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Microsoft is Partnering with BAML on a Blockchain Trade Finance Product
Microsoft announced that it has partnered with Bank of America Merrill Lynch on a blockchain solution for trade finance transacting.

09/28/2016

Treasury and Finance Executives Ponder: Are They the Next Targets of the Bangladesh Bank Hackers?
A Sibos attendee voiced a concern keeping many treasury and finance professionals up at night: "What activities does the market need to now put in place to consider and deal cyberhackers?"

09/28/2016

What is It Like to Be a Millennial In Finance? Just Ask Them.
No one knows better what it’s like to be a millennial working in finance than millennials themselves.

09/27/2016

Is In-House Banking Right for Your Treasury Function?
AFP’s latest Treasury in Practice guide, underwritten by Thomson Reuters, provides a glimpse into what multinational treasury teams do to manage their cash and FX needs around the globe.

09/27/2016

Cyber Insurance Offers Great Promise for Organizations -- and Potentially Great Disappointment As Well
Is it worth it for treasurers to purchase a cyber insurance policy for their organization? Yes—but probably not for the reasons you think.

09/27/2016

Is Blockchain Completely Secure? Don't Be So Sure, Dow Jones Execs Admit
The appeal of blockchain technology is its inherent security. But there is a way it could be hacked, experts said.

09/26/2016

Closing the Technology Gap in FP&A
Despite the proliferation of new cloud solutions and growing talk of predictive analytics and big data, there’s still a gap between where FP&A organizations are today and where they want to be.

09/26/2016

The Big Shift: Investors Move Billions Out of Money Funds
As the deadline for money market fund reform draws near, the rumored “mass exodus” from prime funds appears to finally be coming to fruition.

09/26/2016

SWIFT’s Global Payment Innovation initiative sounds intriguing. But will it improve payments?
SWIFT’s Global Payment Innovation initiative aims to streamline cross-border payments, but how will it help multinational corporations and their treasury functions?

09/26/2016

Time to Speed Up Cross-Border Payments?
One of the most interesting programs under development is SWIFT’s Global Payments Innovation Initiative, which is intended to streamline cross-border payments.

09/23/2016

Managing Currency Risk: The CFO’s Balancing Act
Tasked with both controlling the effects of multicurrency volatility while keeping costs low, CFOs find themselves with a tricky balance to strike.

09/22/2016

More with Less: What Do You Want from a Treasury System?
In the 2016 AFP Guide to Treasury Management Systems, corporate practitioners receive a closer look at treasury technology today.

09/21/2016

AFP Survey: Most Finance Pros to Use Same-Day ACH
Treasury and finance professionals intend to use same-day ACH for last-minute payments, according to a new survey by AFP, underwritten by J.P. Morgan.

09/20/2016

FP&A: Reverse Engineering the Budget
The annual budget should translate the company’s strategic targets into financial terms. But does it?

09/19/2016

Here's a 9-Point Checklist to Help Treasurers Prepare Their Portals for Money Market Fund Reform
Here's a 9-point checklist to help treasurers prepare their portals for new money-fund reform, which takes effect October 14.

09/16/2016

3 Ways Retail Treasurers Can Improve Armored Car Pickup
Many merchants pay 60 percent more than necessary to move, process and bank cash. However, retailers can significantly reduce their cost of cash by learning how top-performing merchants optimize this area.

09/15/2016

Reg 385: A Three-Step Approach to Help Treasurers Prepare
While some companies have accepted the likely eventuality that the new Section 385 regulations will be finalized, more have not. Furthermore, many treasury functions are taking a backseat.

09/15/2016

Real-Time Payments: Would a Giro System Work in the U.S.?
The U.S. is fairly alone when it comes to check use. In other parts of the world, checks have almost disappeared in favor of electronic payments.

09/14/2016

In Volatile Market, CFOs Need a Clear View of Risk
What does this current era of uncertainty mean for CFOs, and how do they go about managing commodity and currency risk across the business?

09/13/2016

Despite Doubts, Treasurers Increasingly Ask About Blockchain Technology
Skepticism over blockchain technology still exists, but treasury and finance departments are increasingly intrigued by its possibilities for safer and faster payments.

