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4 Keys to Digital Readiness
Bryan Lapidus, FP&A, Director, FP&A Practice for AFP, discusses AFP's Personal Digital Readiness Survey. Survey respondents who identified themselves as digital leaders identified four distinct patterns of behavior.

01/09/2019

Curve Fitting and MAPE: How to Use Them Correctly
As data volume and complexity increase, understanding statistical tools like curve fitting and MAPE becomes crucial for effective financial planning and analysis (FP&A).

01/07/2019

Improve Your Data Analysis Skills With These Three Steps
Enhance data analysis skills critical for organizational success.

01/02/2019

Real-Time Payments in Hong Kong: 3 Benefits
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority's Faster Payments System brings real-time payments to Hong Kong, benefiting treasury and payments professionals in three distinct ways.

12/14/2018

Selecting a Regional Treasury Center Location
Understand the factors to consider when selecting a location for a regional treasury center (RTC) and its impact on operations.

12/10/2018

Best Practices in Treasury Connectivity
The latest Treasury in Practice Guide, underwritten by Kyriba, examines best practices in treasury connectivity.

11/27/2018

Digital Readiness Assessment: How to Improve Your Finance Team
Next week, we will report on the results of the corporate finance survey, “Your Personal Digital Readiness.” At AFP 2018, we previewed the results and asked a roundtable group for their feedback. The group came up with three ways to improve their team’s readiness, and one surprising way not to do it.

11/15/2018

What’s Wrong With This Picture, FP&A Professionals?
FP&A professionals pride themselves on presenting information in a clear and concise manner. SO what’s wrong with this picture?

11/13/2018

Regional Treasury Centers in Hong Kong: What Treasurers Should Know
Enoch Fung, Head of Market Development for the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, spoke to AFP about why American companies should establish regional treasury centres in Hong Kong.

11/13/2018

Keys to Operating Regional Treasury Centers
Best practices for treasury departments considering regional treasury centers are shared by HSBC's global head of commercialization.

11/01/2018

New Skills Needed in the Workplace for Today’s Digital World
Discover the importance of digital skills for financial planning and analysis teams in today's digital world and their role in enhancing the overall finance function.

10/30/2018

Establishing & Structuring Regional Treasury Centers
Get guidance on establishing and structuring a regional treasury center with insights provided in the AFP Executive Guide underwritten by Thomson Reuters.

10/29/2018

Noninterest Bearing Deposits Soon to Be Nonentities?
Learn about the consequences of companies withdrawing cash from noninterest earning deposits and the potential negative ramifications it may have for corporates in the long run.

10/26/2018

Forecasting in a VUCA World: 2 Approaches for FP&A
Navigate the challenges of forecasting in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world with two approaches tailored for financial planning and analysis (FP&A) professionals.

10/26/2018

Why Were Brexit Forecasts So Wrong?
When British voters decided in July 2016 to leave the European Union, virtually every governmental economic unit, bank, and private forecast predicted a disaster for the UK. The reality is much different.

10/23/2018

Real-Time Payments in Asia-Pacific: SWIFT Launches Pilot
SWIFT has completed a successful connection of its gpi cross-border payments service to the real-time payments system in Australia.

10/23/2018

Fintech Survey Reveals Gap Between Enthusiasm and Adoption
The 2018 AFP Technology Survey, Underwritten by BELLIN, reveals a gap between enthusiasm for fintech and leveraging it within the organization.

10/17/2018

Adoption of the FX Global Code Exceeds Expectations
Stay updated on the latest update to the Foreign Exchange Global Code and its significance for corporate treasury executives with FX responsibilities.

10/16/2018

How to Calculate Your Return On Security Investments: FP&A’s Role
Calculating the return on investment for IT and security, specifically the return on security investment (ROSI), involves comparing the cost of security breaches avoided to the prevention cost.

