Challenges for Financial Managers in a changing Economic Environment and how to overcome them

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Dec 28, 2023 12:00:00 PM

During periods of economic uncertainty, finance managers shoulder the responsibility of steering their companies through challenging times. Without intervention, cashflow shortfalls can quickly occur, leading to missed growth opportunities, delayed payments to suppliers and employees, rising debt, and even potential insolvency.

So, what are the most common challenges faced by financial managers and how can they utilise cashflow forecasting to overcome them?

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Economic Volatility

Economic instability can significantly impact a company's financial performance, particularly if events turn out completely differently from how business leaders had anticipated and prepared. Forecasting in financial management is a proactive approach that enables finance managers to explore different scenarios, assess the potential outcomes of their actions, and evaluate the impact on cashflow. By using this information, they can make well-informed strategic decisions and devise effective strategies that are resilient even in the most turbulent of economic times.

Regulatory Compliance

Sudden regulatory changes in an unstable economic environment pose a major challenge for businesses that need to remain compliant without exposing themselves to risk. To remain compliant, finance managers must be vigilant to disruptions in cashflow and maintain a close watch on financial movements. In this way, businesses can swiftly adapt to changing regulations, ensuring they remain compliant.

Access to Capital

In prevailing economic uncertainty, it is often harder for businesses to secure capital. Investors and lenders may be more risk-averse while soaring interest rates and inflationary pressures can discourage finance managers from borrowing. Regular cashflow forecasting can be instrumental in overcoming this problem as it demonstrates a detailed understanding of a company's financial health and stability, which generates confidence among investors and lenders - particularly when supported by accurate data. With better insights into cashflow, finance managers too can make more informed judgements about borrowing and the ability of their business to repay its debts.

Risk Management

Cashflow forecasting is not just about numbers but is a powerful risk management tool that can help finance managers anticipate potential shortfalls. Equipped with data-driven knowledge, managers can take pre-emptive action to mitigate potential liquidity crises that could pose a real threat to the long-term survival of the business. A secure understanding of cashflow dynamics helps to formulate effective risk mitigation strategies and futureproof the business in challenging times.

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To find out more about how you can overcome the challenges of a changing economic environment, please book a free, no-obligation demonstration of our software for cashflow forecasting or contact Account-Ability for expert advice.

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