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New Advisory Council to Help Guide AFP’s FP&A Efforts
The new FP&A Advisory Council will aid AFP’s staff in understanding current and developing areas of focus pertinent to FP&A.

01/14/2016

Two Innovative Ways Treasurers Can Expand Their Role
If you’re like most ambitious treasury professionals, you want to grow your career, expand your areas of responsibilities, and prove you can make a bigger impact on your company. But how?

01/13/2016

Identifying Energy Efficiency Risks: Key for Treasurers
Mounting pressure from governments to cut energy consumption and limit pollution has implications for corporate finances, as companies must increasingly look to new technologies and energy-saving strategies to comply with new regulations.

01/13/2016

CTP Exam Tips: Handling the Three Question Levels
An important fact to keep in mind about the CTP Exam questions is that there are three levels: basic, intermediate, and advanced.

01/12/2016

Keeping Up: Faster Payments From a Treasurer’s Perspective
Patricia Hui, CTP, senior corporate treasury manager at Mentor Graphics Corp., provides a treasury perspective on why the Fed's faster payments initiative is needed in today’s environment.

01/12/2016

3 Obstacles Finance Must Overcome to Embrace Big Data
Big data may be big news, but many financial planning and analysis (FP&A) groups are still trying to come to grips with small data. Can FP&A move beyond?

01/11/2016

Treasurers: Here Are Two Strategies for Paying Bank Fees
There are two strategies a treasury department can pursue when determining how to pay their bank fees—fee or balance compensation.

01/08/2016

How the Historic 195-Nation Climate Deal Benefits Finance
Last month saw 195 countries commit to a climate change deal that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions around the globe. But while the deal is historic, many of the world’s largest businesses haven’t waited to reduce their carbon footprints.

01/07/2016

FP&A: 7 Ways to Counter Forecast Bias
In the latest issue of the FP&A Newsletter, we take a look at the one thing that continues to stand in the way of pure data-driven decisions: human nature.

01/07/2016

AFP Seeks Board of Directors Candidates
AFP is seeking new treasury and finance professionals to be part of its board of directors.

01/06/2016

CTP Exam Tips: All the Information is There
When you’re preparing for an exam, there’s always going to be that fear that the information provided to you on the test won’t be sufficient. Fortunately, when it comes to AFP’s CTP Exam, you don’t need to have such worries.

01/06/2016

SWIFT Initiative Could Keep Legacy Payment Systems Relevant
The introduction of virtual currencies and the underlying blockchain technology has challenged traditional payment systems in a very disruptive way. That’s prompted one so-called “legacy payment system” to respond.

01/06/2016

Why the RMB Needs to be Part of Your Business Strategy
The RMB's inclusion in the SDR basket should be a clear reminder to companies across the world that the RMB needs to be part of their business strategy.

01/06/2016

Three Considerations for Your Hedging Program
Entering into a hedge is, in effect, a pricing decision; so, too, is the decision not to enter a hedge.

01/05/2016

AFP Study: FP&A a Strategic Partner to Management
A recent study from AFP shows that financial planning and analysis (FP&A) professionals rank their role as strategic partners as their number one job responsibility.

01/05/2016

Excess Liquidity: The Challenges of Too Much Short-Term Cash
AFP speaks with Peter Shen, CFA, assistant treasurer for medical therapeutic provider Gilead Sciences, whose company has grown significantly in recent years.

01/04/2016

Cybersecurity: Your Employees Are Your Best Line of Defense
While companies aggressively guard the perimeter to minimize the risk of a large-scale cyberattack, employees can unwittingly open the front door to sophisticated cybercriminals that carry out their crimes utilizing social engineering tactics.

01/04/2016

Seven Ways Finance Can Counter Forecast Bias
While more companies are trying to perfect the science of forecasting with techniques like driver-based modeling and technology, there’s one thing that stands in the way of making pure data-driven decisions: human nature.

12/31/2015

Top AFP Articles of 2015: Finance Pros Prep for Basel III
This year, financial professionals were particularly concerned with Basel III, if the most read articles on AFP’s website are any indication.

12/30/2015

CTP Exam Tips: Taking the Test
You’ve committed to taking the CTP exam, put in the necessary time, worked on your weak spots, and the test day is almost upon you. What can you expect in the last few weeks prior to the exam?

