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Twitter tracking: 7 resources for the busy finance professional

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Are you a social media-savvy professional who wants to stay up-to-date with everything finance? If yes, read on—I have put together some of what I believe to be the best finance sources to follow on Twitter. The list is split into categories, with alternatives included. I recommend that you personalize your Twitter finance list based on your interests and needs by either choosing to follow the featured source or one of the suggested alternatives.

Professional associations

CGMA

The Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) organization was formed as a joint venture between the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the UK-based Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to promote the CGMA designation. Unlike most professional organizations, which tend to focus on the needs of their students, the CGMA provides content targeted at finance and accounting professionals in both business and the public sector.

Additions and alternatives: Association of Charted Certified Accountants, Association for Finance Professionals, and Institute of Management Accountants.

Media outlets

CGMAEvents, webinars, and sponsorships keep media providers in business, so if you follow any of them, you will always get some commercially driven content in your Twitter stream. There is plenty of choice but I would highlight CFO Innovation, which is an online publication designed for those working in financial roles within the corporate sector in Asia.

Additions and alternatives: CFO.com, FSN, and Strategic Finance Magazine.

Other organizations

CGMAFinancial Executives International has been connecting senior-level financial executives of North America’s leading companies for over 80 years. The organization publishes a daily bulletin of news, research, and viewpoints that will keep you up-to-date, particularly on issues such as changing legislation.

Additions and alternatives: Corporate Executive Board (CEB), a leading member advisory firm, also provides excellent coverage of finance and accounting topics.

Global consultancies

CGMAAs you would expect, the Boston Consulting Group delivers cutting-edge thoughts on business and management issues with some deep insights into best practices. Clearly, not all the content is about finance and accounting, but it is all invaluable content for anyone wishing to gain a broader business perspective that will help your career.

Additions and alternatives: McKinsey, Accenture, Deloitte, EY, PWC, and many others, including some of the smaller specialists all provide good coverage of finance and accounting issues.

Business schools

CGMAMIT Sloan Review provides good coverage on a range of business issues, but so do many others.

Additions and alternatives: Harvard Business Review, London Business School, etc.—and don’t forget Deloitte University Press.

Finance leaders

CGMAIf you manage to find any leading CFOs from S&P 500 companies who are tweeting deep insights into the challenges they face as a finance leader, do let me know (and comment below!). I presume confidentiality, compliance, and their busy schedules preclude them from becoming active on Twitter even if they wanted to.

But with that said, let me nominate Robert Kugel. Robert is a qualified CFA, who for the last few years has been SVP of Business Research at Ventana Research. He is right there at the nexus of finance and technology with lots of day-to-day contact with Ventana subscribers, so his insights are firmly rooted in real-life experience.

Additions and alternatives: Ethan Carlson, The Social CFO, or even yours truly, CFO in the Cloud.

CGMA

Lastly, do not forget Anaplan itself. Not only will you be kept up-to-date on future events and planned enhancements, you will also learn how other customers have benefited from using Anaplan.

Pick just one of these accounts to follow and you will have the foundation of a concise yet informative Twitter feed that will keep you up-to-date on finance and accounting topics. What’s more, it’ll take just seconds to scan.

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