10/16/2018

Applying Cost of Capital in Corporate Finance
Explore how corporate finance professionals apply the cost of capital in their daily work, including components, data sources, and comparison to equity and debt costs.

10/15/2018

Cost of Capital: How Relevant is it for Your Organization?
More than 600 finance professionals took part in the 2017 AFP FP&A Survey. Inside the survey were four questions about the cost of capital. The questions strive to depart from the detail and calculation of cost of capital and instead ask how finance practitioners use cost of capital on a daily basis.

10/11/2018

Agile Finance Principles: How FP&A Teams Should Prepare
Though agile methodology began in the IT department, it soon spread throughout the entire organization. Agile finance principles have major implications for FP&A.

10/05/2018

Undergoing a Finance Transformation
Explore how Invesco's finance team has made strategic decisions and upped their game to support the business amid increasing pressures in the asset management industry.

10/05/2018

Four Success Factors for Treasury Centres
Transforming treasury operations into a treasury center requires careful consideration of four factors.

10/04/2018

Using Blockchain for Intercompany Transactions
Blockchain technology and APIs are being combined to create a solution that aims to dramatically speed up and reduce the costs of settling intercompany transactions.

09/25/2018

CFO Interview Questions for Kemmy Koh
Kemmy Koh, Group CFO of Chinese Global Investors Group, also is founder and managing director of Kglow SkinLab. Koh spoke to AFP for the latest edition of CFO Interview Questions.

09/25/2018

Payments at AFP 2018: Focus On Innovation
Discover the exciting advancements in payments, such as real-time payments, APIs, and cybersecurity solutions, highlighted in the Payments track at AFP 2018.

09/24/2018

Treasurers, Rejoice: Same Day ACH Limit Increased
Responding to a high demand from corporate end-users, NACHA is increasing the limit for Same Day ACH to $100,000.

09/18/2018

Business Continuity Planning: 4 Tips for Treasurers
Extreme weather events are happening more and more frequently. That’s why it is crucial for companies to have a strong business continuity plan in place.

09/17/2018

5 Steps to Receivables Optimization
Do you embrace ACH on the payables side, but not for receivables? Once you identify the problems, you can set out to find the solutions.

09/17/2018

Cost of Capital, Inside and Out
A corporate finance professional’s definition, formula and use of the cost of capital.

09/10/2018

AFP Aware: Providing A Safe Haven
Discover the partnership between AFP Aware and A Safe Haven Foundation, providing services to Chicago-area residents struggling with homelessness, abuse, and other issues.

09/10/2018

AFP Jargon Watch: Amara’s Law
AFP Jargon Watch helps finance pros understand industry terms and definitions.

09/07/2018

How Do You Define FP&A?
Finance professionals, how do you define financial planning and analysis (FP&A) and what does it mean to the organization as a whole?

09/06/2018

Financial Modeling in the Cloud
Kirby Lunger discusses how using a cloud-based solution can improve modeling for financial planning and analysis (FP&A).

09/05/2018

Moving On From Correspondent Banking: 6 Factors to Consider
For corporate treasury departments that are desperate to rid themselves of correspondent banking, there are some key questions they should ask themselves as they weigh the different options available.

09/04/2018

Machine Learning for Finance is Applicable and Accessible
There are several misperceptions that lead many corporate finance teams to avoid investing in machine learning. Machine learning for finance is applicable and accessible.

08/29/2018

Why You Need an Energy Price Risk Management Strategy
The five reasons why treasurers need to implement an energy price risk management strategy.

08/27/2018

APIs: Simplifying Corporate-Bank Relationships
Conrad Sheehan, Managing Director for Accenture, discusses the need for API standardization and how it applies to corporate treasury.

08/23/2018

5 Questions on Digital Readiness for FP&A Exec Jeff Altman
Jeff Altman, Executive Director, Finance Leadership Development for Verizon, gives his thoughts on changes to FP&A brought about by new technology and data.

08/23/2018

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