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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

Why Risk Management and Policy Management Must Connect

Risk management activities managed separately from corporate policies leads to inevitable failure. Without an integrated approach to risk management and policy management the organization has no follow-through.

06/26/2015

Successful Cash flow Forecasts: Four Criteria to Guide You
Ensuring liquidity at all times is the major task of any treasury and finance group. This not only requires an accurate and daily cash position over the whole group but also a cash flow forecast that shows future liquidity.

06/25/2015

Case Study: How Konica Minolta’s FP&A Group Leads Analytics
Making the financial planning and analysis function responsible for centralized analytics leverages the full potential of available data. It leads to ongoing insights generation and efficient planning processes, while transforming the finance role into a value-generator and key decision maker.

06/25/2015

Job Seeking Finance Pros: Think Before Sending Your Resume
Job seeking treasury and finance professionals have surely noticed that it’s become more difficult to land a new position in the current environment. While there are many reasons for this, an important thing to consider is how the hiring process itself has changed over the past several years.

06/25/2015

Futures in Finance: The Value of a Treasury Curriculum
This month, Futures in Finance recaps a session at AFP's latest Treasury Advisory Group (TAG) meeting, in which practitioners discussed whether more universities should adopt treasury curriculums. Also this month, we look at whether the stronger dollar should have an impact on treasurers' compensation, and more.

06/25/2015

The Keys to Investing in an Uncertain Environment
Lu Ann Katz, managing director, head of global liquidity for Invesco, provided treasury professionals at the CTC Corporate Treasurers Forum with an overview of how the current interest rate and regulatory environment is reshaping the investment world.

06/24/2015

London FP&A Club: Seven Models to Manage Performance
The latest meeting of the London FP&A Club looked at seven models professionals can use to better manage their corporate’s performance.

06/24/2015

5 Attributes That Sustain FP&A Professionals in Tough Times
If you are one of those FP&A professionals creaking under this strain, and want to be sure you can hold up, assess yourself against these five key attributes.

06/24/2015

FBAR FAQs: How to Comply With This Complex Regulation
Many treasury and finance professionals have questions about complying with FBAR—and the filing deadline is June 30. Because there is still a great deal of confusion on several aspects of the regulation, AFP staff and several corporate practitioner members spoke with regulators from FinCEN and asked specific compliance related questions.

06/24/2015

Study: Treasurers Load Up On Debt, Neglect Working Capital
Companies continue to accumulate cheap debt at the cost of working capital—a short-term tactic that might hurt long-term financial strategy, a new study warns. "Corporate debt continues to skyrocket as companies do little to generate cash by optimizing collections, payables and inventory,” the report states.

06/23/2015

Autoneum’s Payment Factory Implementation: Lessons Learned
Autoneum’s treasury department faced several challenges in regards to transparency over liquidity, payment transactions and payment execution. Autoneum had more than 100 bank accounts globally across the legal units and over 45 bank relationships.

06/23/2015

Should the Stronger Dollar Affect Treasurers’ Compensation?
Currency volatility took a $31.7 billion bite out of the earnings of American and European multinationals in the first quarter of 2015. The magnitude of the hit raises questions about how the impact of currency fluctuations should affect compensation of corporate executives.

06/22/2015

AFP In-Depth: How the B2B Directory Can Help Treasurers
In the latest video from AFP's In-Depth series, BC Krishna, founder and CEO of MineralTree Inc., discusses the B2B directory, which treasurers can use as an address book for making electronic payments.

06/22/2015

How Same Day ACH Will Help (and Hinder) Treasurers
Same Day ACH is a net positive development for treasury and finance since this is a faster payment option. But there are concerns.

06/22/2015

FP&A: Calculating Its Real Value to the Organization
Financial planning and analysis (FP&A) continues to gain visibility as a vital function to the business. At an FP&A forum held by AFP last week, practitioners weighed in on FP&A’s growing prominence and assessed its value to the organization.

06/18/2015

AFP Payments: How to Avoid Becoming a Breach Victim
This month, security experts give advice on how financial professionals can help their organizations avoid data breaches, retailers discuss the value of adopting EMV, we look at how proposed SEPA changes could improve cash forecasting, and more.

06/18/2015

How to Protect Your Corporate Earnings: Lessons from Q1
The impact of currency volatility on corporate earnings and revenue was at its highest level in years in the first quarter of 2015, rising to $31.7 billion for North American and European companies from $20.2 billion in the fourth quarter, according to a new study.

06/18/2015

Cybersecurity: Why Treasury Needs to Know Its Role
Cybersecurity is no longer just IT’s problem. Protecting the organization against cyberattacks is now the entire management team’s responsibility—including treasury and finance.

06/17/2015

Generation T: Creating a Treasury Curriculum for College
Treasurers have expressed difficulty finding young talent that they can mold into the top treasury professionals of tomorrow. Many say the crux of the problem is that college business programs do very little to prepare young professionals for careers in treasury. Would a treasury curriculum solve the problem?

