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    8 New Workforce Terms CFOs Should Know in 2024

    Lazygirl jobs, rage applying, and #QuitTok trends are impacting teams regardless of industry. 

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    The hidden hazard: how fraud is impacting fleets’ bottom line

    Your business is under attack. Fraud is chipping away at your bottom line. We surveyed 1,000 leaders to find out what’s being done about it. See the results.

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    Treasury Prime’s Meghan Ryan: Be a ‘Financial Lens’ to Lead Cross-Functionally

    “At Goldman, I had the opportunity to sit in on lots of meetings with CEOs and CFOs, and this gave me insanely valuable exposure to what these roles are like.” 

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    The 6 a.m. CFO: How Dewey’s Pizza’s CFO MaryAnn Waltz Starts Her Day

    “I spent my first month as the CFO of Dewey’s Pizza working in one of the restaurants. I learned to prep veggies, toss dough, and serve guests.”

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    Earnings Growth Leads to Higher Valuations at PE-Backed Firms

    However, earnings multiples have contracted due to higher interest rates and lower revenue growth, said Lincoln International.

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    Labor Trends Exasperate Finance Pros

    Barely more than a third (37%) of accountants said they were satisfied with their pay, according to a new ACCA survey.

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    67% of Companies Continue to Adopt AI Slowly: Report

    AI’s best uses are still largely outside finance, with writing tasks and scheduling most frequently mentioned. However, automated data entry may be facilitating finance and accounting teams.

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    46% of Employees Say They Lack Career Support from Managers

    Nearly two-thirds of employees said their employer cares more about productivity than their career development.

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    How to Get Ahead of the Priciest Health-Care Expense — Cancer Care

    The impact of delayed screenings on the cost, and success rate, of cancer treatment could upend employers' budgets.

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    AICPA ‘150 Hour Rule’ Caused 14% Drop in New Applicants, 26% Drop in Minorities: MIT

    SEC Chief Accountant Paul Munter’s call for higher audit standards intersects with what CFOs and auditors may already know — a drop in available talent, particularly among minorities, limits the ability to meet these standards.

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    Senior Leaders Nearly Twice as Likely To Receive AI Resources as Junior Staff

    Sixty-eight percent of senior leaders have received some type of training around AI, versus only 36% of junior or lower-level employees, according to new data. 

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    Labor Trends, Inflation Data, and the Morning Routine of Dewey’s Pizza’s CFO: Trial Balance

    This week, we look at the latest labor trends impacting finance teams, and Dewey’s Pizza CFO MaryAnn Waltz shares the hands-on experience she received when joining the pizza chain. 

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    CFOs On the Move: Week Ending Feb. 9

    New CFOs at Prudential Financial, Walgreens Boots, Coca-Cola HBC, Costco, and more.   

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    How to Be Ready When Activist Investors Come Knocking

    More than 180 different activist investors initiated campaigns in 2023, including a record number of “first-timers.”

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    Finance’s Lessons Learned From Pandemic Supply Chain Challenges

    “The disruptions caused by the pandemic underscored the need for visibility into every aspect of the supply chain, from sourcing and production to distribution and delivery,” said Tony Caleca of Armanino.

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    CFO Ilana Esterrich Moves Non-Profit Planned Parenthood Into Digital Transformation

    “When we accomplish things, I want everyone involved to have a sense of pride knowing they carried an idea from inception to a fully realized solution,” Esterrich said.

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    3 CFO Strategies for Better Annual Reporting Performance: Metric of the Month

    Reporting work doesn’t stop with the completion of the annual close.

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    Accountants: 2024 Will Be Economically Challenging

    According to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, three trends could heavily impact economies and businesses this year.

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    SEC Accountant Calls on Auditors to Exercise More Skepticism

    Management teams “may be under pressure to meet earnings expectations in the face of declining revenue or increases in costs,” said the SEC’s Paul Munter.

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    70% of Retail CFOs Will Raise Prices in 2024

    “Consumers are likely to pull back on spending, and retailers may be putting too much faith in price increases or adjustments to keep their margins healthy,” said Natalie Kotlyar, CPA, a national managing partner at BDO.

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    Kroger CFO Gary Millerchip Jumps to Costco

    Millerchip was slated to be CFO after the Kroger-Albertsons merger, which is under antitrust review by the Federal Trade Commission.

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    At the Corner of Finance and Law: Axiom’s Eric Bouchard

    “Every business model has its own level of complexity, and you have to be able to handle it.”

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    Axiom’s New CFO, This Week’s IPOs, and Better Performance in Annual Reporting: Trial Balance

    This month’s Metric of the Month column from the CFO of APQC offers three ways to lead your team to better performance in annual reporting. 

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    Finance Employee Defrauded for $25M by Deepfake CFO

    The technology was used both to manipulate people's faces as well as voices, according to the Cyber Security and Technology and Crime Bureau in Hong Kong.

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    27% of Organizations Ban GenAI

    Business leaders should take a look at the autonomy they’re granting employees who are using Gen AI tools, suggests new data.

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    CFOs’ Impact on Authentic Sustainability in 2024

    “Connecting sustainability strategy to the organization’s overall business strategy is essential.”