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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

CTP Exam Tips: Studying for the Test
So you’ve committed to taking the CTP exam and created a learning plan to get through the chapters of the AFP Treasury Learning System. Now what?

12/11/2015

Liquidity Should Be Treasury’s Top Priority in 2016
In today’s environment, some corporate treasurers see themselves as “co-CFOs.” But perhaps treasurers should think of rebranding themselves as “chief liquidity officers (CLOs)”.

12/11/2015

SWIFT Targets Treasury with New Payments Initiative
SWIFT is targeting corporate treasurers with a new initiative to improve the speed, transparency and predictability of cross-border payments.

12/10/2015

AFP Risk: How Treasurers Can Stop BEC Scammers
In the new Risk newsletter, we preview AFP’s new Treasury in Practice Guide on business email compromise (BEC) scams, the number one fraud threat for treasury and finance.

12/10/2015

Corporates Move to Repos in Response to Negative Rates
The ECB's decision to push deposit rates even further into negative territory is making short-term investment alternatives such as repurchase agreements more attractive.

12/10/2015

Want to Reduce Late Payments? Here Are Two Ways
Governments are introducing programs to address late payments and improve working capital, but results are mixed at best.

12/10/2015

Receivables Financing: Eliminating the Pain for Treasurers
Financing receivables can be an arduous administrative exercise for corporates. Yet the days of such troubles may soon be at an end.

12/09/2015

BEC Scams: What Treasurers Need to Know
In the new Treasury in Practice Guide, AFP provides you with the tools you need to stop business email compromise (BEC) scams before they start.

12/08/2015

Mentality Change: Time to Rethink Cash Forecasting
There is often a perception that cash forecasting is solely a treasury task. However, in an environment such as Turkey, by only utilizing customer open items and their due dates, it can lead to inefficiencies in cash management between bank accounts.

12/08/2015

3 Principles to Help Treasurers Manage Volatile Cash Flows
Managing a company with volatile cash flows presents unique challenges. There are three key principles that treasury must consider.

12/07/2015

Keys to Negotiating Credit Facilities
Three corporate treasury executives provided financial professionals with some helpful tips on securing and negotiating credit facilities during a session at the 2015 AFP Annual Conference in Denver.

12/07/2015

Economists Join Chorus Predicting Fed Rate Hike in December
A consensus of bank economists believe the Federal Reserve will hike interest rates 25 basis points when the FOMC meets on December 16.

12/07/2015

KYC: An Invasion of Privacy for Treasury and Finance
Banks are going to extremes over KYC regulations. Corporate treasury and finance professionals obviously want to comply, but are banks going too far?

12/04/2015

Driver-Based Models: Defining the Mathematical Link
Driver-based models express the mathematical relationship between key business drivers and financial performance. But how can companies create the right algorithms to capture that relationship?

12/04/2015

Feds Are Hacking Companies. Here’s Why You Should Want This.
One of the most successful ways to ensure your organization’s systems and procedures are safe from cybercrime is to have an outside organization test them. And one federal government agency will do just that—free of charge.

12/03/2015

Forecasting Tomorrow: 3 Challenges FP&A will Face in 2016
The role of financial planning and analysis (FP&A) professionals will only become more critical next year. That means FP&A will have to up the ante on forecasting, business partnership and talent.

12/03/2015

FP&A: New Forecasting Challenges Lie Ahead
In the latest issue of AFP’s FP&A Newsletter, we look at how the New York Attorney General’s decision on Peabody Energy may have implications for FP&A.

12/03/2015

A CFO’s Lament: ‘The 5 Mistakes I Would Not Repeat’
The best companies reward employees who share their mistakes, so that others don’t commit the same errors. You first need to make mistakes to learn from them.

12/02/2015

CTP Exam Tips: Laying the Groundwork
When studying for the CTP Exam, it is crucial to create a plan of attack.

12/02/2015

RMB Is Now a Reserve Currency. What It Means for Treasurers
The Chinese renminbi has met the criteria to be included in the SDR basket. For corporate treasury and finance professionals, this news has major implications.

12/01/2015

Armored Cars: Why Retailers Need More Cash Visibility
Cash visibility is an important focus for treasurers in any sector. But in retail, keeping track of your cash can be incredibly difficult when you’re relying on armored carrier services to move it from place to place.

12/01/2015

Dividend or Not? A Collaboration Between FP&A and Treasury
Oil companies insist on keeping their dividends untouched, despite a mega drop in their earnings. With investors reeling, at least this way they get income from their holdings.

11/30/2015

EMIR Swap Requirements: Corporates Coalesce to Make Change
Multinational corporations are preparing a letter expressing their concerns about current swap regulations and the possibility—if unlikely—that their exemption from clearing may be eliminated.

11/30/2015

Driver-Based Modeling: How to Build the Perfect Relationship
A driver-based model is only as good as the relationship between the input and the outcome. More companies are adopting this approach in their forecasting and planning processes.

11/30/2015

Today’s Treasurer: The ‘Co-CFO’
Today's treasurers are required to work across all areas of the business—in a sense, acting like an alternate chief financial officer.

11/24/2015

Accounting Challenges for Nonprofit Treasury and Finance
Treasury and finance professionals for nonprofits have to work with stakeholders who are often far more active and diverse than corporate stakeholders.

11/24/2015

Case Study: A True Global Notional Cash Pool
After identifying the need to centralize treasury management to achieve greater efficiency in managing cash, Marsh & McLennan Companies implemented a global multicurrency notional cash pool.

11/24/2015

Negotiating Credit Agreements: Tips from Scotts Miracle-Gro
Scotts Miracle-Gro's assistant treasurer offers some best practices for negotiating and complying with credit agreements.

11/23/2015

Cyrus Vance, Jr.: Collaboration Needed to Stop Cybercrime
According to Cyrus Vance, Jr., District Attorney for New York County, there needs to be more collaboration between the public and private sectors on cybersecurity, and not just on a national level.

11/23/2015

How One Tech Giant Revamped its Treasury Infrastructure
With multiple bank accounts and treasury outposts, South African tech giant Altron knew it needed to change its treasury operating model.

11/23/2015

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