06/16/2015

ERM Is At a Crossroads, and Treasury is Leading the Way
Companies have been reshaping their ERM efforts, with an emphasis on linking risk to strategy in order to ensure strategic business decisions are made with risk factors in mind. And more and more, treasurers are the ones leading the ERM efforts within their organizations.

06/16/2015

How New York City Overhauled its Revenue Collections
New York City faced a daunting task: how to integrate and streamline a hodgepodge of antiquated billing and collections systems and move into the digital age. Today, a single modern shared service center environment is responsible for the city's 36 agencies.

06/15/2015

EMV: To Adopt or Not to Adopt?
Retail treasury professionals who gathered for the 2015 AFP Retail Roundtable expressed widespread apprehension about adopting EMV. Though the EMV liability shift kicks in soon, leaving them on the hook for security breaches, many retailers are unconvinced that implementing the solution is necessary.

06/12/2015

eBAM: Who Should Take the Lead?
The latest meeting of AFP’s Treasury Advisory Group began this week with a discussion on electronic bank account management (eBAM). Although the idea of eBAM has been floated around for a while, the future of the initiative is unclear at best—leaving corporate treasurers to ponder how much they actually want or need it.

06/11/2015

Eight Ways FP&A Can Develop a Cost-Conscious Culture
Making meaningful changes to an organization’s financial performance requires more than a cursory fine-tuning of your cost base. There needs to be a significant cultural shift in the way costs are managed.

06/11/2015

Another Week, Another Breach: How to Avoid Becoming a Victim
News broke last week of another major data breach—this time against the federal government. AFP compiled four best practices for corporate treasury and finance professionals to help their organizations avoid similar incidents.

06/10/2015

Choose Wisely When Selecting a Treasury Management System
The treasury units at many multinational corporations (MNCs) are evolving to include in-house banks, treasury centers and other functions often supported by treasury management systems (TMS). If those systems are chosen poorly, however, the adverse impact can be felt well beyond treasury.

06/09/2015

From Event to Strategy: Crafting Capital Structure
We all know the moment: Your CFO or CEO calls you into the office, takes a deep breath, and announces that the acquisition target said “yes”. All you need to do is find the money to pay for it.

06/08/2015

AFP Annual Conference: Big Ideas Under the Big Top
When Giovanni Edwards attended his first AFP Annual Conference last November, he wasn’t expecting was, as he put it, “Comic-Con for financial professionals.”

06/05/2015

AFP In-Depth: Using a Resume to Tell Your Story
In the latest edition of AFP's In-Depth series, Nicole Meyer, founder and managing partner of the Meyer Partnership, discusses what employers are looking for when they see a resume.

06/05/2015

Microsoft Cyber Sleuth: Stealth Attacks are the Top Threat
During a special event at Microsoft’s Cybercrime Center, Richard Boscovich, assistant general counsel of Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit, warned corporate treasury and finance professionals to be on the lookout for “stealth” attacks.

06/05/2015

Cyberattacks: The Latest Stage in Crime’s Evolution
The recent surge in cyberattacks is not merely a spike in a particular method of crime. What we are currently witnessing is the evolution of crime itself, and treasury and finance professionals need to be ready for it.

06/04/2015

FP&A: 5 Tasks Every FP&A Group Must Accomplish
This month, we recap the AFP FP&A Leadership Summit, underwritten by Tidemark, which was held in Amsterdam.

06/04/2015

Proposed SEPA Changes Could Improve Cash Forecasting
Making SDDs more available and easier to facilitate provides a great opportunity to move more of a corporate's payments over to a recurring direct debit format. This will, in turn, make cash forecasting more predictable and accurate.

06/03/2015

Tips from Microsoft: How Finance & IT Can Find Common Ground
Susan Hauser, corporate vice president, enterprise and partner group for Microsoft, provided insights on how corporate treasurers, CFOs and boards can work closer with IT.

06/03/2015

FBAR Signature Authority: Who Has It, and Why?
Recently on AFP’s discussion board corporate treasury and finance professionals discussed Foreign Bank Account Reporting signature authority.

06/03/2015

Which Regulations Will Impact Your Treasury Function?
In recent years, treasury has been facing a virtual onslaught of new federal regulations affecting everything from liquidity to risk to bank account and relationship management. Among these regulations are FBAR, FATCA, and rules governing swaps under Dodd-Frank.

06/02/2015

Automate to Innovate: How Technology is Reshaping Treasury
As treasurers’ responsibilities continue to grow, they need the best technology available to stay ahead. Last week during the opening general session of the CTC Corporate Treasurers Forum, practitioners provided insights into how their functions have undergone a rapid evolution in recent years.

06/02/2015

Prioritize: How Treasurers Should Respond to Regulatory Risk
One of the biggest challenges for treasurers is identifying the best way to respond to the many proposed and new regulations around the world. Whereas best practice might dictate a proactive response to each new regulation, practicalities dictate otherwise.

06/01/2015

The Art of the Deal in China: Challenges for Treasurers
China’s tax system is still at the development stage, and there are a lot of gray areas and inconsistencies in the tax regulations. So what can treasury and finance professionals do -- especially if they must manage their firm’s China treasury and finance operations from afar?

06/01/2015

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