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Jeb Bush Corporate Tax Plan Would Lower Rate to 20 Percent
Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush released his tax plan today—and there’s plenty for businesses to ponder.

09/09/2015

Finding FP&A Talent, Forecasting Key Challenges in Singapore
Senior FP&A leaders gathered for the inaugural meeting of the Singapore AFP FP&A Club. The discussion focused on key challenges FP&A professionals are facing—particularly talent management and forecasting.

09/09/2015

Certification Requirement Transformed Finance Exec’s Career
Some treasury professionals earn the CTP because they like a challenge. For Kendall Frederick, CTP, FP&A, senior manager, finance integration for Hanesbrands, earning the CTP was a condition of his first job in treasury.

09/09/2015

AFP 2015 Preview: W Mitchell on Preparing for What’s Next
Financial professionals have become familiar with black swan events in recent years. They come out of nowhere and have the potential to wipe out everything you’ve achieved. If anyone knows about overcoming devastating incidents, it’s 2015 AFP Annual Conference speaker W Mitchell.

09/08/2015

AFP In-Depth: Developing a Global Supplier Financing Program
In the latest video from AFP's In-Depth series, Martin Schlageter, head of treasury operations at Roche Switzerland, discusses why it was so important for his organization to develop a global supplier financing program.

09/08/2015

Cyrus Vance Jr. to Talk Cybersecurity at Executive Institute
The 2015 CTC Executive Institute, exclusively sponsored by PNC, boasts an impressive lineup of thought leaders, lawmakers and treasury and finance executives, led by Cyrus Vance, Jr., District Attorney for New York County.

09/08/2015

Adopting E-Payments Can Result in Impressive ROI
A large retailer wanted to move its suppliers from check to electronic payments. It recouped the cost of the conversion process in under three months and realized a 761 percent return on investment.

09/04/2015

The Advantages of a Driver-Based Rolling Forecast
A driver-based rolling forecast allows companies to really figure out what moves the needle, then make sure that there’s a connection between that and the forecast. That’s what Euroclear has attempted to put in place.

09/04/2015

From Legacy to Cloud to World-Class Treasury
CA Technologies, which creates software that fuels transformation for businesses, took on a transformation of its own when it adopted a cloud-based, world-class treasury solution.

09/03/2015

5 Reasons to Build a Strong FP&A Unit
At the heart of sound business decision-making is a strong FP&A function. Here are five reasons why a strong FP&A bench is a must for any organization focusing on economic growth.

09/03/2015

Want to Make an Impact on the Global FP&A Profession?
This month, the FP&A newsletter turns its focus on AFP's new FP&A Advisory Council. Practitioners who are interested in making an impact global financial planning and analysis profession should reach out to AFP.

09/03/2015

How Finance Execs Can Develop High-Performing Teams
The keys to creating high-performing teams have less to do with IQ smarts and competence/skills, and more to do with the ways in which individuals trust, engage, communicate and execute together.

09/02/2015

Market Volatility: Driving Interest in Rolling Forecasts
Recent volatility in the markets is a reminder just how important it is to keep forecasting agile and look beyond the fiscal year. It is imperative that FP&A groups adopt a more dynamic approach to their forecasting methodology.

09/02/2015

RMB Devaluation: Treasurers Must Weigh the Long-Term Risks
The devaluation of the renminbi (RMB) thus far is unlikely to cause much grief for treasurers directly—but it may prompt treasurers to reconsider their companies’ longer term plans.

09/02/2015

Centralizing Global Treasury Groups: Opportunities and Risks
As currency exchange controls have been weakened in many countries, treasurers are looking to centralize cash management. The latest CTC Guide, by WWCP Limited, highlights the structures available today.

09/01/2015

Why Oxbow’s Treasury is Sticking with a SWIFT Service Bureau
Choosing between a SWIFT service bureau and Alliance Lite2 is a major decision for treasury departments today. When Oxbow Carbon LLC selected its service bureau, AL2 didn’t exist. But the company is unlikely to ever jump ship.

09/01/2015

4 Ways to Grow the Business in Times of Capital Constraint
Growing your business in a time of capital constraint is challenging, but possible. It requires you to operate with excellence, tell your story, know your capital needs, and be open-minded and flexible.

08/31/2015

BEC Scams: A $1.2 Billion Threat to Treasury & Finance
Companies have lost more than $1.2 billion due to business email compromise (BEC) scams in the past two years. The costly scam has become the top fraud threat for treasury and finance professionals.

08/31/2015

10 Crucial Skills All FP&A Professionals Must Possess
The financial planning and analysis (FP&A) role is quickly evolving. According to many experts, there are 10 critical skills FP&A professionals must possess.

08/28/2015

RMB Internationalization: How Treasurers Stand to Gain
European treasurers have much to gain from renminbi internationalization—if they can cope with a volatile currency.

