What helped Christy Barwick rise to the role of corporate treasurer? A very broad portfolio of diverse finance experiences -- and something else.
There are ways companies can future-proof their forecasts -- by switching to rolling forecasts that adjust to changes in market assumptions and risk-adjusting their forecasts to events that may affect the outcome.
AFP’s new Treasury in Practice guide, underwritten by KeyBank, identifies key insights for treasurers to maximize their critical role in the M&A process. Often, treasury becomes involved in M&A late in the game—but that approach is typically a misstep.
President Obama's latest executive order on cybersecurity promises to speed up the government’s transition to EMV chip-and-PIN. This will surely impact treasury and finance professionals whose businesses transact with the federal government.
Today's uncertain environment presents countless challenges for treasury and finance professionals. This year’s AFP conference is a once in a lifetime opportunity to listen and learn from a remarkable group of speakers who will share experiences and insights, addressing the most pressing issues of the times.
Last week, fears of deflation, recession, Ebola and sectarian strife took its toll on the markets. Interest rates dropped to recent lows, stock markets fell by triple digits, and oil prices dipped to multi-year lows. But as the week ended, a bit of confidence has reemerged.
Data visualization is a powerful tool for FP&A—but practitioners must remember that different corporate audiences have different preferences.
Can women offer the treasury role specific skills and capabilities that their male colleagues lack? This was a key point of discussion during an informal discussion at EuroFinance 2014 in Budapest.
We’re just a few weeks away from the 2014 AFP Annual Conference in Washington, DC. With sessions on remittance, fraud, mobile payments, virtual currencies, real-time payments, straight-through processing, SEPA and more, this year’s conference promises to provide key insights for practitioners focused on payments.
Treasury’s role in international expansion is essential. Ingram Micro’s treasurer reveals the key to adjusting to complications brought on by rapid global growth: centralizing core activities.
News that Ireland is shutting its long-standing corporate tax loophole sent shivers through the finance and tax departments of multinationals. But rather than looking for the next great tax scheme, this is a good time for the treasury and tax departments to get together and review the company’s overall capital structure.
Financial planning and analysis (FP&A) requires a unique set of skills, and it’s rare to find one person who encompasses all of them. How do you single out the best candidate to fill an FP&A role?
People frequently talk about treasury having a “seat at the table." But before things even get to that point, one question needs to be answered: How can treasury measure its success?
With Kmart and Dairy Queen disclosing details of recent data breach incidents—the latest in a long string of high-profile retail hacks—here are four key points treasury and finance professionals must remember.
Cambridge Mercantile Group CFO Jason Gonsalves' background in technology has given him a unique perspective as a financial executive. Gonsalves recently provided AFP with key insights into how that knowledge has given him an edge throughout his career.
Your treasury department may be infatuated with the buzz surrounding Apple Pay and other alternative payments technology. But before you switch, there’s one rule that every treasury and finance professional must consider.
Cybersecurity takes center stage, with six lessons that treasury and risk managers can learn from the massive Home Depot breach.
Firms have sold or spun off $1.6 trillion worth of subsidiaries and business lines this year, and that is putting financial planning and analysis teams on the spot to make the deals a success.
E-payments giant PayPal is splitting from eBay. Could this breakup eventually lead to some interesting opportunities for treasurers?
There’s plenty of discouraging news about cybersecurity in recent days. Here are four developments to raise the spirits of treasury and finance professionals.
If you're expecting the federal government to ride to the rescue of treasury and finance and offer protection against cybercriminals, then you’re going to be waiting a long time.
Treasury and finance executives need to train employees to avoid behaviors that put corporate data at risk, and they must prepare an effective response to a cyberbreach—or incur senior management’s wrath. Nevertheless, recent research indicates that many companies are not rising to the challenge.
Quarterly foreign currency surprises on revenues only hurt for one fiscal quarter? Not so, says Wolfgang Koester. In fact, a negative FX impact has fiev long-term consequences.
Does corporate culture really matter to financial planning and analysis? Yes, and FP&A expert Bryan Lapidus explains why. Plus, Luca De Angeli, FP&A, offers advice on how to improve your forecasting.
One of the biggest challenges treasury and finance professionals face is dealing with regulators who do not fully understand the businesses that they regulate. Experts offered four ways corporations can improve the dialogue with regulators.
Contrary to popular belief, many virtual currencies are eager to do business with banks—and their corporate clients. Why? Virtual currency executives gave four reasons.
Need more proof that Bitcoin could completely change the payments landscape? Listen to what SWIFT CEO Gottfried Leibbrandt has to say about the virtual currency.
Nearly 63 percent of corporates are dissatisfied with the electronic payments services they receive from banks, according to a new survey. To find out your state of mind, ask yourself -- and your bank -- five questions.
Virtual currencies like Bitcoin hold incredible potential, but regulators are increasingly concerned about their potential use in illicit activities. Experts offered four regulatory updates to help treasurers think about them.
Much of the talk at the Crane Data’s Money Fund Symposium centered on two topics: new regulations and Alibaba.
Improving forecasting and cost modeling analysis is critical but difficult. Here's how Etihad Airways achieved this task.
There has been a question of whether new liquidity rules rules could hinder companies’ abilities to get loans. The answer is yes—but the rules also may benefit companies who utilize their cash wisely.
The last few weeks saw a flurry of legislation, regulation, and hearings with the potential to impact CIEBA members as Congress prepared for its electoral recess.
With the AFP Annual Conference just around the corner, we're bringing you exclusive content from our presenters. Can having a weak culture in place cost you your job? What is one nonfinancial skill all financial professionals must have? Learn all this and more.
New U.S. Treasury Department rules designed to make corporate tax inversions more difficult will impact M&A activity, but why did the agency act in the first place? And why were the rules so draconian?
The Affinia Group has $1.5 billion in revenues and operations in Poland, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Russia, China and other emerging markets. So how did its treasury and finance team cope with currency risk?
Communication has become increasingly important in the development of financial professionals. Here are three key skills to make you a more effective communicator.
Treasurer Jennfier Ceran worked at eBay/PayPal, Cisco and Sara Lee before joining Box, an online content sharing and collaborative service for businesses. She offers her perspective on treasury’s expanded role.
This year the biggest event in treasury and finance for the first time will host two volunteer opportunities for attendees. Both activities help organizations and kids living in the District of Columbia -- and volunteers are still welcome. BBVA Compass is the sponsor of AFPAware Community Service Day for the fifth consecutive year.
Treasury and finance professionals are frequently being asked to step out of their traditional roles and serve as project managers. In this exclusive preview of the 2014 AFP Annual Conference, speakers Peter Biglin, CTP, and Steve C. Phillips, CTP, FP&A, discuss project management.