Business Confidence Lags as Ukraine Crisis Dampens Assurance

The Munich-based Ifo think tank’s business climate index, based on a monthly survey of some 7,000 companies, fell to 106.3 from 108, undershooting the Reuters consensus forecast of 107. That was its lowest level since last July and marked the longest period of successive monthly declines in the index since the height of the eurozone […]

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Disadvantages and Advantages of Investing in Private Equity

Should I Invest in Private Equity? by David Merkel, CFA of AlephBlog One of the best things for me regarding blogging are the readers who ask me questions. When I get a set of them that are general enough, I answer them for all my readers, after stripping out identifying data. Here is the most […]

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The Apparel CFO: Specializing Inside a Specific Sector

Podcast: Play in new window | Download What happens when a CFO becomes strongly associated with specific industry sector? Join us as Brenda reveals her CFO mind-set as well as the energetic personality that has propelled her finance leadership and advanced her into the CFO office at six different companies.

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Large Private Companies Outpacing Public Competitors

Large, privately held companies in the U.S. earn higher profit margins, grow sales faster, and invest significantly more than their publicly traded competitors — and did so even during the financial crisis — according to private-company data from Sageworks and a recent analysis for the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Nearly all of U.S. […]

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Rob Hull, Founder of Adaptive Insights, Discusses the Evolving Finance Function

Podcast: Play in new window | Download What’s a CFO to do when he sees his reflection through the lens of a business opportunity? Join us as Rob shares his entrepreneurial CFO mind-set and reveals the A-ha! moment that led him to start up a firm dedicated to empowering finance executives with SaaS-based performance tools.

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Bill Chorba, CFO, NineSigma, on Middle-Market Open Innovation

Podcast: Play in new window | Download What is it like to be CFO of a firm that specializes in open innovation? Join us as Bill shares his CFO mindset and reveals the inner-workings of a firm dedicated to helping its clients recognize the value of tapping into a global innovation community.

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American Capital Leads Second Lien Financing to Support Purchase of Pickup Truck Accessories Manufactuer

American Capital Leads Second Lien Financing to Support the Acquisition of Tectum Holdings, Inc.

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Infrastructure as a Service Turns Heads As Midmarket Cloud Ambitions Grow

As the business world quickly migrates to the cloud for technology applications and infrastructure, many middle-market organizations have been slow to adapt. Some are slightly apprehensive about the cloud, amid uncertainties about whether systems are a good fit and concerns about vulnerabilities and resources required. However, the reality is the cloud presents several key benefits, […]

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The Inner Workings of a Deal: Marketing Your Company

The Inner Workings of a Deal: Tips for a Successful Transaction Part IV – Marketing Your Company Last month, we reviewed the pros and cons of hiring an intermediary to assist you with the sale of your company, as well as evaluating the differences between types of intermediaries and the issues that will come up in […]

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Employment Lag Diminishing as Midmarket Business Leaders Grow More Bullish on Economy

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Why are middle-market business leaders increasingly optimistic about the economy? Join us as Tom shares his insights and analysis of the latest NCMM quarterly survey findings.

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