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How FP&A Can Predict Software Subscription Revenues
As CFOs and FP&A professionals involved in trying to plan or forecast software subscription revenues will have noticed, there are subtleties in subscription models that keep predictable forecasts elusive.

10/01/2015

KYC and KYT: Treasurers and Banks Must Collaborate
When bank regulators create new compliance rules, banks' clients—i.e., corporate treasury departments—inevitably feel the impact as well.

10/01/2015

Cut and Run: How FP&A Can Shorten the Budgeting Process
Only 40 percent of finance professionals find the budgeting process “somewhat valuable,” according to recent research. So why do we still create budgets?

10/01/2015

Finance Cover Letters That Get You Noticed

What do all of the these opening statements on a cover letter have in common? All of them will bring forth the following reaction from the hiring manager or human resources professional: B-O-R-I-N-G.

09/30/2015

Can Treasurers Find the Right Mix of Payment Types?
As a corporate treasurer, do you view electronic payments as a necessary evil for doing business with some vendors? If so, then it's time for a change.

09/30/2015

AFP Responds to Misleading Wall Street Journal Article
The article claims that, “More than half of corporate cash held by U.S. companies this August was invested in investment-grade corporate bonds.” The claim could not be further from the truth.

09/30/2015

Turn Cash Forecasting Into a Strategic Business Tool
Treasury groups typically spend too much time putting together cash forecasts without adequately addressing fundamental structural issues that can make forecasting into a strategic business tool.

09/29/2015

Payments Innovation: The Fed Presses for More Changes
Payments innovation was the central theme of this year’s Chicago Payments Symposium. Participants gathered to discuss important topics in payments, including faster payments systems, fraud and security.

09/29/2015

ERM Lessons from Reputational Debacles
VW, FIFA and GM have been in the news for violations of ethics and possibly criminal behavior. All three present classic case studies in enterprise risk management. They should be lessons for treasurers, who increasingly lead their organization’s ERM efforts.

09/29/2015

Video: Preparing Treasurers for the Future of Payments
In the latest video from AFP's In-Depth series, Anita Patterson, Director, Treasury Services and Patriot Act Compliance Officer for Cox Enterprises, discusses what treasurers should be doing about payments based on the Fed's research.

09/29/2015

Finding the Perfect Fit in a Finance Job

Too often you hear about someone who has changed jobs only to be back in the job hunt again in six to 12 months. That's because job seekers, especially those who have been out of work for some time, can be tempted to take the first offer. Gary Spinell, treasurer for InterActive Corp.'s travel division December 28, 2004

09/29/2015

Seven Ways FP&A Can Retain Top Talent
Finding and retaining talent is a top concern for CFOs and financial planning and analysis (FP&A) chiefs. An upcoming AFP FP&A Guide, “Addressing the FP&A Talent Gap” examines just how difficult it is for FP&A directors to find the talent they need to meet today’s challenges.

09/28/2015

Bank Relationship Management: Feedback is a Two-Way Street
One message was clear during a panel discussion on corporate-bank relationships at the Eurofinance International Cash and Treasury Management conference—transparency is paramount.

09/28/2015

FP&A at the AFP Annual Conference
The financial planning and analysis (FP&A) track at the 2015 AFP Annual Conference features sessions on data visualization, big data, KPIs, forecasting, analytics and more.

09/28/2015

FX Volatility May Require Treasurers to Get Creative
During a session at the EuroFinance International Cash and Treasury Management conference, analysts attempted to determine what the current state of the currency markets could mean for treasurers in the long run.

09/25/2015

Cash Flow At Risk: Better Visibility, Better Planning
Cash flow at Risk can be defined as the extent to which future cash flows may fall short of expectations as a consequence of changes in market variables.

09/25/2015

Cash Forecasting Has Evolved. Are You Ready?
AFP’s latest Treasury in Practice guide focuses on cash forecasting, which has evolved considerably in recent years.

09/25/2015

What Are the Alternatives to Check Signatures?
Recently on AFP’s discussion boards, corporate treasury and finance professionals discussed check signatures.

09/24/2015

Fed Adopts NACHA Rules for Same-Day ACH
The Federal Reserve has approved the alignment of its same-day ACH service with the same-day ACH amendments to NACHA’s ACH operating rules.

09/24/2015

Adapt or Die: How Treasury Can Respond to Change
Part of being a treasurer is being able to adapt to change. During a recent panel session, executives from major companies provided ways to respond to big changes.

