Finance

Battle of the financial guys

Many business owners do not understand the differences between the roles and the value a CFO can bring to the business. Additionally, many business owners do not feel they can afford a CFO, however that is where a part time…

Financing expansion in a down economy

With today's economic challenges, many may think this is a bad time to expand their business. However, this could actually be an ideal time to do so if an individual has a plan, stays flexible and has a good banking…

Overdraft is so over

Effective Aug. 15, overdraft protection will no longer be automatic for all debit card accounts. A consumer that has not specifically "opted in" to their financial institution's overdraft protection program, also known as a courtesy pay program, will be de-enrolled.…

Managing portfolio risk

If you are a business owner or work for a public corporation, a significant amount of your net worth may be in the form of your ownership in the company. You may be taking on significantly more investment risk than…

Six secrets to an easier retirement

Good news, bad news, good news, bad news. There seems to be no shortage of either. Sometimes both can be found all in the same day. Managing investment portfolios by using news headlines as a guide can create some real…

Stolle’s Saudi deal saves jobs

Centennial equipment manufacturer Stolle Machinery says a $34 million contract it has signed with a Saudi company will allow it to keep 75 jobs that likely would have left the country. The Export-Import Bank of the United States funded the…

Broncos VP of finance resigns

The Denver Broncos confirmed on Friday that their vice president of finance for the past seven years has left the organization.  Jim Barlow, 51, had been vice president of finance for the Broncos since April 2003. Efforts Friday to reach…

Questions from the SEC? Don’t panic!

(Editor's note: The first of two parts.) If you haven't been through the SEC's review and comment process before, it can be a bit scary. As regulators respond to cries for more scrutiny of public companies post-financial crisis, CFOs should…

The Social Security mulligan

For golfers, a mulligan is a "do-over," typically of your drive on the first hole. However, even the most avid golfer may not know that a mulligan is also available for your Social Security benefits. If you are already collecting…

The great bank and credit card backlash

Recent attempts by Congress and the Federal Reserve Board to curb the excessive fees being charged by credit cards, banks, and finance companies have resulted in a punitive industry response with interest rates and fees climbing in almost every category.…

GBank—ticket to a global vision

Creativity is coming from unusual places these days. I snipped this from David Levinson's blog post dated Feb 13, 2008, one of the earliest mentions of this topic (http://bit.ly/ma1Ur): "I'm proposing a National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank that will invest $60…

How to turn a clean tech idea into reality

It's all well and good to build clean technology that powers the world and makes it better at the same time, but when trying to turn their invention into a business, people run headlong into their biggest challenge: financing. My firm…