Cybercrime: A Growing Risk for Businesses & CFOs

Cybercrime: A Growing Risk for Businesses & CFOsThis week’s article is by John W. Braine, Partner, CFO Edge, LLC.

With roles of CFOs traditionally including oversight of risk management and keeping company assets safe, cybercrime’s continually growing risk significantly impacts finance departments at many businesses.

Reviewed in this week’s full article…

Cybercrime: A Growing Risk for Businesses & CFOs

…is how CFOs apply risk mitigation expertise to identify cyber threats, determine cyber security tool costs and collaborate with other departments to prevent threats from damaging company data and processes.

Building your cybercrime defense system starts with ranking all your data and apps based on their value and their relationship to revenue.

Greater Los Angeles and Southern California executives looking at cyber security best practices can benefit from talking with a provider of outsourced CFO services.

An on-demand, enterprise-grade CFO brings proven expertise in identifying data and business processes that are both most valuable and most at risk, as well as working with a managed security service provider to design and implement a comprehensive cyber security plan.

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Growth Strategies: Is an M&A in Your Company’s Future?

Growth Strategies: Is an M&A in Your Company’s Future?This week’s article is by Arthur F. Rothberg, Managing Director, CFO Edge, LLC.

While “M&A” and “mergers and acquisitions” bring to mind multibillion-dollar M&A deals, about two-thirds of disclosed M&A deals in 2016 were under $100 million and about one-fourth were under $10 million.

Given this high number of successful mid-market M&A transactions over the last year, Los Angeles and Southern California executives may be considering a merger or acquisition as a growth strategy.

Reviewed in this week’s full article…

Growth Strategies: Is an M&A in Your Company’s Future?

… is how determining if a transaction is a good fit requires weighing M&A pros and cons, assembling the right M&A advisory team and performing thorough due diligence.

Reviewed are three potential advantages and three potential drawbacks of M&A transactions, as well as examples of areas addressed during due diligence.

In addition to an M&A advisory team including an attorney, a CPA, a business broker and an investment banker, a provider of outsourced CFO services brings valuable M&A expertise.

Having participated on both the client and services sides of M&A transactions, an enterprise-grade CFO is skilled in providing comprehensive due diligence, identifying transaction strengths and areas of concern, and collaborating successfully with the executive and advisory teams.

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A Healthcare Option Returns: Qualified Small Employer HRA

A Healthcare Option Returns: Qualified Small Employer HRAThis week’s article is by Arthur F. Rothberg, Managing Director, CFO Edge, LLC.

Effective January 1, 2017, QSEHRAs – or Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Arrangements – are again a way for firms with fewer than 50 employers to offer healthcare benefits.

Reviewed in this week’s full article…

A Healthcare Option Returns: Qualified Small Employer HRA

…is how QSEHRAs let employers (who are not offering group policies) reimburse employees for health insurance policies they buy for themselves and their families, for their copays and for their out-of-pocket expenses.

Eliminated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) but reauthorized in the 21st Century Cures Act at the end of 2016, QSEHRAs have a number of requirements that employers must meet. For example, the company should have fewer than 50 full-time employees, cannot offer a group health insurance plan, and cannot use reductions in employee salaries to fund its HRA.

Los Angeles and Southern California executives looking at whether a Qualified Small Employer HRA is advantageous for their companies can benefit from talking with a provider of outsourced CFO services.

An on-demand chief financial officer brings enterprise-grade expertise assessing health insurance offerings, weighing costs and benefits of the many options, and recommending a course of action that best aligns with HR goals and employee needs.

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How Much Financial Data is Too Much Financial Data?

How Much Financial Data is Too Much Financial Data?This week’s article is by Mark S. Becker, Partner, CFO Edge, LLC.

Charged with delivering financial information to management, a finance team can sometimes provide too much data with negative impacts in many areas.

When management receives too much financial data, it’s challenging to identify that data which is most important and actionable.

There are also added time requirements for gathering and reporting high volumes of data, activities that can increase costs and call for excessive staffing.

Reviewed in this week’s full PDF…

How Much Financial Data is Too Much Financial Data?

… is how the right financial data balance prioritizes delivery by relative importance, actionable nature and alignment with strategic goals.

Los Angeles and Southern California executives can feel they are receiving large volumes of financial data that isn’t helping them make better decisions.

A conversation with a provider of outsourced CFO services can be of significant benefit as a former enterprise CFO reviews management data needs, current reporting and current systems, as well as recommends improved reporting formats and processes.

The outcome: management receives the right financial information needed to act in areas that are critical to boosting results, improving efficiencies and reducing costs.

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Now is the Time to Prepare for New Accounting Standards

Now is the Time to Prepare for New Accounting StandardsThis week’s article is by Arthur F. Rothberg, Managing Director, CFO Edge, LLC.

Rapidly-approaching implementation dates for FASB and IASB changes in revenue recognition and lease accounting mean now is the time to prepare for new accounting standards.

Revenue Recognition Standard ASU 2014-9 is being updated to increase consistency across all industries in long-term contract revenue recognition and reporting, thereby enhancing financial statement evaluations and comparisons.

Lease Accounting Standard ASU 2016-02 is being updated to require that the present value of scheduled operating lease payments of more than one year must be reported as a liability on the balance sheet. This liability will be offset by reporting a “right-of-use” value of the asset. The increase in balance sheet debt can significantly impact financial ratios upon which debt covenants are based and make it more challenging to obtain financing.

Reviewed in the full PDF…

Now is the Time to Prepare for New Accounting Standards

…are specific steps that should be taken now to mitigate the potential negative impact of the new revenue recognition and lease accounting standards when they are implemented.

