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How Could Fed Surcharges Affect Treasurers?
The Federal Reserve has proposed a rule that would impose surcharges on systemically important financial institutions. If implemented, it could have serious implications for corporate treasurers’ bank relationships. Here are three things treasurers can do to prepare.

12/15/2014

How Will Treasurers Respond to NACHA Same-Day ACH?
NACHA has formally introduced its same-day ACH system and issued a request for comment. Treasurers have been relatively quiet on the subject up until this point, but perhaps now that more information has come to light, we’ll find out whether they see substantial benefits in NACHA’s offering.

12/15/2014

Why Currency Risk is Getting Extra Attention
North American and European companies doubled their currency losses in the third quarter of 2014. It’s only going to get worse.

12/12/2014

Treasury Tips: How to Convey Your Message to the CFO
In this exclusive video interview, Dana Laidhold, treasurer of The Carlyle Group, explains how treasurers can better convey their message to the CFO and other internal stakeholders by focusing on those stakeholders' concerns and how treasury's operations support that.

12/11/2014

Strategies for Managing a Depreciating Euro
The depreciation of the EUR against the USD by about 12 percent since May 2014 has once again led corporate treasurers to focus their attention on their FX risk management activities and the performance of their hedging programs.

12/11/2014

December 2014 Risk: A Look Ahead at 2015
We take a look at what’s in store for 2015 -- starting with the AFP Business Outlook Survey. Treasury and finance professionals are bullish on the year ahead, but they do identify five risks.

12/11/2014

From Sony to NIST: 4 Key Cyberinsights for Businesses
Cybersecurity is clearly a top priority for treasury and finance professionals, as evidenced by recent data. At Bloomberg Government’s Cybersecurity summit in Washington, D.C., experts provided both the public and the private sector with insights on today’s biggest cyberthreats.

12/10/2014

AFP Chairman: Leadership Traits ‘Innate and Learned’
New AFP Chairman Anthony Scaglione, CTP, ABM Industries Inc. sees leadership traits as being both innate and learned. Those traits, whether they came naturally or were acquired though years of experience, have propelled him throughout his career.

12/10/2014

Evolving FP&A: Should the Budget be Abandoned?
In an era of black swans and perfect storms, the financial planning and analysis (FP&A) function is changing. In order to serve its purpose, FP&A must be more strategic and influential than before—which may require abandoning the budget.

12/09/2014

CFOs, Treasurers Expect Big Things from U.S. Economy in 2015

Treasurers and CFOs are bullish on the American economy in 2015, according to the 11th annual AFP Business Outlook Survey, released today by the Association for Financial Professionals. 

12/09/2014

Big Things Expected from U.S. Economy in 2015

Treasurers and CFOs are bullish on the American economy in 2015, according to the 11th annual AFP Business Outlook Survey, released today by the Association for Financial Professionals. 

12/09/2014

Data Intelligence Success: Asking the Right Questions is Key
One of the critical factors to a successful data intelligence program is the ability to define key objectives in how to use the information. Fully 28 percent of financial professionals say not having clear objectives is a major challenge facing their companies’ data intelligence programs.

12/08/2014

Be Prepared: How Treasurers Can Prove Their Value to the CFO
It’s easy to tell treasurers that they have to get in front of a CFO and demonstrate their value. But how should they prepare for this? And, how do they get executives with a minimal knowledge of what treasury does to take the time to listen to what they have to say?

12/08/2014

Three Important Issues for FP&A in 2015
Jason Balogh, EPM Transformation Principal at The Hackett Group, points out the three most important issues FP&A professionals will face next year.

12/05/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: What the Target Trial Means for Treasurers
Most of the data breach lawsuit claims against Target will proceed to trial, thanks to a ruling by a federal judge. The decision has heavy implications for retail treasurers, especially with the EMV liability shift less than a year away.

12/05/2014

Money Market Fund Reform: Why Treasury’s Mindset Must Change
The issuers of products that money market funds (MMFs) typically purchase will feel the impact of the new MMF regulations by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) nearly as much as the funds themselves. Treasury will need to change its mindset.

12/04/2014

December FP&A Newsletter: Measuring Data Intel Success
What does a successful data intelligence program look like, and how do you measure it? In the latest issue of FP&A newsletter, new research provides insights on these and other data intelligence issues.

12/04/2014

CFO Coach: How Financial Professionals Can Market Themselves
In today’s competitive job market, financial professionals need to remember three key things when seeking a new position: you can’t rest on your laurels, you have to prove that you’re a problem-solver, and you need to show that your contributions have made an impact.

12/03/2014

Where Will Payments Be in 10 Years? Here Are 3 Predictions
It's difficult for treasury and finance executives to decide which mobile payment format to support in 2015, let alone a decade from now. But during a discussion at the 2014 AFP Annual Conference last month, panelists tried to do just that.

12/03/2014

AFP’s New Chairman Provides Pointers on Payments
AFP's new Chairman of the Board, Anthony Scaglione, CTP, of ABM Industries Inc., provides key tips for treasurers struggling with rapidly evolving payments technology and the threat of escalating cyberthreats.

