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Financial Officers BEWARE, cybercriminals are coming for you too !

Just when you thought it was safe to enter the office email waters (yaya, last week was shark week) cybercrime is headed your way. We have warned on a personal basis, here, here and here  of the trial and tribulations of cybercriminals … apparently they have been successful and are moving on to bigger fish.

Criminals Pose as Senior Executives

In this recent CFO.com article, reports of very similar email hacking into corporations that we have been warning against (links above) for individuals for some time.

  • Hacking an email account of an employee, buyer, or someone in the money receipt/payment area
  • Requesting an urgent quick need for payment of funds
  • Unable to talk in person as this time
  • New Bank Account Number for processing — WARNING WARNING WARNING

This is so close to what the criminals have been doing on an individual level it is amazing. It seems their success with individuals has emboldened them to go for bigger fish.

This from the CFO article:

“The average loss per victim is $55,000, but in some cases losses have exceeded $800,000, according to IC3 …”

YIKES … This is a much bigger take than we have been in contact with on an individual level.thief

Either as individuals or executives, let’s all be careful and try to stop this. The greater success they have, the more they will try.

Have a Great Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

8222 Douglas Ave # 590
Dallas, TX 75225 


CFO’s Think Stocks Overvalued … Economic V Fundamental Disconnect ?

Last week we mentioned (here) that global executives across the board were more optimistic on their respective economies, especially overseas. We remind ourselves again that economic growth DOES NOT necessarily mean capital market growth.

CFO’s Think Stocks Overvalued

In this September 2013 Duke/CFO global Survey, 41% of CFO’s feel the equity markets are overvalued. We like the depth of this report as it measures a whopping 530 companies.CFO Magazine

Echoing the afore-mentioned global executive survey, they all believe growth is getting better, AND they are more optimistic about spending and their company specific situation.

Here are the key numbers from the report. (Our digital diary!)

Much of our writings are to clarify and remind everyone, including ourselves, that capital markets can disconnect from fundamentals … for a while. Eventually good economic growth MAY not lead to higher equity markets … time will tell!

Have a Great Monday!

John Kvale CFA, CFP

8222 Douglas Ave # 590
Dallas, TX 75225