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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

4 Key Tips for Treasury as its Role Continues to Expand
The financial crisis had an impact on corporate treasury in terms of increased responsibilities and higher expectations. Treasury is now more likely to be consulted on strategic issues, which means that the required skillset has to be broader.

08/18/2015

Treasurer’s Choice: Alliance Lite2 or SWIFT Service Bureaus?
Though SWIFT service bureaus are still an important player, corporate treasury departments are seeing clear advantages to adopting Alliance Lite2 (AL2) and Alliance Remote Gateway (ARG) from SWIFT.

08/17/2015

Video: Why the First 72 Hours in a Crisis Matter
In this exclusive video, Martin Pergler, risk expert, and Becca O’Brien Kuusinen, crisis management expert, both from McKinsey & Co., explain why the first 72 hours in a crisis are so important.

08/17/2015

How to Develop a Risk-Based Debt Covenant Checklist
As many treasury and finance professionals will attest, organizing covenants by the legal categories of affirmative, negative, financial and nonfinancial is not very helpful. A better approach is to classify covenants by lender objective and risk.

08/14/2015

SWIFT Buyer’s Guide: How Are Today’s Treasurers Connecting?
The 2015 AFP SWIFT Buyer’s Guide features a series of articles that look at how today’s corporate treasurers are connecting to SWIFT. Many treasury departments are connecting to SWIFT directly, while others still favor SWIFT service bureaus.

08/14/2015

ISO 20022: New Guide for Real-Time Cross-Border Payments
Real-time cross-border payments might soon be a reality, thanks to the efforts of a new payments industry group. But is there a business case for adopting the ISO 20022 standard?

08/13/2015

AFP Risk: Tactics for Hedging in a Volatile Market
This month, we look at increasingly volatile market conditions and provide key tactics corporates can use for hedging. We also hear from treasurers for NGOs  as they discuss one of their top concerns—KYC compliance.

08/13/2015

Think Like a Hacker: The Key to Confronting Cyberrisk
Even as cyberattacks in Asia continue to increase, businesses often ignore the risk—at their peril. At a recent cybersecurity event in Singapore, experts shared their insights on how corporate leaders can protect themselves from the threat.

08/13/2015

Bank Relationship Management, Post-Basel III
The true implications of higher capital adequacy requirements under Basel III remain largely unquantified given that guidance over the scale and scope of risk weighted capital banks are required to set aside against assets varies considerably. CFOs and treasurers truly face a rapidly changing global banking landscape.

08/13/2015

5 Ways Treasury Can Navigate the Regulatory Landscape
Navigating the compliance, regulatory and operational risk landscape has become the biggest headache for corporate treasurers around the world since the 2008 financial crisis. The pressures aren’t likely to ease any time soon.

08/12/2015

Risk Management at the 2015 AFP Annual Conference
The risk management track at the 2015 AFP Annual Conference in Denver features an impressive lineup of sessions for treasury and finance professionals focused on risk. Topics include FX hedging, translation risk, cyberrisk and risk value metrics.

08/12/2015

BEC Scams: The Threats, and the Dollar Amounts, Increase
Business email compromise (BEC) scams continue to be the top fraud threat to corporate treasury and finance, as both the frequency of attempts and the dollar amounts stolen are increasing dramatically.

08/12/2015

RMB Devaluation: What It Means for Treasury and Finance
Five takeaways for treasury and finance professionals in the wake of China’s surprise 1.9 percent devaluation of its currency.

08/11/2015

Dynamic Duo: AFPAware Assists Two Tireless Organizations
Attendees of the 2015 AFP Annual Conference can participate in AFPAware and give back to Denver, the community hosting the biggest event in treasury and finance. For the sixth year running, BBVA Compass is sponsoring AFPAware.

08/11/2015

Making Friends: The Key to Getting the Finance Job You Want
If you want to get the job you want, you have to proactively go after it. Sound terrifying? Well, to 90 percent of people, it can be. But here’s the secret the lucky 10 percent know: getting the gig you want is as easy as making friends.

08/11/2015

Collusion Course: Allegations Muddle Interchange Settlements
The controversial $5.7 billion settlement between Visa, MasterCard and retailers over interchange might be in jeopardy, thanks to collusion charges against two of the lawyers who were working on opposite sides of the case. Retail treasurers who weren’t fans of the multibillion dollar deal should be paying close attention.

08/11/2015

Big Continent, Big Challenges: Treasury & Finance in Africa
Africa has many challenges for the corporate treasurer but they are all largely manageable. The key is to understand all the issues up front.

08/10/2015

AFP In-Depth: 3 Tips for Gaining Visibility Into Cash
In the latest video from AFP's In-Depth series, Jim Colby, assistant treasurer at Honeywell, discusses the three things that multinationals should be doing to gain better visibility into cash.

08/10/2015

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