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Businesses Urge Congress to Oppose Raising PBGC Premiums

After two years of Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation premium increases, companies, business groups and pension trade associations asked Congress to oppose additional premium increases.

05/20/2014

Today’s Most Important FP&A Challenge: Supporting Innovation
The 2014 Key Issues survey by The Hackett Group found that risks related to competition, regulation and talent are gaining momentum and affecting the role of finance and general and of financial planning and analysis groups in particular.

05/19/2014

Interest Rates May Finally Rise—Much to Consumers’ Chagrin
Prior to last December’s meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, the Fed was purchasing $40 billion per month in agency mortgage-backed securities and $45 billion per month in longer-term Treasury securities. By the time the FOMC met in March, the monthly purchasing had slowed to $25 billion in agency mortgage-backed securities and $30 billion in longer term Treasury securities.

05/16/2014

Turmoil in Ukraine is Wreaking Havoc on Treasury and Finance
Treasury and finance executives whose companies do business in Russia, the Ukraine, and other former Soviet republics are feeling the effects of the Crimean crisis on their bottom lines. The turmoil has caused the ruble’s exchange rate to plummet, making it more expensive for companies to import goods and to service existing debts. The crisis is also making it more difficult for companies to borrow money. In addition, sanctions against individual banks are complicating cross-border payments.

05/16/2014

Study: Higher PBGC Premiums Would Harm GDP, Jobs, Consumers
A new study found that additional premiums for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation would severely impact the U.S. GDP, the job market, and consumer purchasing power.

05/15/2014

Fear of the Unknown: EMV Tops Retail Treasurers’ Concerns
Treasurers at the 2014 AFP Retail Roundtable in Dallas said Thursday that their biggest concern is EMV migration. They cited cost, customer resistance, and nagging doubts that switching to the chip-and-PIN equipment is the right technology to fight future fraud attempts.

05/15/2014

CFO Coach: The Evolution of Interviewing
Technology has evolved the interviewing process. Video interviewing will create seamless conversations via technology that will dramatically change the hiring landscape.

05/15/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: Post-Target, Treasurers Get Proactive
Fraud has always been a concern for treasurers, and in the post-Target environment, it has only become even more of a priority. At the latest meeting of AFP’s Treasury Advisory Group in Dallas, practitioners discussed the new fraud issues they face, and the steps they are taking to address them, in the wake of the Target security breach.

05/14/2014

CTC Releases New Guide on Managing Supply Chain Risk
In a new guide, Leadership in Treasury: Managing Risk in the Supply Chain, underwritten by Reval, AFP’s Corporate Treasurers Council explores some of the ways that treasurers can use their skills and insights to support strategic management of risk in the supply chain. Though it is unlikely that most treasurers will be responsible for implementing supply chain risk management policies outside finance, they can still help to identify, evaluate and suggest mitigation techniques across the entire organization.

05/13/2014

Perspective: What One Exec Learned in 28 Years in Finance
David Axson, a managing director in Accenture’s Finance and Enterprise Performance practice, will bring nearly 30 years worth of global finance and consulting experience as a keynote speaker at AFP’s Annual Conference in November.

05/12/2014

Ten Steps to Successful Presentations
So, you’ve been asked to give a presentation? Perhaps—for the first time—to senior management or even the board of directors? These steps will take you from content selection to post-delivery feedback. You’ll be able to give better presentations and get better results.

05/09/2014

Bottom Line: Leadership Milestones
This path is based upon the actual careers of several recently appointed corporate treasurers. Expect a few twists and turns along the way.

05/09/2014

Survey: CFOs More Upbeat, Likely to Increase Spending
Finance executives are increasingly optimistic about the economy and say they are likely to increase spending, according to a new survey. However, this trend is not likely to translate into corporates immediately investing their cash reserves.

05/08/2014

FASB Backs Off Leasing Proposal and Convergence with IASB
After two rounds of proposals and industry comments, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) appears to have decided that current lease accounting from a lessee standpoint isn’t so bad after all.

05/08/2014

May 2014 Risk Newsletter
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is scheduled to take effect July 1. The May issue tells you all you need to know to prepare for this potentially burdensome new regulation. Plus, there’s guidance on derivatives liquidity, and lease accounting news.

05/08/2014

The Impact of Rising Real Estate Prices on Treasury
Prices for office properties are rising across the country, a trend that could impact nearly every treasury department. But corporates looking outside the trendiest sections of town will still find plenty of bargaining power, especially to lease properties, although perhaps not for much longer.

05/07/2014

Finding Finance Potential Beyond the Résumé
As a treasury and finance leader looking to acquire top talent, you need to know if the person you bring on board will be driven to succeed and work seamlessly inside your company’s culture. This won’t happen unless their strengths are identified and put to use.

05/07/2014

Navigating Canada’s Anti-Money Laundering Laws
Understanding regulations around Canadian payments is critical for corporate practitioners operating north of the border—and south of it as well. Because the two nations are each other’s largest trading partners, treasury and finance professionals on both sides of the border should pay close attention.

05/06/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: Target Breach’s Latest Victim is the CEO
Target said Monday that it has relieved Chairman and CEO Gregg Steinhafel of his duties, following the massive holiday data breach that compromised 110 million customers, hurt Target’s fourth quarter 2013 profits and seriously damaged the company’s reputation.

05/06/2014

Cash: The Once, Current and Future King, Says Fed
New data indicates that U.S. consumers still prefer to use cash over any other payment method, including debit and credit cards. The Cash Product Office (CPO) of the San Francisco Fed reported that while many electronic payments pundits have been predicting the demise of cash for years, the data tells a different story.

05/05/2014

Do New Liquidity Rules for Derivatives Collateral Work?
Over the past several years regulators have implemented rules to reign in risks associated with derivatives trading. The irony is that clearing houses do not eliminate risk. Rather, they centralize it.

