Credit Research Foundation’s
Glossary of Business, Accounting, Legal, Financial, Administrative, Operational and Technological Words and Phrases
Credit Matters – selections from the Credit Research Foundation library
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The International Factoring Association’s (IFA). IFA Membership Directory – looking for a factor? This page lists all IFA members and includes their company information, specialties, and links to their web sites. The database is searchable by Category, State/Province, Country, and Keyword. This will allow you to search for Factors in a specific industry or areas of the country.
If you are a credit manager it’s a universal fact that you will receive solicitation calls from collection agencies. Your goal is to be polite and professional – but try as you may, it usually ends with the caller being put out that you aren’t willing to drop everything and give them your “hard to collect” accounts. This article is a solution one credit professional has found to dealing with collection agencies.
The Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced a roadmap for the conversion of accounting principles used by public companies. Currently, public companies submit SEC filings under the accounting rules of GAAP, or Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Under a proposed rule issued by the SEC on August 27, 2008, some large multinational companies would be allowed to report earnings according to international accounting beginning in 2010. This accounting change, if adopted, would initially affect, in 2010, about 110 companies based on their market capitalizations.
The international accounting standards are known as International Financial Reporting Standards or IFRS. In this CRF article entitled, “Bridging the GAAP to IFRS” just exactly what is IFRS and how it differs from GAAP is outlined along with, among other issues, the advantages and challenges in switching accounting systems from GAAP to IFRS. The article also offers some good advice on what companies should do to prepare for the transition from GAAP to IFRS.
Productivity is a measure of the rate at which outputs of goods and services are produced per unit of input. It is calculated as the ratio of the quantity of outputs produced to some measure of the quantity of inputs used.
Productivity measures are used at the level of firms, industries and entire economies.
Productivity is a ‘supply-side’ measure, capturing technical production relationships between inputs and outputs; but, implicitly, it is also about the production of goods and services that are desired, valued and in demand.
At a very broad level, productivity measures are often used to indicate the capacity of a business to harness its human and physical resources to generate economic growth.
Accounts receivable collection productivity growth is a key source of value you can add to your company. Collection productivity growth means more value is added in the collection process and this means more income is available to be distributed. A/R collection productivity growth is important to the firm because it means that it can meet its obligations to its customers, workers, shareholders and governments (taxes and regulation), and still remain competitive or even improve its competitiveness in the market place.
The Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOA) requires more accurate financial disclosure and reporting from public companies. Under the “who-killed-the-company” investigation and prosecution, the Justice Department and SEC are pursuing corporate fraud charges against officers with zeal.
Prosecutors are indicting middle management level employees allegedly enmeshed in the fraudulent reporting so as to assist in building corporate fraud cases against senior executives. For example, employees have been accused of making adjustments to WorldCom’s financial ledgers to misstate its financial condition.
SOA was adopted to combat the wave of fraudulent accounting and financial reporting scandals and corporate bankruptcies. It focuses on the conduct of corporate officers and public accounting firms and adequate disclosure in public company financial statements. All financial information must accurately present the company’s financial conditions and results of operation for the period.
Italian and West German exporters have long been familiar with Forfaiting and still provide the bulk of the market. UK, Scandinavian, Spanish and French exporters are latching onto the possibilities of the technique with enthusiasm. The American and Canadians, meanwhile, have been slow to catch on (some Forfaiters think it is because they are suspicious of its simplicity coupled with a lack of complex documentation).
For people who are not using the technique, this is a concise introduction to Forfaiting using questions those new to the technique would typically ask.
The key to attainment of market leadership is to raise the bar within the organization through the creation of value at all levels. A successful effort in achieving this objective must include several organizational characteristics. The firm must have a process orientation and look at its processes from end to end.
Using automation to help reengineer the collection process has resulted in breakthrough performance gains commensurate with traditional measures such as days sales outstanding (DSO). One of the reasons the improvements have been so great is that the challenges are so formidable. Recognizing these challenges is the first step toward formulating a solution. Critical to an effective solution is a comprehensive reengineering and automation strategy.
