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.
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.
Vinay Mehra, CFO of Politico, explains how to know when your budgeting and forecasting process is broken, and how to fix it.
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.
A key question treasurers need to ask is whether their companies are considering alternative payments that will increase cash flow and retain customers.
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.
Which treasury and finance topic will reign supreme in 2016? Now you can decide.
The EMV chargeback controversy finally came to a head recently in the form of a federal antitrust lawsuit seeking class action status.
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?
Motivated treasury professionals with a few hours’ investment can systematically work through their banking relationships, leading to greater control, reduced cost and greater efficiency.
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.
Ferdinand Jahnel, CTP, Vice President, Treasurer for Marsh & McLennan and an AFP Board member, discusses the biggest challenge faced when entering a new role.
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.
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.
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.
John Paris, Assistant Treasurer for Rogers Corporation, discusses why he joined the 2016 AFP Annual Conference Planning Task Force.
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.
Nilly Essaides, AFP's Director of Financial Planning and Analysis Practice, discusses the 2016 AFP FP&A Benchmarking Survey, conducted in partnership with IBM.
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.
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?
Coca-Cola has over 300 legal entities and is present in nearly every country. Managing communications is a key condition for success.
AFP has launched the FP&A Exam Preparation Blog, a new resource to help aspiring Certified Corporate FP&A Professionals study for the exam.
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?
Measuring the performance of your financial planning and analysis (FP&A) efforts is complicated by three factors.
Magnus Attoff, Head of Financial Risk Management at Ericsson, explains why it is critically important to quantify your business' risk.
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.
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.
Members of AFP’s Treasury Advisory Group (TAG) unsurprisingly name know-your-customer (KYC) regulations as one of their top concerns.
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.
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.
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.
Why are we seeing this push towards having a cashless society and what benefits will it bring?
Finance has lagged marketing and even HR in implementing big data projects. The good news is that that’s changing.
Christopher Voss, CEO of Black Swan Group, gives treasury and finance professionals his best negotiation advice.
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.
During a blockchain session at the latest Payments Innovation Alliance meeting, attendees discussed the possibility of creating standards for the innovative technology.
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.
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.
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.
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?