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Corporate Finance Institute (CFI) Unveils New FP&A Specialization to Address Skills Gap in Finance Industry

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VANCOUVER, BC, June 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — The Corporate Finance Institute® (CFI), a global leader in online finance and banking education, certifications, and productivity tools, is proud to announce the launch of its new Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Specialization. This program is designed to equip business leaders with top-tier financial models essential for evaluating and forecasting a company’s financial performance.

In the rapidly evolving finance landscape, the demand for skilled FP&A professionals is skyrocketing. A staggering 50% of finance and accounting hiring managers are grappling with significant shortages in FP&A talent*. CFI’s new specialization is a timely response to this gap, equipping aspiring and current financial analysts with the tools they need to thrive.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the finance industry is projected to see approximately 27,000 openings for financial analysts each year over the next decade. CFI’s FP&A Specialization is tailored to meet this demand, offering a comprehensive, self-paced online training program that covers essential skills and knowledge for excelling in FP&A roles.

Scott Powell, CFI’s Chief Content Officer, underscores the program’s value: “Our aim is to empower our customers with the ability to conduct both quantitative and qualitative analyses, enabling them to evaluate a company’s financial progress effectively. Through our training, participants will not only gain proficiency in creating clear, well-formatted Excel financial models but also learn to leverage modern data tools like Power Query and Power BI to enhance productivity and visualize their analyses, a skillset that is highly sought after in the industry.”

The FP&A program includes 20 courses covering in-demand topics such as Excel Forecast Model Design, Formatting & Revenue Forecasting, Headcount Forecasting & Analysis, and Financial Analysis Fundamentals.

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For more information about the CFI FP&A Specialization Program, click here.

About Corporate Finance Institute (CFI):

Corporate Finance Institute (CFI) is the premier online provider of finance and banking training, certifications, and productivity tools. With an extensive training library, we empower professionals and teams with job-ready skills and practical resources, helping them succeed in various finance and banking roles. Since its establishment in 2016, CFI has earned the trust of over 2 million individuals and thousands of organizations worldwide.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Citation: Robert Half

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Agora acquires Clearshift’s real estate division

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Agora, a provider of real estate investment management solutions, has acquired Clearshift’s real estate division to “reinvent cross-border payments in investment management.”

The division has utilized Clearshift’s international payments infrastructure to facilitate mass payouts and capital investments between foreign investors, asset managers, real estate property managers, and fund administrators.

While the financial details of the acquisition remain undisclosed, Agora will now serve as the division’s primary client-facing interface, offering “user-friendly investment management tools.” Clearshift will retain responsibility for payment execution and compliance functions.

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For existing Clearshift clients, this integration into the Agora platform promises “enhanced capabilities.” Agora’s clients, not currently subscribed to Clearshift, will gain “a transparent solution to foreign exchange activity” that enables “seamless distributions and contributions in any currency worldwide.”

Ari Dobner, CEO of Clearshift, noted, “After years of refining our fund manager payment solution, it became clear to us that our clients would truly benefit from a full investor management solution with seamless payment integration.”

Bar Mor, co-founder and CEO of Agora, added that the acquisition will enhance their platform with “streamlined and cost-effective international payments,” leveraging the “substantial customer overlap between Agora and Clearshift.”

This acquisition follows the recent closure of Agora’s $34 million Series B funding round, backed by Qumra Capital, Insight Partners, and UK-based investment firm Aleph.

Source: fintechfutures.com

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InScope secures $4.3m to revolutionise financial reporting and auditing

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InScope, a newly launched FinTech company, has successfully raised $4.3 million to expand its innovative financial reporting and auditing platform.

According to PYMNTS, the funding round included significant contributions from prominent investors such as Lightspeed and Better Tomorrow Ventures.

InScope is focused on transforming the traditional processes of financial reporting and auditing for private companies. The company leverages advanced technologies, including generative AI and large language models, to automate and streamline the compilation of financial statements—tasks that have historically been prone to errors and required extensive manual effort.

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The new capital will be used to enhance InScope’s platform capabilities. The company aims to shift accountants’ focus from laborious manual tasks to more strategic initiatives, thereby empowering finance professionals with tools to complete reporting and auditing tasks quickly and efficiently.

InScope’s system compiles data from a company’s core systems, such as ERP, along with publicly available information, and transforms these inputs into GAAP-compliant financial and audit documents.

InScope CEO and co-founder Mary Antony stated, “Our technology dramatically reduces the time and effort required for financial reporting and auditing, eliminating the need for outdated manual processes.” Her co-founder and COO, Kelsey Gootnick, also emphasized the transformative potential of InScope, which they conceived out of their own frustrations with existing financial processes.

The company has already begun collaborating with a select group of companies to refine and enhance their financial reporting capabilities. JC Bahr-de Stefano, a venture capital investor at Better Tomorrow Ventures, commented on this partnership: “InScope is already working with a handful of companies to help streamline their financial reporting needs and enable accountants to complete their reporting tasks in minutes instead of months.”

Source: fintech.global

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Citi extends USD Clearing service to Middle East in partnership with Emirates NBD

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Citi has partnered with Dubai-based banking group Emirates NBD to launch its USD Clearing service in the Middle East.

Through this collaboration, Emirates NBD will offer the USD Clearing service, along with its commercial and treasury payment execution capabilities, to corporate and retail clients via its branch networks in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. This service will enable clients to make cross-border USD payments with continuous availability, addressing current payment flow challenges posed by varying transaction cut-off times in the UAE.

“The introduction of 24/7 USD Clearing will support the growth ambitions of our clients by giving them the ability to seamlessly transfer funds in a timely manner without having to worry about cutoffs and holidays,” said Ahmed Al Qassim, group head of wholesale banking at Emirates NBD.

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Following the initial launch, the service will be extended to all Emirates NBD branches in the Middle East and globally, including partnerships with third-party institutions.

According to its website, Emirates NBD currently operates 853 branches in the UAE, Egypt, India, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the UK, Austria, Germany, Russia, and Bahrain.

Shahmir Khaliq, Citi’s head of services, described the collaboration as “an important step in our journey to creating a multibank solution that is designed to deliver an end-to-end, ‘always on’ experience for participant banks and their customers.”

“Our 24/7 USD Clearing service is a clear differentiator in the market,” Khaliq continued. “It demonstrates the full value of our globally leading cross-border payments and clearing capabilities, which enable our clients to make payments faster and in a more efficient and transparent manner.”

Source: fintechfutures.com

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