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FP&A Newsletter: Why Data is Everybody's Responsibility
Who is responsible for data? Everybody in your organization, according to New York Times bestselling author and business strategist Rahaf Harfoush. She explains why this is so, and how to ensure all employees do it.

04/02/2015

Obama Signs Order to Protect Businesses from Cyberhackers
President Obama gave treasury and financial professionals some assistance in their fight against cyberattacks when he signed an executive order establishing the first sanctions program to impose penalties on individuals and organizations outside the U.S. involved in cyberattacks and commercial espionage online.

04/01/2015

Unconventional: How Philips Healthcare Finds Good FP&A Staff
An interview with Hein Wulf, Head of Philips Healthcare’s Healthcare FP&A Center of Excellence in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Wulf was tapped to serve on the 2015 AFP Financial Planning & Analysis Leadership Summit Task Force.

04/01/2015

3 Ways to Match Payments with Remittance Information
A key problem for treasury departments making electronic payments is that the remittance information does not travel with the actual payment. There are options available for matching payments and remittance information, however, these carry their own complications and shortcomings.

04/01/2015

What Stops Finance Pros From Reaching Their Business Goals?
An American Management Association survey found that nearly 43 percent of treasury and finance professionals believe the biggest external hurdle in achieving their business goals this year is the introduction of new regulations.

03/31/2015

5 Tips for Evaluating Cyberinsurance Policies
Cyberinsurance may be the most important commercial general liability insurance policy of this century. As a corporate treasury or finance professional, you are probably thinking about changing your insurance budget to include cyberinsurance. But where should you start?

03/30/2015

3 Solutions for Avoiding Wire Fraud Scams
Wire fraud is on the rise due to business email compromise (BEC) scams. In an exclusive video interview, David Neshat, treasurer for Akamai Technologies Inc., explains how treasury teams can recognize these scams and avoid making mistakes that could cost their organizations millions of dollars.

03/30/2015

Should Companies Deploy Zero-Based Budgeting?
3G is likely to apply zero-based budgeting to help cut costs in the merger between Heinz and Kraft. But the technique is impractical for most companies, according to financial planning and analysis (FP&A) experts.

03/27/2015

Futures in Finance: The Importance of Good Communication
This month, Futures in Finance turns its attention toward communication across the organization. We look at how effective communication is critical for treasury and finance professionals as they become involved in strategic planning, and more.

03/26/2015

15 Pointers for Jobseeking Financial Professionals
Here are 15 crucial career tips and pointers that allow jobseeking treasury and finance professionals to compete on a level playing field and pull ahead of the competition. Following these guidelines should allow you to be judged on the basis of factors that you can win on.

03/26/2015

5 Ways Treasurers Can Protect Earnings from FX Swings
U.S. multinationals are struggling to protect their net income from the increased volatility in the currency markets. A new CTC Executive Perspective offers a detailed outline of five ways treasurers can protect company earnings from FX swings.

03/26/2015

Why Articulating Your Strategy Can Set You Apart
CFOs and treasurers are now charged with driving strategic planning and often serve as the glue across functions and business units. But employees are not mind readers. Strategy communication is indispensable to execution and performance.

03/25/2015

AFP Survey: Financial Professionals Confident in EMV
Treasury and finance professionals are confident that EMV technology will greatly aid their efforts in the fight against credit and debit card fraud, according to a new survey by AFP. However, respondents favor chip-and-PIN cards over chip-and-signature, given the added layer of security.

03/25/2015

AFP Fraudwatch: How to Avoid Paying Up Like Target
Target has agreed to pay up to $10 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over its 2013 data breach. This latest development should serve as a cautionary tale for corporate treasurers whose companies handle customer information.

03/24/2015

MMF Reforms are Coming: How are You Preparing?
Have planned money market fund (MMF) reforms affected your approach to investing? Should you consider moving assets into separately managed accounts (SMAs)?

03/24/2015

How to Build the Business Case for FP&A Transformation
As CFOs attempt to deliver a wide range of expectations, such as improved forecast accuracy and faster data, transforming financial planning and analysis (FP&A) is often essential.

03/23/2015

Same Day ACH Receives Support from Treasurers, Banks
NACHA has posted the results of its request for comment (RFC) on its Same Day ACH initiative. An overwhelming majority of respondents, including corporate treasurers, support NACHA’s approach.

03/23/2015

AFP Payments: Want to Help Improve the U.S. Payments System?
The Federal Reserve has opened registration for two task forces intended to help create a faster and more secure U.S. payments system, and treasury and finance professionals are encouraged to get involved. Also this month, we take an in-depth look at two significant Apple Pay costs that retail treasurers should be paying attention to.

03/19/2015

12 Ways to Improve Your Budgeting Process
In AFP’s new Guide to Shortening the Budgeting Cycle, sponsored by Workiva, FP&A practitioners and experts had plenty to say. Here are some of the best ideas on shortening and improving the budgeting process.

03/19/2015

Treasury Tips: Protecting Your Team from Email Scams
Email scams requesting fraudulent wire transfers, as well as phishing emails, continue to be a major issue for many treasury organizations. These issues came up during last week’s meeting of AFP’s Treasury Advisory Group (TAG), and members discussed the methods they have employed to overcome them.

03/18/2015

New Guide Identifies the Blind Spots in Investment Analysis
AFP's new guide, The Missing Links in Investment Analysis, developed by Oliver Wyman, examines how treasury executives can build a portfolio management strategy that makes major investments and acquisitions actually work.