09/24/2015

Are You a High-Performance Treasurer? Four Factors Will Show
High performance in business starts with high performance by the people who make up the organization, and no one knows that better than treasury professionals.

09/24/2015

BEC Scams: Even Legitimate Requests Can’t Be Trusted
With the rise of business email compromise (BEC) scams, treasurers know that they have to be more suspicious than ever when they receive a request for information or a payment from a questionable source. But what if the payment request comes from a legitimate source?

09/23/2015

Capex Cutbacks: The Impact of Low Oil Prices on Treasury
Expect capex cutbacks next year from oil producing regions around the world, analysts said at the EuroFinance International Conference.

09/23/2015

What is Treasury’s Role in a Changing Business Environment?
CEOs must innovate to keep their businesses from falling behind, stresses Lord Stuart Rose. Treasury and finance can, and should, play a big role in this process.

09/23/2015

Show, Don’t Tell: How Treasury Can Demonstrate Value
To demonstrate value, treasurers must become indispensable to the broader organization and be seen as a valuable contributor to its strategic goals.

09/23/2015

Performance Measurement: Key to Treasury’s Strategic Journey
Treasurers committed to becoming a strategic partner to their organization need to measure their performance internally and externally to arrive at a balanced assessment.

09/23/2015

What Treasurers Need to Know When Choosing a TMS
Treasurers evaluating competing treasury management system (TMS) offerings should note that the detailed definitions in use vary across the vendor community.

09/22/2015

Survey: Finance Pros Highly Satisfied with Banks’ Service
The majority of treasury and finance professionals are satisfied with the service of their banks, according to new survey of 784 treasury and finance professionals by AFP.

09/22/2015

No EMV? No Problem: Retail Treasurers Admit They’re Lax
Despite the EMV liability shift fast approaching, several treasurers of American retailers admit that they will not be ready for the October 1 deadline. In fact, some have no plans to migrate at all.

09/21/2015

Money Fund Update: SEC Removes Rating Agency References
Quietly on late September 16, the Securities and Exchange Commission removed references to credit ratings from its money market fund regulations.

09/21/2015

Career Development at the 2015 AFP Annual Conference
The career development track at the 2015 AFP Annual Conference in Denver features an impressive lineup of sessions for treasury and finance professionals. Sessions focus on acquiring and retaining talent, mentoring, communication skills, breaking down silos and more.

09/18/2015

Big Data: A Threat or Opportunity for Finance?
Processing big data is only possible with technical expertise—a prerequisite in the tech world, but not necessarily the finance one. Finance professionals seem to be watching the trend of big data pass by without actively participating.

09/18/2015

Winter is Coming: Review Your Treasury Policy
With volatility in the currency and debt capital markets, it would be a wise move to dust off that treasury policy.

09/18/2015

Treasury: The Ideal Enterprise Risk Management Leader
Treasury’s role as the authority on enterprise risk management (ERM) is becoming increasingly important. The volatility in stock, FX and commodity markets, plus diverse expectations about the future interest rate environment, are key reasons why companies must take a more holistic view of risk.

09/17/2015

AFP Payments: Annual Conference Preview
In the latest issue of AFP Payments, we provide you with a complete rundown of payments sessions at the 2015 AFP Annual Conference in Denver. The payments track features sessions on mobile payments, same-day ACH, ISO 20022, interchange, fraud and more.

09/17/2015

The FBAR Food Chain: Who Has Signature Authority?
Treasurers are intensely focused on Foreign Bank Account Reporting (FBAR), and one area that is particularly of concern is exactly which individuals have signature authority, meaning that they need to file an FBAR after making a payment.

09/17/2015

How Rolling Forecasts Can Integrate Business Processes
When implementing a rolling forecast, FP&A would be wise to involve executives from other groups in the process. Choosing the right stewards of key functions better links the forecast to the business operations.

09/16/2015

Business Financial Reports: How Should They Look?
Financial reports often do not get the message across to the decision-makers. The International Business Communication Standards (IBCS) might be able to fix all of that.

09/16/2015

Is the Strong USD Cause to Strengthen Capital Structure?
For U.S. companies holding large sums of cash abroad, the strong dollar presents something of a challenge—affecting reported earnings, global cash positions and capital structure.

09/15/2015

AFP 2015 Preview: David Nour on Business Relationships
Treasury and finance professionals who are concerned that their business relationships are missing something won’t want to miss David Nour’s session at the 2015 AFP Annual Conference in Denver.

09/15/2015

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