Can Countries Coordinate Currency Policies & Achieve Economic Success?

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In today’s globalized economic environment, government action on macroeconomic policy can have a significant impact on business activity. Interest rates, trade policy, and currency exchange rates are but a few areas in which a central government can make changes to improve the overall business climate. In commemoration of the thirtieth anniversary of the Plaza Accord, Rice University’s Baker Institute of Public Policy recently held a conference to examine the impact of the agreement on macroeconomic policy and lessons learned.

Is Your 2016 Budget Already Obsolete?

Michael Cappelli's picture

Budget season can be difficult for financial professionals. The combination of resource allocation under strict deadlines creates an unenviable, annual responsibility. While budgeting may be difficult, it does not have to be an ordeal to suffer through. Proper planning and targeted budget scope can help reduce the time organizations spend on budget iterations before finalization.

Keys to Better Shared Service Centers

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On August 26, 2015, APQC conducted a webinar on benchmarking shared services centers (SSC).  The webinar highlighted characteristics that make SSCs advantageous to organizations that utilize them and how benchmarking can be used to point out opportunities for process improvement at SSCs.

Think Corporate Finance Execs Can’t Be ‘Phished’? Think Again

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Greetings and salutations cherished employee,

This is an email spoofing scam masquerading as an executive or trusted vendor. It goes sort of like this:  I am travelling overseas visiting our facilities in Eastern Europe and need funds to confirm our commitment to a building expansion. Please wire 20K Euros to the account below and rest assured you are doing your job well. Your hard work is appreciated.

The Business of the Future Today, with Predictive Analytics

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One of the greatest challenges any business faces is staying relevant in a competitive environment. In the past, business leaders were forced to feel out their environments and read the tea leaves of industry and market forces to stay in the game. Today, a new augur for performance and planning exists, predictive business analytics (PBA).

Corruption and Business: What the FIFA Scandals Can Teach Finance

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Soccer ballThe ongoing Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) corruption investigation took a comical turn on July 20, 2015 when a British comedian began throwing fake money at long time FIFA President Sepp Blatter, requesting a World Cup be held in North Korea.

CFO Alert: Predictive Analytics Can Change Your Game

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Senior business executives need to identify unique opportunities for growth, organize resources for their pursuit, and extract a sound return on investment. Those who succeed are good at understanding that performance can be proactively influenced. They create an effective and cost-efficient predictive analytics process that encompasses a range of techniques dealing with the collection, classification, analysis, and interpretation of data to gain insight, reveal patterns, anomalies, key variables, and relationships.

Innovation in the Financial Services Industry

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APQC recently spoke with Mick Simonelli, innovation consultant and former senior executive who built USAA's Innovation Program, and Mike Fitzgerald, innovation leader and senior analyst with Celent, about innovation trends for banks, insurers, and securities firms. They also outlined how these organizations can improve innovation capability.

Is ERP Complexity Killing Your Growth Strategy?

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2015 is shaping up to be one of the heaviest deal-making years to date. The first quarter of 2015 was the strongest opening three-month period for worldwide mergers and acquisitions since 2007. What’s behind this uptick in M&A activity? The economy isn’t in recession but it isn’t booming either. Organic growth is a tall order in this environment, so companies are looking to grow through M&A.

Is the Finance Career Path Losing Its Shine?

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Elissa Tucker, my APQC colleague, and I recently gave a presentation to a webinar audience organized by Our topic: APQC research suggests that that there is a shrinking pipeline of entry-level finance and accounting talent—and too many senior finance leaders don’t recognize this as a potential crisis. Not only is there a lack of awareness, there is a lack of knowledge about practical interventions that could be deployed now to mitigate the negative consequences that loom over the horizon.