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Planning in the Age of Volatility
A new guide, underwritten by Workiva, examines how FP&A can prepare for volatility, and react quickly when it occurs.


Adopting a Rolling Forecast Requires a Cultural Change
Nevine White, Executive in Residence for the Beyond Budgeting Roundtable North America, describes how implementing a rolling forecast requires a major cultural overhaul for most organizations.


Blockchain Will Kill the Invoice. Here’s Why.
It’s clear blockchain will have a significant influence on procurement and finance. The advantages of being able to streamline business processes, secure payments, and automate workloads shouldn’t be understated.


AFP Mindshift: Will Technology Replace Treasury?
Jean Furter, Vice President, Treasurer for Brocade Communications Systems, explains why some treasury jobs could be phased out in the near future, and what practitioners need to do to prepare.


FP&A Survey: Is Your Budget Relevant?
Bryan Lapidus, a contributing consultant to AFP, discusses AFP's new FP&A Survey, which looks at whether budgets are still relevant.


Cash Forecasting: Why Your People Make the Difference
Saumya Mohan, Americas Region Treasurer for Tesla, explains why good cash forecasting largely depends on the people you have in place, rather than the systems that you use.


Surprise: Most Firms Still Do Traditional Budgeting
According to a new AFP Survey, nearly three quarters of FP&A professionals agree or strongly agree that the budget is a valuable tool.


NACHA Proposes Increasing Limit for Same Day ACH Payments
NACHA is requesting comment on a proposal to expand Same Day ACH. One change would be an increase of the per-transaction limit to $100,000.


AFP Viewpoint: How Treasurers Can Manage Card Fees
The new AFP Payments Guide, underwritten by MUFG Union Bank, aims to shed some light over the very complex nature of credit card payments.


4 Ways Treasurers Can Protect Customer Data—Plus KYC Advice
Austin O’Brion co-founder of Token of Trust, offers treasury professionals tips on protecting customer data, as well as advice on keeping KYC information secure.


FP&A Pros Should Learn the Taxonomy of Risk. Here's Why.
In FP&A, we focus on how to achieve the goals and create forecasts that show whether we are on track. Our colleagues in risk management start from the same goals, but look at what can prevent us from achieving them.


Tapscott on Blockchain and the Fourth Industrial Age
Don Tapscott, one of the world’s top experts on distributed ledger technology, discusses how blockchain could reshape treasury and finance in the very near future.


Robotic Process Automation: How Treasury Benefits
When senior leadership mandates that you reduce costs over a three-year period, what do you do? If you’re the finance department at Allianz Life, you implement robotic process automation (RPA).


Finance Professionals, How Do You Deliver Bad News?
FP&A professionals discuss the ways that they deliver bad news to senior leadership.


Payments at AFP 2017: 3 Key Takeaways
After the multitude of discussions I had with treasury professionals at AFP 2017 on payments, I walked away with three key takeaways.


Handling Cash Continues to Be a Pain Point for Retailers
Retail treasury professionals discussed handling cash during a retail industry roundtable at AFP 2017, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank.


The Clearing House’s Real Time System Goes Live
RTP, The Clearing House’s real-time payments system, launched this week. BNY Mellon and U.S. Bank initiated the very first real-time payment on the system.


FP&A Needs to Get Buy-In From Business Units. Here's How.
Finance often is involved in change management, both inside our own organizations and across functions. I have been thinking about the buy-in in the context of change management inspired by two recent events.


Survey: Few Finance Pros Are Ready for Digital Disruption
Finance professionals know that new technologies like artificial intelligence and blockchain will disrupt their function, yet they believe their organizations are not prepared for the coming changes.


FP&A: Confronting Cognitive Bias
How are FP&A professionals to know what they don’t know when the very atmosphere seems choked with unknown unknowns?


Understanding Ransomware Attacks: What Are the Risks?
Bob Stark, Vice President of Strategy for Kyriba, discusses the ongoing threat of ransomware attacks.


People Are the Key to Cash Forecasting
One thing quickly became clear during an AFP 2017 session on cash forecasting—to be effective, you need to be able to rely on the people around you.


Money Funds: The Legislative Push for a Stable NAV Continues
In a recent hearing, Rep. Keith Rothfus referenced a new letter by AFP in support of the Consumer Financial Choice and Capital Markets Protection Act (H.R. 2319).


How to Switch the Finance Process from Propeller to Jet Speed
Just getting by with spreadsheets is no longer an option for finance and treasury. The performance advantage gained by efficient analytics is just too large to be without impact.


Deadline for Faster Payments Raises Questions for Treasurers
A new faster payment system is scheduled to arrive in the United States by 2020—an aggressive timeframe that suggests corporate treasurers should start thinking sooner rather than later about the potential ramifications.


What Can Treasury Learn from the Equifax Breach?
Bob Stark of Kyriba discusses the recent Equifax breach and provides tips for treasury professionals on how their departments can avoid a similar scenario.


Worried About the Economy, U.S. Firms Build Cash Reserves
The latest AFP Corporate Cash Indicators®, signaled that corporate treasury and finance executives are increasingly concerned about the global economy and are stockpiling cash reserves in response.


It’s Time to Wrap Your Mind Around AFP MindShift
A new report reveals how AFP MindShift will help you begin to make sense of the technological chaos.


Boo! FP&A Professionals, Don’t Be Afraid of Halloween
Of course there is a huge amount of data available, at various levels of aggregation. So at which level are you forecasting?


Would a Centralized KYC Repository Put Data at Risk?
Would a centralized know-your-customer (KYC) repository create a treasure trove for cybercriminals?


Attention, Corporates: Passwords Just Won’t Cut It Anymore
Although treasury professionals are probably tired of hearing that passwords aren't sufficient to protect customer data, apparently businesses as a whole aren’t getting the message.


Interoperability: The Holy Grail of Blockchain
Treasury and finance professionals have heard a lot about blockchain in the past several years. But without interoperability, the technology will never truly break through.


Focus on Data to Leverage the FP&A Capability Maturity Model
AFP’s FP&A Maturity Model was designed to help organizations determine the level of maturity of their current FP&A capabilities, identify what best-in-class looks like, and what specific actions can improve your team. This month we are examining the data aspect of the Maturity Model.


Fighting Fraud Is at the Top of Retailers’ Priority Lists
Combating fraud is one of the biggest concerns for retailers—if not the top challenge.


The KYC Burden: Are Multiple Utilities Part of the Problem?
The presence of several different know-your-customer (KYC) utilities may be impeding the creation of a central repository.


AFP 2017 Pinnacle Awards
See the innovative solutions of this year's Pinnacle Award finalists. The Pinnacle Awards are sponsored by Wells Fargo.


Instead of a Cybersecurity Consultant, Try the ‘Uber’ Method
Security experts provided attendees of Money 2020 with a glimpse into a different approach to cybersecurity—one that relies on a network of freelance hackers to protect your system rather than a traditional consultancy.


Fed: Governance Framework Is Critical for Faster Payments
Sean Rodriguez of the Federal Reserve discusses why a governance framework will be critical to achieve a ubiquitous faster payments system in the United States by 2020.


2017 Pinnacle Awards: Allstate Streamlines Claim Payments
By switching from checks and ACH transfers to digital payments, Allstate dramatically reduced payment time while eliminating back-office paperwork and reconciliation processing. The Pinnacle Awards are sponsored by Wells Fargo & Co.


AFP 2017: Is Treasury At Risk of Automation?
Is your treasury job at risk of someday being automated? At the AFP 2017 Executive Institute, experts debated whether practitioners’ jobs are truly in danger of being phased out—or if they are simply evolving with the times.


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