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Building a career in digital finance post COVID-19
Writing about career prospects for 2020 seems out of place at a time when professionals are worried about their jobs as much as companies are distressed about staying in business. But as history has shown us – there is a cycle to everything – and this period of relentless challenges will eventually come to an end, and professionals and businesses will begin anew.


Surviving the pandemic aftermath: an FP&A perspective
Unlike a typical financial downturn, the impact of COVID-19 pandemic has been far more difficult to predict. In this environment, with traditional business models and old market assumptions no longer working, companies are turning to financial planning and analysis (FP&A) professionals to help them navigate the turbulent waters and prepare for the aftermath. But are they ready?


Harnessing the Value of ISO 20022
With the ISO 20022 standard now seeing widespread adoption, financial messaging has never been more relevant in cross-border transactions.


Introducing AFP’s New Board Members
AFP is proud to introduce the new Chairman and Vice Chairmen of its Board of Directors, as well as some new members.


Insurance Roundtable: Treasurers Weather the Pandemic Crisis
During the AFP 2020 Insurance Industry Roundtable, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, treasury professionals discussed their response plans to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Investing in Resiliency: Q&A with a Finance Thought Leader
Mat McBride, finance leader for Microsoft’s Cloud and Gross Margin, recently sat down with us for a virtual conversation. We asked him about the challenges currently faced by CFOs, CPOs, and other financial decision makers, the concerns of customers and investors, and building resiliency.


Ameribor: A Look at the Other Libor Alternative
While SOFR is the chosen successor to Libor in the United States, other rates have emerged as potential alternatives. The latest AFP Treasury in Practice Guide, underwritten by Kyriba, takes a look at Ameribor.


The role of financial models; an interview with Rob Trippe
Rob Trippe, M&A, corporate finance advisor and analyst for Corporate Finance Consulting & Advisory, discusses the role that models play and the challenges that they present to FP&A departments.


FP&A: Ever-Evolving with New Technology and Challenges
Peggy Ang, FP&A Leader for APAC for National Instruments and a member of AFP's APAC FP&A Advisory Council, discusses the ways in which finance has changed as her career has progressed.


Inside the FSB’s Cross-Border Payments Roadmap
AFP's new Payments Guide features an in-depth look at a new plan by the G20 and the Financial Stability Board (FSB) to strengthen and modernize the cross-border payments infrastructure.


The CTP Opens Doors for APAC Treasury Professionals
During a recent webinar, treasury practitioners based in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region discussed the value of earning the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation.


Keys to Bridging the Talent Gap in FP&A
We are already in the midst of a talent war. Nowhere is this more evident than in the role of financial planning and analysis (FP&A).


Global FP&A: Unique Challenges Arise in All Regions
Martha Sierra of the British Council and AFP's APAC FP&A Advisory Council has handled FP&A duties in multiple countries, taking on unique challenges with each new role.


Survey: Forecasting Services to Remain in Demand in 2021
The 2020 AFP FP&A Survey, underwritten by Workday, Inc., found that demand for forecasting services increased in 2020 and is expected to remain at an elevated level.


Technology and Multiple Points of View
The 2020 FP&A survey examines FP&A’s abilities by focusing on the quality and accessibility of the data, and the tools available to examine and find meaning in that data. Here are a few highlights.


Model Governance and Model Risk Management
Model governance is a set of activities, policies and procedures which formalize model and model risk management activities for implementation.


Regulators Signal Libor’s End in the U.S.
The Federal Reserve, the FDIC and OCC issued a joint statement urging banks to cease entering into new contracts that use U.S. dollar Libor as a reference rate.


Survey: Companies Embrace Electronic B2B Payments
U.S. businesses finally appear ready to shed paper checks and embrace digital payments for business-to-business (B2B) transactions, according to the 2020 AFP Survey, sponsored by Truist.


How Treasury Interacts with Third Parties
The 2020 AFP Asia-Pacific Treasury Management Handbook, sponsored by Kyriba, explores the ways in which treasury interacts with a range of third-party organizations, within a regulatory framework set by a number of legislators and regulators.


