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The Toptal Finance Blog is a hub for in-depth studies and analysis on all facets of finance, ranging from innovative strategies on raising capital to detailed coverage of new finance trends and technologies.

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Quality of Earnings: A Key Pillar of Financial Due Diligence

by Saveen Kumar

Financial due diligence is the process of making sure the price of an asset is in line with its operating performance “under the hood.” Assessing the quality of earnings is one of its key tests: How sustainable is the business’ reported financial performance?

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Building a Business Continuity Plan

by Jeffrey Fidelman

When a disaster interrupts your business operations, a well-thought-out continuity plan can help keep your business afloat. Here are five steps you can take to protect your company from becoming one of the 40% of businesses that close up for good in the aftermath of a disaster.

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Chapter 11 Bankruptcy: What Is It and What Happens Next?

by Jeff Anapolsky

Bankruptcy is a high-stakes game for creditors and debtors. Understanding the process steps of a Chapter 11 reorganization is critical for related parties looking to protect their interests.

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A Step-by-step Guide to Building an Accurate Financial Model

by Hudson Cashdan

Many financial models fail because they rely on optimistic assumptions and ignore the risks presented by uncertain variables. This six-step guide illustrates how to avoid these pitfalls and develop practical, accurate financial models to inform your decision-making.

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Reorganizing for Survival: Building Scenarios

by Natasha Ketabchi

In the “new normal,” how should business leaders ensure that their business is well-equipped to survive and then thrive? Scenario analysis is a handy tool: How are scenarios built and translated into financial projections?

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The Art of the Fundraising Pitch Deck

by Brendan Fitzgerald

The flow of a fundraising pitch deck is vital for striking a chord with investors and clearly displaying the narrative of the business. Going through a successful pitch deck slide by slide is one of the most effective ways to learn how to build a flow.

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Healing Broken Supply Chains: Manufacturing Outside China

by Martin Schwarzburg

Given the outbreak of COVID-19 and its disruptive impact on supply chains, many are looking to diversify their manufacturing locations. We provide an analysis of the pros and cons, current state, and outlook for major markets outside of China.

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Remote Reinvention: How to Find Freelance Work

by Alex Graham, CFA

Building up a pipeline of work as a finance consultant requires a portfolio approach to the various inbound and outbound options for lead generation.

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