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Companies Lock In Low Rates for Future Debt

Companies are locking in current low interest rates for future bond sales, hoping to benefit from cheap refinancing costs when their debt comes due, says Wsj.com. As finance chiefs and treasurers struggle to project an outlook for the coming quarter in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, being able to quantify the cost of borrowing in the coming years can guide them as they ...

Five Accounting and Reporting Considerations Before Reopening

From Cfo.com: Businesses around the country are preparing to reopen as local stay-at-home orders are lifted. But the world looks a lot different than it did a mere three months ago, and many companies must now adjust to a yet-evolving new normal. While companies now understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their operations, the dust is still settling on the short-term ...

Gartner Survey Shows CFOs Will Make More Cost Cuts in 2020

A Gartner, Inc. survey of 103 CFOs and senior finance leaders taken at the end of May, 2020* revealed that CFOs will continue to scale back spending by 4% to 11% across their selling, general, and administrative expenses (SG&A) functions for 2020. Gartner asked CFOs what SG&A cuts they have already made, they plan to make this year, and anticipate making for 2021 budget ...

Taxing the digital economy: A realistic goal for 2020?

By Piergiorgio Valente, Chairman of the IAFEI Technical Committee From an international taxation perspective the resolution to reach in 2020 is a clear and an urgent one: worldwide consensus on how to tax the digital economy. It is all but a new project considering that the discussion started five years ago. But 2020 has been set as the landmark deadline here to find a common ...

IAFEI News: CFOs worldwide stockpile cash

By John Graham, D Richard Mead Jr. Family Professor of Finance. The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, and Philippe Dupuy, Associate Professor, Accounting, Law and Finance, Grenoble Ecole de Management From International Association of Financial Executives Institutes (IAFEI) March 2020 Quarterly Issue More than half of US businesses expect a recession to occur in 2020 ...

Fatter cash cushions: The balance sheet of the future

Suddenly ‘capital efficiency’ doesn’t seem so important. From Moneyweb. For decades, business schools did a brisk trade promoting courses on capital efficiency. This meant striking the right balance between equity and debt at the lowest possible cost of overall capital. But suddenly this no longer seems so important. The mantra going forward is liquidity and raw survival, eve ...

Gartner Survey Reveals 42% of CFOs Have No Contingency Plans for Second Wave of COVID-19

Data Also Shows Significant Caution from CFOs on Potential Reopening Plans A Gartner, Inc. survey of 99 CFOs and finance leaders taken April 14-19, 2020* revealed that 42% of CFOs are not incorporating a second wave outbreak of COVID-19 in the financial scenarios they are building for the remainder of 2020. Additional survey data showed that that only 8% of CFOs have a se ...

Survey: As states reopen, CFOs prioritise cost containment, safety measures

From CFO Dive: Seventy-seven percent of CFOs anticipate changing workplace safety measures upon returning to onsite work, according to the fourth installment of PwC’s COVID-19 CFO Pulse Survey, released Monday.  Of those respondents, 65% anticipate reconfiguring their work sites to allow for greater physical distancing, and 52% anticipate alternating shifts to reduce ...

How CFOs can lead through the coronavirus crisis — and beyond

A focus on people, clear information to stakeholders and long-term value creation can lead your organization through the crisis, the head of the International Federation of Accountants said. From CFO Dive. The transformation of senior finance roles, including the CFO, is nothing new. Yet, as the COVID-19 pandemic presents society and business with the most pressing challenges ...

6 Guidelines for CFO crisis leadership

Of the entire c-suite, CFOs are best-positioned to guide their companies through the pandemic, CFO Leadership Council President Jack McCullough says. From CFO Dive. CFOs will play a critical role in relaunching their businesses in the coming months. As the member of the executive team who is both a financial specialist and strategic thinker, CFOs will play a critical role in n ...

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