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Finance Glossary

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Chief Financial Officer; also known (rarely) as chief fun officer.

If there were CFO scratch-and-sniff stickers, they'd probably smell like money, because that's what CFOs take care of. Companies hire CFOs to take care of the past, present, and future of money at the company. These pros collect and share information about historical and current financial data, make decisions about what to do with a company's money now (including where to invest it), and  make projections about what's likely to happen to a company's finances in the future.

The Wall Street Journal tells us they're not just bean counters.