Corporate Finance

Avoiding Budget Busters

Many CFOs are using techniques such as zero-based budgets and rolling budgets to keep tabs on spending and to fine-tune forecasts.
July 16, 2016
Avoiding Budget Busters

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Finance chiefs have to remain vigilant when it comes to keeping budgets in check. Many CFOs are using techniques such as zero-based budgets and rolling budgets to keep tabs on spending and to fine-tune forecasts. Check out these five articles on avoiding the budget blues.

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