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AFP In-Depth: The Keys to Enterprise Performance Management
In the latest video from AFP's In-Depth series, Gary Cokins, founder and owner of Analytics Based Performance Management, discusses whether every company does enterprise performance management.

07/21/2015

12 Tips for Treasurers Making Capital Structure Decisions
Whether companies decide to issue debt or not depends on more than just capital markets conditions. AFP has identified 12 steps treasurers can take to help guide management toward the right capital structure decisions.

07/21/2015

EU Companies: Focus on Cash Flow Before It’s Too Late
European companies have more cash on hand than ever before, and are outpacing their American counterparts on working capital management. But their reliance on debt may spell big trouble in the long run.

07/20/2015

How FP&A Can Add Value to Cash Allocation Decisions
Today’s CFOs face big decisions when putting cash to use, and this is when FP&A professionals can be valuable partners to senior management.

07/17/2015

Armored Car Issues: Retail Treasurers Face Slim Pickings
Armored-car usage is a top concern for retail treasurers. But many retail treasurers face significant problems with their armored-car carriers.

07/17/2015

AFP Payments: Why Treasurers Can't Ignore BEC Scams
In the July issue of AFP Payments, we look at the growing threat of business email compromise (BEC) scams. Treasury departments must be proactive if they want to thwart these threats, and we hear from corporate practitioners and other experts on how to do that.

07/16/2015

Will Basel III Kill Notional Pooling for Corporate Treasury?
Notional pooling has been an effective liquidity management tool for many multinational corporations. Basel III threatens all that, particularly in Europe.

07/16/2015

Higher Foreign Sales May Not Translate Into Bigger Earnings
U.S. multinationals got a big boost from overseas sales last year after five years of flat results, according to a new report. But even though sales where higher, most experts expect companies to report that FX fluctuations have been a drag on earnings for Q2 2015.

07/16/2015

Why Majid Al Futtaim Moved to a Payments Factory Model
One of the largest corporate entities in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai-based holding company Majid Al Futtaim owns and operates retail and leisure properties in 13 countries. Majid Al Futtaim’s treasury function saw an opportunity to improve its financial management systems and become more efficient by moving to a payments factory model.

07/16/2015

How Treasury & Finance Should Interact With Board Members
Interacting effectively with board members is a competence that develops over time, with experience.

07/15/2015

Basel III: Four Ways Treasurers Can Take Action
Basel III will have a major impact on banks offering treasury services, and therefore their clients as well. The question for corporate treasurers is what should be done about it. There are four steps that prudent treasury professionals can take to protect themselves from disruptive change.

07/15/2015

FASB Approves Proposed Changes to Hedge Accounting

Seeking to tidy up hedge accounting, FASB made several decisions that facilitate companies’ ability to take advantage of the favorable accounting treatment that reduces income-statement volatility.

07/15/2015

What Does the OPM Hack Mean for the Private Sector?
Last week, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management revealed that it had incurred a second data breach that compromised more than 21.5 million people. The incident has severe implications for the multitude of private companies that contract with the federal government.

07/14/2015

TMS Adoption: A Key Challenge in Asia
Despite the efficiency that treasury management systems can provide, many corporate treasurers in Asia still use spreadsheets.

07/14/2015

The Checklist: Is Your Bank Protecting Your Money?
Corporate treasury and finance professionals need to be sure that their money is safe in their bank(s) of choice. Although the following checklist is primarily intended for financial institutions to make sure they are handling their client’s money correctly, corporates can also use it to evaluate their banking partners.

07/14/2015

Treasury’s Role in Spin-Offs: Five Keys for Success
Companies are increasingly going the spin-off route to boost shareholder value. A spin-off of a division of a business is a difficult process for a CFO to handle -- and by default a major challenge for the company’s treasury operation.

07/14/2015

Case Study: A Shift to Random Forecasting Improves Accuracy
When Seattle-based healthcare insurer Premera Blue Cross faced the Affordable Care Act, it quickly realized it needed a new way of approaching its forecasting process.

07/13/2015

Will Corporates Benefit from Two New Funding Powerhouses?
Earlier this month, the New Development Bank was launched with a stated goal of approving the first loan by April 2016. But while the arrival of the NBD is noteworthy in itself, this development is even more significant given that it is one of two new emerging market-focused development banks set to be launched in the coming months.

07/13/2015

What Makes Best in Class FP&A at GE? These Three Factors
What makes a FP&A team best in class and earn the right to have a seat at the table with senior leadership?

07/13/2015

How Basel III Could Impact Your Treasury Department
Basel III guidelines have incented banks to scrutinize the balance between transaction services and credit products for their corporate clients.

07/10/2015

AFP Risk: How Much Would a Grexit Impact Treasurers?
This month, Risk takes a look at what a potential Grexit could mean for corporate treasurers. While a Grexit could cause big problems for the eurozone—and potentially the global economy—treasurers don’t seem too worried.

