Though it is becoming commonplace to refer to financial planning and analysis as FP&A, this is actually an American term, and one that is still not widely used outside of the US. FP&A goes by many different names in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.
This month, Futures in Finance brings you our 2014 AFP Annual Conference roundup, including coverage of a CTC Executive Institute session on improving communication between the treasury and the CFO, and the FP&A Roundtable.
Juan Arangote, FP&A, CPA, CMA, manager of treasury and financial planning for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, answers two important questions that came up following his session of financial modeling and the 2014 AFP Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
This month, AFP Payments bring you its exclusive coverage of payments at the 2014 AFP Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., including the 2014 AFP Pinnacle Award Grand Prize Winner, the results of an onsite survey on cybersecurity, sessions on bitcoin and mobile payments, and more.
Brian Kalish, director of AFP's FP&A practice, recently traveled to Southeast Asia, where practitioners stressed the need for better tools and talent in FP&A. Kalish also shared the advances AFP has made on the Corporate FP&A Professional Certification.
Who makes a good reference? References are influencers, so it is critically important that you choose them wisely, understand their power, and ensure they are on-point in messaging your value.
Companies are spending less on their finance departments than at any time since the recession, according to a new study. This has profound implications on FP&A groups as well.
In a new CTC perspective piece, AFP recaps a recent Treasury Advisory Group (TAG) discussion on how money market fund reform will likely affect their industries and operations.
Both retailers and banks are pushing for legislative action this year to stem the threat of data breaches, and each one is pointing the finger at the other over who should bear the brunt of the liability costs.
The stock market hit higher highs and the oil market touched lower lows during a rather drama-free week. The U.S. Treasury market was quite subdued as reasonable economic growth combined with low expected inflation kept everyone optimistic.
When using graphics to create management reporting dashboards, FP&A professionals must tailor the images to their audience. How that’s done depends on the objective of the message.
What is FP&A’s role? That was perhaps the key question participants pondered at a FP&A roundtable held at the recent AFP Annual Conference.
For American businesses that sell to the growing Mexican middle class, or that site manufacturing plants in Mexico, the growing business partnership between Mexico and China has profound strategic implications.
New liquidity coverage ratio requirements from Basel III have the potential to transform corporate borrowing—and many global treasurers are already trying to adapt.
Treasury and finance professionals have heard for years that mobile payments are the next big thing, and they’re going to change the way everyone makes payments. So what's the holdup? A panel of experts at the 2014 AFP Annual Conference attempted to answer that question.
In the November issue of Risk, new research on cybercrime is here -- and the results are sobering. The big takeaway: firms are still trying to cope with cybersecurity in its many forms.
According to a new survey from KPMG and AFP, firms today are spending a significant amount of time and resources to enhance their risk governance practices, especially in areas involving treasury such as liquidity and funding.
Gen. Keith B. Alexander, former Director of the NSA, delivered a chilling message to attendees of the 2014 AFP Annual Conference about cybersecurity: the worst is yet to come. Fortunately, he also provided them with some tips on protecting their data.
More companies are spinning off parts of their organizations into standalone companies, according to a new survey. For treasury departments that means an increased—and increasingly complex—workload.
Jim Harper of the Bitcoin Foundation told attendees at the 2014 AFP Annual Conference that that the ideal outcome for virtual currencies would be to integrate them into traditional financial services. But the New York Department of Financial Services' proposed BitLicenses could complicate efforts to legitimize virtual currencies.
The Treasury market is basically unchanged; the stock market is at all-time highs; the U.S. dollar continued to strengthen; and the deficit, as a function of GDP, dropped to 2.8 percent. There is a general feeling that the U.S. economy is currently expanding in the elusive, but much sought after “Goldilocks” range.
U.S. employers added 214,000 jobs in October, which marks the ninth straight month in which job gains exceeded 200,000. The last time employers added 200,000 workers for at least nine consecutive months was in 1995.
Does your CFO fully comprehend the value of treasury? During a session at the CTC Executive Institute of the 2014 AFP Annual Conference, treasurers provided three key ways to display that value.
The November issue of the FP&A newsletter is full of advice from your peers, including 20 steps to improve data visualization, seven tips for better rolling forecasts, three ways FP&A can improve communication, and more.
An educational session at the 2014 AFP Annual Conference examined four evolving cyber threats, and the steps treasurers can take to protect their organizations.
Cybersecurity is clearly a top threat to treasury and finance professionals and to the entire economy, according to an onsite survey conducted Monday at the 2014 AFP Annual Conference. Financial professionals fear the economic impact of a large-scale cyberattack.
Most companies engage in some type of data analysis to drive decision-making and achieve business goals, but those whose data intelligence programs have the support of management and devote considerable resources to gathering, analyzing and interpreting information are the ones reaping the benefits, according to the AFP Data Intelligence Survey, underwritten by Capital One Bank.
The first 72 hours in a crisis can dramatically impact the next months or years for your organization, according to Martin Pergler and Becca O’Brien of McKinsey & Co. They provided attendees of the CTC Executive Institute with a list of key actions that can keep a bad situation from becoming a catastrophic one.
Dresser-Rand Group presented treasury and finance professionals with a look at how it implemented a new global cash pool at the 2014 AFP Annual Conference. Dresser-Rand’s pool is designed to increase the availability and liquidity of previously trapped cash.
Attendees of the 2014 AFP Annual Conference received a glimpse into how renminbi (RMB) cross-border trade has taken off in the five years since regulators permitted the first pilot.
Cybersecurity dominated the conversation at the Payments Roundtable Sunday at the 2014 AFP Annual Conference. SSA Clyde Ellis with the FBI’s Major Cyber Crimes Unit (MCCU) provided treasury and finance professionals with a glimpse into the biggest cyber threat trends his unit is looking at.
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke opened the 2014 AFP Annual Conference by stressing that he is positive about the U.S. economy in the long term, and he provided three key reasons why.
ChildFund International was awarded the AFP Pinnacle Award Grand Prize Sunday at the Opening General Session of the AFP Annual Conference. The awards, sponsored by Wells Fargo & Co., have recognized excellence in treasury and finance each year since 1997.
The market gave equity investors quite the treat with a significant rally to wrap up October before heading into the last two months of the year. A slew of positive data helped fuel equities prices; while at the same time put quite a damper on fixed income and commodity prices.
A debate has arisen over whether migration to chip and PIN or chip and signature cards makes the most sense in the U.S. Obviously the PIN adds another layer of security, but does it really matter? A recent fraud trend that exploits chip cards as a whole should serve as a cautionary tale to both banks and retailers as the EMV rollout picks up steam.
Many treasurers complain that fraudsters have tried to change the account number on an outgoing vendor checks and ETFs. So what can treasurers do?
When creating reporting dashboards for management, FP&A professionals need to tailor the images carefully. Here are seven tips from practitioners and experts on how to construct an effective visual dashboard.
There is a common confusion among financial professionals about exactly what business intelligence (BI) is. A failure to grasp the concept and utilize it effectively can undermine a financial planning and analysis (FP&A) team’s efforts.
Jim Kaitz, President & CEO of the Association for Financial Professionals, welcomes attendees to the 2014 AFP Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. and highlights the speakers and sessions at the event.
The 10th Annual CTC Executive Institute, sponsored by PNC, features a host of impressive speakers looking towards the future—just what is lurking around the corner for today’s treasury and finance professionals?