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VIDEO: The Value of the FP&A Certification
Juan Arangote, FP&A, CPA, CMA, Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, discusses preparing for the Certified Corporate FP&A Professional exam, as well as why earning the certification is a smart career move for FP&A professionals.

08/21/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: Supermarket Breach Compromises Millions?
Supervalu, a Fortune 500 grocery retailer, revealed last Friday that it had incurred a security breach. At least one security expert believes that “millions” of credit and debit cards may have been compromised.

08/20/2014

Expert Reveals Crucial Skills FP&A Professionals Need to Thrive
The FP&A professionals of the future won’t be in the business of providing just numbers. They’ll be giving clients—internal and external—information that matters to them, solves problems, and helps them make critical decisions to increase profits.

08/19/2014

Bank Account Reconciliation Easier than Ever, Says New AFP Guide
The second installment in the 2014 AFP Treasury in Practice series focuses on bank account reconciliation. Underwritten by KeyBank, the guide provides best practices and examples of how companies reconcile their bank accounts on a daily basis to ensure accuracy, quickly identify exceptions and prevent fraud.

08/19/2014

This Week in Corporate Finance: Flight to Quality Continues
Welcome to August, usually an uneventful time of the year, but in our current “Black Swan Times”, anything and everything can happen. While we are dealing with unrest in Gaza and Ukraine, bond defaults in Argentina, and challenging times in places like Missouri, the market continues to behave in an orderly manner.

08/18/2014

AFP Conference Preview: Ori Brafman on ‘Contained Chaos’
Attendees of the 2014 AFP Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. will receive a new perspective on business from New York Times bestselling author Ori Brafman. In his session, Brafman, author of “The Chaos Imperative,” will discuss how even the best and most efficient organizations can benefit from allowing a little disruption.

08/18/2014

Hanse Orga to Integrate AFP Service Codes®
Software provider Hanse Orga announced Friday that it has been licensed to integrate the AFP Service Codes© within its FinanceSuite eBAM (electronic Bank Account Management) solution. The AFP Service Codes© are the global standard for analyzing and comparing the services and fees that are included in the account analysis statements which companies receive from their banks.

08/15/2014

AFP Reg Report: August 2014
Recent regulatory developments relevant to treasury and finance professionals are reviewed in the AFP Reg Report. In this issue: money market fund reform, derivative end-user protections, corporate tax reform, virtual currency regulation, and more.

08/15/2014

The Danger of Low Interest Rates
Cutting interest rates during recessions is the standard policy tool the Federal Reserve uses to resuscitate a weak economy, and it signals that policy officials are working to improve economic conditions. But could an easy Fed policy overstay its welcome?

08/15/2014

Treasurers Fret While Pols Fight Over Corporate Tax Reform
As Democrats and Republicans in Congress square off over corporate taxation, treasury and finance professionals find themselves stuck in the middle of this political battle -- again.

08/14/2014

VIDEO: Does the CFO Understand the Treasurer’s Role?
Are treasurers facing difficulty communicating their role to the CFO? At the recent CTC Corporate Treasurers Forum, Steve Overholser, CTP, CPA, CFO & Treasurer for Great Clips, Inc., discussed whether CFOs truly understand the treasurer’s role and ways that both parties can get on the same page.

08/14/2014

August 2014 Risk Newsletter
In this issue we take a closer look at the new money market fund regulations, and why risk managers should worry. Also, treasury and finance professionals tell how they are managing interest rate risk in a rising rate environment.

08/14/2014

AFP Questions Publication for Its Depiction of Treasurers and Women
TheAtlantic.com, the website for one of America’s most respected magazines, published an article titled “Why All of the U.S. Treasurers Since 1949 Have Been Women.” The article drew some troubling conclusions, prompting AFP President and CEO Jim Kaitz to write a letter in response.

