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Getting Support for a Technology Project
AFP’s new guide on Implementing a Planning System includes ideas on how to vest people in the success of a project.


RTP Begins to Gain Traction with Treasurers
The arrival of widespread payments settled in real time appears inevitable in the United States, and support of the primary initiative to achieve that goal looks to be snowballing.


Laying the Groundwork for a Planning System
The new FP&A guide focuses on the planning and reporting system, which is foundational to FP&A’s mission of supporting business decisions.


Managing Risk Exposures as China Opens Up
Regardless of how the trade war between China and the United States plays out, we can remain confident that China will continue in its journey of opening up.


8 Steps for Creating a Rolling Forecast
The process for creating a rolling forecast takes practice and sufficient time to complete. By utilizing eight key steps, companies can build rolling forecasts more effectively.


Effectively Measuring Your FP&A Efforts
How should FP&A organizations measure their effectiveness, and what does an effective measurement system look like for an FP&A team or department?


Survey: Check Use Drops to a New Low for B2B Payments
Check usage continues to decline for B2B transactions, falling to an all-time low of 42 percent, according to the 2019 AFP Electronic Payments Survey, underwritten by J.P. Morgan.


#AFPJargonWatch: Citizen Data Scientist
The latest installment of #AFPJargonWatch looks at citizen data scientists.


Treasurers, Are You Ready for the CCPA?
With the California Consumer Privacy Act’s (CCPA) effective date quickly approaching, companies nationwide have a lot of work ahead of them or they face potentially major disruptions.


Superforecasting: 3 Key Takeaways
In AFP's first virtual roundtable book review, FP&A practitioners discussed the book, “Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction.”


AFP 2019 Pinnacle Award: Baird, Expedia Group & Hyundai Capital America
Baird, Expedia and Hyundai Capital America are finalists for the AFP 2019 Pinnacle Award. Sponsored by MUFG, the Pinnacle Award was established in 1997 to recognize excellence in treasury and finance.


3 Elements of a Comprehensive Receivables Risk Assessment
Receivables are the lifeblood of a company. A comprehensive receivables risk assessment is incomplete without three key elements.


Changing It Up: Key Benefits of Greater TMS Functionality
It may be difficult for treasury to shed old, manual practices in favor of utilizing its TMS to its full potential. But doing so can result in huge benefits.


SEC Warns Corporates of Libor Transition Risks
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has identified key risks that the looming Libor transition poses to market participants. Corporate treasury and finance professionals should take note.


Case Study: Dynamic FP&A at Abt Associates
AFP 2019 speaker Mike Powers of Abt Associates Inc., explains why FP&A is the lever that the CFO office has to drive change and help manage the business.


2019 AFP Liquidity Survey: 3 Key Highlights
Tom Hunt, CTP, Director of Treasury Services at AFP, discusses three key points in the 2019 AFP Liquidity Survey, underwritten by State Street Global Advisors.


Fed to Develop a Faster Payments Infrastructure
The Federal Reserve is developing a round-the-clock, real-time payment and settlement service to support faster payments efforts in the United States. Dubbed the FedNow℠ Service, it will likely make its debut in 2023 or 2024.


Finance Professionals, Remember Your Journal Entries
Journal entries represent the foundation of financial statements. Journal entries also represent an understanding of transactions, and transactions are the bridge between the choices people make and the wealth they try to accumulate.


Fareed Zakaria: Navigating the Forces of Global Disruption
AFP 2019 speaker Fareed Zakaria of CNN Worldwide joined the AFP Conversations podcast to discuss the political risks of today and how they mirror key developments throughout human history.


Ditch the Spreadsheets: Adopt Modern Business Planning Now
Finance is maturing from a traditionally siloed department of number-crunchers to a strategic and respected adviser to the business. While crunching numbers will always be baked into the role, these two functions are no longer mutually exclusive.


Uncertain of the Economy, U.S. Firms Amass Cash in 2Q19
During the second quarter of 2019, U.S. companies continued to build cash and short-term investment holdings, according to the AFP Corporate Cash Indicators®, underwritten by BMO.


