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.
Analysts have speculated for years that an Apple digital wallet could brings mobile payments into the mainstream. Others caution that it’s still too early to crown Apple the mobile payments king. We take a look at both sides of the argument, and see how it affects treasury and finance professionals.
Looking for a way to execute swaps without having to deal with a multitude of banks? Try a risk participation agreement.
As the retail breach epidemic continues, security is top of mind for many treasurers. Apple CEO Tim Cook believes Apple Pay could solve the problem. But is he right?
With increased investment in renewable energy, the value of the fossil fuel sector is gradually diminishing. Renewable energy expert Andrew Winston discusses how these companies are factoring in this drop in demand.
The U.S. dollar is rising rapidly and could reach parity with the euro. One popular hedging strategy -- the rolling hedge -- doesn't work in a fast-rising environment. So what should treasurers do instead?
The payments world has been buzzing since last week's unveiling of Apple Pay, which could be a game changer for mobile payments. But before we declare Apple Pay the new payments dynasty, it’s worth taking a look at how profound its impact will truly be.
Thinking of attending the 2014 AFP Annual Conference? AFP President and CEO Jim Kaitz provides a few reasons why you need to be in DC.
Treasurers recently received good news regarding Dodd-Frank Act regulations. But treasury centers are unsure if it applies to them.
Talent management specialists provide four steps treasury and finance leaders must follow if they want to hire the right staff members.
More than ever, risk is a global phenomenon. The September issue of Risk reveals how treasury and finance should respond.
Last month, AFP’s Brian Kalish met with financial planning and analysis professionals in New York and Omaha, Nebraska. One message was clear: practitioners are interested in the FP&A Certification.
When negotiating a debt deal, treasurers need to give covenants their full attention. Glossing over them can have disastrous results.
Retail treasurers have been waiting for years for a breakthrough in mobile payments. With cutting-edge security, support from big banks and retailers, and millions of consumers ready to buy the new iPhone when it launches September 19, Apple Pay just might be that solution.
When establishing treasury operations in a new emerging market, the responsibilities are generally the same. But the peculiarities of a different market can make these tasks more complex, and a new CTC Guide, sponsored by Reval, looks at why.
The Home Depot breach involved all of the home improvement retailer’s U.S. and Canadian stores. With new breaches discovered nearly every week, retailers need to shore up customer data—now.
Last week U.S. regulators finalized a new liquidity rule that aims to keep banks from running out of money when a crisis hits. But could these new rules hurt corporate-bank relationships in the long run?
This was a week where the difference between relative strength and absolute strength was neatly framed. News out of North America highlighted the fact that on an absolute basis, the U.S. economy while positive is rather milquetoast. But relative to Europe, the U.S. economy is a roaring tiger.
Experts are split on whether new U.S. and U.N. sanctions in Iraq will have much of an effect on treasury and finance departments -- or even if more sanctions are on the way.
The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) has finally unveiled its payment network. With so many retailers on board, could this mobile payments solution rival Apple Pay?
In the wake of the Walgreens forecasting debacle, FP&A newsletter asked seven financial planning and analysis professionals to share their advice on what they learned from the episode.
It was recently disclosed that Walgreens made a $1 billion forecasting error, costing the chief financial officer his job. In response, six finance professionals offered their lessons learned.
JPMorgan and four other banks were hit in a coordinated attack against major financial institutions. But the overall significance of the attack and the motives of the hackers themselves are still in question. So it might not be time to hit the panic button just yet.
A big challenge for any treasury or finance professional is the process of transitioning from an individual contributor to a leader. Darren McCallon, vice president of finance and treasurer of TrueBlue, looks back on his career and provides some advice.
In Europe, interest rates touched historical lows across a number of countries. This yield action was supported by the double whammy of expected slower economic growth and the uncertainty caused by the political and military unrest in eastern Ukraine.
Fueled by loads of cash and low borrowing rates, companies are starting to make up for time lost from the 2008 recession and opening their wallets for capital expenditures.
Escalating tensions in the Ukraine and fears that Russia might cut off gas supplies to Europe are creating an ever more difficult environment for multinationals with operations or partnerships in the region.
This month, we have an interview with career and leadership coach Vivian James Rigney, who is speaking at the CTC Executive Institute at the 2014 AFP Annual Conference. We also have interviews with Ori Brafman, bestselling author, and Juan Arangote, FP&A of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, who are each speaking at the conference.
NACHA has approved two new amendments to its operating rules to improve automated clearinghouse network quality by reducing the incidence of ACH transactions that result in exceptions and returns.
With a strong majority of corporate finance functions currently undertaking some significant change initiative, it is critical to understand what makes two out of three of these efforts fail to meet their own stated objectives.
Thanks to a warning about a highly dangerous malware that affects retailers at the point of sale, UPS discovered that some of its systems had been infected and has since eliminated the threat. Nevertheless, retailers aren’t out of the water yet—and it’s time for treasurers to take action. More than 1,000 U.S. businesses are now believed to have been affected by Backoff malware.
Though bitcoin is known predominantly as a currency and payment method, the blockchain technology behind it has the potential to be a disruptive force to the financial system, according to a new report from research and consulting firm Celent.
At the recent CTC Corporate Treasurers Forum in Chicago, Kelly Timmer, assistant treasurer, Wolverine Worldwide, discussed assuming the treasury role at a time when the profession was undergoing significant changes and becoming more strategic.
This week can pretty much be summed up as a “risk-on” week. Be it equities or high-yield debt, the general feeling of the market was one of searching for yield.
Attendees of the CTC Executive Institute at the 2014 AFP Annual Conference in November will have the opportunity to hear from one of today’s leading career motivators—Vivian James Rigney, career and leadership coach. Originally from Ireland and based in New York City, Rigney works primarily with clients in treasury and finance.
Recently on AFP’s discussion list corporate treasury and finance professionals discussed validating the accuracy of vendors’ W-9 forms.
A number of recent articles have indicated an uptick in both turnover and tenure at the chief financial officer level. At first glance, this might support the theory that with today’s technology and enough research, you can find something to support any belief you hold. However, in this particular case, there might be some truth to these seemingly conflicting trends—because maybe they aren’t so different after all.
This month, we lead off with an analysis of the recent Hold Security report, which sent the media into frenzy over its claims that Russian hackers stole more than a billion usernames and passwords. We speak with several security experts who are very skeptical about the accuracy of this report. Also this month, Christopher Cheniae of U.S. Foods explains how his company implemented a mobile solution to eliminate its check-related challenges, POS malware continues to wreak havoc on the retail industry, and more.