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Aug 25

Enhancing receivables processing

Posted by dbedell in STPreceivablesliquidityDSOdays' sales outstandingcash concernsCashA/R


With average days’ sales outstanding of 44.5 days, US companies could see vast improvements in their receivables processing, according to a new report from Aite Group. 

Given the need for most companies to make best use of internal liquidity, any solution that can reduce the DSO cycle—which establishes how long it takes for companies to collect on invoices—is of value. Looking externally for a solution that can shorten processing times and reduce errors or exceptions that would normally extend the payment cycle may be a worthwhile investment.

Aug 03

Cash reporting standards must be improved

Posted by dbedell in treasury management systemERPdata standardsdata standardizationdatacash reporting, cash management, cash concernsCashbiztech


It is time to update and standardize cash reporting formats, according to a survey by the Association for Financial Professionals. 

It found that a vast majority of companies want to see the Banking Administration Institute (BAI) cash reporting format—which is used for everything from bank account information reporting to controlled disbursements to lockbox or receivables information reporting--standardized across banks. The format is used for current-day or previous-day information reporting from banks. 

Jul 01

Companies sitting on still more cash

Posted by Ron F in TaxTARPrecoveryrecessioneconomydemanddefaultconsumer spendingCongress, cash management, cash concernsCashCarmen ReinhartCareers/Managementcapital expenditurescapexBanks

Ron F

A survey released today by the Association of Financial Professionals will do nothing to dampen the austerity versus stimulus debate.

To wit: Forty-three percent of US corporations had larger US cash and short-term investment holdings this May than they did six months earlier. Only 24 percent of respondents reported that their short-term holdings had shrunk during the past six months.

Jun 18

BP's market value shows reputation gone

Posted by Ron F in Riskoil productionObama Administrationcash flowcash concernsCash

Ron F

The surest sign that BP's reputation has is worthless is the fact that its stock's market value is now about equal to the book value of its assets. After all, any premium over book value is normally considered to reflect a company's intangible assets, and in BP's case at the moment, its primary intangible is reputation, or rather the lack of one.

So observes Charles Mulford, an accounting professor at Georgia Tech and an editorial advisor to CFOZone.

May 04

Will treasury operations ever be centralized?

Posted by the Benche in treasuryTechnology, efficiency, cost reductioncost cuttingchanging role of treasurers, cash management, cash concernsCashaccounts receivable

the Benche

Submitted by Niclas Osmund, republished from the Benche, a financial community for corporate treasurers. 

 A majority of treasury managers and professionals wish for more centralisation of a number of activities. For example payments, collections, liquidity structures and organisation set-ups. But, it doesn't seem to happen.

This is one of the conclusions we can draw from a survey that SEB together with GTNews has conducted every year since 2006. In the areas mentioned they state having a de-centralised set-up but have a strong wish to centralise. This is consistent and doesn't seem to change over the years.

Mar 10

Microfinance: A godsend for small businesses in the US

Posted by annearf in small businessmicrofinancecommunity development corporationscash concerns


There's a current controversy about just how effective microfinance is in developing nations.  I'm referring to organizations that provide tiny loans to poor people, usually women, in India, Latin America, and Africa, to jumpstart a tiny business. 

 But what's lost in this discussion is how useful microfinance has been in the good old USA during the current downturn. 

Jan 26

Beltway BS artistry at its best

Posted by Ron F in TaxObama Administrationhealth insurancehealth careCongresscash concernsbudget

Ron F

We normally try to steer clear of purely political stuff here, just because it's so, well, political.

But the back and forth over President Obama's proposal to freeze non-defense discretionary spending, to be unveiled tomorrow night during the State of the Union address, is just too ironic to pass up.

Jan 25

Oops. About that November increase in durable orders

Posted by Ron F in recoveryrecessioneconomydataconsumer spendingcash concernscapital expenditures

Ron F

This obviously is conspiracy theorizing at its worst, but it's hard not to scratch your head over the revision to the November report on durable goods orders that the Census Bureau quietly made on January 15.

Remember, the initial report of a 0.2 percent increase got major billing as a positive indication for the economy, even though the consensus expectation was for an 0.5 percent increase. As CNBC intoned, this was a sign of "a firmly entrenched economic recovery."

Jan 22

As goes GE...

Posted by Ron F in General ElectricGEeconomy, earnings, cash concernscapital expenditurescapex

Ron F

The results that General Electric reported on Friday for the fourth quarter of last year show that expectations continue to be everything on Wall Street. And so long as they're not as bad as expected, stocks will continue to rise.

Who knows, at this rate, maybe we'll never need a real recovery.

Sep 03

Finally, the secret of working-capital masters revealed

Posted by RedConn in treasuryJohn Goffcash concerns


I remember years ago, when I was just learning about corporate finance, I met with a consultant who specialized in working capital. After about an hour discussing ways a company can free up cash from existing operations, he started talking about accounts payable and accounts receivable. And suddenly, a light bulb went off in my head.

"So, essentially, the idea here is to pay your bills slower and collect your receivables faster."

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