07/09/2015

From Paper to Electronic: What’s Really Broken in B2B?
While there is noticeable progress with the methods and channels used to process and accept payments, there are concepts that have not been put to use in B2B. Is there something truly wrong with this segment of the industry, or is this simply not the right time?

07/09/2015

AFP Survey: Safety is Still Finance Pros’ Top Priority
Treasury and finance professionals continue to value safety of principal above all when investing corporate cash, but the number fell 3 percent in 2015, according to the 2015 AFP Liquidity Survey, underwritten by State Street Global Advisors (SSGA).

07/08/2015

Not About Numbers: Five Mistakes FP&A Pros Should Avoid
Here are five key points FP&A professionals should keep in mind in a planning cycle:

07/08/2015

Establishing Higher-Value Corporate-Bank Relationships
Basel III will further increase banks’ pressure on treasurers. The treasurer must consider very carefully with whom he dances, and when, at the following get-together. Then both sides will profit equally from a long-term, stable business relationship.

07/07/2015

Implied Ratings: How Treasury Can Manage Credit Risk
After the global financial crisis, large treasury functions started to do their own credit analysis. The volume of data to be analyzed is mind-numbing. Implied ratings provide a reasonable solution to this conundrum.

07/07/2015

New Normal: Why Treasurers Must Respond to Regulatory Change
Dealing with a constant stream of regulation has become the new normal for many banks, but the ripples of regulation are far reaching, with corporate treasurers being just one group who have to adapt to this new world of continuous change.

07/06/2015

How to Select the Right Treasury Performance Metrics
While one could have few arguments against monitoring the performance of treasury, the way it should be measured—and the different metrics in place to do so—are more debatable.

07/06/2015

FP&A: How to Develop a Cost-Conscious Culture
This month, Dr. Kumar Amarendra explains how FP&A can develop a cost-conscious culture. Making meaningful changes to your organization's financial performance requires a significant cultural shift in the way costs are managed.

07/02/2015

Trump Hotels Breached: Is Your Corporate Card Safe?
Donald Trump’s luxury hotel chain apparently incurred a credit card breach. Given that Trump’s hotels have been host to many treasury and finance events, practitioners who attended these events should check their cards for fraudulent activity.

07/02/2015

The Six Components of a Successful Analytics Approach
Whether your company is engaged in analysis depends on your definition of analytics, experts agree.

07/01/2015

BEC Scams: A Threat Treasurers Can’t Afford to Ignore
The FS-ISAC, the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service have issued a warning about an increase in business email compromise (BEC) scams, which target high-dollar wire transfers. Corporate treasurers know this scam all too well.

07/01/2015

Is Zero-Based Budgeting Right For Your Organization?
AFP recently published an article on zero-based budgeting as part of its efforts to offer insights to treasury and finance professionals. The article sparked a lengthy discussion on this controversial finance topic.

07/01/2015

CFOs, What Are You Doing About the Talent Gap in Finance?
It’s no secret that among the challenges CFOs face today, finding and retaining talent remains arguably the most prominent—and frustrating. But the real disconnect lies in what leadership is actually doing to fill the void.

06/30/2015

5 Ways to Boost Your FP&A Skills and Improve Your Analytics

Whether you get bogged down in routine or a part of a large department, sometimes it’s hard for financial planning and analysis professionals to stand out. Here are five ways to gain your manager’s attention—and help your organization.

06/30/2015

How NCR’s Treasury Team Grew Its Banking Network
NCR Corporation is transforming its treasury operations into a scalable structure to accommodate its growth and acquisition strategy. Treasury wants to align with its key value chain imperative of delivering operational excellence by making every day easier for its customers.

06/30/2015

What Would a Grexit Mean to Treasurers? To Many, Not Much
Once again, Greece is on the verge of leaving the eurozone. But are treasurers worried? It doesn’t seem like it, according to observers.

06/29/2015

Tips for Finance Pros to Enhance their Presentations
When we talk with people, we don’t read to them. Our sentences are shorter, sometimes spoken in phrases, and we naturally pause between thoughts. You should think of delivering talks and presentations the same way—whether you are speaking to your treasury and finance team, and especially when you present to the board.

06/29/2015

Can Treasurers Motivate Trading Partners to Give Up Checks?
How can savvy organizations motivate trading partners to give up checks and embrace e-payments and remittance exchanges in order to achieve straight-through-processing (STP)?

06/26/2015

Regulators Clarify How to Disclose Debt-Issuance Costs

At the June 18 meeting of the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Emerging Issues Taskforce, officials from the Securities and Exchange Commission offered clarification on how companies should account for the costs of issuing debt.

 

06/26/2015

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