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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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How to Approach Financial Data Visualization

by Archil Lursmanashvili (FMVA)

Looking to make your financial models more effective with better data visualization? Design principles can be effective tools in corporate decision-making.

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Unwrapping the Mysteries of Brand Valuation

by Greg Barasia, CFA

Brand value is the value a business can sell an item above the price that the supply/demand curve dictates. This value is embedded into the company’s share price but can be uncovered using PEG analysis.

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State of the Fintech Industry (with Infographic)

by Natasha Ketabchi

Tech firms have enjoyed a deluge of funding in the last few years. Fintech is no exception. Now is the time to see which companies are here to stay and can become profitable - there will be some necessary consolidation and perhaps some high-profile failures.

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Consultant Toolbox: Frameworks for Solving Anything

by Alex Graham, CFA

When something is not right in a business, it can be confusing knowing where to start to fix it. Objective frameworks like issue trees, funnel analysis, and business canvases provide an organized and data-driven way of getting to the root of a problem and give cast-iron evidence toward plotting a route forward.

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Top Pitch Deck Mistakes

by Jeffrey Fidelman

Toptal Finance Expert and fundraising guru Jeffrey Fidelman put together a list of the top 5 pitch deck mistakes he sees most often. Within these common mistakes, Fidelman also highlights best practices and shows you how to write a perfect pitch deck.

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Complex But Integral: An Overview of Real Estate Waterfalls

by Aaleem Jiwa

Waterfalls are an integral part of real estate investment terms, dictating the hierarchy of how cash is distributed to investors and the transaction’s sponsors. When structured correctly – with aligned incentives – they ensure that the deal is set up to achieve outsized success.

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Seller's Market - Financial Due Diligence Questions to Ask

by Saveen Kumar

How can you easily assess whether your business is ready for sale? Key questions need to be answered to make the sales process as smooth as possible. A checklist can help managers prepare.

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Financial Forecasting When Modeling with Missing Data

by Sean Kae Siang Lim

A financial forecast is a map that leads investors to the end goal. Most forecasts fail because they assume the ability to capture a market without detailing the assumptions to get them there. Startup financial models must be granular, with no missing steps from points A to Z.

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