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USA Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Interim Chief – Elizabeth Warren Appointed

On September 17th, at the White House, President Barack Obama announced the appointment of Elizabeth Warren as an Assistant to the President and Special Adviser to the Secretary of the Treasury. This decision will allow Elizabeth Warren to act as an interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and will enable her to begin setting up the agency ... Read More »

SME Succession Planning – A Key Element in Risk Assessment

LinkedIn Group: SME Finance in Emerging Markets discusses the importance of succession planning in risk assessment of SMEs.  Tejas Parikh from Mumbai raised the question:  “SME entities generally do not have proper succession planning. Does it restrict access to long term finance.” BIIA’s managing director Joachim C Bartels commented: Succession planning plays a key role in risk assessment of companies, ... Read More »

Credit Management Disconnect – A Discussion on LinkedIn

The credit risk management function often finds itself operating as a silo; separate from other key organizational function. However, in reality the success of any credit risk management function is completely reliant on these other functions and similarly their ultimate success is profoundly impacted by the credit risk function.  A silo mentality in such inter-related fields will always lead to ... Read More »

Credit Management – The Necessary Evil Function?

Joseph Busuttil, director general of the Malta Association of Credit Management, started a discussion on LinkedIn implying that the credit management function is often seen as a ‘necessary evil’ function and therefore of little help in providing sustainable competitive advantage for a company. He states that an adequately equipped credit function is an indispensable resource. Properly skilled and trained credit ... Read More »