2022 was a year to remember for Finance Alliance. From launching our very own podcast to hosting incredible webinars and events and growing our amazing Slack community, there’s a lot to be proud of.

We’ve also spent the last year building our library of articles on a variety of finance topics, including contributions from some of the brightest minds in finance.

But which articles came out on top?

Below, we’re sharing the top five articles you loved throughout 2022:

1. How technology improves planning, budgeting, and forecasting

Coming out on top as our most popular article of 2022 is this gem from Brian Kalish, who shared how finance teams can leverage technology to strengthen their planning, budgeting, and forecasting functions.

Dealing with mountains of datasets isn’t easy. There’s only so much a finance professional can handle before they need some help. Thankfully, there is an excellent solution to the problem, and Brian revealed all in his article, where he covered:

  • How to leverage technology to strengthen your planning, budgeting, and forecasting processes
  • How to avoid common mistakes
  • Building the possibility for higher-value activities: The 3 C’s
  • Forecasting trends to watch

… and so much more!

Read Brian’s full article to learn more about leveraging technology to drastically improve your budgeting process.👇

How technology improves planning budgeting and forecasting
Technology is transforming financial planning and analysis (FP&A). But how? In this post, you’ll discover how technology is impacting the budgeting function and modernizing how finance professionals work.

2. 7 Benefits of a cash flow forecast to drive sustainable business growth

A business needs a healthy flow of cash to thrive and the best way to monitor money going in and out of the business is with a cash flow forecast.

But why is a cash flow forecast so important? And how can cash flow forecasting positively impact your business?

In our second most popular blog post of 2022, we shared seven undeniable benefits of a cash flow forecast, including:

  • The ability to forecast future cash shortages
  • It allows for better FX risk management
  • It lets you monitor business expenditures more accurately

Discover more about the main benefits of a cash flow forecast.👇

7 Benefits of a cash flow forecast to drive business growth
Understanding the role the cash flow forecast plays in your finances is so important, which is why we’re sharing the top cash flow forecast benefits to help drive sustainable business growth.

Another popular blog post in 2022 was all about ESG investing trends, which was a hot topic last year and is set to stir up even more interest in 2023.

It’s no surprise that so many of you wanted to learn more about ESG investing trends. After all, investors prioritize ESG factors when identifying growth opportunities and material risks. And, if your company fails to show a noticeable movement towards financial sustainability, it’ll fall under great scrutiny from investors and the public.

Here is another look at the top five ESG market trends we shared in this post:

  • ESG-related roles will emerge and become more prevalent across various industries
  • A demand for credible corporate financial disclosures is on the rise
  • ESG is now a mainstream investment proposition
  • The financial services industry will focus more on climate stress testing
  • Carbon offsetting will become a popular ESG trend and act as a short-term solution to achieve net-zero targets

5 ESG investing trends every CFO needs to watch closely
How prepared are you for the rising dominance of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)? In this post, we’re looking at some interesting ESG market trends to pay close attention to...

4. CFO and CEO relationship: 5 ways a CFO can support the CEO

A lot of CFOs wanted to know what they could do to better support their CEOs on a day-to-day basis.

If the CEO and CFO relationship is a strong one, built on trust and collaboration, it’ll have a positive impact on the entire business.

In this article, we revealed what a CEO needs from their CFO, and what you can do to support your boss on a day-to-day basis.

Topics covered:

  • Why the CEO and CFO relationship is important
  • How to build a strong CFO and CEO relationship
  • Building a foundation of trust
  • Open and honest communication
  • Knowing the business like the back of your hand
  • Challenging the business and driving positive change
  • Becoming a business partner

CFO and CEO relationship: 5 ways a CFO can support the CEO
In this post, you’ll learn what a CEO needs from their CFO, and what you can do to support the CEO on a day-to-day basis.

5. CFO tips: How to predict and prepare for a financial crisis

With the cost of living soaring and a potential recession knocking on our doors, it’s no wonder that business owners are turning to their Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) for advice and support.

After all, CFOs are strategic thinkers and financial experts. If anyone can navigate a business through dark times, it’s them.

In this article, we covered topics to help guide CFOs through a financial crisis, such as:

  • What is a financial crisis?
  • What are the signs that a financial crisis is on the horizon?
  • How can CFOs help businesses prepare for a financial crisis?

CFO tips: How to predict and prepare for a financial crisis
What can you do to prepare for a financial crisis? In this article, you’ll learn about the most common warning signs that there’s a financial crisis looming and how to prepare for one as the CFO of a company.

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