oct. 20, 2021