08/14/2014

Bottom Line: One Company, People and Cash
AFP has been fielding questions from reporters on when corporate America might begin to spend the huge cash piles that have accumulated in recent years. In addition to economic shifts, attitudes toward global risk and changes in business outlook, there's another factor that might influence cash spend, and some say it is simply the people involved in decision making.

08/13/2014

With Few Alternatives, Firms Deposit Money in Banks
The AFP Liquidity Survey finds that both the size and management of corporate short-term cash holdings stayed relatively steady over the past year. The reasons are two-fold. First, the business and regulatory climate remains one of middling economic growth and uncertainty. At the same time, the historic ultra-low interest rate environment has greatly reduced the opportunity to generate yield.

08/13/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: Was Last Week’s Megahack Just Megahype?
You've probably heard about The New York Times’ explosive report that Russian hackers stole more than a billion user credentials. You were likely encouraged to change your passwords immediately—for everything. What you may not have heard is that all of the panic could be over nothing.

08/12/2014

BI & Analytics – FP&A Functions Need to Invest
FP&A professionals understand that they need better business intelligence (BI) and analytics to substantially improve their ability to have a profit impact. So why aren't companies  investing in BI and analytics and delivering the analytical functionality FP&A professionals say they need?

08/12/2014

Q&A: The Impact of New Money Fund Rules
This is the second part of a question and answer session on the new money market fund rules with Jim Gilligan, CTP, FP&A, assistant treasurer for Great Plains Energy, and Tom Hunt, CTP, director of treasury services, AFP.

08/11/2014

Best Practices in Leadership and Talent Development
Leadership in Treasury, a new publication from the Corporate Treasurers Council, may be the second in a series of e-documents from the CTC, but the subject matter is top of mind with treasury executives.

08/11/2014

Financial Modeling: Painting the Future
Contrary to its name, financial modeling is neither purely math nor finance. For a model to be effective, precision financial calculations and accuracy of the principles are not enough and are only part of the equation. The second and equally important part is the appropriate application of subjectivity.

08/08/2014

No Exceptions: A New Service to Lower Online Payment Miscues
NACHA has introduced a new program that aims to reduce online bill payment exceptions and check volume associated with exceptions, which cost the payments industry nearly $800 million per year.

08/07/2014

August 2014 FP&A Newsletter
The August issue features a case study of how the financial planning and analysis team at Edward Hospital and Health Services improved its reporting process. Plus, new editorial advisory board member Juan Arangote, FP&A, offers his insights on financial modeling.

08/07/2014

VIDEO: The Changing Role of Treasury
In this exclusive video interview, Steve Overholser, CTP, CPA, CFO & Treasurer for Great Clips, Inc. discusses how his role has changed over the past five years. On the whole, treasury has become more involved in operations and strategic decision-making.

08/06/2014

Leadership in Treasury: Gavin Waugh, Treasurer, Wendy’s
Gavin Waugh, the treasurer of Wendy's, tells how he achieved his career goal, and how he keeps his team motivated.

08/06/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: 600 Retailers Affected by POS Malware
More than 600 retailers may have point-of-sale malware installed in their stores, according to a new warning from government officials. Cybercriminals are reportedly targeting businesses that use remote desktop applications.

08/06/2014

What the New Money Fund Rules Mean for Treasurers
In an AFP webinar, treasury and finance professionals received an in-depth look at the new money market fund rules approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Jim Gilligan, CTP, FP&A, assistant treasurer for Great Plains Energy, and Tom Hunt, CTP, director of treasury services for AFP, provided an update based on some of the feedback they’ve received from AFP members.

08/06/2014

Q&A: Further Analysis of Money Fund Rules
Immediately following the recent AFP webinar on money market funds, Jim Gilligan, CTP, FP&A, assistant treasurer for Great Plains Energy, and Tom Hunt, CTP, director of treasury services, AFP, held a question and answer session with treasury and finance professionals in which they provided further insights into the Securities and Exchange Commission’s new rules.