Networks play an integral part in the production and consumption of certain goods and services, including transportation, communications, and payment systems. A network good or service has two main characteristics: the value a person gets from the product increases as more people consume it and the technique a firm chooses to produce the product will depend on techniques chosen by other firms.
The increased pace of change that many of us have encountered over the past ten years has been dramatic. During the late 1980s, many of us were grappling with issues that we had never encountered. The accelerated use of leverage as a means of increasing shareholder wealth left the balance sheet of some of America’s finest organizations in disarray.
The Internet has begun to make the idealized marketplace discussed in economic textbooks seem more plausible. It allows low-cost, speedy, convenient, and informative communication across the world. However, to become an active market in goods and services the Internet must be devised for buyers and sellers to securely and conveniently exchange payment over the Internet.
To successfully manage a process, you must control and measure that process. To manage the credit process, today’s credit executive must go beyond traditional “customer” analysis and move to analysis of the entire receivables portfolio. This is as true for the management of the accounts receivable portfolio as it is for the production of any goods or services.
Rather than relegate unmatched cash receipts to your A/R’s re-work file, remittance processing software uses a customized battery of sophisticated matching algorithms to identify exactly what the customer is paying and then automatically process any needed credit or debit memos to finish the job. Without detailed system knowledge, it is difficult to recognize all the manual tasks an auto-remit application must replace in order to maximize cost saving and efficiency benefits.
Economic Value Added (EVA) is a measurement tool that provides a clear picture of whether a business is creating or destroying shareholder wealth. EVA measures the firm’s ability to earn more than the true cost of capital. EVA combines the concept of residual income with the idea that all capital has a cost, which means that it is a measure of the profit that remains after earning a required rate of return on capital. If a firm’s earnings exceed the true cost of capital it is creating wealth for its shareholders.
This article discusses practical strategies for trade creditors who receive preference demand letters. It first reviews the basic preference law and defenses. Next, it discusses the different parties who may be responsible for collecting preferences, and finally, it outlines practical strategies for trade creditors to use when defending preference claims.
Consignment sales can help minimize the risk of non-payment, and can be a desirable way of doing business with a retailer or wholesaler on shaky economic grounds.
The bankruptcy system is based on the theory that a debtor will make full disclosure of all assets and liabilities so that the final disposition is in accordance with the requirements of the law. Unfortunately, at times both debtors and creditors try to obtain more than they are entitled to under the Bankruptcy Code. There are a number of criminal statutes that prohibit this type conduct.
Behavior Scoring Models are statistical based credit scoring models specifically designed to evaluate creditworthiness of existing customers. Behavior Scoring Models are derived from a statistical analysis of individual account credit performance. The purpose of the statistical analysis is to find the most predictive set of data elements that separate the good credit risks from the bad credit risks.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is the science of making machines “intelligent” or, to act, as we would expect people to act. Today in American business, this science assumes increasing responsibility as work forces change and managers are forced to do more with less. AI is a set of very powerful business tools that can be used to solve business problems.
Most organizations have already recognized that their strategic objectives are not purely financial in nature. And, even if they are primarily financial, the organization that ignores key ‘non-financial’ performance areas can be fairly certain that it will not achieve its long-term financial objectives.
Growing firms often find themselves strapped for money. A gap in cash is created when bills are paid weeks before cash comes in from customers. The cash gap can be shortened by concentrating efforts on fast moving inventory, implementing a just-in-time inventory model, negotiating extended credit terms to suppliers, and getting cash out of customers through discount programs and credit card transactions. Only after exhausting these alternatives does factoring typically make sense.
E-commerce enterprises are quietly automating their settlement processing. In the business-to-consumer world, credit cards are proving to be the preferred method of payment. In the business-to-business environment, credit cards, usually in the form of purchasing cards (p-cards), are an acceptable payment medium for only a small portion of the marketplace. The challenge for B2B companies has been to cost effectively automate their settlement processing. In order to thoroughly understand the dynamics involved in moving from manual cash applications to automated processes, it is essential that the different types of costs involved in remittance processing, no matter what the technology, be first understood.