05/05/2014

This Week in Corporate Finance: Mixed Economic Indicators
It was an interesting week of information releases as we saw a number of economic indicators exceeding expectations, while a number of indicators disappointed us to the weak side. At the same time, we are also experiencing an increase in geopolitical tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

05/05/2014

May 2014 FP&A Newsletter
The terms “analytics” and “business intelligence” are frequently used in FP&A circles. But just how different are they? Also this issue: why FP&A must measure its own ROI. Plus, the newsletter introduces a monthly quiz.

05/01/2014

Hard Facts for Soft Skills Using Treasury Technology
For treasurers, sharing the kind of information CFOs care about—improving operating margins, ensuring liquidity, etc.—will not only have an impact on their decision-making. It will also elevate the value treasury delivers to the business. With the help of advanced technology, more treasury professionals are actually delivering the metrics that matter.

05/01/2014

Where Do Finance Executives Find Top FP&A Employees?
Despite the critical role that FP&A professionals play in today’s business world, 64 percent of C-level executives report that the FP&A role is the hardest position to fill, according to a recent APQC survey. So where do FP&A professionals come from? Here’s what finance executives had to say when they had to find talent.

04/30/2014

Stay or Go? eBay Repatriates Cash, Apple Keeps it Abroad
Online auction site eBay defied conventional wisdom Tuesday when it announced it would repatriate $9 billion in cash held overseas—incurring a $3-billion tax bill in the process. In contrast, Apple recently raised $12 billion in a bond sale to finance shareholder rewards instead of bringing its overseas cash back to the U.S.

04/30/2014

AFP Canadian Forum Preview: Amber MacArthur on Social Media
Attendees of the AFP Canadian Forum in Toronto this June are going to get a crash course on social media trends and best practices from one of Canada’s foremost experts, Amber MacArthur, president of Konnekt Digital Engagements. She recently spoke with AFP about her upcoming forum session.

04/29/2014

ANSI Approves Technical Reports on Remittance
The Remittance Coalition, an industry group that promotes greater use of electronic business-to-business (B2B) payments and electronic data exchanges, has received approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for three new technical reports.

04/29/2014

Survey: U.S. Businesses Hoarding Less Cash, Spending More
U.S. businesses grew more confident in 1Q2014, significantly slowing the pace of cash accumulation, according to the April 2014 AFP Corporate Cash Indicators™ (AFP CCI), underwritten by State Street Global Advisors.  Meanwhile, the indicator for short-term investment aggressiveness jumped three points during the quarter.

04/28/2014

This Week in Corporate Finance: Slow Progress in April
The month of April has been a continuation of the narrative of a U.S. economy that is progressing, but at a pace where we see neither a quick drop in the unemployment rate or a spike up in the inflation rate. The stock market is staying near its recent highs, while the U.S. Treasury yield curve continues to flatten.

04/28/2014

NACHA Requests Feedback from Network End Users on Same-Day ACH
NACHA is requesting feedback from treasury and finance professionals on use cases, benefits and potential transaction volume of a ubiquitous same-day settlement capability across the ACH Network. The features of this capability would likely consist of two new same-day settlement times each banking day, in addition to the existing overnight settlement capability.

04/25/2014

SWIFT Updates Directory for Corporate Treasurers, Banks
SWIFT has launched a new version of its Bankers World Online directory for its corporate and banking clients. The financial messaging provider said that the upgraded directory provides more data coverage, a wider breadth of financial information, and new features and functionalities.

04/25/2014

AFP Reg Report: New Rules for EU, U.S. Banks
Recent regulatory developments relevant to treasury and finance professionals are reviewed in the AFP Reg Report. In this issue: The EU ‘banking union’ package, Basel III, cybersecurity legislation, business tax provisions, and more.

04/24/2014

April 2014 Futures in Finance Newsletter
This month's edition of Futures in Finance provides a preview of AFP Exchange's upcoming focus on leadership. We begin with an interview with Cris Barros, treasurer of Mosaic. Barros looks back on his career, and explains the skills that he considers to be critical for leading. Up next, executive recruiting firm Spencer Stuart discusses four leadership traits that employers can look for when hiring new treasury candidates.

04/24/2014

Why FP&A Groups Must Measure Their Own ROI
FP&A teams rarely turn the table and evaluate themselves, but you should consider it a new challenge. Knowing your worth—the quantifiable impact your FP&A team has on the company—could unlock new opportunities.

04/23/2014

Analytics and Business Intelligence: One in the Same?
Applying analytics is now mission-critical due to increasingly thinner margins for decision error. Yet analytics often is confused with business intelligence, or BI.

04/23/2014

CFO Career Trends
There are some very interesting trends in a recent academic study among Fortune 100 companies. These trends could impact your career trajectory and therefore, might be worth understanding.

04/23/2014

Moving U.S. Payments Forward: What’s the Holdup?
Treasury and finance professionals who are focused on payments are looking for ways to modernize the United States payments system, if discussions at the recent NACHA Payments conference in Orlando, Fla. are any indication. The question is, will it ever actually happen?

04/23/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: 3 Million Cards Hacked in Michaels Breach
Michaels Stores has admitted that two security breaches it incurred over an eight-month period might have compromised more than 3 million customer credit and debit cards. Also, the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) revealed that attacks at the point of sale have actually declined significantly in 2013.

04/22/2014

Bitcoin Breakdown: Investors Look to Revive Mt. Gox
A U.S. investor group is attempting to revive the now-defunct Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox before it is liquidated by a Japanese bankruptcy court. Creditors who owned more than 70 percent of the bitcoins that the exchange lost when it went belly-up in February reportedly support the effort.

04/22/2014

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