Finance Holds Multiple Points of View
Every year, FP&A goes through the exercise of preparing a plan for the upcoming year. And then it all changes. What is a planning function to do in the wake of this? Be ready for everything.


Making the Move From Engineering to FP&A
Kwaku Agyemang-Duah, Senior Manager of FP&A at AirtelTigo Ghana, tells the story of his transition from engineering to FP&A.


Digital Adoption Surges in Remote Working Environment
In order to maintain business continuity in the remote working environment, treasury departments have been forced to rapidly move towards digitalization.


AFP Introduces APAC FP&A Advisory Council
To bolster its expansion into the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region and support the financial planning and analysis (FP&A) profession around the world, AFP has formed the APAC FP&A Advisory Council (FPAAC).


Remote Working Challenges for FP&A
At the AFP 2020 FP&A Happy Hour, sponsored by CCH Tagetik, Planful and Vena, the conversation quickly turned how finance has changed in a remote working environment.


AFP, Beacon Partner on CTP & FP&A Prep Courses
AFP and Beacon FinTrain have joined forces to offer special training courses for treasury and finance professionals throughout the Middle East.


Daniel Pink: Viewing Time as a Science, Not an Art
At AFP 2020, keynote speaker Daniel Pink, New York Times bestselling author, provided attendees with a look at the importance of timing in their professional and personal lives.


From Cost to Service Center: Becoming a Cherished Advisor
AFP 2020 FP&A keynote speaker Amy Vetter outlined how to prepare ourselves and our department to deliver finance expertise that is insightful, timely and well presented.


Getting the Data Validity You Need
In an AFP 2020 presentation, FP&A professionals discussed how they improved technology to accelerate cycle times for planning, reporting and analytical processes.


AFP 2020 Payments Roundtable: Responding to BEC Scams
During the AFP 2020 Payments Roundtable on Fraud and Control, sponsored by Kyriba, treasurers discussed the threat of business email compromise (BEC) scams and what organizations can do about them.


Amy Webb: It’s Time to Lean into Uncertainty
In the AFP 2020 MindShift Keynote presentation, sponsored by Capital One, quantitative futurist and best-selling author Amy Webb equipped attendees with the tools they need to think like futurists.


Drager Wins 2020 AFP Pinnacle Award Grand Prize
Dräger has emerged as the winner of the AFP 2020 Pinnacle Grand Prize for excellence in treasury and finance. The Pinnacle Grand Prize, sponsored by MUFG, was presented today during the AFP 2020 Virtual Experience.


FP&A Careers: Why Certification Matters
Like many financial professionals, Danny K. Shiu wasn’t looking for a career in FP&A. But once he found it, it turned out to be his true passion. That ultimately led him to seek out the AFP's Certified Corporate FP&A Professional credential.


In a Pandemic, Bank Relationships Are Critical for Treasury
As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, bank relationships have proven to be critical for treasury departments.


What is a Financial Model?
Just what is a financial model? Are Excel workbooks considered to be models? Or are models confined only to large, complex data driven statistical models?


AFP, Tranvorma Partner on CTP, FP&A Exam Prep Programs
AFP and Tranvorma have announced a formal partnership to offer exam preparation programs for treasury and finance professionals based in Jakarta, Indonesia.


Regional Treasury Centers: Structures & Advantages
AFP’s Asia-Pacific Treasury Management Handbook, sponsored by Kyriba, explores the structures of regional treasury centers.


5 Steps to Asking for the Salary You Deserve
Even if you were not the best at negotiating your salary when you first landed the job, it is never too late to ask for what you want.


Alphabet, Drager, and Peloton Are the Finalists for the AFP 2020 Pinnacle Award
Alphabet, Google’s parent company, Drager, and Peloton are finalists for the Association for Financial Professionals’ 2020 Pinnacle Award, sponsored by MUFG,


Four Keys to Engaging Presentations
You’re giving a presentation and you want to make it really count. How do you go about making it really impactful?


Privacy Alert: Your Information Is Safe With AFP
AFP members have alerted us that they are receiving emails from a company offering a list of email addresses of AFP 2020 attendees. AFP never has, or will, sell your email address or phone number to anyone under any circumstances.


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