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The CFO

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Name:
Chief Money Man
Category:
General Finance
Tags:
Leadership in Finance, Investing, FIRE, Planning, Communication,
Start Year:
2016

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Location:
France
Age:
40s
Race:
Unspecified
Gender:
Male
Life stage:
DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
Profession:
CFO
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Latest Blog Posts

Not all investments turn out positive. That might not be what you want to hear, but it’s true. Bull markets don’t go on forever, despite us wishing they would. Even if you’re investing in index funds, they can turn negative. No matter how good an investor you think you are, you can still make a mistake and lose money. How can you avoid making investment mistakes? What do you do when an ...
Posted: Aug 20 2019 @ 5:19 PM
Summer is on us and if the heatwave sweeping parts of Europe and North America is anything to go by, it is going to be bumper summer. Usually summer rhythms with Summer Vacation. That time of the year where we attempt to turn off the smartphones, lock the laptop in a cupboard and take time off to de-connect from work and re-connect with family and friends. Companies and jobs tend ...
Posted: Jul 23 2019 @ 4:30 PM
Over the past few weeks I’ve been tinkering with my annual rolling budget almost every day. Not because I am compulsively addicted to my budgets, in fact, even as a Chief Financial Officer-turned-Chief Transformation-Officer, I rarely consult my budget, and content myself with a quick glance every month to understand what the big misses were and where we have opportunities. Rather the situation is the result of compulsively investing and ...
Posted: Jun 24 2019 @ 4:59 AM
Chief Money Manners! This last month has been a whirlwind and finally culminated with a global announcement to the 15.000 people in my company across the planet. You see your Chief Money Man is now also running a global transformation program across over 150 geographies world-wide. Turning a big ship around is a hard, unforgiving task, but therein lies an immense amount of learning opportunities. And that’s how I have ...
Posted: Jun 19 2019 @ 6:47 AM
A question I often get asked, being in a senior leadership position, is “How can I get promoted?” Reading between the lines, the time frame that is requested is often … – like the next day. There is no silver-bullet approach, but there are techniques that you can apply to make your wish come a little closer. I was recently given a more senior role in my organization; more global, ...
Posted: May 20 2019 @ 5:06 PM
Chief Money Manners! You may be wondering why it has been so long since your Chief Money Man wrote a blog entry? Two simple reasons behind that, although they shouldn’t be an excuse. The first one is that I’ve been launching a global transformation program at my current company. Setting up the team, launching the diagnostics, preparing the change story and launching the program to the 15.000 people in the ...
Posted: May 06 2019 @ 5:47 PM
Type ‘4% rule’ in Google and you get over 40-million hits. Investopedia, the first link that I got, defined it well enough : The four percent rule states that you should not withdraw 4% of your portfolio each year in retirement for a comfortable life. It was created using historical data on stock and bond returns over a 50-year period. Seems simple enough, right? Not really! I’ve addressed the 4% rule ...
Posted: Apr 10 2019 @ 5:54 PM
I got asked this question yesterday “How can you tell your company has a toxic culture” and it got me thinking. I’ve worked for Toxic Bosses before and it taught me a lot about how to be a leader and how to avoid facing the same situation again. But how does the idea of a toxic boss translate into a toxic company? Are there signs to look out for in ...
Posted: Mar 25 2019 @ 10:15 PM
  Do you have life insurance? Do you care? How does it play into your FI-RE? I didn’t have any life insurance until we had our second child. Seeing his little face for the first time, made me realize I needed to make sure he was provided for along with his brother and his mother if ever anything happened to me. How much was the first question I asked myself. ...
Posted: Mar 22 2019 @ 6:15 AM
There is nothing sexier than someone who has confidence in themselves. It is something magnetic, almost hypnotic, that draws you to them as soon as they walk into the room. That special something that makes you want to be the person they are talking to or, better yet, be the person doing the talking. Confidence can come from a lot of things. You may be born with great looks, a ...
Posted: Feb 11 2019 @ 7:21 AM

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