03/18/2015

New Opportunity for Treasurers to Help Shape U.S. Payments
The Federal Reserve has opened registration for two task forces that will help the Fed in its efforts to speed up and secure the U.S. payments system. This initiative is a great opportunity for treasurers to help shape of the future of payments in the U.S.

03/17/2015

3 Recommendations for Increasing E-Bill Adoption
Cox Communications doubled its e-bill adoption rate in the last six months of 2014. To achieve this success, Cox built a core “mission statement” focused on driving paperless, while also bringing together its paperless and recurring ACH/debit strategies.

03/16/2015

How Treasurers Can Use their Numbers Skills in ERM
Risk acumen can help treasurers expand their role into broader operations and gain a holistic view of the organization. Here are four things treasurers are good at that make them more adept at measuring risk and, thus, good candidates to be their organizations' ERM champions.

03/16/2015

Five Ways Finance Professionals Can Tell Better Stories
Communications is critical in financial planning and analysis (FP&A). Simply put, to be effective, you must be a good storyteller. Here are the five guiding principles FP&A professionals should follow to be effective communicators.

03/13/2015

AFP In-Depth: How to Avoid the Biggest Budgeting Pitfalls
In the latest video from AFP's In-Depth series, Bjarte Bogsnes, Vice President, Performance Management at Statoil and Chairman of the Beyond Budgeting Institute, discusses the biggest mistakes organizations make when it comes to budgeting and how Beyond Budgeting can direct them.

03/13/2015

Remodeling: 3 Keys to Redesigning the FP&A Work Process
There are three building blocks of any successful FP&A end-to-end work process design: the creation of the future state process, alignment with C-level leaders to ownership over key steps in the process, and eventual rollout and implementation of the new work process to the broader organization.

03/12/2015

March Risk Newsletter: Why Treasurers Should Oversee ERM
This issue argues that no finance executive is better positioned to oversee enterprise risk management than corporate treasurers. Meanwhile, John Drzik, President, Global Risk and Specialties, Marsh, underscores the need to prepare for global risks. Finally, there's tips on fighting cybercrime.

03/12/2015

Market Forces Impact MMFs: Insights for Treasurers
The SEC's money market fund regulations don’t take effect until October 2016, but investment firms already are preparing new products. Meanwhile, investment managers tell AFP, few treasurers have begun to ponder the ramifications for their firms.

03/12/2015

Why a Strong Culture is Crucial for Finance Professionals
Culture is the company’s personality; it describes how work gets done, and is transmitted in the stories told by the team, the processes established, and the tone set by the top of the organization. Seen in this way, culture is a control on financial and operational processes.

03/11/2015

New Guide Offers Tips on How Treasury Can Move to E-Payments
The latest installment in AFP's Treasury in Practice series, underwritten by KeyBank, explores strategies that treasurers should consider as they make the shift from paper to electronic payments.

03/10/2015

FP&A Insights: Take a Look Back at Capex
How often does your organization go back to evaluate how capital expenditures are performing? FP&A professionals can find multiple benefits in conducting PACE analyses (Project Assessment and Cash flow Evaluations).

03/09/2015

Payments Providers Focus on Real-Time, Security
Payments providers say they are concentrating their efforts on improving real-time retail payments and security. What’s driving this twin focus, and what should treasurers do in response?

03/09/2015

FP&A Pros Focused on Rolling Forecasts, Business Partnering
Chicagoland FP&A professionals gathered for the AFP FP&A Roundtable, sponsored by Peloton Group, to discuss some of their biggest challenges in financial planning and analysis. FP&A professionals were most concerned with rolling forecasts, FP&A business partnering and talent acquisition, management and retention.

03/05/2015

FP&A Newsletter: Insights for Combining Leadership and FP&A
Most firms understand that financial planning and analysis is more critical than ever before. But how do you leverage FP&A in a strategic manner? And how do you find and train good FP&A staff? This issue looks at leadership and FP&A – and it offers insights on how to best combine the two.

03/05/2015

How a New Public Utility Can Transform B2B Payments
In an era where so many processes have migrated to new, more efficient digitally driven alternatives, checks remain an analog anachronism. But now a new solution is emerging—the B2B Payments Directory from the Remittance Coalition.

03/05/2015

High-Quality Reference Data in High Demand from Treasurers
Bad or missing reference data can cause payment failures that waste time and money and damage customer relationships. As such, corporate treasurers are demanding high-quality reference data.

03/04/2015

Why Financial Professionals Can’t Sleep on Global Risks
Global risks are critical for treasury and finance professionals to understand. These risks can have a significant impact on the earnings potential of existing business activities and change the lens through which new investment opportunities are evaluated.

03/04/2015

FP&A Interview: Swiss Re’s Andreas Schertzinger
Need more proof that these are challenging times for FP&A professionals? On the day that AFP spoke with Zurich-based Andreas Schertzinger, Head Reinsurance FP&A, Managing Director, Swiss Re, the Swiss central bank abandoned its currency cap, and the resulting Francogeddon saw the CHF rise more than against the euro and dollar in one day.

03/02/2015

The Two Sneaky Costs Apple Pay is Hiding from Merchants
Apple Pay has been the hottest topic in payments for months, but there are hidden costs that retail treasurers must weigh before jumping on the bandwagon.

03/02/2015

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