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Retail Debate: Chip & PIN vs. Chip & Signature
Liz Garner, vice president of the Merchant Advisory Group, discusses the pros and cons of retailers choosing chip and signature over chip and PIN, and weighs in on whether merchants as a whole will make the transition to EMV ahead of the October 2015 deadline.

01/09/2015

Risks of Sending the Wrong ACH Payment Method
On AFP’s discussion list, corporate treasury and finance professionals discussed ACH: CCD, PPD or CTX. What is the risk of incorrectly sending an individual a CCD payment or a corporation a PPD payment?

01/08/2015

January FP&A Newsletter: How Does Finance Create Value?
What does value creation mean – for companies and for financial planning and analysis professionals? And how do you measure it? The latest issue of FP&A newsletter digs deep to find the answers.

01/08/2015

Speaking at AFP Annual: 6 Ways Your Submission Can Stand Out
Speaking at AFP’s Annual Conference is a great opportunity to share what you’ve learned with your peers on an important stage. In order to speak, your session submission needs to stand out from stiff competition.

01/07/2015

Bitcoin Breakdown: Is the End Drawing Near?
Treasury and finance professionals have largely been on the fence over virtual currencies—but several recent developments might send them running in the opposite direction. Bitcoin isn't off to a good start in 2015.

01/07/2015

Three Reasons Why Treasurers Should Lead ERM
A new CTC guide, How Treasury Can Lead ERM, sponsored by Reval, argues that the treasury group can be the most appropriate champion of ERM efforts within the organization.

01/07/2015

Chip & PIN for Americans: Too Difficult, Or Too Costly?
Chip-and-PIN technology for credit cards has been used in most of the developed world for over a decade. In Europe, Canada and Australia, chip-and-PIN is the standard. The United States, however, has lagged behind in this department, opting only to require PIN with debit cards (and even that is optional).

01/06/2015

Tips on Presenting Financial Data to the Executive Team
What is the most important point to remember when communicating with executives who don’t focus on numbers in their daily work? According to Irena Barisic, deputy CFO at the Brookings Institution, you first need to determine the purpose or goal of your communication.

01/05/2015

Treasury’s Value, Regulation among Hot AFP Topics for 2014
As we close out the year, AFP is taking a look back at the most-read articles of 2014. How treasury can demonstrate its value to the CFO, as well as what treasury needs to do about new rules for money market funds and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) were hot topics this year.

12/30/2014

2015 Outlook: Welcome to Treasury in the Digital Age
As 2014 draws to a close, and we look back at the 10th annual Executive Institute at the AFP Annual Conference, the common thread that ran through the discussions was about global interconnectivity and the geopolitical and economic trends that affect us all.

12/30/2014

Safe & Sound: How ChildFund’s Mobile Money Protects People
ChildFund International regularly operates in remote areas where consumers have no access to banks, therefore, payroll has to be delivered by armored car—often a highly dangerous practice. To overcome this challenge, ChildFund’s treasury team rolled out a custom mobile payment program.

12/24/2014

Experts See Interest Rates Rising in Mid-2015
Will interest rates finally rise in 2015? According to a consensus of economists who spoke to AFP, it looks like it will happen in the United States—and across the globe.

12/23/2014

Economists Agree: 2015 Global Outlook a Mixed Bag
AFP recently spoke with a number of economists on their expectations for the global economy in 2015. Canada and the Asia-Pacific region both look strong, while eurozone growth appears anemic.

12/23/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: Banks to Hand Home Depot a $90M Cyberbill?
The Home Depot breach has reportedly cost community banks more than $90 million, setting the stage for possible legal action. As accusations and lawsuits begin to pile up over data breaches, corporate treasurers need to consider just how much their organizations could be on the hook if an incident occurs.

12/22/2014

Geopolitics, Cybersecurity among Top Risks for 2015
The outlook for 2015 is all about global interconnectivity and geopolitical and cyber risks. Given that view, it is quite useful for those focused on managing risks to be able to avail themselves of a seminal work in risk, the 2014 Risk Journal produced by Oliver Wyman.

12/22/2014

AFP EconWatch: 'Patient' is the Fed's New Word
The Federal Reserve's new favorite word is "patient." That is how the central bank is describing its sense for the timing of when it will begin raising short-term interest rates.

12/22/2014

Futures in Finance: How to Prepare for Meeting with the CFO
This month features an in-depth look at how treasurers can adequately prepare themselves for meeting with the CFO, CEO and other internal stakeholders. Also, new AFP Chairman Anthony Scaglione, CTP, talks key leadership traits, and CFO Cindy Kraft provides financial professionals with tips on how to market themselves.

12/19/2014

What Does the Concept of Value Creation Really Mean?
Value creation is one of the most commonly abused term in corporate strategy. How do companies create value? How do you measure it? How does finance fit in all this?

12/19/2014

AFP Payments: Key Trends with Heavy Implications for 2015
With new payments entrants disrupting the market, a security breach epidemic, and a push for new standards, payments are top of mind for treasury and finance professionals. This month, AFP Payments looks back on the key trends in 2014, and attempts to gauge just what they could mean as we head into the new year.

12/18/2014

Economists Agree: U.S. Economy to Sail Smoothly in 2015
AFP spoke with a cross-section of economists and financial executives to get their perspective on 2015 and they agree: the U.S. economy looks primed to continue steady growth.

12/18/2014

COSO 2013 is Here: Is Your Organization Ready to Comply?
The Dec. 15, 2014 deadline has passed and COSO 1992 has been superseded by COSO 2013. Not interested in complying with COSO 2013? Your external auditors may have a different opinion.

12/18/2014

Waiting Game: Supreme Court Delays Interchange Fee Decision

The United States Supreme Court has delayed until Jan. 12 whether to hear a case seeking to overturn a key provision of the Dodd-Frank Act.

12/16/2014

AFP Guide: How to Conduct a Successful Banking RFP
Conducting a request for proposal (RFP) for banking services is one of the most time-consuming tasks treasury teams face. In a new Treasury in Practice guide, underwritten by KeyBank, AFP provides treasurers with best practices for conducting a successful banking RFP.

12/16/2014

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

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