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5 Key Insights On AI and Predictions from Avi Goldfarb
Author Avi Goldfarb will be the featured speaker at the FP&A Luncheon at AFP 2019. He recently joined us on the AFP Conversations podcast, and we discussed using AI to make predictions in all areas of life and business. Here are five takeaways from that interview.

06/19/2019

Introducing the AFP FP&A Maturity Model, Version 2.0
AFP has introduced the second version of its FP&A Maturity Model. Its goal is to offer a roadmap for excellence in FP&A in the near term and help address changes on the horizon.

06/18/2019

Comparing KYC Utilities: What Do Treasurers Want?
The rise of various utilities has brought to light a potential solution to solve KYC compliance headaches for treasurers. Unfortunately, treasurers haven’t exactly been flocking to them.

06/18/2019

AP Automation: Speeding Up the Approval Process
There are multiple pain points in accounts payable (AP) processes that payments operations professionals can resolve by using automation. One of the most obvious is how it can drastically reduce manual approval processes.

06/17/2019

Libor: Why 2022 is Coming Faster Than You Think
Corporate treasury departments still have time to prepare for the transition away from the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor), but 2022 will be here before you know it. That was the view from a meeting Monday morning at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

06/11/2019

Uncharted Waters: Managing the Tax Risks of Cash Pools
It is often the responsibility of treasury to coordinate with a third-party bank to set up a cash pool, and as a result, certain embedded tax risks can be overlooked.

06/11/2019

Discovering and Reporting Fraud: Tips From the FBI
How can organizations best discover fraud, and who should they contact once they do? AFP’s new Payments Guide, underwritten by MUFG Union Bank, provides some helpful tips from the FBI.

06/10/2019

PSD2: Pros & Cons of Payment Initiation Service Providers
PSD2 obliges banks to grant access to payment accounts to Payment Initiation Service Providers (PISPs). Let's evaluate PISPs and the services that they provide.

05/28/2019

Want to Switch From Accounting to FP&A? Read This.
FP&A is growing more attractive to accountants. So how can you switch from accounting to FP&A?

05/28/2019

Survey: Financial Professionals Garnered 3.5% Raises in 2018
Treasury and finance professionals earned an average 3.5 percent base salary increase in 2018, according to the 2019 AFP Compensation Survey.

05/28/2019

KYC: A Headache for Treasurers and Banks
Treasury professionals often list KYC compliance among their biggest pain points. But what they may not realize is that KYC is also huge headache for banks.

05/21/2019

Using Psychology When Analyzing Financial Statements
Some of the more popular tools of financial analysis are financial statement ratios. But how can we add value to these ratios? One answer is to use psychology when analyzing financial statements.

05/16/2019

E-Invoicing Hasn’t Broken Through in the U.S., But It Should
E-invoicing is not a new concept, but it’s had some trouble catching on in the United States. But that could be on the cusp of changing.

05/13/2019

FinNext Recap: Three Big Takeaways for FP&A
FinNext 2019 is on the books but the two-day meeting for FP&A professionals still reverberates in my mind. There were so many great insights by so many people—attendees not just speakers—that I decided to put them all down in one document to collect my thoughts.

05/08/2019

The Future of FP&A
FP&A teams have come a long way, but what changes can we expect to see in the future? There are at least five additional changes we’ll see in near future.

05/08/2019

How We Can Survive Our Faster Future With Mindshift Speaker Joi Ito
Jim Kaitz spoke to Joi Ito for the AFP Conversations: Leadership Series podcast. Kaitz and Ito share a similar perspective on technology and its impact on society. Ito is co-author of "Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future."

05/07/2019

Study: U.S. Firms Amassed Cash at a Slower Pace in 1Q19
U.S. companies built their cash reserves and short-term investment holdings at a much slower pace in the first quarter of the year than in the last quarter of 2018, according to the AFP Corporate Cash Indicators®, underwritten by BMO.

04/29/2019

Libor Fallback Language: What Treasurers Need to Know
Fallback language for the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) has been released. This language indicates the rate that corporates would fall back on, should Libor become unusable after 2021.

04/25/2019

Accounts Receivable As An Asset: 4 Steps to Improve the Process
Accounts receivable (AR) as an asset is an important concept for treasury and payments professionals to understand. Improving AR can actually build cash reserves and help the organization better manage its money.

04/23/2019

Leading in a Complex World: 10 Lessons From Leadership Guru Chip Colbert
Being a leader is never easy, nor does it come easily. Here are 10 lessons from leadership guru Chip Colbert.

