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Intellectually Curious: The Secret to One Treasurer’s Career
What helped Christy Barwick rise to the role of corporate treasurer? A very broad portfolio of diverse finance experiences -- and something else.

10/22/2014

5 Ways to Improve Your Forecast & Avoid Walgreen-Like Errors
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.

10/21/2014

AFP Guide: Treasury Must Get Involved Early in M&A
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.

10/21/2014

Obama Speeds Up EMV Migration – How Will Businesses React?
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.

10/21/2014

From AFP’s President: A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity
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.

10/20/2014

Corporate Finance Week: Fear Wreaks Havoc on the Markets
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.

10/20/2014

London FP&A Club: Why Data Visualization Matters
Data visualization is a powerful tool for FP&A—but practitioners must remember that different corporate audiences have different preferences.

10/19/2014

Treasury Careers: Are Women Getting a Fair Deal?
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.

10/17/2014

AFP Payments: Insights on Remittance, Fraud at AFP2014
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.

10/16/2014

Centralization: The Key to Managing Global Growth
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.

10/16/2014

Tax Loopholes Ending: Time to Revisit Your Capital Structure

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. 

10/16/2014

When Perfect isn’t Available: Finding the Best FP&A Talent
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?

10/16/2014

Liquidity & Risk: 2 Ways Treasury Can Measure Success
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?

10/14/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: Is Your Treasury Group Security Savvy?
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.

10/14/2014

Techno CFO: Gonsalves Puts IT Background to Strategic Use
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.

10/10/2014

Before Adopting Apple Pay—Stop, Look & Listen
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.

10/09/2014

October 2014 Risk Newsletter: 6 Cybersecurity Lessons
Cybersecurity takes center stage, with six lessons that treasury and risk managers can learn from the massive Home Depot breach.

10/09/2014

With Spinoffs Nearing $2 Trillion, FP&A Takes Center Stage

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. 

10/08/2014

Is An Independent PayPal More Appealing to Treasurers?
E-payments giant PayPal is splitting from eBay. Could this breakup eventually lead to some interesting opportunities for treasurers?

10/08/2014

It’s Not All That Bad: 4 Positive Cybersecurity Developments
There’s plenty of discouraging news about cybersecurity in recent days. Here are four developments to raise the spirits of treasury and finance professionals.

10/07/2014

Key Congressman: Don’t Expect Government Hacking Help
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.

10/06/2014

‘You Are Going to Get Hacked’ – So How Will You Respond?
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.

10/02/2014

Surprise! FX Revenue Impacts Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg
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.

10/02/2014

October FP&A Newsletter: 3 Ways to Improve Forecasting
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.

10/02/2014

Educating Regulators: 4 Ways Treasurers Can Gain a Voice
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.

10/01/2014

Virtual Currencies: If You Can’t Beat Banks, Join Them
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.

10/01/2014

Treasury Alert: SWIFT CEO Says Bitcoin Will Disrupt Payments

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.

09/30/2014

E-Payments: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself – and Your Bank
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.

09/30/2014

Virtual Currency Regulation: 4 Things Treasurers Should Know
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.

09/30/2014

Money Fund Talk at Crane Data Symposium: New Regs & Alibaba
Much of the talk at the Crane Data’s Money Fund Symposium centered on two topics: new regulations and Alibaba.

09/29/2014

Case Study: Etihad Transforms Forecasting, Cost Modeling
Improving forecasting and cost modeling analysis is critical but difficult. Here's how Etihad Airways achieved this task.

09/29/2014

New Liquidity Rules Could Hurt Corporates – And Help Some, Too
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.

09/26/2014

Benefit Headlines September 2014

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. 

09/25/2014

Futures in Finance: Can Bad Culture Cost You Your Job?
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.

09/25/2014

Tax Inversions: The Real Reason Why the U.S. Treasury Acted
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?

09/25/2014

A $1.5B Multinational Navigates Emerging Markets: 5 Lessons
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?

09/25/2014

3 Ways Financial Professionals Can Improve Communication
Communication has become increasingly important in the development of financial professionals. Here are three key skills to make you a more effective communicator.

09/24/2014

Avoid Complacency: A Treasurer’s Approach to Transformation
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.

09/24/2014

Two in One: AFP Annual Conference Volunteer Offerings Double
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.   

09/24/2014

Project Management: A Crucial Skill for Treasury and Finance
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.

09/24/2014

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