12/30/2015

Considering an MBA? There May Be a Better Alternative
An MBA is a traditional career route for finance jobseekers. There is, however, another alternative that will definitely help you stand out from the crowd.

12/29/2015

Why Same-Day ACH Will Change the Billing Game
At Verizon, ACH is a reliable play for collecting payments. But sometimes customers don't choose this option, and payment becomes less consistent and certain. This is when speed becomes critical.

12/29/2015

Economists: U.S. to Pace World Growth in 2016
According to exclusive interviews with economists from several global financial services institutions, Uncle Sam will lead the way next year.

12/28/2015

Year in Review: 7 Observations on Treasury, Payments
With 2016 less than two weeks away, let's look back on 2015 and see what we learned about treasury operations and payments this year.

12/23/2015

Transcending, Not Just Transforming: The Outlook for 2016
Treasury and finance professionals have to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. In a word, they need to transcend the everyday and look forward.

12/22/2015

Economists: Global Economy a Mixed Bag in 2016
AFP spoke with some of the world’s leading economists about their projections for 2016. Results were mixed; while some economies and sectors are poised to pick up steam, others are in for a tough year.

12/21/2015

Key Tips for Complying with Credit Agreements
Many practitioners report that their banks are urging them to review and potentially reopen credit facilities, even if they’re not due for some time, in order to lock in advantageous terms. While credit agreements are a perennial issue for treasurers, they are top-of-mind now.

12/21/2015

Treasurers, Are Your Companies Phish Bait?
One of the issues keeping treasury up at night is business email compromise (BEC), in which intruders masquerade as the CFO/CEO and create emails in the hope of persuading authorized signers to issue electronic payments on their behalf.

12/18/2015

How to Hedge Exposure to the South African Rand
South Africa has become an attractive market for companies. Given how volatile the South African Rand (ZAR) can be, the impact on a company with ZAR exposure can be significant.

12/17/2015

Best Practices in Driver-Based Modeling
Facing greater market volatility and a fast-changing business environment, as well as constant push from senior management to improve the planning process, more FP&A teams are incorporating driver-based modeling (DBM) into their forecasting methodology.

12/17/2015

AFP Payments: Key Trends to Watch in 2016
In the latest edition of AFP Payments, we look at four key developments that will have great significance for treasury and finance professionals in 2016.

12/17/2015

Fed Raises Rates, CFOs Suspect it Won’t Be the Last Time
The Federal Reserve finally raised short-term interest rates for the first time since the financial crisis. CFOs believe this will be the first of several increases in the near term.

12/16/2015

Recession Brewing? U.S. Growth Continues to Soften
The outlook for U.S. economic growth in 2016 and 2017 softened in the second half of 2015. Further out, another recession appears likely.

12/16/2015

Business Forecasting: The Real Pathway Toward Accuracy
Forecasts deal with the future, and in particular, the future expectations of people. So forecasting is not a mathematical process; it is a matter of humanities.

12/16/2015

Finance: A Strategic Partner to Operations
Financial planning and analysis groups are increasingly called on to help operations achieve better process efficiency and make better investment decisions.

12/16/2015

Treasurers Should Brace for FX Volatility in ‘Yuan Year’
The big currency story in 2016 will be one of yuan liberalization—and the very significant business risk it represents for global companies. But the yuan won’t be the only currency story.

12/15/2015

AFP’s Board of Directors Looks Ahead to 2016
AFP asked members of its Board of Directors about their biggest challenges and accomplishments in 2015. Board members were also asked about their focuses headed into the New Year.

12/15/2015

Survey: Finance Professionals Expect Tepid Growth in 2016
The 2016 AFP Business Outlook Survey, underwritten by SWIFT, revealed slightly less than half of finance professionals anticipate U.S. business conditions will improve in 2016.

12/14/2015

Payment Trends for Finance Pros to Watch in the New Year
The payments landscape is changing by the day. Here are four key developments that will have great significance for treasury and finance professionals in the New Year.

12/14/2015

Negotiation Techniques from an ex-FBI Hostage Negotiator
Christopher Voss, CEO of Black Swan Ltd. and a former hostage negotiator for the FBI, provides negotiation tips for treasury and finance professionals.

12/14/2015

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