04/23/2019

FinNext Recap: FP&A in the Age of Disruption
Digital disruption took center stage at the recently concluded FinNext 2019 for FP&A practitioners. More than 300 attendees and a dozen exhibitors gathered to discuss the state of FP&A and how the profession can thrive amid transformative change driven primarily by new technology.

04/22/2019

Open Banking in the UK and PSD2 in Europe: 4 Benefits for Treasurers
PSD2 is considered the foundation of open banking. Why is this important? Because it lays the groundwork for the banking changes that are happening today in Europe and what will soon happen in the rest of the world.

04/19/2019

PowerPivot and DAX: Business Intelligence for the People
PowerPivot and DAX are the business intelligence tools that give us control.

04/15/2019

Survey: Treasurers Are Changing Operations to Obtain Financing
New research from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce revealed that although financing is generally available, many corporate treasurers have been forced to change how they operate to obtain it.

04/10/2019

Are Bots Part of the FP&A Team?
Are bots really part of the FP&A team, or are they just a tool like spreadsheet or an accounting system?

04/09/2019

Survey: Fraud Hits Record High, Impacts 82% of Businesses
Payments fraud continues to soar, as a record 82 percent of organizations reported incidents in 2018, according to the 2019 AFP Payments Fraud & Control Survey, underwritten by J.P. Morgan.

04/09/2019

5 Questions for Cindy Rogers on Leveraging FP&A Consultants
After years as an employee,including being a direct report to the CFO, Cindy Rogers, FP&A, struck out on her own as an FP&A consulting professional.

04/02/2019

Survey: Cyberrisk Remains a Top Concern for Finance Pros
Cybersecurity is among the top risks that financial professionals cite as top areas of concern, according to the 2019 Risk Survey, supported by Marsh & McLennan Insights.

04/01/2019

What Does Worldpay’s Power Play Mean for Payments?
With a multibillion dollar acquisition and a partnership with the world’s largest retailer, payment processor Worldpay had a pretty good week. But what are the greater implications for the payments industry?

03/27/2019

Why Hasn’t Finance Embraced AI for Forecasting Yet?
Treasurers and CFOs will feel increasing pressure to adopt AI technologies, such as machine learning and big data analytics, to facilitate financial forecasts. Why isn’t this something that everyone is doing?

03/21/2019

KYC Conundrum: Why Utilities Haven’t Fully Taken Off
During the latest meeting of AFP’s Treasury Advisory Group (TAG), treasury professionals voiced their dissatisfaction with banks’ know-you-customer (KYC) rule process.

03/19/2019

Navigating Digital Transformation: 5 Lessons From ABM CEO Scott Salmirs
How can finance executives navigate digital transformation? Here are five lessons about navigating digital transformation from ABM chief executive officer Scott Salmirs on AFP Conversations: Leadership Series podcast.

03/12/2019

How Can Finance Measure Innovation? Here Are 13 Ideas.
Innovation is critical for organizations because it establishes a foundation for long-term survival. How can finance measure innovation? Simple—inspect what you expect.

03/07/2019

PSD2, APIs Could Offer Treasurers Big Payments Benefits
PSD2 has a lot to offer corporate treasury professionals, particularly when it comes to payments. Unfortunately, it hasn’t received a whole lot of attention in the United States—but that soon may change. And it needs to.

03/05/2019

The Future of FP&A: Two Ways to Take the Reins
In a recent survey, CFOs named the function of FP&A a top priority to transform and get more value from. That’s no surprise, because FP&A has been on the rise, driven by CFOs to become more strategic and a value-creating partner to the CEO.

03/04/2019

Libor Transition: 3 Ways Treasurers Can Address the Challenge
The Loan Syndications and Trading Association (LSTA) offered pieces of advice on the transition away from the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor).

02/26/2019

Will SWIFT’S KYC Registry Be a Game Changer?
SWIFT will open its know-your-customer (KYC) repository to corporates later this year. But unless it has strong standards, it is unlikely that this platform will ease corporates’ frustrations with this process.

02/25/2019

Improving Cross-Border Payments: 6 Questions Treasurers Should Ask
Improving cross-border payments is a priority for many treasurers. Here are six questions to ask to help you improve your cross-border payments.

02/14/2019

How to Create Autoregressive Integrated Moving Average (ARIMA) Models
Statistical tools are gaining in importance as the volume, variety, and velocity of data increases. Here is how to create an autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) model.

02/06/2019

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