Reflecting on ICRM Course Progress

As I wrap up module 10 for FCIB's International Credit Risk & Management (ICRM) course, I'm amazed at how far I've come starting with limited knowledge of international credit. From learning about the three extra C's of credit (country, culture and currency), establishing credit lines in payment terms and letters of credit, I still can't believ...
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NACM Designations Improve Confidence: Member Spotlight

Many credit professionals seek NACM's Professional Certification Program as an opportunity to either learn new skills or expand on those already acquired. "Starting a new journey can be stressful, but the knowledge you can gain is immeasurable," said Tami Longmeyer, CCRA, CBA, debt collection analyst at the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (Denv...
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Late Fees as a Collection Strategy

🎤 On today's episode of NACM's Extra Credit podcast, hear from Kenny Wine, CCE and Jason Mott, CCE as they talk about their experience charging interest and late fees!⭐ Featuring host Kendall Payton! 
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Becoming a Master Negotiator

This week has been the busiest and most insightful so far for me at NACM. Not only am I working on the ninth module of FCIB's International Credit Risk & Management (ICRM) course, but I just completed my first Graduate School of Credit & Financial Management (GSCFM) course through NACM.The two-day course covered ​Advanced Negotiations​ with...
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NACM’s Member Spotlight: New CBA Holder

NACM's Professional Certification Program provides credit professionals with the tools they need to advance in their careers. Credentials matter in credit—so, what should you expect on your journey to earning a certification? Some credit professionals seek to earn designations because they want a deeper knowledge of their role and how to utilize th...
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Learning from Credit Mistakes

☀ Today's episode of NACM's Extra Credit podcast is all about learning from failure! 🎙 Hear from Eve Sahnow, CCE; Mary Moore, CBA; Amy Cook, CCE; and Kevin Stinner. 
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Thinking Like an International Credit Manager

I'm still in the process of finishing module 8 of FCIB's International & Credit Risk Management (ICRM) course. As I mentioned in my last post, this module covers letters of credit, guarantees and bonds. I just answered one of the discussion post questions, "Your customer in Ethiopia has just placed a large order and has offered payment through ...
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Women are Shaping the Future of Credit Management

🎙 We have a special episode of NACM's Extra Credit podcast this morning as we continue to celebrate female credit leaders who are shaping the future of credit management!⛰ "The challenges I faced as a woman, not only credit but in the construction industry as well, have been the hardest hill to climb," said Sheryl Rasmusson, CCE. "But where th...
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Lessons on Letters of Credit

I'm back again with insights on FCIB's International Credit & Risk Management (ICRM) course. I just wrapped up module 7 on global payment mechanisms and started module 8 on letters of credit, guarantees and bonds.I learned that letters of credit (LCs) are one of the most versatile and secure payment instruments to use in international sales. Th...
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Fed Rate Hikes: When to Expect Results

Part of the Federal Reserve's responsibility is to keep the economy in good standing—prices that are not too high (boom) and not too low (bust). One tool the Fed has available to keep inflation in check is interest rates, but inflation today is more difficult for the Fed to control with interest rate hikes because there are other factors at play. S...
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Near-Term Recession Threat Diminished

On this week's episode of Extra Credit...🚨 Don't sound the recession alarm quite yet!🎙 A recession likely won't occur until later than originally expected, said NACM Economist Amy Crews Cutts.That's what the latest CMI report is saying! 
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Accepting Global Payments

I have just started the seventh module of the International Credit & Risk Management (ICRM) course, which focuses on the fundamentals of global payment mechanisms. And boy, there are so many factors to consider accepting international payments!Not only am I learning about various payment methods used in international payments, but ele...
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Threat of Recession is Diminished

​Economists now expect a U.S. recession to occur later this year than previously forecasted after several reports point to signs of economic resiliency. "We have a hard time believing the economy is in recession today, given a strong labor market and corporate earnings growth," Tim Holland, chief investment officer at Orion Advisor Solutions told F...
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Chapter 11 Bankruptcies Are Up 70% Annually

💰 Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings increased 70% year-over-year and Subchapter V filings are up 49%. With post-pandemic era financial aid no longer available, its time to leverage every possible risk mitigation tool both before and after a bankruptcy filing.🎙We've brought in some of the best experts for this week's episode of NACM's #ExtraCredit podca...
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Diving into Global Currency

As I enter my sixth week of the International Credit & Risk Management (ICRM) course, I'm gaining a deeper understanding about international trade credit, specifically the innerworkings of currency. Module 6 in particular, focuses on banking and currency terms and concepts. This is possibly the most anticipated module for me because it delves d...
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Unemployment Falls but Recession Fears Remain

Economists predict a slowdown in U.S. labor market activity this year with the continued battle of inflation and a looming recession. The current unemployment rate fell slightly lower to 3.4% in January, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics—and despite recession fears, the unemployment rate has remained historically low between 3.5 to 3.7% since Marc...
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Get Promoted Without Leaving Your Company

🎯 Hardworking employees naturally seek promotions and raises as a reward for their contributions. But sometimes it can be challenging to make large career jumps at the same organization.🎤 Hear tips from Eve Sahnow, CCE; JoAnn Malz; and Jason L. Mott, CCE on today's episode of NACM's Extra Credit podcast! 
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My First ICRM Review Session

​I'm officially finished with the fifth module of International Credit & Risk Management (ICRM) course! In this module, I learned about establishing credit lines and payment terms. I used information I learned from the previous modules to formulate my answers for the discussion posts. I received support from ICRM Instructor, Val Venable, C...
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Recession Fears Remain Despite Cooled Inflation

The Federal Reserve's aggressive interest rate hikes seem to have helped cool inflation, but many businesses still feel the strain of high prices—and some economists believe a recession is the only way to bring inflation down to the 2% goal.The Consumer Price Index (CPI) measured at 6.4% year-over-year in January, a slowdown from the 7.1% in Novemb...
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Most Credit Departments Still Rely on Paper Credit Applications

🎤 The latest episode of NACM's #ExtraCredit podcast is available now! Click HERE to listen. Like many industries these past few years, B2B credit has needed to adjust to a new digital reality. Most credit departments have adopted more technology and automation than ever before, except when it comes to digital credit applications. According to ...
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