Reconceiving the global trade finance ecosystem

McKinsey & Company

Trade finance does not work as well as it could, particularly for the millions of smaller businesses that help fuel the global economy. A new joint report sets out a vision for improving the ecosystem for all players.

The Making of a Megadeal: Howard Ungerleider on the Merger of Dow and DuPont

McKinsey & Company

Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Strategy Corporate Finance Mergers & acquisitions Post merger managementThe CFO of Dow shares his experience of leading one of the most complex mergers and spinouts in history.

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Alternative financing in mining

McKinsey & Company

Many mining companies struggle to secure financing for capital-expansion programs. Miners must pull the full range of financial levers to see a potential of some $800 billion over the next ten years. Metals & Mining Insights Mining

Subscribed to future auto finance yet?

McKinsey

Auto financing’s future will be dynamic, disruptive, and different. Here’s our perspective on the European market. Automotive & Assembly Insights

Predictive sales forecasting: Is your finance function up to code?

McKinsey

Strategy & Corporate Finance InsightsSome companies are using automation, machine learning, and advanced analytics to make the crystal ball clearer. Here’s how your company can do the same.

Fostering sustainable development through open data for finance

McKinsey & Company

Digital finance has many aspects that can improve the workings of emerging economies and further the cause of sustainable development.

Finance 2030: Four imperatives for the next decade

McKinsey

Over the past decade, finance departments reduced costs by almost 30 percent. The next decade’s focus: achieving even higher levels of effectiveness. Insights on Operations

Ensuring the Health of Your Business Partnerships

McKinsey & Company

Strategy & Corporate Finance InsightsRegular partnership check-ins are essential to make sure that, like any relationship, both sides are getting what they need.

Podcast Interview on 401(k) Plans and Behavioral Finance Trends

Steve Shu Consulting

Save(d) by Design Loss Aversion Calculator (personalized finance tool) Personalized Pension statement Personalized video technology with live action Thanks to Rick Unser for having me recently on his 401(k) Fridays podcast. This interview is geared toward defined contribution plan sponsors and those closely related with this segment of the market (e.g., advisors, consultants, recordkeepers, investment only).

Finding Virtue in the Finance Industry

Harvard Business

Economics & Society Finance & Accounting Ethics Digital ArticleYou can do well and do good.

Banking without Banks: Decentralized Finance is Coming

Harvard Business

Transparency and trust are at the core of the decentralized finance revolution. Currency Economics Technology Audio

Disrupting Finance

Harvard Business

Citigroup leading analyst Ronit Ghose, Lemonade Insurance founder and CEO Daniel Schreiber, and OakNorth Bank founder and CEO Rishi Khosla discuss the new possibilities that AI offers the finance industry. Those who manage to use this emerging technology to reduce friction for customers will win. Disruptive innovation Technology Managing organizations Audio

A Primer on Restructuring Your Company’s Finances

Harvard Business

Financial management Reorganization Finance & Accounting Business law Digital ArticleUnderstand your options, both in and out of court.

Finance vs Strategy

Tom Spencer

A successful firm will need to pursue sound strategy and, at the same time, stay on top of its finances. Business Strategy consulting finance Management Consulting The financier cares about the next 3 months or less. The strategist cares about the next 3 years or more. The financier wants the deal to close as soon as possible so that he can earn his bonus.

Disrupting Finance

Harvard Business

Citigroup leading analyst Ronit Ghose, Lemonade Insurance founder and CEO Daniel Schreiber, and OakNorth Bank founder and CEO Rishi Khosla discuss the new possibilities that AI offers the finance industry. Those who manage to use this emerging technology to reduce friction for customers will win. 3392 1585 105786 110003

To Maximize Growth, Get Sales and Finance in Sync

Harvard Business

Sales Managing organizations Finance & Accounting Digital ArticleFour strategies to reduce friction between these sometimes reluctant partners.

New technology, new rules: Reimagining the modern finance workforce

McKinsey

Innovations in technology and management practice are creating new opportunities for the finance function to add value to the business. Here’s how finance teams will need to evolve to make the most of them. Insights on Operations

Taking conservation finance to scale

McKinsey

Environmental projects are woefully underfunded. Improving their risk-return profiles and structuring larger investment products could unlock private capital to narrow the gap. Our Insights

Bitcoin and the Future of Decentralized Finance

Harvard Business

Cryptocurrencies are fueling the emergence of decentralized finance. What is it, how does it work, and who will benefit? Currency Disruptive innovation Technology Audio

Global Finance Resets

McKinsey

The decline of cross-border capital flows signals a stronger global financial system, write Susan Lund and Philipp Harle in International Monetary Fund. MGI in the News

The Digital Revolution in Trade Finance

BCG

Revenues from trade finance now total approximately $50 billion a year. Simultaneously, regulation is making trade finance more costly to supply. To succeed in this challenging and uncertain environment, banks’ trade finance offerings must be agile, low cost, and valued by customers despite the growing availability and safety of alternatives to documentary trade. Part of the answer lies in the digital revolution unfolding in trade finance.

