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U.S. Bank Decodes the Middle Market’s DNA One Business at a Time

Borrowing a page from the professional services industry, over the past 2 years U.S. Bank has tasked teams of consultants to work with an array of middle-market companies to deconstruct their cash management processes and identify areas for improvement. Frequently kicked off with an hour-and-a-half client consultation or “discovery meeting,” U.S. Bank consulting engagements dubbed […]

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Find the Whole in Your Company: 5 Ways to Bring a Holistic Approach to Leadership

When you’re handling scattered employees, multiple projects, and more unread emails than you thought were possible in the midst of a busy day, trying to visualize your business as a whole can make you feel dizzy — not to mention trying to nurture and fix it when problems arise. Business leaders and industry experts have […]

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The Inner Workings of a Deal: Closing and Post-Closing

The Inner Workings of a Deal: Tips for a Successful Transaction Part IX – Closing and Post-Closing Well, we’ve arrived.  Last month, we negotiated the deal documents and we are ready to close on the sale of your company. While most of the hard work is behind us, there are still a few things to be […]

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Canadian Firms Lack Financial Muscle to Combat Cyberattacks

Canadian companies seen lacking financial muscle to guard against cyberattacks Canada’s strict privacy legislation – and the required data checks and balances – helps businesses boost their defences against cyberattacks such as the devastating Sony Pictures hack where celebrities’ social security numbers and salaries were leaked, but Canadian firms are cutting their cybersecurity budgets and […]

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Is Visa Anti-Competitive? Debit Card Business Under Scrutiny:

Sterne Agee analysts pointed out that the declining prices in debit transactions are contrary to the anti-competitive claims of Discover against Visa Discover Financial Services ( NYSE:DFS) through its unit, Pulse Network LLC filed a case against Visa ( NYSE:V) on allegations that it is using anti-competitive practices in running its debit-card business. Discover’s allegations […]

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Relying on Its Customers to Steadily Drive Innovation, BlackLine Advances Modern Finance Vision

New York — No matter how much a technology firm spends on the development of a new piece of software, nowhere is innovation arguably more likely to take root than inside a customer account — and no one department has proven to be more ripe for innovation than finance. Or so says Therese Tucker, CEO […]

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New Business Model Puts Innovative Twist on British Coal

The proposed site for the construction of The New Crofton Co-operative Colliery (NCCC) near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, sits literally and figuratively on a watershed. Its founder, Bill Birch, stands with one booted foot either side of a boundary line only he can see; on one side, rain water flows west into shallow gravel ponds, a […]

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A Somewhat Edgy China Signals More Interest Rate Cuts

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s leadership and central bank are ready to cut interest rates again and also loosen lending restrictions, concerned that falling prices could trigger a surge in debt defaults, business failures and job losses, said sources involved in policy-making. Friday’s surprise cut in rates, the first in more than two years, reflects a […]

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Inflation Advancing But Economy Appears Strong

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Underlying inflation pressures rose in October, even as falling gasoline prices kept overall U.S. consumer prices in check, bolstering expectations of a mid-2015 interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve. Other data on Thursday showed vigor in the economy, with home resales rising at their fastest pace in a year in October […]

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Facebook Narrows its Lens on the Office

Using Facebook at work is about to become a lot more socially acceptable. The tech giant is secretly building a website called Facebook at Work, unidentified sources told the Financial Times. The site will reportedly allow the workers to chat with their colleagues, make professional contacts and collaborate on documents. It aims to compete with […]

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