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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
The digital economy is asking more from CFOs than in ever before. Is your organization ready for the emerging transformational trends?
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.
Even with so many opportunities and challenges constantly arising, treasury departments need to remain focused on the fundamentals of the business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Treasury and finance professionals looking to inspire their peers and share their success stories will soon have a new outlet to do so.
This month, Risk looks at the risks treasurers face as they adopt new technologies and energy-saving strategies to comply with new regulations.
Companies face a daunting task in navigating today’s global risk landscape. Resilience requires a complex and nuanced approach.
The new FP&A Advisory Council will aid AFP’s staff in understanding current and developing areas of focus pertinent to FP&A.
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?
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.
An important fact to keep in mind about the CTP Exam questions is that there are three levels: basic, intermediate, and advanced.
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.
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?
There are two strategies a treasury department can pursue when determining how to pay their bank fees—fee or balance compensation.
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.
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.
AFP is seeking new treasury and finance professionals to be part of its board of directors.
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.
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.
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.
Entering into a hedge is, in effect, a pricing decision; so, too, is the decision not to enter a hedge.
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.
AFP speaks with Peter Shen, CFA, assistant treasurer for medical therapeutic provider Gilead Sciences, whose company has grown significantly in recent years.
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.
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.
This year, financial professionals were particularly concerned with Basel III, if the most read articles on AFP’s website are any indication.
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?
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.