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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Five CFOs Share Their Big Data Visions

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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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The Rewards & Perils of High Growth

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Most every company doggedly pursues growth, but is every company prepared for growth when it arrives? Join us as six of our CFO Thought Leaders share insights into how finance pulled the lever when it was time to  expand their firms. Top (L toR) Brian Giambagno, CFO, Action Environmental […]

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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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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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Obamacare Case Heads to Supreme Court

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear a legal challenge to a key part of the Obamacare health law that, if successful, would limit the availability of federal health insurance subsidies for millions of Americans. In a one-sentence order, the court said it would decide a case brought by conservative challengers […]

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The Inner Workings of a Deal: Management Meetings, Deeper Dives, and Letters of Intent

Part VI – Management Meeting, Deeper Dives, and Letters of Intent In our last discussion, we had narrowed down the pool of buyer targets and have decided to go forward with four to six potential acquirers that have provided indications of interest to you and your M&A advisor. Now it is time to dig in, get […]

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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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