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DEFINITION of 'Cash Management'

The corporate process of collecting, managing and (short-term) investing cash. A key component of ensuring a company's financial stability and solvency. Frequently corporate treasurers or a business manager is responsible for overall cash management.


Successful cash management involves not only avoiding insolvency (and therefore bankruptcy), but also reducing days in account receivables (AR), increasing collection rates, selecting appropriate short-term investment vehicles, and increasing days cash on hand all in order to improve a company's overall financial profitability.




BREAKING DOWN 'Cash Management'

Successfully managing cash is an essential skill for small business developers because they typically have less access to affordable credit and have a significant amount of upfront costs they need to manage while waiting for receivables. Wisely managing cash enables a company to meet unexpected expenses in addition to handling regularly-occurring events like payroll.

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