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    U.S. regulators see 'endgame' to LIBOR phaseout

    Winding down LIBOR has reached the final stage as businesses increasingly borrow using an alternative reference rate, U.S. regulators said.

    By May 12, 2022
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    Inflation pounds small business optimism to 48-year low

    While the NFIB said price pressures have eroded optimism, the Federal Reserve warned that rising interest rates may complicate efforts by companies to pay off debt.

    By May 10, 2022
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    Taking a fresh look at cash management

    By leveraging the multiplier effect of savings on valuation, cash management can be your secret weapon.  

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    M&A success depends on 'Announcement Day' credibility

    Rising prices, higher borrowing costs, stock market volatility and other headwinds have slowed deal-making this year. CFOs considering M&A would do well to consider lessons from more than two decades of transactions, according to authors of a recently published book.

    By May 9, 2022
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    Fed probably needs to curb GDP growth to 1% to quell inflation: Moody's

    CFOs navigating an unusual array of profit threats — from supply chain disruptions to the possibility of a new COVID-19 variant — may need to add stagflation to their roster of risks.

    By May 2, 2022
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    FASB explores single consolidation model

    “We can bring some order to this area where I think we’re hearing very clearly that order is needed,” said Richard Jones, FASB chair.

    By April 29, 2022
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    Asset-backed securitizations drop on widening spreads

    As rates and other indices rise, investors hold out for higher yields, making it hard for companies to get pricing that makes sense for them.  

    By Robert Freedman • April 21, 2022
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    Fed will 'expeditiously' combat inflation, Brainard says

    Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, COVID-19 lockdowns in China and the unpredictability of the pandemic have thrust the U.S. economy into a time of “very high uncertainty,” Lael Brainard said.

    By April 12, 2022
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    FTC orders fixes at Dun & Bradstreet, citing report errors

    Dun & Bradstreet must overhaul how it gathers credit information and provide refunds to subscribers of its CreditBuilder product, the FTC said. 

    By April 8, 2022
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    Goodwill impairment expected to rise, reverse course in 2022: Kroll

    The anticipated increase in goodwill impairment this year comes after the pandemic and the subsequent economic recovery whipsawed levels in recent years, according to Kroll data. 

    By April 6, 2022
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    IPOs in Americas plummet 72% during first quarter: EY

    High inflation, stock market turbulence and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompted a slump in initial public offerings during the first quarter.

    By April 5, 2022
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    CFO scenario planning is key as Biden pushes 28% corporate tax rate

    “The advice we’re giving people is to watch what the Build Back Better morphs into in 2022 and see if there’s momentum to push through those tax changes,” said PwC's Ken Kuykendall. 

    By March 31, 2022
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    Surging inflation compelling small businesses to raise prices

    Inflation is broad based – flaring in every sector – and will probably persist longer than initially expected, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said.

    By March 29, 2022
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    Juicier 100% meals tax deduction may nudge CFOs back to expense reports

    The temporary hike in the tax deduction companies can take on eligible business meal expenses could be a welcome bright spot for CFOs bracing for rising costs from road warriors returning to in-person meetings, experts say. 

    By March 29, 2022
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    Regulation, weak economy pose obstacles to SPACs: Deloitte

    After booming last year, the SPAC market has fizzled so far in 2022, with the number and average value of deals falling.

    By March 16, 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.

    By March 11, 2022
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    Senators introduce bipartisan bill to avert LIBOR turmoil

    The Senate and U.S. House are nearing alignment on legislation that would head off instability from financial contracts that fail to identify a new reference rate after LIBOR sunsets in 2023.

    By March 7, 2022
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    Fed stimulus pullback on track despite Russian invasion, Powell says

    The Federal Reserve will likely begin raising the main interest rate from a record low this month while mindful of the need to “add to financial stability, not to create uncertainty,” Fed Chair Jerome Powell said.

    By March 2, 2022
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    First-time biotech CFO strategizes for future with or without big pharma

    Aristea Therapeutics' CFO Justin Thacker says the company has a $100 million cash runway that will take it into 2024. 

    By Feb. 23, 2022
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    15% minimum global tax would harm US business: Senate Republicans

    The global tax package now before the Senate may expose U.S. companies to a “top-up tax” and other levies not acknowledged by the Biden administration, Republican senators said.

    By Feb. 22, 2022
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    Fast-tracked private letter rulings offer corporations respite from IRS delays

    While the promise of a speedier program is a bright spot during a time of IRS backlogs, the PLR process is not an avenue that financial executives can use to make an end-run around unrelated delays, said Buck Buchanan, managing director in Grant Thornton’s national tax office.

    By Feb. 22, 2022
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    Investors warned against taking 'lottery ticket' approach to SPACs

    Some SPACs with conflicting interests harm investors by bringing weak companies to the IPO market, the CFA Institute said.

    By Feb. 18, 2022
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    Direct lending may take hit in credit crunch: S&P Global

    Direct lending has boomed in the past decade but its resilience has yet to be tested in an extended credit crisis, S&P Global Ratings said.

    By Feb. 16, 2022
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    IRS delays spell headaches for financial executives

    Businesses are “facing an IRS that is underwater right now, given the backlog of paper returns,” said Garrett Watson, a senior policy analyst at the Tax Foundation.

    By Feb. 15, 2022
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    Default rate will rise this year, Moody's says

    The default rate will increase but stay well below its pandemic-period high even though central banks in many countries are raising interest rates, Moody’s said.

    By Feb. 15, 2022
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    Most CEOs expect inflation to persist, survey shows

    Plans by the Federal Reserve to raise the benchmark interest rate probably will not quickly rein in the fastest price increases in four decades, most CEOs said in a survey.

    By Feb. 10, 2022