Can women offer the treasury role specific skills and capabilities that their male colleagues lack? This was a key point of discussion during an informal discussion at EuroFinance 2014 in Budapest.
We’re just a few weeks away from the 2014 AFP Annual Conference in Washington, DC. With sessions on remittance, fraud, mobile payments, virtual currencies, real-time payments, straight-through processing, SEPA and more, this year’s conference promises to provide key insights for practitioners focused on payments.
Treasury’s role in international expansion is essential. Ingram Micro’s treasurer reveals the key to adjusting to complications brought on by rapid global growth: centralizing core activities.
News that Ireland is shutting its long-standing corporate tax loophole sent shivers through the finance and tax departments of multinationals. But rather than looking for the next great tax scheme, this is a good time for the treasury and tax departments to get together and review the company’s overall capital structure.
Financial planning and analysis (FP&A) requires a unique set of skills, and it’s rare to find one person who encompasses all of them. How do you single out the best candidate to fill an FP&A role?
People frequently talk about treasury having a “seat at the table." But before things even get to that point, one question needs to be answered: How can treasury measure its success?
With Kmart and Dairy Queen disclosing details of recent data breach incidents—the latest in a long string of high-profile retail hacks—here are four key points treasury and finance professionals must remember.
Cambridge Mercantile Group CFO Jason Gonsalves' background in technology has given him a unique perspective as a financial executive. Gonsalves recently provided AFP with key insights into how that knowledge has given him an edge throughout his career.
Your treasury department may be infatuated with the buzz surrounding Apple Pay and other alternative payments technology. But before you switch, there’s one rule that every treasury and finance professional must consider.
Cybersecurity takes center stage, with six lessons that treasury and risk managers can learn from the massive Home Depot breach.
Firms have sold or spun off $1.6 trillion worth of subsidiaries and business lines this year, and that is putting financial planning and analysis teams on the spot to make the deals a success.
E-payments giant PayPal is splitting from eBay. Could this breakup eventually lead to some interesting opportunities for treasurers?
There’s plenty of discouraging news about cybersecurity in recent days. Here are four developments to raise the spirits of treasury and finance professionals.
If you're expecting the federal government to ride to the rescue of treasury and finance and offer protection against cybercriminals, then you’re going to be waiting a long time.
Treasury and finance executives need to train employees to avoid behaviors that put corporate data at risk, and they must prepare an effective response to a cyberbreach—or incur senior management’s wrath. Nevertheless, recent research indicates that many companies are not rising to the challenge.
Quarterly foreign currency surprises on revenues only hurt for one fiscal quarter? Not so, says Wolfgang Koester. In fact, a negative FX impact has fiev long-term consequences.
Does corporate culture really matter to financial planning and analysis? Yes, and FP&A expert Bryan Lapidus explains why. Plus, Luca De Angeli, FP&A, offers advice on how to improve your forecasting.
One of the biggest challenges treasury and finance professionals face is dealing with regulators who do not fully understand the businesses that they regulate. Experts offered four ways corporations can improve the dialogue with regulators.
Contrary to popular belief, many virtual currencies are eager to do business with banks—and their corporate clients. Why? Virtual currency executives gave four reasons.
Need more proof that Bitcoin could completely change the payments landscape? Listen to what SWIFT CEO Gottfried Leibbrandt has to say about the virtual currency.
Nearly 63 percent of corporates are dissatisfied with the electronic payments services they receive from banks, according to a new survey. To find out your state of mind, ask yourself -- and your bank -- five questions.
Virtual currencies like Bitcoin hold incredible potential, but regulators are increasingly concerned about their potential use in illicit activities. Experts offered four regulatory updates to help treasurers think about them.
Much of the talk at the Crane Data’s Money Fund Symposium centered on two topics: new regulations and Alibaba.
Improving forecasting and cost modeling analysis is critical but difficult. Here's how Etihad Airways achieved this task.
There has been a question of whether new liquidity rules rules could hinder companies’ abilities to get loans. The answer is yes—but the rules also may benefit companies who utilize their cash wisely.
The last few weeks saw a flurry of legislation, regulation, and hearings with the potential to impact CIEBA members as Congress prepared for its electoral recess.
With the AFP Annual Conference just around the corner, we're bringing you exclusive content from our presenters. Can having a weak culture in place cost you your job? What is one nonfinancial skill all financial professionals must have? Learn all this and more.
New U.S. Treasury Department rules designed to make corporate tax inversions more difficult will impact M&A activity, but why did the agency act in the first place? And why were the rules so draconian?
The Affinia Group has $1.5 billion in revenues and operations in Poland, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Russia, China and other emerging markets. So how did its treasury and finance team cope with currency risk?
Communication has become increasingly important in the development of financial professionals. Here are three key skills to make you a more effective communicator.
Treasurer Jennfier Ceran worked at eBay/PayPal, Cisco and Sara Lee before joining Box, an online content sharing and collaborative service for businesses. She offers her perspective on treasury’s expanded role.
This year the biggest event in treasury and finance for the first time will host two volunteer opportunities for attendees. Both activities help organizations and kids living in the District of Columbia -- and volunteers are still welcome. BBVA Compass is the sponsor of AFPAware Community Service Day for the fifth consecutive year.
Treasury and finance professionals are frequently being asked to step out of their traditional roles and serve as project managers. In this exclusive preview of the 2014 AFP Annual Conference, speakers Peter Biglin, CTP, and Steve C. Phillips, CTP, FP&A, discuss project management.
Reports of massive data breaches at major companies are surfacing on a near-daily basis. What can you do to protect your organization? Cybersecurity: The New Challenge for Treasurers explores the latest cyber issues and explains measures you can take.
The two weeks leading up to the Congressional Recess for the November elections witnessed a number of legislation, regulation, and hearings on topics impacting CIEBA members. Charles Stallings 2014-09-23 Congress held a number of hearings and votes over the last two weeks in a final flourish before
At the latest meeting of AFP’s Treasury Advisory Group (TAG), cybersecurity was identified as a top concern. Treasurers discussed ways that the recent cyber breach epidemic has affected them, and how they are strengthening their cybersecurity efforts.
The Home Depot breach—the largest retail card breach in history—might have avoided if the retailer had been paying closer attention. Corporate treasurers should take note and step up their cybersecurity efforts—before it’s too late.
What's it like to hold management positions in FP&A and accounting simultaneously? An FP&A director for a Fortune Global 2000 company tells his story.
Implementing a strong model culture produces better calculations, fewer errors and increased collaboration among team members. It can also help you keep your job.
Finance professionals seeking that coveted CFO job must avoid adopting the herd mentality. Here are three key tips on how to do that.