Defining Your Enterprise Payment Strategy
It is essential to develop a working capital management strategy to maximize cash flow, reduce reliance on short-term debt and pay for current liabilities and operating expenses. And one of the greatest opportunities to avoid a cash crunch is to ensure you have an enterprise payment strategy that is working in harmony with your working capital strategy.


The Treasury Career Path
Following the financial crisis, the treasury role has been elevated to a higher profile in many organizations. Tighter regulatory measures from the banks have led to challenges in obtaining funding for businesses. Hence the priority role of a treasury professional—funds management and cash flow—has been heightened to a business critical function.


AFP Releases New FP&A Guide on Capital Allocation Decisions
With companies sitting on vast reserves of cash, capital allocation decisions can have a major impact on individual company performances, as well as overall economic growth. AFP has released a new guide that explores how firms calculate their capital cost and how FP&A professionals can partner with senior management in making important capital allocation decisions.


Best Practices for Check Language
Recently on AFP’s discussion list corporate treasury and finance professionals discussed best practices for check language.


Leadership in Treasury: John Tus, Treasurer of Honeywell
A candid conversation about leadership and management with John Tus, treasurer of Honeywell International.


Preparing for the FP&A Exam: Hands-On Experience Is a Must
Think you can take the examination to be a Certified Corporate FP&A professional without using spreadsheets? Think again.


FP&A Club Update: One Year Later
Launched a year ago in London, the FP&A Club has seen major developments in Europe and the Middle East. Larysa Melnychuk, founder of the London club, recently spoke with gtnews about the progress the club has made over the past year, and where it is headed in 2014.


AFP Reg Report: 2014 Begins with a Flurry of Activity
Recent regulatory developments relevant to treasury and finance professionals are reviewed in the AFP Reg Report. In this issue: monetary policy, payments risk, ACH, borrowing costs, swap data recordkeeping, EMIR, corporate lending, money-market fund reform, FBAR, corporate tax reform, and data security.


AFP Fraudwatch: Further Details on Massive Retail Breach Emerge
More information has come to light about the massive retail breach that occurred over the holidays. Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel has explained that the cause of his store’s breach was malware that infected POS terminals. Meanwhile two reports have emerged, revealing details on the malware used and its author.


Checking Out of the Comfort Zone and into E-Payments
The 2013 AFP Electronic Payments Survey, underwritten by J.P. Morgan, found that about 50 percent of treasury and finance professionals still use checks for B2B payments. Is there any one thing that will finally push corporates over the threshold and prompt them to move on to electronic payments?


AFP Caps Successful Visit to Middle East with FP&A Agreement
In early December, AFP CEO and President Jim Kaitz embarked on a one-week trip to Dubai and Saudi Arabia. In Dubai, he met with Mohammed El-Fadel, chairman of the Money Experts Institute for Training, and gave a presentation to the inaugural meeting of the Dubai FP&A Club. Kaitz also spoke at the Middle East CFO Alliance meeting.


Best Practices: Accepting Payment Instructions
When you receive payment instructions in emailed PDF documents, should you call to confirm authenticity? Recently on AFP’s discussion list, corporate treasury and finance professionals discussed authorized signatures in PDFs.


10 Electronic Payroll Principles to Guide Your Organization
The American Payroll Association, Consumers Union, the Electronic Payroll Coalition, and the National Consumer Law Center have identified and agreed to 10 core principles for the use of reloadable prepaid cards issued to an employee through a financial institution on behalf of an employer.


'Cheque' or 'Check?'
Positive pay - as defined by the Association for Financial Professionals' Essentials of Treasury Management - is a "service that matches serial numbers and dollar amounts against a company's issue file, thereby enabling a financial institution to determine which checks can be paid and which should be returned."


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