08/28/2015

Futures in Finance: Why Finding Talent is a Big Challenge
The latest edition of Futures in Finance looks at why both CFOs and FP&A professionals are having trouble finding finance talent. For entry-level positions, it is difficult to find people who can hit the ground running. And once you do, it’s difficult to retain them.

08/27/2015

AFP is Looking for a Few Good FP&A Professionals
AFP is creating a worldwide FP&A Advisory Council, to help FP&A professionals identify areas of interest, study topics that require additional research, and explore opportunities for cutting-edge technologies, philosophies and ideas.

08/27/2015

Going Global: 5 Ways Treasury Can Mitigate FX Volatility
Initial international expansion is a significant step in the evolution of any business. But going global is not a process without potential pitfalls for treasury.

08/27/2015

Now is the Time for Portfolio Management Action
That many stakeholders in the global financial markets anticipate a return to the pre-global financial crisis yield environment is understandable. But a few perspectives should be considered thoroughly.

08/27/2015

How NGO Treasury Functions Manage Currency Risk
U.S. dollar strengthening has emphasized the importance of a robust FX strategy for organizations with international operations. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) face an additional layer of complexity.

08/26/2015

FX Turmoil Encourages Smaller Companies to Hedge
Only 64 percent of SMEs use hedging to mitigate their FX exposures. With many of these companies planning to increase their overseas presence, a greater use of hedging tools is to be expected.

08/26/2015

Six Tips: How FP&A Can Drive Aggressive Growth Strategies
Many CFOs are basing their strategies for growth on innovation and agility. So how can FP&A help drive better results?

08/25/2015

Dow Corning, Hilton and Covidien Named Pinnacle Finalists
Dow Corning, Hilton Worldwide and Covidien are the three finalists for the 2015 AFP Pinnacle Award. Sponsored by Wells Fargo & Company, the Pinnacle Awards recognize excellence in treasury and finance each year since 1997.

08/25/2015

The Point of Business Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting
The planning, budgeting and forecasting (PBF) process is a finance department function that is time consuming, often misunderstood, and generally disliked. So, why is it needed and what is it supposed to accomplish? The answer varies depending on who you are talking to and to what aspect of PBF you are referring to.

08/25/2015

The Five Tasks FP&A and Business Control Must Accomplish
Speaking at the AFP FP&A Leadership Summit, underwritten by Tidemark, Gerhard Lohmann, CFO, reinsurance for Swiss Re, provided attendees with the five steps to managing the value of the company.

08/25/2015

The Business Case for Zero-Based Budgeting in Manufacturing
U.S.-based product manufacturers incur annual warranty management-related expenditures, as a percentage of profit before tax. The warranty accrual incremental budgeting process faces challenges when new products are introduced.

08/24/2015

AFP In-Depth: Building a Strong Resume
In the latest video from AFP's In-Depth series, Nicole Meyer, founder and managing partner of the Meyer Partnership, discusses the difference between building a resume and writing a resume.

08/24/2015

Components of Effective Capex Management
Traditionally, corporate treasury has focused on capital markets, cash management and aspects of risk management. Today, treasurers are increasingly expanding their focus to include capital deployment.

08/21/2015

Implementation & Centralization: Why Cigna Adopted SWIFT
Scott Lambert, treasury senior director for global health service organization Cigna, provided AFP with a glimpse into how implementing SWIFT is helping his organization handle international payments and centralize treasury operations.

08/21/2015

AFP Payments: Allegations Jeopardize Interchange Settlement
The latest edition AFP Payments looks at what collusion charges could mean for the controversial $5.7 billion settlement between Visa, MasterCard and retailers over interchange.

08/20/2015

The Pressure Increases on Companies to Secure their Networks
Cybersecurity is already a top priority for corporate treasury and finance professionals, and it’s about to become even more important. The SEC may soon begin imposing penalties on companies who fail to disclose security breach information to shareholders.

08/20/2015

NACHA Proposes Registry to Manage Third-Party Risk
NACHA may soon require originating depository financial institutions (ODFIs) to register their third-party senders.

08/20/2015

Technology Upgrades: A Smart Way to Invest Cash Reserves
According to a recent survey, nearly 60 percent of companies plan on making investments in their business this year. But where is that cash going? One key area is new technology.

08/19/2015

FP&A: Creating Value Through Insight
Uncertainty is becoming the norm, and companies are struggling to be nimble. How can FP&A professionals help their companies navigate these uncertain times?

08/19/2015

How Midsize Companies Can Achieve Higher Credit Quality
EMEA mid-market businesses tend to inhabit weaker business positions than their larger peers. But some of these companies boast strong niche positions in specific sectors, which allow them, when combined with a conservative financial policy, to reach investment-grade-equivalent credit quality.

08/18/2015

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