October 19, 2017 Federal Reserve Economist: Presentation on Economic Conditions and What the Holiday Season Holds for Retail

Speaker: William A. Strauss, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Thursday October 19, 2017 2:00PM - 3:00PM EDT

We are in the ninth year of the economic expansion following the “Great Recession” of 2008 and 2009. 

During the economic downturn the economy experienced outsized losses in the housing, manufacturing and jobs. Yet, what would typically be a robust recovery has not occurred. 

Labor markets while significantly improved are still not quite at a normal level and wage growth remains low. Credit conditions continue to ease from what existed during the recession, but remain restrained for many borrowers and continues acting as a headwind to growth.

The collapse in energy prices has added some boost to the US economy, although due to greater domestic energy production, not as much as in the past. However, the surging value of the dollar over the past several years has lowered growth as net exports deteriorated. 

Inflation has been low and below the Federal Reserve's target for several years, yet the Fed has begun to remove its very accommodative policy. 

Mr. Strauss will look at the performance of the overall macro economy with specific attention paid to key economic sectors and indicators for the U.S. economy over the next couple of years.



October 25, 2017 Working Capital Management and Cash Management
Speaker: Nicolas Christiaen, Cashforce
Wednesday October 25, 2017 2:00PM - 3:00PM EDT

In this free webinar Nicolas Christiaen, CEO of Cashforce, will explore the innovative side of Working Capital Management.

By looking at the core metrics for Account receivables & Account Payables (such as DSO/DPO), Nicolas will explain how technological progress has made it possible for working capital managers to take a more strategic role in the organization. 

Working Capital KPIs are now available instantly and almost real-time, and can be communicated with other relevant stakeholders across the organization: sales managers, operational teams, etc.

Through use cases and a demo, Nicolas will take the audiences on a journey across the basic ins & outs of Working Capital Management and explain how technology has pushed the boundaries of the steel.

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