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Around the World, FP&A Goes by Many Names
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.

11/24/2014

Futures in Finance: Improving Treasury-CFO Communication
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.

11/21/2014

Financial Modeling: 2 Important Questions
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.

11/21/2014

AFP Payments: Cybersecurity, Payments Insights from AFP 2014
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.

11/20/2014

FP&A in Southeast Asia: The Right Tools, Talent Needed
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.

11/20/2014

CFO Coach: The Power of the Third Party
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.

11/20/2014

How Large Firms Reduce FP&A Costs and Boost Productivity
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.

11/19/2014

Money Market Fund Reform: What Treasurers Need to Know

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. 

11/18/2014

Getting Ugly: Retailers, Banks Spar Over Data Breach Costs
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.

11/18/2014

Corporate Finance Week: Stocks Climb, Oil Continues to Fall
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.

11/17/2014

7 Tips for Designing an Effective Dashboard for Management
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.

11/17/2014

FP&A Roundtable: Practitioners Talk Strategy and Success
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.

11/17/2014

How the China-Mexico Relationship Impacts U.S. Business
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.

11/14/2014

Liquidity Coverage Ratio: How are Treasurers Preparing?
New liquidity coverage ratio requirements from Basel III have the potential to transform corporate borrowing—and many global treasurers are already trying to adapt.

11/14/2014

4 Key Barriers to Corporate Mobile Payments Adoption
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.

11/13/2014

November 2014 Risk: How Treasury Can Fight Cybercrime
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.

11/13/2014

Survey: Risk Governance a Top Priority for Treasury
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.

11/12/2014

Ex-NSA Chief on Cybercrime: ‘The Worst is Yet to Come’
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.

11/11/2014

Treasury in Spinoffs: ‘Like Driving a Car While Building It’

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. 

11/11/2014

Could BitLicenses Complicate Efforts to Legitimize Bitcoin?
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.

11/10/2014

Corporate Finance Week: U.S. Economy Continues to Strengthen
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.

11/10/2014

AFP EconWatch: 9-Month Winning Streak for Job Creation
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.

11/10/2014

How Can Treasury Demonstrate its Value to the CFO?
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.

11/07/2014

November FP&A Newsletter: 20 Data Visualization Tips
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.

11/06/2014

Cybersecurity: Four Evolving Threats
An educational session at the 2014 AFP Annual Conference examined four evolving cyber threats, and the steps treasurers can take to protect their organizations.

11/05/2014

AFP Survey: Cyberspending Up, But Not on Cyberinsurance
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.

11/04/2014

Survey: Management Support is Key to Robust Data Analysis
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.

11/04/2014

Crisis Management: Why the First 72 Hours Matter Most
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.

11/04/2014

Case Study: How Dresser-Rand Implemented a Global Cash Pool
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.

11/04/2014

Why Multinationals Should Consider Invoicing in RMB
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.

11/04/2014

FBI Agent: Cybercriminals are Creating Full Profiles of You
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.

11/03/2014

3 Reasons Why Ben Bernanke is Bullish on the U.S. Economy
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.

11/03/2014

ChildFund International Wins 2014 AFP Pinnacle Award Grand Prize
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.

11/03/2014

Corporate Finance Week: A Treat for Equity Investors
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.

11/03/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: Just How Safe are Chip Cards?
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.

11/03/2014

3 Steps Treasurers Can Take to Fight Vendor Fraud
Many treasurers complain that fraudsters have tried to change the account number on an outgoing vendor checks and ETFs. So what can treasurers do?

10/30/2014

FP&A: 7 Tips for Designing an Effective Dashboard
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.

10/30/2014

Business Intelligence and Analytics: How to Use BI
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.

10/29/2014

AFP's President Welcomes Attendees to the Annual Conference
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.

10/28/2014

CTC Executive Institute: What’s Next for Treasury & Finance?
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?

10/28/2014

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