09/12/2016

Credit Agreements: Meeting the Compliance Challenge
Companies need to think about compliance from the earliest stages of any financing—ideally when they are negotiating term sheets for proposed transactions.

09/09/2016

Obstacle Course: Overcoming 3 Payments Challenges
Today’s business environment is like a "Tough Mudder" running competition. There are multiple obstacles you have to overcome if you hope to cross the finish line.

09/08/2016

What Is the Earnings Credit?
On almost every U.S. commercial account analysis and billing statement, you will see an earnings credit amount and an Earnings Credit Rate (ECR). But where did this earnings credit come from?

09/07/2016

Reducing Payments Fraud: 4 Effective Processes
It is essential to establish specific guidelines and procedures that must be followed in the preparation, approval and execution of electronic payments.

09/06/2016

3 Forecasting Challenges FP&A Must Face During Fast Growth
Budgeting and forecasting is always a challenge—even in a stable environment. But it’s doubly difficult for organizations that are experiencing rapid growth.

09/06/2016

New Research Finds Finance Organizations Are 'Still Mired in Grunt Work'
FP&A teams should spend more time advising management on strategy and less on lost-value work, according to new research from Adaptive Insights.

09/01/2016

FP&A Leadership within the Business Units
By working closely with operations, FP&A can identify key business drivers, help pinpoint savings and growth opportunities, and ensure business leaders execute the plan.

09/01/2016

Solving Pension Risk in a Volatile Economy
Employee retirement plans have some hidden risks that aren’t always obvious. What’s a CFO or treasurer to do?

09/01/2016

SWIFT: Hacking Incidents Are ‘Here to Stay’
SWIFT has revealed that there have been more successful cyberattacks on its member banks, resulting in fraudulent payments instructions being sent across its network. Could corporations be next?

08/31/2016

Reaching an Analytics Inflection Point
The confluence of external pressures, technological advances and the shifting role of FP&A is bringing the function to an inflection point.

08/31/2016

Think the First Brexit Was Tumultuous? More Could Be On the Way in the EU
Markets have recovered since the Brexit referendum vote. But treasury and finance executives must be prepared for the worst -- especially those with business in the EU, says economist Nouriel Roubini.

08/30/2016

Develop Your FX Risk Strategy with New Executive Guide
AFP's latest Executive Guide, underwritten by Chatham Financial, aims to support treasury practitioners in developing a strategy and policy to manage foreign exchange risk.

08/30/2016

Keys to Navigating Emerging Market FX Risk
Emerging market currencies are often more volatile than their G7 counterparts and their exchange rates are typically more sensitive to geopolitical and economic events.

08/29/2016

Blockchain & Instant Payments: Bedfellows or Opposites?
Although both instant payments and blockchain may seem to complement one another, their processes are more or less at odds.

08/29/2016

How FP&A Can Counter Forecast Bias
While more companies are trying to perfect the science of forecasting, there’s one thing that continues to stand in the way of making pure data-driven decisions: human nature.

08/26/2016

Two Words to Describe Treasury Today? Chaotic and Fragile.
One word to describe today and tomorrow’s environment for treasurers might be chaotic. It’s such a negative word! If that’s too harsh, perhaps fragile will do.

08/25/2016

Mastering Uncertainty: A Key Risk Tool for Finance Executives
Mastering uncertainty is critical for finance executives. But is it even possible? AFP spoke with risk expert Nader Mousavizadeh.

08/24/2016

Changing Your Passwords Every 6 Months Actually Hurts Cybersecurity. Here's Why.
Computer scientist and AFP Annual Conference speaker Dr. Jennifer Golbeck explains why changing your passwords every six months is a bad idea -- and what treasury and finance professionals can do to improve their cybersecurity.

08/24/2016

Will UK Banks Begin Charging Treasurers for Deposits?
It just got more expensive for corporate treasurers to keep their organization’s money in the UK. Royal Bank of Scotland announced last week that it would begin charging some corporate customers for holding their cash.

08/23/2016

Building a Business Case for Financial Transformation
There’s constant pressure on the CFO from the CEO to do better. To Innovate. To transform the finance organization into both a leaner and a more forward looking analytics hub that provides insight and foresight to the enterprise.

08/22/2016

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