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When does a business need a CFO?

Recently, I read a thought provoking article from a few years back, highlighting a key message for entrepreneurs and CEOs – Why organizations need a good CFO for their business? Especially now during these trying times, a CFO provides sound stewardship and guidance, helping restructure to create sustainable financial viability and long term success for business.

 

Critical to success, the CFO needs to understand the core business model, economic drivers and cashflow cycle.

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Can Commercial Banks do more to help Government provide relief to SMME’s?

As part of the lockdown implemented by our government in March, they announced the Covid-19 Loan Guarantee Scheme amounting to R200bn.  The Scheme was to be managed by the commercial banks on behalf of the government.  The initial take-up of the scheme was poor, commercial banks only advanced R12bn of the allotted R200bn.  Government acknowledged that some of the conditions applied were too restrictive and loosened some of the criteria during July 2020.

 

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Liquidity Crunch Much?

If you are a fan of the guest brokers on Bruce Whitfield’s Money Show, you would know – there are bargains to be had in listed shares right now. We have all heard the stories of fabulous fortunes being made in times of recession. ‘Take a punt’ they say.

Still… going along in this particular bear market might not be such a sure thing. Deep discounts need to be weighed up against the long-term impact that the pandemic might have on markets (insert ‘new normal’,

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Tech start ups: Here’s why your idea isn’t yet the next big thing

The lore of geeks in the garage and entrepreneurs on couches is only part of the story

The humble beginnings of tech start-ups that would become multi-billion dollar companies are the stuff of legends. We all know the story of Apple. How the two geniuses both of whom were named Steve – Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak – started what would become the Apple Empire in the garage of the parents of Steve Jobs.

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Confessions of part-time FD’s!

Leaving lucrative and secure C-suite positions mid-career to build a part-time portfolio might seem crazy but many of those who’ve done it say it is one of the sanest decisions they’ve made.

Take Michael Citroen, who at 58 years old is a 14-year veteran of the part-time portfolio job world. The former Group Finance Director (FD) relishes the challenge and excitement of working with half a dozen SMEs in his role as a part-time FD.

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What a Part-time Finance Director can do for your company

You might think a Finance Director’s role is confined to traditional finance activities, but today’s FD’s (or CFO’s) can add invaluable strategic direction to your business.

In the past, an FD’s responsibilities might have been confined to high-level accounting such as providing timely financial statements and monthly management reports, managing investments and expenses, monitoring cash flow, and managing risk. But as the business landscape has become more complex over the past decade, the role of an FD has changed.

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