Usage of Variance Analysis Is, Well, Variable
While it's not debatable that variance analysis is an important FP&A tool, companies differ in how they apply it.
‘Uncontrollables’ Are No Excuse for Missing Your Numbers
As tempting as it can be to blame uncontrollable factors for variances to plan, effective leaders instead prepare for mitigating the impact.
Battling the Slow-Growth Blues
Professor Tom Conine discusses the challenges of operating a business during a time of low economic growth and how to respond.
How to View Variance Analysis in These Slow-Growth Times
Counterintuitively, meeting financial commitments is tougher when the business is inching along than when growth is gangbusters, finance prof says.
Strong Dollar Plays Havoc with Multinationals’ Margins
Operating margins for U.S. companies with subsidiaries in Europe or Japan are getting whacked by foreign exchange this year.
When Should You Give Investors Their Money Back?
It's when operating returns don't exceed estimated your estimated cost of capital, rounded up to the next whole number.
Finance Training Spawns Cash for Big Manufacturer
Stanley Black &spamp; Decker has gotten a $60 million direct return over 10 years on its investment in educating high-potential finance staffers.
Training at Dell: Here, There, and Everywhere
The computer giant&spamp;rsquo;s financial-education programs rely on a mix of long-distance and local learning.