Health system financing: Tips for emerging markets

McKinsey

Many countries with emerging economies are considering health system financing transformation. Five no-regrets tips can help them build a strong foundation for their future health system. Insights on Healthcare Systems & Services

Memo to the CFO: Get in front of digital finance—or get left back

McKinsey

Companies are still in the early stages of applying digital technologies to finance processes in ways that will create more efficiencies, insights, and value over the long term. Strategy & Corporate Finance InsightsHere is how the CFO can lead the way.

Bots, algorithms, and the future of the finance function

McKinsey

Automation and artificial intelligence are poised to reshape the finance function. Knowing what to automate and managing the disruption can lead to a new era of productivity and performance. Our Insights

Unlocking private-sector financing in emerging-markets infrastructure

McKinsey

Three levers can help governments and development finance institutions increase private-sector financing for infrastructure, narrowing some of the sector’s largest investment gaps. Insights on Capital Projects & Infrastructure

Why CFOs and Their Tax and Finance Teams Are Playing an Increasingly Strategic Role - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DELOITTE

Harvard Business

Finance & Accounting Leadership Sponsor ContentSponsor content from Deloitte.

Looking beyond finance

McKinsey

Global leaders in infrastructure development confront a multi-trillion dollar gap in investment. New analysis from MGI estimates US$69 trillion of investment will be needed between now and 2035, write Jan Mischke and Diaan-Yi Lin in The Business Times of Singapore. MGI in the News

Disruption in European consumer finance: Lessons from Sweden

McKinsey

Strong earnings in European consumer finance have drawn the attention of attackers, including large retailers and fintechs. To maintain their position, banks must focus on the customer and transform their operating models. Insights on Financial Services

The Brazilian experience in financing infrastructure

McKinsey

A former finance minister makes the case for openness and discusses “de-risking.”. Our Insights

How are consumers feeling about their finances?

McKinsey

In many countries, consumer sentiment has improved since 2015. Consumers have become more bullish about their ability to spend. Insights on Consumer Packaged Goods

Unlocking Africa’s $100 billion public-finance opportunity

McKinsey

Across Africa, public-finance transformation could deliver $100 billion a year in new revenues and savings. African governments face stagnant tax revenues and rising public debt. Yet they have wide scope to reform tax systems and improve spending efficiencies. Middle East and Africa

How Deloitte Is Helping Companies Bring Their Finance Functions Into the Future - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DELOITTE

Harvard Business

Finance & Accounting Sponsor ContentSponsor content from Deloitte.

Car Deals: Must Be Subprime, Must Finance Through Chrysler Capital

MishTalk

The fine print is rather amusing: Must be subprime and must finance through Chrysler Capital. Reader Bian emailed an ad for huge discounts on cars. more…). Economics

Why Finance Needs More Humanity, and Why Humanity Needs Finance

Harvard Business

Mihir Desai, professor at Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, argues for re-humanizing finance. He says the practice of finance, with increasing quantification, has lost touch with its foundations. But he says finance can be principled, ethical, even life-affirming. Desai is the author of the new book, The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return. He also writes about finance and the economy for hbr.org.

Improving strategic outcomes with advanced analytics

McKinsey & Company

Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights Strategy Strategic planningAI and machine-learning tools can enhance strategic planning.

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Navigating risks in project finance

McKinsey

When it comes to infrastructure and capital projects, managing risks and incentives correctly can be a major enabler for opening up new funding streams and creating bankable project pipelines. McKinsey senior partner Roberto Fantoni sat down with leaders from Macquarie, Arup, HSBC Singapore, and MTR Corporation at GII 2017 to discuss the challenges at stake and the opportunities to overcome them. Our Insights

China Faces "Minsky Moment" on Ponzi Financing

MishTalk

Inquiring minds are tuning into a report on the Ponzi finance setup in China. Our analysis indicates that China’s economy has arrived at that unstable state where speculative and Ponzi finance appear to dominate. Most assume China can grow at 7% a year, a notion that I have challenged on many occasions. Morgan Stanley agrees. Please consider Morgan Stanley: China''s Minsky Moment is Here.

The debate over private infrastructure financing in the United States

McKinsey

Financing costs are higher, but the results are worth it. Our Insights

The promise of digital finance

McKinsey

Digital technologies, starting with mobile phones, can rapidly fix problems encountered when savings are stored outside the financial system and foster faster, more inclusive growth, write Laura Tyson and Susan Lund in Project Syndicate. MGI in the News

How CIOs and CFOs Can Transition to New Finance and Budgeting Processes That Support Innovation - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DELOITTE

Harvard Business

Innovation Finance & Accounting Sponsor ContentSponsor content from Deloitte.