08/05/2014

Case Study: US Foods Introduces Corporate Mobile Deposit
More than 1 million paper checks are delivered to US Foods’ sales force annually at customer locations as payment for deliveries. The checks are then taken personally by each sales associate to their local division for processing, which represented a real pain-point. US Foods needed a solution that would reduce these check-related challenges as much as possible.

08/05/2014

This Week in Corporate Finance: GDP Report Sparks Volatility
What caused last week's volatility? Treasuries sold-off after the second quarter GDP report came in significantly higher than expected (+4.0 percent versus a consensus +2.9 percent). The fear was that the increase in economic activity would force the Fed’s hand to raise interest rates sooner rather than later to stem the tide of potential inflation.

08/04/2014

SEPA Fully Implemented in Euro Area
After 15 years of preparation and an additional six-month extension, the wait is over. The single euro payments area (SEPA) is fully operational as of August 1.

08/01/2014

Bitcoin Breakdown: Bitlicenses Receive Pushback
The bitlicense regulatory framework recently proposed by the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has been met by considerable pushback from the bitcoin community. Bitcoin enthusiasts are arguing that the licenses will give an unfair advantage to the bitcoin businesses that have the most money.

08/01/2014

Why FP&A Should Lead Enterprise Analytics Efforts
FP&A professionals traditionally oversee the budgets, perform business planning, and provide financial insights to management. It is time for FP&A professionals to spend more time and effort emphasizing analysis instead of planning.

08/01/2014

Will New Money Fund Rules Spur Corporate Interest in Repos?
Corporates lending directly in tri-party repurchase agreements remain rare. Now, spurred by new money market fund regulations that likely will make this favorite short-term investment less attractive, corporate treasurers are re-visiting repos.

07/31/2014

Case Study: Moving to a Notional Pooling Structure
Using multiple financial institutions around the world is a challenge for any global treasurer. But for John Hanbury, CPA, CMA, treasurer for CHC Helicopter, corporate banking across the globe presented a liquidity management challenge. CHC realized that the only way to solve the issue was to move to a notional pooling structure.

07/31/2014

VIDEO: Being Part of the FP&A Inaugural Class
Eric Smialek, FP&A, Senior Financial Analyst for Neustar, discusses his experience becoming part of the first class of Certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) professionals.

07/30/2014

Fed Mulls Controversial Commodity Proposal
Mulling a proposal that would limit banks’ participation in the physical commodities market, the Federal Reserve is attempting a delicate balance—companies seeking to hedge commodity risk and concerns about systemic risk.

07/30/2014

Ukraine Turmoil Wreaks Havoc on Treasury and Finance Groups
Treasury and finance executives whose companies do business in Russia and the Ukraine are seeing the effects of the mounting crisis on their bottom lines. The ruble’s exchange rate has plummeted, corporate borrowing is more expensive, and sanctions against individual banks are complicating cross-border payments.

07/30/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: StubHub Turns the Table on Cybercriminals
Six individuals were arrested last week in connection with an international cybercrime ring that hacked more than 1,600 customer accounts. What’s different in this case is that the company detected the cybercriminals first instead of receiving the news of the hack, as usually happens, and then it alerted law enforcement.

07/29/2014

Best Practices: Selecting Cyber Insurance Coverage
Lisa Joublanc, CCM, CFA, Vice President and Treasurer for Global Payments, and Mary Guzman, Senior Vice President and E&O Practice Leader, McGriff, Seibels & Williams, discuss what treasurers need to consider when selecting cyber insurance coverage. They also provide a look at the 2012 cyber breach incurred by Global Payments.

07/29/2014

2Q14 Corporate Cash Reserves Up, Short-Term Investment Quickens
Coinciding with the SEC’s money market mutual fund ruling for corporations, the AFP Corporate Cash Indicators ® (AFP CCI), underwritten by State Street Global Advisors,  revealed that U.S. businesses built cash reserves at a faster pace during the second quarter of 2014 and invested those assets more conservatively. But the burst in cash accumulation is expected to be short lived.

07/28/2014

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