Sep 19, 2019

Posted by & filed under Business Credit Journal, Credit.

Written By: Jason B. Binford, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

Over the course of the credit manager’s career, they will likely have opportunities to serve as a member of an official committee of unsecured creditors in a bankruptcy case. Any creditor representative presented with such an opportunity should carefully weigh the pros and cons. Committees are important parties in interest in Chapter 11 bankruptcies, and members of a committee are given a front-row opportunity to steer the course of the case. In addition, costs directly related to the committee – including paying counsel retained by the committee – are borne by the bankruptcy estate. However, committee participation may give rise to complicated conflicts of interest, requires an understanding of fiduciary duties, and can involve a fairly significant time commitment.… Read the rest

Sep 19, 2019

Posted by & filed under President's Message.

How quickly it turns to Fall and with the change in weather comes a full calendar of events for credit professionals. I trust you’ve seen the invitations to the Western Credit Conference coming to Portland, October 23-25. These opportunities to invest in yourself and your career shouldn’t be passed up. The planned programs are applicable to every credit position. Professional development is vital to your success! For those members needing CEU points to keep your certifications current, this is your opportunity. We hope you’ll consider joining others at the conference. Registrations are plentiful and it’s going to be a full house.

NACM CS has a full Accreditation program on the calendar for 2020. Now is the time to plan ahead and get your approvals to attend a class working toward your credit designation.… Read the rest

Sep 19, 2019

Posted by & filed under Certification, Economics.

Written by: Keith Prather, Armada Corporation Intelligence

Depending on which media source one prefers to listen to, it seems that we are being pitched two extreme economic conditions. But when we peel back the onion, there is an interesting story at the core of our current economic condition. The U.S. (and the global economy for that matter) is currently in a “tale of two economies.”

The Institute for Supply Management’s August ‘Report on Business’ was a perfect illustration of this dichotomy between two economies. The services sector report, which accounts for 65-70% of the U.S. economy, grew in August with a strong reading of 56.4. This was well above the critical midpoint of 50 (the dividing line between expansion and contraction) and 2.7 points higher than July’s 53.7.… Read the rest

Sep 19, 2019

Posted by & filed under Certification.

Congratulations to our newest designation recipients. Eleanor and Reshnita have earned their Certified Business Associate (CBA) designations and Erika has earned the Certified Business Fellow (CBF) designation. Nice job ladies! Are you interested in education and getting a designation? Check out this guide on the certification program. If you have any questions contact, Shawna Kelly (skelly@nacmcs.org).

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Sep 19, 2019

Posted by & filed under Business Credit Journal, International Business.

By: Jane Hay, Vice President, U.S. Bank Published: April 05, 2018

The global market is always changing, with new opportunities and challenges arising every day. Here are several of the major risk factors in international trade to consider.

In the world of global trade, even the best-laid plans can go awry.

I talk with clients every day about the inherent risks of international trade, ranging from preventable errors to unforeseen geopolitical events. For companies looking to expand internationally, being aware of these risks can help minimize the risk of loss and damages.

Here are several key risk factors to keep top of mind:

  1. Commercial risk

    What is commercial risk?


    A sale isn’t a sale until you get paid.
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Sep 19, 2019

Posted by & filed under Bankruptcy, Credit.

Did you know we have more resources like this on our website under our Credit Resources? We are always finding new things to add to this page including this Bankruptcy Checklist that was just updated and added with help from Rod Wheeland, CCE and NACM CS.

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Jul 16, 2019

Posted by & filed under Bankruptcy, Collections, Credit.

Written By: Leah Eisenberg, of counsel, Foley & Lardner LLP

Loans and other debts generally fall under two categories: unsecured debt and secured debt. As will be discussed below, there is a significant divide when it comes to the treatment of a secured creditor versus an unsecured creditor in a bankruptcy proceeding.

Unsecured debt has no collateral or security to back the debt upon default or non-payment. Thus, upon a borrower’s default, the lender/creditor must commence a lawsuit against the borrower to collect on any outstanding amounts owed. Unsecured debt is generally issued based upon the borrower’s reliability, credit history and creditworthiness and contractual promise to repay the debt. Examples of unsecured debt include unsecured lines of credit, an unsecured bond and credit card debt.… Read the rest