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AFP Survey: Payments Fraud Hits Record High of 78%
The 2018 AFP Payments Fraud Survey, underwritten by J.P. Morgan, revealed that payments fraud reached a new high in 2017 after a downswing earlier in the decade.


FP&A Professionals, Here’s How to Make Excel Work for You
A new FP&A guide, underwritten by Vena Solutions, examines the spectrum of ways to apply Excel, including recent advances, add-ins and third-party offerings.


Checklist: 10 Must-Have Traits for FP&A as Internal Consultants
Adopting a consulting mindset can help FP&A be better at business partnering.


Credit Agreement Refinancings: 5 Questions Answered
A number of factors drive a company’s decision to refinance its credit facility. With interest rates on the rise, what considerations are important to CFOs and treasurers?


BreakThrough Preview: How Fintech Can Disrupt Treasury
Laurens Tijdhof, partner at Zanders, is leading a discussion at BreakThrough Treasury and Finance on how fintech has the power to revolutionize and disrupt treasury teams.


5 Good Blockchain Tips From – of All Places – the Government
Uncle Sam wants you to consider five key takeaways when thinking about implementing blockchain.


Audience vs. Traffic: 2 Key Lessons for FP&A and Marketing
“Information... wants to be scarce and expensive.” This provocative quote has profound implications for FP&A—particularly as it relates to marketing.


AFP 2018 Preview: Planning the FP&A Track
Emmanuel Caprais, Vice President, Strategic and Financial Planning and Analysis for ITT, discussed the process of putting together the FP&A track for AFP 2018.


AFP 2018 Preview: Treasury Management Track
In an interview at the AFP 2018 Planning Task Force meeting, Saumya Mohan, Americas Region Treasurer for Tesla, discusses planning the treasury management track.


Treasury As an Agent of Change
It’s not typically treasury’s job to think about the future. That’s usually left up to the FP&A guys, right? Well, that mindset needs to change.


AFP 2018 Preview: What Risks Are Treasurers Focused On?
Brad Larson, CTP, Principal, ReCa Treasury Services, discusses helping to put together the Risk Management track at AFP 2018.


FinNext 2018: Why Volatility Is the New Normal
During a session at FinNext 2018, financial professionals provided different perspectives on how volatility has become the “new normal” for FP&A.


FinNext 2018: Where FP&A Is Front and Center
Gaileon Thompson, CTP, FP&A, Senior VP, Global Consumer O&T Finance for Citi and Chair of the AFP FP&A Advisory Council, discusses FinNext 2018 in San Francisco.


BreakThrough Preview: How Treasury Can Manage Change
In a special preview of BreakThrough Treasury and Finance, John Josten, CTP, assistant treasurer of Tractor Supply Company, weighs in on how treasury and finance leaders manage change efforts.


FinNext 2018: The Future Impact of AI on FP&A
In an interview at FinNext 2018, Chris Ortega, Senior Finance Manager for Emarsys North America, discusses how AI and machine learning will impact FP&A.


FinNext 2018: The Characteristics of Superforecasters
FinNext 2018 keynote speaker Dan Gardner, Journalist and Co-Author of Superforecasting, discusses the typical characteristics of "superforecasters".


Practitioners Consider the Role of FP&A at FinNext 2018
FinNext 2018 kicked off with a special FP&A Roundtable discussion, sponsored by Peloton. Discussion centered on what FP&A should actually “be” as a function.


Top Treasury Tasks: Handling Debt and Capital Markets
As treasury’s role has become more strategic, functions such as debt issuance and conducting capital markets activities, which traditionally are under the purview of the CFO, have now fallen to treasury, according to the Strategic Role of Treasury Survey.


Understanding APIs and the Need for Standards
Much of the discussion at the NACHA Payments Innovation Alliance meeting in San Francisco focused on application programming interfaces (APIs), including standards.