Los Angeles and Southern California executives can benefit from talking with a provider of outsourced CFO services who can review current revenue streams, accounting processes and debt covenants, as well as proactively plan a course of action to assure a smooth transition when the standards become effective.

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Why You Must Keep Your Key Advisors Consistently Informed

Why You Must Keep Your Key Advisors Consistently InformedThis week’s article is by Michael K. Menerey, Partner, CFO Edge, LLC.

For small and mid-sized firms, “as needed” working relationships with their key advisors – like CPAs, attorneys and other professionals – are beneficial in that full-time positions, salaries and overhead for them are not required as they are with large corporations.

A drawback is that it’s not possible to go to one of their offices down the hall with a question or for advice, and their off-site locations can mean that they are not current on important and evolving areas of your business.

Reviewed in this week’s PDF…

Why You Must Keep Your Key Advisors Consistently Informed

…is how providing regular updates to your CPA, attorney and other professional partners on business activity brings more knowledgeable and prompt responses when you call for advice.

This proactive approach to keeping your key advisors in the loop can also generate from them new ideas and value-added guidance before problems arise.

Los Angeles and Southern California executives can realize significant benefits from including a provider of outsourced CFO sources as a key advisor.

An enterprise-grade CFO has a proven track record of collaborating successfully with outside experts and can work with you to determine what information should be shared on what schedule – and then communicate it to your trusted advisors.

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Why Management Reporting Is More Critical Than Ever

Why Management Reporting Is More Critical Than EverThis week’s article is by Mark S. Becker, Partner, CFO Edge, LLC.

Management reporting is more critical than ever due to the accelerated pace at which businesses, industries and markets move and change.

Incomplete, delayed or inaccurate financial reports have many high costs: poor management decision making, missed opportunities or failure to understand shifts in customer preferences.

Reviewed in this week’s PDF…

Why Management Reporting Is More Critical Than Ever

…is how finance staff can overwhelm management with data quantity, and the focus should be on actionable data quality aligned with company goals.

Management decision making improves when executives receive concise and clear reporting on critical information that can be leveraged to improve results, become more competitive and seize opportunities.

Los Angeles and Southern California executives who are not getting the information they need to make informed decisions can benefit from talking with a provider of outsourced CFO services.

An on-demand CFO applies enterprise-grade expertise to assess reporting needs and current management information systems to recommend changes in accounting and processes to improve reporting, decision making and, ultimately, performance.

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In-Person Presentations Available for Your Team, Professional Association or Network Group

Two of our white paper topics are available for in-person presentations by one of our partners for your gatherings in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino Counties.


CFO or Controller White Paper PresentationCFO or Controller: What’s Right for Your Business?
(Click here to download and read the full white paper PDF.)

Executives at growing companies may face two questions:

  • Is it time to hire a full-time leader for our financial team?
  • Should we hire a CFO or a controller?

Answers depend on factors explored in this presentation.


Performance Measurement White Paper PresentationPerformance Measurement: At the Heart of Performance Management
(Click here to download and read the full white paper PDF.)

We share a clear path for acting on Peter Drucker’s axiom, “You can only manage what you can measure.”

Included are looks at what performance measurement is; how to identify KPIs and critical success factors; how to report via dashboards and balanced scorecards; and the many financial and operational benefits derived from implementing the four elements.


The presentations are accompanied by richly-illustrated PowerPoints, and all attendees receive printed copies of the full white papers.

Interested in learning more?

Please call Art Rothberg at 800.276.1750 Ext 101 or send an email to info@cfoedge.com.

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Key Considerations in Business Planning for 2017 & Beyond

Key Considerations in Business Planning for 2017 & BeyondThis week’s article is by John W. Braine, Partner, CFO Edge, LLC.

With a new administration in Washington, likely business regulation changes have become key considerations in business planning for 2017.

For example, there may be legislation introduced that is related to business tax areas like corporate income tax, repatriation of profits, tax credits, capital investments and employee benefits.

While the current lack of clarity on what changes will be enacted generates some uncertainty, there are steps that can be taken to be better prepared for when the changes occur.

Reviewed in this week’s PDF…

Key Considerations in Business Planning for 2017 & Beyond

…are the reasons and need to adopt proactive strategies now to address possible changes in tax rates, healthcare and interest rates that impact forecasts and budgets.

Los Angeles and Southern California executives engaged in 2017 business planning can benefit from talking with a provider of outsourced CFO services.

An on-demand CFO applies enterprise-grade expertise to assess the potential impact of regulatory and economic shifts, as well as to generate what if? scenarios that drive improved decision making, budgeting and forecasting.

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Should You Use a Professional Employer Organization?

Should You Use a Professional Employer Organization?This week’s article is by Arthur F. Rothberg, Managing Director, CFO Edge, LLC.

As you look at ways to increase the focus of your valuable resources on core competencies, an important question arises: Should you use a Professional Employer Organization?

Many small businesses and startups are not ready to budget a full-time HR director or staff, and they have moved HR functions to Professional Employer Organizations or PEOs.

Reviewed in this week’s full PDF…

Should You Use a Professional Employer Organization?

…is how companies and PEOs become co-employers: Companies hire and manage staff, while PEOs run HR functions, compliance and benefit packages that rival large-firm benefits.

These benefit packages can include the full spectrum of insurance offerings – health, life, vision, dental and disability – as well as retirement plans.

Los Angeles and Southern California executives who are looking at more efficient and cost-effective ways to operate HR can benefit from talking with a provider of outsourced CFO services.

Bringing the experience and expertise of a former enterprise chief financial officer, an on-demand CFO can work with you to identity your current staff and budget costs for HR and recommend the best strategic path.

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