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FP&A: Why the Time for Certification is Now
Jim Morales, FP&A, Manager of Business Planning and Strategy for U.S. Gas & Electric Inc., explains why the FP&A certification is needed, and how it has helped him both in his career and in his day-to-day job duties.

01/27/2016

FP&A Guide: Why Finance is Turning to Driver-Based Modeling
Facing greater market volatility, a fast-changing business environment, and a constant push from senior management to improve the planning process, more financial planning and analysis (FP&A) teams are incorporating driver-based modeling into their forecasting methodology.

01/26/2016

BEC Scams: Again, Your Cyber Insurance Won’t Cover Them
A Houston-based oil and energy company learned the hard way that cyber insurance does not cover business email compromise (BEC) scams—but they aren’t taking it lying down.

01/26/2016

Profile in Leadership: Building Treasury from the Ground Up
With an advanced degree in clinical psychology and experience as a martial arts instructor, it’s no surprise that Steve Rosenthal emphasizes leadership as global treasurer and managing director for Broadridge.

01/26/2016

AFP CCI: Uncertain Economy Drives Cash Accumulation
American companies hoarded cash at a far more rapid pace during the last quarter of 2015 than in the prior quarter, according to the AFP Corporate Cash Indicators® (AFP CCI).

01/25/2016

8 Ways FP&A Professionals Can Enhance Business Collaboration
As financial planning and analysis professionals increasingly shift their attention from everyday budgeting and forecasting to more strategic duties, the need to build strong business partnerships within the organization is growing.

01/25/2016

Ready for the Digital Economy-Led FP&A Transformation?
The digital economy is asking more from CFOs than in ever before. Is your organization ready for the emerging transformational trends?

01/25/2016

Working Cross-Functionally: A Must for Finance Pros
For today’s financial planning and analysis (FP&A) professional, working cross-functionally is a key part of the job. Just ask Gaileon Thompson, CTP, FP&A.

01/22/2016

Digitization Should Enhance, Not Disrupt, Treasury’s Focus
Even with so many opportunities and challenges constantly arising, treasury departments need to remain focused on the fundamentals of the business.

01/22/2016

AFP Payments: A Treasury Perspective on Faster Payments
This month, Patricia Hui, CTP, senior corporate treasury manager at Mentor Graphics Corp., provides a corporate treasury perspective on why the Fed's faster payments initiative is needed in today’s environment.

01/21/2016

CTP Exam Tips: How to Read the Questions
When you sit down to answer questions on the CTP Exam, make sure to read them slowly and completely. All of the questions have been written to provide the minimum amount of information needed to determine the answer.

01/21/2016

Ten Things FP&A Can Do to Help the M&A Process
Most FP&A teams are involved in M&A, often working both with the deals’ sponsors and senior management to assess business and financial assumptions. Here are 10 ways FP&A can improve their companies’ M&A process.

01/21/2016

FP&A Certification Propels One Professional to the Top
AFP recently spoke with Jake Bailey, III, FP&A, controller and director of finance for Tana Exploration, on his experience taking the Certified Corporate FP&A Professional exam.

01/20/2016

It’s Time for Treasury to Treat Banks Like Any Other Vendor
When thinking about the typical set of cash management services that banks provide to corporations, there is no reason that a bank should be treated differently from any other corporate vendor.

01/20/2016

AFP Risk Survey: Firms Face Greater Earnings Uncertainty
The 2016 AFP Risk Survey, supported by Marsh & McLennan Group of Companies, found that earnings uncertainty has increased for more than half of all organizations compared to three years ago.

01/19/2016

Five Ways Treasury Can Manage Emerging Market Volatility
A slowdown in China and a rapid devaluation, as well as the introduction of a new valuation methodology in August, have injected new volatility into the renminbi.

01/19/2016

Success Talks for Treasury & Finance: AFP's ‘Innovation Series’
Treasury and finance professionals looking to inspire their peers and share their success stories will soon have a new outlet to do so.

01/15/2016

AFP Risk: It’s Not Easy Going Green
This month, Risk looks at the risks treasurers face as they adopt new technologies and energy-saving strategies to comply with new regulations.

01/14/2016

Anticipating Adversity in an Unstable Environment
Companies face a daunting task in navigating today’s global risk landscape. Resilience requires a complex and nuanced approach.

01/14/2016

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

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