4 Steps to Building a Gauge Diagram in Excel
Among the different ways to chart and visualize data, gauge indicators can show how a single measure compares against a set standard. Excel does not offer a ready-made gauge chart, so here is how you can make one yourself.


Blockchain May Have Weaknesses that Proponents Overlook
The attribute blockchain proponents consistently emphasize is its immutability. In reality, the technology is more mutable than advertised and carries unique risks.


Does Your Risk Management Strategy Address U.S. Sanctions?
When thinking about risk management strategies for your company in 2018, don’t forget about risks associated with U.S. sanctions compliance.


6 Steps to an Effective Financial Statement Analysis
For any financial professional, it is important to know how to effectively analyze the financial statements of a firm. There are generally six steps to developing an effective analysis of financial statements.


How to Build an Atmosphere of Fraud Prevention
Fraud prevention must be a team effort, involving payment and non-payment areas alike. No one can predict which angle, function, or individual will be the vulnerable area.


Vaporized: FP&A’s Role in Sizing the Downsized Company
The main question for FP&A is whether the perceived benefits of the conglomerate can be achieved in other ways without giving up strategic benefits.


How Marsh & McLennan Strategically Invests in Its Finance Team
How Marsh & McLennan strategically invests in its finance team.


Navigating the Top Tasks in Treasury
The latest Treasury in Practice guide, underwritten by GTreasury, explores the most crucial tasks in treasury at three key levels—assistant treasurer, treasury manager and treasury analyst.


Focus on the Strategic with a Self-Correcting Team
Executive Coach and BreakThrough Treasury & Finance keynote Sarah Levitt spoke to the AFP Conversations podcast about high-performing teams.


NACHA Teaming With IFX to Create Standardized, Global APIs
NACHA and the IFX Forum are teaming up to further the development of standardized APIs that would support the global financial services industry.


How the Beige Book's Trove of Anecdotal Evidence Can Help FP&A Pros
Patrick Harker, president of the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank, put it best: “Survey data is historical, while anecdotes give you a trend and insight to future.”


The Traditional Budget: Dinosaur or Do-Over?
What role does the traditional budget, the antithesis of agile & flexible planning, play in the modern world of market disruption and volatility? Corporates shared their opinions at a recent industry event.


Corporates Make Slow Return to Prime Money Funds
Treasury departments appear to be gradually warming up again to prime money market funds. But the funds may have lost their status as a primary vehicle for corporates to stash cash.


Corporates Shouldn’t Sleep on PSD2
Europe has seen a lot of buzz and discussions around the Revised Payments Services Directive, or PSD2. It hasn’t received a whole lot of attention in the United States—but that soon may change. And it needs to.


Australia’s Real Time Payments System Released to the Public
Last week, real-time, data-rich payments were released to the public in Australia. With this launch, corporates and consumers all across Australia can now transfer funds instantly.


How FP&A and Investor Relations Intersect in Work and Career Pathways
FP&A and investor relations share a similar family tree, have elements that look the same, but maintain separate identities. They each have good information to offer each other that can make both parties better at their responsibilities. They also represent potential intertwining career paths and potentially broadening career development for the finance professional.


Treasurers, Who Is Your Amazon?
Who is your Amazon? What do you need to do to step up to the operational challenge and compete with the major players in your industry?


Managing Gray Swan Events
AFP's new Executive Guide, underwritten by OpenLink, provides insights on how treasury and finance executives can address gray swan events.


Shark Tank’s Daymond John to Keynote AFP 2018
Fans of ABC’s hit TV series Shark Tank won’t want to miss AFP 2018, as Daymond John is set to keynote the event.


12 Practical Steps FP&A Can Take to Reduce Volatility
In times of volatility and stress, one role of FP&A is to lower the blood pressure of the organization.


How Effective is Data Visualization?
Are we presenting information in a way that enables decision-makers to instantly absorb the key points from the data we’ve amassed and make better decisions?


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