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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

How Hilton Improved its Liquidity Forecasting Capabilities
Hilton Worldwide outscored stiff competition to win AFP’s 2015 Pinnacle Grand Prize. The hospitality giant’s treasury team transformed a static view of multiple business units and regional forecasts into an agile, simplified liquidity forecast.

11/20/2015

Finance Careers: Job Hunting from the Inside Out
If you are seeking a new treasury or finance position, instead of conducting a job search from the perspective of a seller, approach the problem from the perspective of the buyer—i.e., the hiring authority.

11/19/2015

AFP Payments: Stop BEC Scams Before They Begin
The latest issue of AFP Payments provides insights on how to stop business email compromise (BEC) scams before they start.

11/19/2015

Driver-Based Modeling: Identifying the Right Drivers
Nearly 80 percent of companies say they’re either practicing or planning to implement a driver-based modeling approach as part of their forecasting and planning process.

11/19/2015

Q&A: Overcoming Challenges of a New Treasury Position
Ferdinand Jahnel, CTP, vice president, treasurer for Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc., and a member of AFP’s Board of Directors, discusses his new treasury position and the current challenges he’s facing.

11/18/2015

Liquidity Risk Management: Today’s Priority for Treasurers
The current climate of uncertainty about the future course of economies and markets is adding to the difficulties confronting corporate treasuries.

11/18/2015

Video: Business Modeling While Entering a New Country
Michel Bekkers, Senior Vice President, Group Treasurer of adidas AG, discusses the biggest risks to business modeling entering a new country and why treasury is best to connect strategy and risk.

11/18/2015

Call to Action: Treasurers, Join the Fed Payments Task Force
The Federal Reserve’s initiative to speed up the U.S. payments system has been a hot topic all year long. But if corporate treasurers truly want their concerns to be heard, then they need to join the conversation.

11/17/2015

Netting, Pooling & In-House Banking: Best Practices
The new CTC Guide focuses on techniques that can improve the use of liquidity across a multinational organization. It examines the core liquidity management techniques of netting and pooling and identifies how to determine their appropriate use.

11/17/2015

New Forecasting Challenges for FP&A: The Peabody Effect
The New York State Attorney General's decision that Peabody Energy should have given its investors better forecasting data on how climate change would affect its sales may have implications for FP&A.

11/17/2015

ISIS: A Risk That Treasury and Finance No Longer Can Ignore
Multinational corporations and their treasury and finance staff cannot afford to ignore the risks that ISIS presents, experts warn.

11/16/2015

Finance Talent: 7 Challenges FP&A Practitioners Must Conquer
At the SAP Conference for Financial Planning, Consolidation and Control, I co-led a four-hour workshop on best practices in financial planning and analysis. Not surprisingly, the topic that drew the longest and most vibrant conversation was talent management.

11/16/2015

Prepping for the CTP? To Help, AFP Has Relaunched its Blog
AFP is relaunching its CTP Exam Prep Blog to help treasury professionals prepare to take this challenging exam. Aspiring Certified Treasury Professionals will find posts by practitioners who have recently earned the CTP, as well as candidates currently studying for the exam, academics who regularly teach CTP courses, and others.

11/13/2015

Two Ways Finance Can Boost Enterprise Performance
Financial executives expect greater risk and volatility in the next three years. This quick-shifting environment is not getting any better, which affects all aspects of forecasting, budgeting and planning.

11/12/2015

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