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Why Prepare a Budget?

Do you need to take an umbrella to work today? Without a trusty weather app or friendly meteorologist, it would be difficult to know the answer. Fortunately, you probably have one of these tools to help you make an informed decision. The CFO/Controller is the meteorologist for the business.  It’s your job to help the company decide when, and if,

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What You Should Know About Preparing a Forecast

Ready or not, it’s time to start the process of preparing your 2016 forecast.  While it may seem a bit premature, a walk down the aisle of your favorite home improvement store to check out their (already) prominently featured holiday displays tells the story.  Some of this can definitely be attributed to overzealousness to capture the consumer’s holiday

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Percent-of-Sales Method

See Also: ProForma Financial Statements Cost Center Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) Standard Costing System Activity Based Costing vs Traditional Costing Percent-of-Sales Method The percent-of-sales method is a technique for forecasting financial data. When forecasting financial data for strategic planning, budgeting, or for developing pro forma financial statements, analysts can use the percent-of-sales method

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Forecasting in Accounting

See Also: ProForma Financial Statements Cost Center Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) Percent of Sales Method Standard Costing System Comparison Analysis Budgeting vs Forecasting Forecasting in Accounting Forecasting in accounting refers to the process of using current and historic cost data to predict future costs. Forecasting is important for planning purposes – it is necessary to

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Budgeting vs Forecasting

See Also: Forecasting Comparison Analysis Budgeting vs Forecasting The budgeting vs forecasting process has been a good discussion between financial professionals. The argument of whether they serve the same purpose or if one is better than the other has lead to some interesting debates. The term has been used several times interchangeably. However let’s explore

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FP&A Innovation Summit Discount

The Strategic CFO has secured 10% off delegate passes for the FP&A Innovation Summit taking place in San Diego on February 20 & 21. With speakers from Microsoft, Paypal, Etsy and many more the Financial Forecasting & Planning Innovation Summit San Diego is an ideal opportunity to discuss best practices with other FP&A professionals. FP&A

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Budgets and Forecasting

The holiday season is upon us and the New Year will be here before we know it. For most business owners, this is also the season of financial planning and budgeting for 2013. Some have even gone through the budgeting and forecasting process to be better prepared for the upcoming year. But have you ever

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The Next 100 Years: Forecasting the 21st Century

I just read a thought provoking book about forecasting the 21st century. It is titled, The Next 100 Years: A forecast of the 21st Century, by George Friedman. Friedman is the CEO of Stratfor a private intelligence and forecasting company located in Austin, Texas. Barron’s has labeled Stratfor the “Shadow CIA”. They have a web

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Durability Bias in Business

Durability bias in business is the tendency of people to project recent trends or occurrences into the future. If it happened in the past, then it must happen in the future. The term is often used in behavioral science and forecasting. Durability Bias in Business How does durability bias apply to business? Often business professionals

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Banks Tighten Credit Standards

An article in todays’ Wall Street Journal highlights how banks tighten credit standards across the country’s banking community. The author cites interviews with bankers indicating a change in the amount of risk that lenders are willing to take. Later in the article the author cites sources that say they haven’t seen a credit crunch. So

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Forecasting and Your Business

Do you manage your business looking backward or forward? Are you preoccupied with looking at how last month compared with the budget instead of where your business is headed? While examining actual performance against the budget can be a very useful approach to identifying areas of improvement in your organization, it can also take your

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