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Different Companies Require Different Work Structures
Enterprises everywhere are shaking up how their employees work, but the trends are contradictory.

07/13/2017

FP&A M&A: How Three Leaders Handled the Gannett Spinoff
In 2015, media giant Gannett spun off into two companies. This article explores the spinoff from the vantage points of three FP&A leaders across both organizations.

07/12/2017

Treasurers, NACHA Needs Your Input on Security
NACHA is requesting comment from corporate end-users on new approaches for additional account information security.

07/12/2017

Survey: Treasurers Avoid Prime Money Funds, Post-Reform
The 2017 AFP Liquidity Survey, underwritten by State Street Global Advisors, found that 41 percent of organizations have no plans to consider investing in prime funds.

07/11/2017

Why There Is a Need for More Speed in Finance
Speed is at least half of the equation when it comes to corporate agility, and yet is seemingly underrated in its effect on corporate decision-making.

07/10/2017

Three Reasons Why Quote to Cash is Better than Cash Conversion.
How long does it take to convert buying interest from a customer (measured as when your company creates a price quote) into cash in the door? This question underlies the quote-to-cash metric.

07/06/2017

Money Funds: Navigating the Road Less Traveled
Though they may be the road less traveled, money market deposit accounts have largely supplanted money market funds, at least for the time being.

07/06/2017

Fintech & Corporates: Breaking Down the Barriers
With all the hype around fintech, it is important to stay focused and realize that fintech development should be aimed at making real issues better for the end-user.

07/05/2017

Continued Education Bridges the FP&A Talent Gap
As the strategic importance of FP&A increases within organizations, so does the need for the right talent.

06/29/2017

Leveraging Analytics to Reduce Interchange Costs
Payments analytics tools can provide powerful insights that can help reduce interchange and acquiring costs.

06/28/2017

Why Are Treasurers Writing More Checks? Blame the Internet.
A new guide, underwritten by MUFG Union Bank, examines why so many corporates still use checks, despite being the payment method most susceptible to fraud.

06/27/2017

It’s Quiz Time, CTP and FP&A Professionals
CTP, CCM and FP&A holders looking to earn some recertification credits should head on over to AFP’s CE Quiz page.

06/26/2017

Blockchain: 3 Potential Use Case Complications
While blockchain has massive potential, it may be necessary to analyze the whole process of potential use cases before we try to fit the technology in.

06/26/2017

An 8-Step Checklist to Building a Risk Management Program
The pressure on risk managers today can be eased by building a comprehensive hedging and risk management team within the organization.

06/26/2017

Love & Hate in the Time of Excel
We love Excel. There are 750 million installations globally, which would make it the third most spoken language globally.

06/21/2017

New Academy Prepares Finance Pros for Digital Transformation
AFP is launching the Digital Finance Academy to provide treasury and finance professionals with the knowledge and resources to prepare for and lead digital transformation.

06/20/2017

Treasurers, It’s Time to Review Your Investment Policy
Now is the time for treasurers to review their investment policies. The new AFP Executive Guide, underwritten by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, can help.

06/20/2017

What Are the Advanced Excel Skills Required of FP&A?
Job descriptions for FP&A positions tend to list advanced Excel skills among the requirements. But what are the key skills required?

06/19/2017

Maine, Margarine and Mozzarella: FP&A Needs to Remember that Correlation Is Not Causality
Sometimes, things that appear to be highly correlated in fact are random events that have no real-world connection.

06/16/2017

AFP 2017: FX, Cyber & Interest Rates Pose Big Risks
Risks are coming from all directions this year, from volatile currency markets to escalating cyberthreats to rising interest rates. Luckily for you, we’re going to tackle these topics at AFP 2017 in San Diego.

06/15/2017

An FP&A Article about Fidget Spinners? Yes, An FP&A Article about Fidget Spinners.
Kids are all about fidget spinners these days. So can FP&A learn from this latest craze? Of course.

06/13/2017

Money Funds and the White House
AFP and other professional associations convened at the White House to support legislation that would restore stable value prime and municipal money market funds for institutional investors.

06/13/2017

Centralizing FX Operations: 4 Key Steps
When centralizing your FX hedging program, there are certain steps the company needs to take to be successful.

06/12/2017

Bank Fees & Blockchain: A Match Made in Heaven?
Why can’t we explore the possibility of using a blockchain solution for bank fee account analysis?

06/12/2017

FP&A Certification: Key Benefits for Practitioners
Earning a certification in financial planning and analysis can help you stand out from the crowd, as well as build out your own FP&A function.

06/09/2017

2017: The Year of Faster Payments
The year 2017 is really the year of faster payments, as a number of initiatives are moving from the proof-of-concept stage to reality.

06/08/2017

REI Is Moving Ahead With Its Green Initiatives. Here’s Why.
Despite President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the historic Paris Climate Accord, many American businesses are moving forward with green initiatives.

06/07/2017

AFP Pinnacle Submission Window Extended
Treasury and finance professionals have a little more time to submit for the 2017 AFP Pinnacle Awards. The deadline has been extended through June 9.

06/06/2017

Social Media: Opening the Door for BEC Scams, Card Fraud
One thing became clear during a presentation on cybersecurity and payments fraud at the latest meeting of the Payments Innovation Alliance—social media is a fraudster’s most powerful tool.

06/06/2017

Four Major Trends in Real-Time Payments
During last week's Payments Innovation Alliance meeting in Berlin, attendees broke down the four major trends affecting real-time payments.

06/05/2017

Fintech in Europe: Every Industry Gets Disrupted
Arnulf Keese, partner with German venture capital firm e.ventures, provides insights into how fintech startups in Germany and Europe have grown in recent years.

06/05/2017

BEC Scams: New Threats and New Protections
Even though virtually every company on the planet is aware of business email compromise (BEC), fraudsters continue to find clever ways to dupe organizations out of money by exploiting well-meaning employees.

06/01/2017

Why Psychological Safety Is Key for FP&A
Typically employees work in teams to maximize their skills and performance. But what makes a successful team?

05/31/2017

10x10: 20 Tips to Improve Your Data Visualization
FP&A professionals increasingly use graphs to tell stories about numbers. Here are 20 thoughts to keep in mind when using graphs and charts to help you frame financial information effectively.

05/31/2017

Treasury’s Strategic Role: Growing, and Fast
During two separate forums within a couple weeks of each other, multiple treasury professionals reflected on the different ways their responsibilities have expanded in recent years.

05/30/2017

Can Regtech Fix Treasury and Finance’s Compliance Conundrum?
During at the Payments Canada Summit, experts addressed the “compliance conundrum” banks are facing in trying to offer corporate clients new services while enforcing often onerous regulations.

05/26/2017

Cybersecurity: Time for Finance to Make It Personal
A panel of experts at the Payments Canada Summit sent a clear message to corporates about training their employees on security: Make it personal.

05/25/2017

Tapscott: Blockchain Offers 16 Payments, Security Solutions
Don Tapscott provided attendees of Payments Canada with a look at how blockchain could reshape the way payments and financial services work in the near future.

05/24/2017

Ransomware Attack: Key Lessons for Treasurers
It's no surprise that the WannaCry ransomware attack came up during a roundtable discussion on cybersecurity at the 2017 AFP Executive Forum.

05/24/2017

Risk: A Key Responsibility for the Strategic Treasurer
During a session on the strategic role of treasury at the 2017 AFP Executive Forum, three treasury executives discussed how risk management has become a key responsibility.

05/24/2017

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