According to McKinsey & Company, the rapid shift of economic activity from established markets in Europe and North America to developing ones in Africa, Asia, and Latin America has many CFOs asking treasurers to improve their performance. In an effort to help corporate treasurers improve their performance in core activities, 120 treasurers were surveyed and an additional 50 in-person interviews were conducted. Those sources, as well as experience working with treasurers, has led to the conclusion that companies should focus on five moves to improve their global treasury function, as noted by this report that has the following recommendations:
The world of financial literature is replete with discussion concerning how to identify successful projects and how to increase the success of existing projects. What the world doesn’t seem to do enough of, however, is to make an effort to identify bad projects that can be a drain on the profitability provided by good projects. More attention needs to be given to the fact that overall profitability of an organization can be increased by eliminating any bad projects in the organization’s product mix.
For companies experiencing temporary cash shortages, asset-based financing may be an alternative that makes sense as a viable way of meeting its cash shortfalls. With this method of financing, a cash-strapped business can use the assets that they have to overcome its cash flow shortages.
The position of Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) is typically the “top of the pyramid” in the career path for those seeking advancement within a finance career. The following information is provided to assist anyone seeking to pursue such a position.