CFO Insights

The Mystery of Inflation in Argentina

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A couple of weeks ago, I traveled to Argentina – where I was born – to visit family and friends. Everybody I talked to in Buenos Aires was concerned that prices were going up from food to utilities to household goods. Inflation is around 50% per year, which is bad […]

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The Importance of Strategic Planning

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Successful business owners, executives and managers realize the importance of strategic planning. They know that an organization’s process of defining its direction, and making decisions on allocating time, talent, effort and finances to follow this approach is key to its ongoing growth. But what they may not have considered is how an outsider can […]

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The Importance of Travel Retail

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After working for a Japanese bank in New York for more than five years, I was sent to Miami to focus on the Travel Retail industry, more commonly known as duty free shops. The Travel Retail or Duty Free Retail industry sells goods to international travelers. Travel retail sales are exempt from […]

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If You Want to Lead, You Must Serve

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Many successful leaders throughout history have applied the philosophy, “To lead, you must serve.” At Nperspective, our CFOs are leaders who understand and live this principle by serving businesses and their strategic advisors. Businesses Nperspective CFOs serve businesses of all sizes and in all stages of their life cycles. Often […]

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Do You Really Need a CFO?

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If you’re like a friend of mine who started what today is a $40 million company in the travel industry, the answer is No. She’s managed extremely well over nearly 30 years to grow the firm from nothing to highly successful without ever having a CFO – full time or […]

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The CFO as a Business Partner

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The role of Finance departments and specifically CFOs in companies large and small is evolving. Based on my extensive experience with corporations across Latin America and the US, in this article I will look at the role of a modern CFO. In today’s business environment, Boards of Directors and CEOs […]

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CFO Assessment Engagements and The Hawthorne Effect

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Many of you have reached a point where your company has grown with more locations, additional products or services, and an increased number of employees. As your company has grown, you may have come to a realization that increased efforts and new thought processes are necessary to maximize revenues and […]

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Should We Go Public? – The Capital Decision

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In prior newsletters, we have discussed the need for companies to do exit planning and we have demonstrated our expertise in assisting in that evaluation. A corollary discussion may be appropriate for a company which has begun to grow – and that is to determine the optimal capital structure for […]

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Why Cash Flow Matters…Cash Is King

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Cash flow is of significant importance to the health of any business. There is a saying: “revenue is vanity, cash flow is sanity, but cash is king.” Cash is the lifeblood on an organization, and while it may seem impressive to have significant inflows of revenue from sales, the most important focus […]

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Starting a Food Business as a Second Career

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You’ve had a successful career, and you’re wondering what to do next. Too young and energetic to retire and not ready to jump back into the corporate world, you begin to wonder if your life-long passion for cooking can be turned into a business. Do you know enough to risk […]

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