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FP&A Exam Tips: Time Management is the Key
Everyone studies and takes tests differently. For those who don’t regularly take tests, however, the Certified Corporate FP&A Professional examination process might be a new experience.

03/21/2016

Finance Teams at Providence Health, Payless Embrace Big Data
While many finance groups are still behind in implementing big data projects, finance executives and experts argue that the tide is turning. At Providence Health & Services and Payless ShoeSource, big data is already making a big difference.

03/21/2016

Think Your Budgeting Process is Broken? Here’s How to Tell.
Vinay Mehra, CFO of Politico, explains how to know when your budgeting and forecasting process is broken, and how to fix it.

03/18/2016

AFP Payments: Is There Real Demand for Real-Time?
In the latest edition of AFP Payments, we review a recent Payments Innovation Alliance discussion, in which experts weighed in on whether U.S. corporate treasurers really need—or even want—real-time payments.

03/17/2016

Treasury Challenges in the Changing Payments Environment
A key question treasurers need to ask is whether their companies are considering alternative payments that will increase cash flow and retain customers.

03/17/2016

Finance Execs Should Focus On the ‘B Players’. Here’s Why.
Both the A players and the C players get a lot of attention from management. But the B players are who the focus should be on.

03/17/2016

Make Your Selections for the AFP Treasury & Finance Tourney
Which treasury and finance topic will reign supreme in 2016? Now you can decide.

03/17/2016

EMV Chargeback Controversy Culminates in a Lawsuit
The EMV chargeback controversy finally came to a head recently in the form of a federal antitrust lawsuit seeking class action status.

03/16/2016

5 Tips for Finance Execs Worried About Currency Volatility
Currency volatility is on the mind of CFOs and treasurers as the U.S. dollar has been in a position of strength over the last couple of years. What is a finance exec with business overseas to do?

03/16/2016

Become a Treasury Superhero by Improving Bank Relationships
Motivated treasury professionals with a few hours’ investment can systematically work through their banking relationships, leading to greater control, reduced cost and greater efficiency.

03/15/2016

Case Study: The Value of Communication at Tiffany & Co.
A geographically diverse company with operations across approximately 30 countries, Tiffany & Co. is constantly adding new locations in new regions. Therefore, effective communication is essential.

03/15/2016

Video: Changing Jobs From a Finance Executive's Perspective
Ferdinand Jahnel, CTP, Vice President, Treasurer for Marsh & McLennan and an AFP Board member, discusses the biggest challenge faced when entering a new role.

03/15/2016

Why the Blockchain Revolution Won’t Happen Overnight
During a recent panel discussion, experts weighed in on how blockchain technology could be a major disruptive force. But whatever change is coming, it’s not going to happen overnight.

03/14/2016

How Finance Execs Can Assess Their Company’s Planning Risk
Finance executives may find it useful to create a subset of strategic risk called “planning risk”—the failure to meet your strategic objectives due to weaknesses in your planning process.

03/14/2016

FP&A Exam Tips: 3 Ways to Switch Back Into ‘Study Mode’
Getting into “study mode” isn’t easy, especially if you haven’t studied for a test in a while. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can ease yourself back into that mindset when preparing for the FP&A Exam.

03/11/2016

Video: Planning the 2016 AFP Annual Conference
John Paris, Assistant Treasurer for Rogers Corporation, discusses why he joined the 2016 AFP Annual Conference Planning Task Force.

03/11/2016

AFP Risk: The Advantage of Cat Bonds
In the latest edition of the Risk newsletter, we look at how corporates that face major business interruption risk are finding relief in the catastrophe (cat) bond market.

03/10/2016

Video: The Need for Best Practices in FP&A
Nilly Essaides, AFP's Director of Financial Planning and Analysis Practice, discusses the 2016 AFP FP&A Benchmarking Survey, conducted in partnership with IBM.

03/10/2016

CTC Forum Preview: How to Avoid a Liquidity Shortfall
AFP recently spoke with Mack Makode of Mylan Pharmaceuticals about his upcoming session on liquidity at the CTC Corporate Treasurers Forum, May 22-24 at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay.

03/09/2016

Putting the Strategic Treasury Puzzle Together
There are myriad opportunities for treasurers to aspire to a bigger and broader roles in the organization. But what does a treasurer need to bring this career journey to fruition?

