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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

Bank Fee Analysis: Hard Work but Worth the Effort
Bank fee analysis is one of the most mundane tasks in treasury and one of the most sought after. Done correctly, bank fee analysis can save your company tens of thousands—or even millions—of dollars off the annual cost of bank services.

04/21/2014

Back to Square One: Startup Contemplating Sell-Off
Despite high-profile financial backing, generous media coverage and a growing customer base, Square is learning the hard way what traditional third-party providers have known for years: payments is a competitive and unforgiving industry. Following a year of big losses, Square is in talks with several of its rivals about potentially selling off its business.

04/21/2014

April 2014 Payments Newsletter
This month, we begin with a look at the results of the 2014 AFP Payments Fraud and Control Survey, sponsored by J.P. Morgan. While corporate fraud decreased overall, card fraud spiked. The good news is that companies are recognizing the threat and adopting additional security measures. Also this month, we bring you our exclusive coverage of the recent NACHA Payments conference in Orlando, Fla.

04/17/2014

Fed Wants Treasury, Finance Pros to Partake in Fraud Survey
Federal Reserve Banks are conducting a survey addressing payments-related fraud, and treasury and finance pros are being asked to participate. The survey aims to help the Fed better assess current challenges to mitigating payments fraud, as well as common methods used to reduce fraud risk.

04/17/2014

Can Regulation Save Bitcoin?
Can virtual currencies be regulated in a manner that protects consumers, merchants, our payment systems and national security, while at the same time not “killing the golden goose” through overly burdensome or unfeasible regulatory requirements? The answer may be yes, however, such regulation should be imposed with a light hand and reasonable steps must be taken quickly.

04/16/2014

London FP&A Club: Using Tech to Support FP&A
The London FP&A Club recently held its sixth meeting and examined the thorny issue of specifying a financial planning and analysis system. Presenter Michael Coveney, a consultant with STW Consulting, shared the 10 capabilities users should look for.

04/15/2014

AFP Releases New FP&A Guide on Risk-Adjusted Forecasting
AFP’s latest FP&A Guide, sponsored by Wdesk, outlines how risk-adjusted forecasting can work in practical terms. The guide includes interviews with over a dozen practitioners and experts, as well as eight case studies that demonstrate different companies’ approaches to risk in their forecasting process.

04/15/2014

How Businesses Can Hedge Cross-Border Balance Sheet Exposures
This article addresses one particular category of currency risk: the risk associated with carrying financial assets or liabilities denominated in a currency other than the functional currency. Such assets and liabilities are reported on the balance sheet in the functional currency at values that reflect spot exchange rates at the end of each accounting period.

04/15/2014

Why Treasurers Must Embrace – and Finance – Sustainability
Sustainability is no longer about corporate citizenship or philanthropy. It’s absolutely critical to the life of companies—and sustainability starts with treasurers. That’s the message Andrew Winston will deliver at the CTC Corporate Treasurers Forum. Winston, author of the “The Big Pivot,” will explain why it makes financial sense for companies to embark on sustainability projects right now.

04/15/2014

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