12/02/2014

Key Payment Trends with Heavy Implications for 2015
As the year comes to a close, AFP takes a look back and the most significant payments events and trends in 2014 and provides key  tips for treasury and finance professionals heading into the new year.

12/02/2014

Data Debate: Should Finance Own Data Intelligence?
The results of the recent AFP Data Intelligence Survey suggest that finance should own the data intelligence function.

12/01/2014

Is Asking ‘Why?’ a Barrier for FP&A Professionals in Asia?
While Asia offers some of the greatest opportunities for FP&A professionals, it is highly frowned upon to question 'Why?'. The reality is that a large part of financial planning and analysis (FP&A) is premised on the ability to ask 'Why?'.

12/01/2014

Leadership in Treasury: How to Set the Gold Standard
Frank Crema, vice president and treasurer for Vancouver, British Columbia-based Goldcorp Inc., has worked in every aspect of treasury throughout his career. He identified three critical factors that make a good leader.

11/26/2014

Treasury Best Practices: Creating a Detailed M&A Plan
Integrating an acquisition or merger presents a complex challenge for the treasury organization. It is therefore imperative that treasury has a clear plan as to how it wants to integrate a new company, as well as a solid understanding of the complexities that may arise during integration.

11/26/2014

Self-Regulation: The Key to Improving Performance
Traditional performance management struggles mightily in today’s business environment, where treasury and finance executives are exposed to increasing doses of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. It raises the question of whether performance really can, or should be, managed at all.

11/25/2014

4 Tips to Keep Retailers from Being Hacked for the Holidays
A year ago, hackers infiltrated the point-of-sale systems at Target, resulting in the theft of more than 40 million credit and debit card numbers. As the holiday shopping season begins, here are four key strategies retail treasurers can employ to avoid becoming fraudsters' next "Target."

11/25/2014

Around the World, FP&A Goes by Many Names
Though it is becoming commonplace to refer to financial planning and analysis as FP&A, this is actually an American term, and one that is still not widely used outside of the US. FP&A goes by many different names in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

11/24/2014

Futures in Finance: Improving Treasury-CFO Communication
This month, Futures in Finance brings you our 2014 AFP Annual Conference roundup, including coverage of a CTC Executive Institute session on improving communication between the treasury and the CFO, and the FP&A Roundtable.

11/21/2014

Financial Modeling: 2 Important Questions
Juan Arangote, FP&A, CPA, CMA, manager of treasury and financial planning for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, answers two important questions that came up following his session of financial modeling and the 2014 AFP Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

11/21/2014

AFP Payments: Cybersecurity, Payments Insights from AFP 2014
This month, AFP Payments bring you its exclusive coverage of payments at the 2014 AFP Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., including the 2014 AFP Pinnacle Award Grand Prize Winner, the results of an onsite survey on cybersecurity, sessions on bitcoin and mobile payments, and more.

11/20/2014

FP&A in Southeast Asia: The Right Tools, Talent Needed
Brian Kalish, director of AFP's FP&A practice, recently traveled to Southeast Asia, where practitioners stressed the need for better tools and talent in FP&A. Kalish also shared the advances AFP has made on the Corporate FP&A Professional Certification.

11/20/2014

CFO Coach: The Power of the Third Party
Who makes a good reference? References are influencers, so it is critically important that you choose them wisely, understand their power, and ensure they are on-point in messaging your value.

11/20/2014

How Large Firms Reduce FP&A Costs and Boost Productivity
Companies are spending less on their finance departments than at any time since the recession, according to a new study. This has profound implications on FP&A groups as well.

11/19/2014

Money Market Fund Reform: What Treasurers Need to Know

In a new CTC perspective piece, AFP recaps a recent Treasury Advisory Group (TAG) discussion on how money market fund reform will likely affect their industries and operations. 

11/18/2014

Getting Ugly: Retailers, Banks Spar Over Data Breach Costs
Both retailers and banks are pushing for legislative action this year to stem the threat of data breaches, and each one is pointing the finger at the other over who should bear the brunt of the liability costs.

11/18/2014

Corporate Finance Week: Stocks Climb, Oil Continues to Fall
The stock market hit higher highs and the oil market touched lower lows during a rather drama-free week. The U.S. Treasury market was quite subdued as reasonable economic growth combined with low expected inflation kept everyone optimistic.

11/17/2014

7 Tips for Designing an Effective Dashboard for Management
When using graphics to create management reporting dashboards, FP&A professionals must tailor the images to their audience. How that’s done depends on the objective of the message.

11/17/2014

FP&A Roundtable: Practitioners Talk Strategy and Success
What is FP&A’s role? That was perhaps the key question participants pondered at a FP&A roundtable held at the recent AFP Annual Conference.

11/17/2014

How the China-Mexico Relationship Impacts U.S. Business
For American businesses that sell to the growing Mexican middle class, or that site manufacturing plants in Mexico, the growing business partnership between Mexico and China has profound strategic implications.

11/14/2014

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