03/09/2016

Managing Communications: Key for Coca Cola’s Global Treasury
Coca-Cola has over 300 legal entities and is present in nearly every country. Managing communications is a key condition for success.

03/08/2016

AFP Launches Blog to Help You Prep for the FP&A Exam
AFP has launched the FP&A Exam Preparation Blog, a new resource to help aspiring Certified Corporate FP&A Professionals study for the exam. 

03/08/2016

Engaging the Board: Why Do Treasurers Miss the Mark?
Many corporate treasury departments aren’t playing the role of strategic adviser to the board that they should be. What can treasurers do to change that?

03/07/2016

Want to Measure Your Firm’s FP&A ROI? Here’s How to Do It.
Measuring the performance of your financial planning and analysis (FP&A) efforts is complicated by three factors.

03/07/2016

Video: How Ericsson Telecom Quantifies Risk Management
Magnus Attoff, Head of Financial Risk Management at Ericsson, explains why it is critically important to quantify your business' risk.

03/04/2016

FP&A: Why Finance Pros Need to See the Big Picture
In the latest edition of the FP&A newsletter, Peter Geiler, FP&A, the senior finance manager for a $60 billion healthcare organization, explains why finance professionals can’t afford to only look at one piece of the pie.

03/03/2016

Post-EMV Liability Shift, Chargebacks are a Big Issue
A major issue for retail treasurers since the October 2015 EMV liability shift has been a rise in chargebacks, and some of the dollar amounts have been huge.

03/03/2016

KYC Remains a Major Concern for Treasurers
Members of AFP’s Treasury Advisory Group (TAG) unsurprisingly name know-your-customer (KYC) regulations as one of their top concerns.

03/02/2016

AFP Launches FP&A Benchmarking Survey
AFP has launched the 2016 AFP FP&A Benchmarking Survey, in partnership with IBM. The survey aims to provide financial professionals with data to identify best practices and improve processes within their organization.

03/02/2016

Treasurers, Time to Develop Your Interest Rate Strategies
Be proactive in developing your interest rate hedging strategy and recognize that the interest rate derivatives market has changed significantly in the last several years.

03/01/2016

CTP Exam Tips: 4 Basic Prep Strategies
Preparing for the CTP exam can seem daunting, but the keys to success are related to the old adage, “Eat an elephant one bite at a time.”  Here are some basic strategies to prepare for the exam.

03/01/2016

Cashless Continent: Europe Strives to Eradicate Paper Money
Why are we seeing this push towards having a cashless society and what benefits will it bring?

02/29/2016

Why Finance Should Embrace Big Data Strategies
Finance has lagged marketing and even HR in implementing big data projects. The good news is that that’s changing.

02/29/2016

Video: Negotiation Advice from an Ex-FBI Agent
Christopher Voss, CEO of Black Swan Group, gives treasury and finance professionals his best negotiation advice.

02/26/2016

Tips from UCB on Building an Interactive Dashboard
Marie Theunissen, FP&A expert and project management director at UCB created an online, mobile-accessible dashboard that allows management and business leaders to visualize KPIs and how they impact business performance.

02/26/2016

Blockchain Talk: Technology First, Standards Second
During a blockchain session at the latest Payments Innovation Alliance meeting, attendees discussed the possibility of creating standards for the innovative technology.

02/25/2016

Futures in Finance: How Can CFOs Lead the C-Suite?
In the latest edition of Futures in Finance, we look at three ways CFOs can grab the attention of the rest of the C-suite.

02/25/2016

Unclaimed Property Risk: How to Safeguard Your Company
Treasury professionals may be unfamiliar with a hidden risk that can have a significant negative impact on their organization’s finances: failure to comply with state unclaimed property laws.

02/25/2016

Blockchain Blocker: Is There Even a Business Case?
Blockchain technology was unsurprisingly a topic of discussion at the latest Payments Innovation Alliance meeting. Although members are very interested in the potential of this new technology, they had many questions about its benefits and even how to apply it.

02/25/2016

Real-Time Payments: Is There Demand From Treasury?
During a panel session at the latest Payments Innovation Alliance meeting, experts examined the value and necessity of real-time payments in the United States. A key question was whether corporate treasurers need—or want—them?

02/24/2016

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