Libor Transition: Time to Switch to SOFR?
Jennifer Earyes, CTP, Director of Corporate Development for Navient, explains the pros and cons for corporate treasury departments contemplating moving away from Libor to the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR).


Five Practices of Highly Effective FP&A Teams
Across the board, FP&A teams at leading organizations leverage a common set of practices to provide forward-looking, mature analyses and reporting that truly drive business results.


Neil Pasricha: 4 Ways Finance Pros Can Be Happy at Work
Treasury and finance professionals have stressful jobs. But AFP 2019 speaker Neil Pasricha believes that anyone can be happy at work.


Case Study: Oracle Upgrades its FP&A Team
Oracle deployed an elite team of FP&A consultants to work hand-in-hand with the operations, while investing heavily in developing finance talent.


Case Study: How Shell is Changing FP&A
David Gold of Royal Dutch Shell discusses his organization’s decision to move high-level FP&A analyses to shared service centers.


Why Treasury Teams Miss Out on Key TMS Functionality
Many treasury professionals miss out on a lot of the functionality that their treasury systems offer because they tend to have a narrow focus during implementation.


Confronting BEC Scam Evolution
One type of payments fraud that continues to evolve is business email compromise (BEC). Fully 80 percent of organizations experienced these scams in 2018.


Automation: Critical for Treasury Connectivity
Automation is incredibly important when it comes to achieving optimal treasury connectivity. It cuts down on manual processes greatly, freeing up treasury to add more strategic value to the organization.


FP&A Business Partnering: Build a Collaborative Relationship
Becoming a better business partner largely depends on the interpersonal and business skills of the FP&A team. Here are three actions FP&A can take to build trust into a collaborative partnership.


Defining FP&A: How Are We Supposed to Do This Job?
There is a mismatch between formal education and the role of the FP&A professional. As a result, FP&A as a whole has become increasingly difficult to define.


Retail Treasurers' New EMV Challenge
Just when retail treasurers seemed to be getting their minds wrapped around EMV chip cards, they now find themselves facing a new security challenge—EMV Secure Remote Commerce (SRC).


Survey: Bank Relationships Determine Companies’ Cash Mix
Bank relationships are core to businesses’ operating cash investment mix, according to the 2019 AFP Liquidity Survey, underwritten by State Street Global Advisors.


Fran Townsend: Five Crisis Management Tips
Fran Townsend, Executive Vice President for Worldwide Government, Legal and Business Affairs at MacAndrews and Forbes Inc., is the featured speaker at the Certification Luncheon at AFP 2019. She will discuss how crises can be mitigated with the right combination of leadership, courage and discipline.


5 Key Insights On AI and Predictions from Avi Goldfarb
Author Avi Goldfarb will be the featured speaker at the FP&A Luncheon at AFP 2019. He recently joined us on the AFP Conversations podcast, and we discussed using AI to make predictions in all areas of life and business. Here are five takeaways from that interview.


Introducing the AFP FP&A Maturity Model, Version 2.0
AFP has introduced the second version of its FP&A Maturity Model. Its goal is to offer a roadmap for excellence in FP&A in the near term and help address changes on the horizon.


Comparing KYC Utilities: What Do Treasurers Want?
The rise of various utilities has brought to light a potential solution to solve KYC compliance headaches for treasurers. Unfortunately, treasurers haven’t exactly been flocking to them.


AP Automation: Speeding Up the Approval Process
There are multiple pain points in accounts payable (AP) processes that payments operations professionals can resolve by using automation. One of the most obvious is how it can drastically reduce manual approval processes.


Libor: Why 2022 is Coming Faster Than You Think
Corporate treasury departments still have time to prepare for the transition away from the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor), but 2022 will be here before you know it. That was the view from a meeting Monday morning at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


Uncharted Waters: Managing the Tax Risks of Cash Pools
It is often the responsibility of treasury to coordinate with a third-party bank to set up a cash pool, and as a result, certain embedded tax risks can be overlooked.


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