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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

AFP In-Depth: Treasury Insights on Fraud, Cybersecurity
In the latest video from AFP's In-Depth series, Rue Jenkins, assistant treasurer at Costco, discusses why EMV technology is really only effective in card-present transactions. He also weighs in on the things treasurers should think about when trying to improve cyberpayment security.

02/27/2015

Futures in Finance: Key Insights for Careers in FP&A
This month, Futures in Finance turns its attention towards FP&A. We begin with a profile of Todd Peterson, FP&A, financial analytics manager for AARP and one of the inaugural class of the Corporate FP&A Professional Certification. We also preview the upcoming FP&A Leadership Summit in Amsterdam, with an interview with keynote speaker Rahaf Harfoush.

02/26/2015

How the FP&A Certification Can Lead to Immediate Success
When Todd Peterson, FP&A, financial analytics manager for AARP, came across the Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Professional Certification, he realized that he wanted to be part of the inaugural class. Smart move. Peterson ended up getting a promotion out of it.

02/25/2015

Mead Johnson’s FP&A Manager Finds the Formula for Success
Angeliki Kasi, the financial planning and analysis (FP&A) manager for Europe at formula manufacturer Mead Johnson, tells how the scope of her job can differ from one country to another, depending upon how the FP&A role is defined.

02/25/2015

George W. Bush Announced as Keynote Speaker for AFP 2015
The Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) announced Tuesday that President George W. Bush would be the keynote speaker at the Opening General Session of the AFP Annual Conference. More than 6,500 treasury and finance professionals will gather for the event, which will be held October 18-21, 2015 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

02/24/2015

Bridging the Gap between Treasury and FP&A
A common occurrence facing many corporations today is disconnect among departments. For ABM Industries Inc., one of the areas where this disconnect occurred was between FP&A and treasury.

02/24/2015

Amex Loses Big on Interchange Dispute, Merchants Rejoice
Treasury and finance professionals won big last week when a judge ruled that American Express could not prevent retailers from trying to steer customers toward using credit cards that carry lower interchange fees.

02/24/2015

Big Forecast: How a FP&A Chief Navigates Walgreens’ Merger

FP&A executive Ash Sharma discusses the Walgreens-Boots Alliance merger and the challenges he faces as a result, as well as his upcoming session at the AFP FP&A Leadership Summit.

02/24/2015

Pick Six: FP&A’s Most Pressing Challenges
There are six key issues that every single FP&A professional—from London to Istanbul—is dealing with. In the current economic climate, finance professionals must stay focused on these areas to have a truly positive impact on the business.

02/23/2015

AFP Payments: Time to Speed Up Payments in the U.S.
This month, AFP Payments reviews the Federal Reserve's proposal for speeding up payments in the United States, reviews some key strategies companies are implementing to protect themselves against cybercrime, and more.

02/19/2015

Applying Hostage Negotiation Techniques to Business
Directly addressing a negative in a negotiation can both diminish the problem and improve the relationship. Too often in the workplace, executives do that exact opposite—and that hurts their credibility and ultimately, the organization.

02/18/2015

Key Strategies Companies are Deploying to Fight Cybercrime
President Obama signed a cybersecurity executive order last week as part of an effort to encourage the private sector to share information with the federal government when it detects cyberthreats. The Administration noted that it has been impressed by companies’ efforts to step up to the plate on cybersecurity.

02/18/2015

Cybersecurity: Setting an Appropriate Management Strategy
The new CTC Guide to Cybersecurity: Setting a Cyberrisk Management Strategy, supported by Marsh & McLennan Companies, presents organizations with the means to establish a cybersecurity management strategy and policy, both at corporate level and within the treasury department. By taking a three-step approach to developing this strategy, companies can be highly effective.

02/17/2015

Bottom Line: Is Your Department Vulnerable to Attacks?
Many businesses employ computer-literate, financially secure people of a certain age—and recent statistics show that this makes them vulnerable to a variety of scams.

02/13/2015

What Treasury, Finance Execs want from their Vendors in 2015
Here’s a roundup of corporate treasury and finance professionals’ concerns, based on conversations with major financial institutions and corporate treasury and finance vendors.

02/13/2015

February Risk Newsletter: The Top Drivers of Uncertainty
When it comes to risk, the results are in: Check out the 2015 AFP Risk Survey in the February issue of Risk newsletter to learn the top five drivers of uncertainty.

02/12/2015

Treasurer Tells Her Peers: Seek Out Challenging Assignments
Christy Barwick, CTP, treasurer of Intellectual Ventures, has a message for her fellow practitioners: Don’t wait for new and challenging assignments to come to you. Seek them out.

02/12/2015

Obama: Companies are Stepping Up their Cybersecurity Efforts
President Obama signed a cybersecurity executive order last week as part of an effort to encourage the private sector to share information with the federal government when it detects cyberthreats. The Administration noted that it has been impressed by companies’ efforts to step up to the plate on cybersecurity.

02/12/2015

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