Finance managers are human

CFO.com has brought to my attention a survey conducted by the CEB of finance managers. They asked finance managers whether they believe their direct reports are “effective in the behaviors and skills that drive excellent performance by the finance function.” The title of CFO.com’s article gave away the answer: Finance Leaders Bemoan Talent Shortage. Not […]

Pay off debt, then start saving and investing

I took the plunge this weekend and expunged my debts to the depths of the hell from whence they came. It was a tough move for some reason, even for a cold, calculating accountant. Subconsciously, I held on to the debt in order to keep my asset balances high. Artificially high. This is a bad […]

Hollinger audit committee had “no finance experts”

The Conrad Black trial has been good theatre, and the latest coming out of Chicago doesn’t disappoint. Testifying at the trial of former Hollinger chairman Conrad Black, a former member of the company‚Äôs audit committee has testified that it kept watch over company finances for four years without any financial experts. Economist Marie-Josee Kravis, sat […]

Always have exact change

This struck me as sort of interesting, possibly useful, and probably a little compulsive. One blogger’s way of slowly using change is to carry the optimal number of each denomination of coin in his pocket. Everyone has coins they want to get rid of. I randomly thought of an easy way to carry change and […]