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10 tips for CFOs to drive successful negotiations

CFOs, especially small business CFOs, wear multiple hats, including one often overlooked and underappreciated — that of the negotiator. We often think about negotiations only in the context of infrequent, high-impact situations like negotiating an M&A deal, collective bargaining agreement or a multi-million-dollar contract. In fact, we engage in negotiations daily, whether establishing strategic goals,… Read More »10 tips for CFOs to drive successful negotiations

Yellen Echoes Powell Saying Labor Market Now Less Inflationary

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said the labor market is no longer driving inflation in the US economy to the extent it was earlier in the pandemic recovery, echoing earlier comments by Federal Reserve chief Jerome Powell. The job market was “initially very tight” during the post-Covid rebound, but “now we have a strong labor market,… Read More »Yellen Echoes Powell Saying Labor Market Now Less Inflationary

Startup Valuations Start Booming Again

Getting an accurate measure of the startup market’s pulse is tricky — it’s an ephemeral beast, after all — but the dominant sentiment regarding startup valuations over the last year was a resounding “meh.” Plenty of startups were founded, and some succeeded. But with VCs pulling back on funding, banks tightening their loan purses, and high interest rates, starting… Read More »Startup Valuations Start Booming Again

Earnings Season to Test Investors’ Faith in Big Tech Stocks

An elite cadre of tech giants that drove the stock market to records is under pressure to keep the party going this earnings season.  The S&P 500 has climbed 17% this year, fueled by investor excitement over artificial intelligence that has sent shares of Nvidia and its fellow tech titans to dramatic heights. The chip maker’s stock has more than… Read More »Earnings Season to Test Investors’ Faith in Big Tech Stocks

The S&P 500 Isn’t as Diverse as It Used to Be. Here’s Why That Matters.

Many investors hold an S&P 500 index fund in their portfolios, thinking it is a low-risk way to keep pace with the market and a counterweight to other holdings like bonds and international stocks. But most don’t realize that the index isn’t what it used to be—both in terms of what’s in it and how… Read More »The S&P 500 Isn’t as Diverse as It Used to Be. Here’s Why That Matters.

Fed Officials Signaled No Hurry to Cut Rates

With elevated inflation preventing Federal Reserve officials from feeling confident enough to cut interest rates, some policymakers at their meeting last month called for careful attention to signs the labor market might weaken faster than anticipated. “A number of participants remarked that monetary policy should stand ready to respond to unexpected economic weakness,” said the minutes… Read More »Fed Officials Signaled No Hurry to Cut Rates

Powell says Fed has made ‘quite a bit of progress’ on inflation but needs more confidence before cutting

KEY POINTS Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell expressed satisfaction Tuesday with the progress on inflation over the past year but said he wants to see more before being confident enough to start cutting interest rates. “We’ve made quite a bit of progress and in bringing inflation back down to our target,” Powell said at a central banking… Read More »Powell says Fed has made ‘quite a bit of progress’ on inflation but needs more confidence before cutting

Tax pros: IRS improving, but getting the right answer takes too long

Almost two-thirds of tax professionals who responded to an annual AICPA survey about IRS customer service said it takes over 90 days for the agency to provide a substantive response to correspondence, which is the area where the tax professionals said improvement would help the most. The survey showed that 63% of respondents said the… Read More »Tax pros: IRS improving, but getting the right answer takes too long