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Benefit Headlines September 2014

The two weeks leading up to the Congressional Recess for the November elections witnessed a number of legislation, regulation, and hearings on topics impacting CIEBA members. Charles Stallings 2014-09-23 Congress held a number of hearings and votes over the last two weeks in a final flourish before

09/23/2014

Cybersecurity Tops List of Treasurers’ Priorities
At the latest meeting of AFP’s Treasury Advisory Group (TAG), cybersecurity was identified as a top concern. Treasurers discussed ways that the recent cyber breach epidemic has affected them, and how they are strengthening their cybersecurity efforts.

09/23/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: Home Depot Breach a Lesson for Treasurers
The Home Depot breach—the largest retail card breach in history—might have avoided if the retailer had been paying closer attention. Corporate treasurers should take note and step up their cybersecurity efforts—before it’s too late.

09/22/2014

Moonlighting: FP&A Director Gains Insights as Interim Controller
What's it like to hold management positions in FP&A and accounting simultaneously? An FP&A director for a Fortune Global 2000 company tells his story.

09/22/2014

How a Strong Culture Benefits Finance Professionals
Implementing a strong model culture produces better calculations, fewer errors and increased collaboration among team members. It can also help you keep your job.

09/22/2014

CFO Coach: 3 Ways Finance Jobseekers Can Stand Out
Finance professionals seeking that coveted CFO job must avoid adopting the herd mentality. Here are three key tips on how to do that.

09/19/2014

AFP Payments: Apple Pay Insights for Treasury and Finance
Analysts have speculated for years that an Apple digital wallet could brings mobile payments into the mainstream. Others caution that it’s still too early to crown Apple the mobile payments king. We take a look at both sides of the argument, and see how it affects treasury and finance professionals.

09/18/2014

Simplifying Swaps: Why Use Risk Participation Agreements?
Looking for a way to execute swaps without having to deal with a multitude of banks? Try a risk participation agreement.

09/17/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: Apple Pay to Help Retail Treasurers Fight Breaches
As the retail breach epidemic continues, security is top of mind for many treasurers. Apple CEO Tim Cook believes Apple Pay could solve the problem. But is he right?

09/16/2014

Avoiding Extinction: Fossil Fuel Treasurers Adapt to Lower Demand
With increased investment in renewable energy, the value of the fossil fuel sector is gradually diminishing. Renewable energy expert Andrew Winston discusses how these companies are factoring in this drop in demand.

09/16/2014

Stay Ahead: How Treasurers Can Manage the Rising U.S. Dollar
The U.S. dollar is rising rapidly and could reach parity with the euro. One popular hedging strategy -- the rolling hedge -- doesn't work in a fast-rising environment. So what should treasurers do instead?

09/15/2014

Apple Pay: Why it’s Too Early to Crown it the Mobile Payments King
The payments world has been buzzing since last week's unveiling of Apple Pay, which could be a game changer for mobile payments. But before we declare Apple Pay the new payments dynasty, it’s worth taking a look at how profound its impact will truly be.

09/15/2014

Letter from AFP’s President: More Reasons to Attend the Conference
Thinking of attending the 2014 AFP Annual Conference? AFP President and CEO Jim Kaitz provides a few reasons why you need to be in DC.

09/15/2014

What a Relief: Most Treasurers Avoid Margin Requirements

Treasurers recently received good news regarding Dodd-Frank Act regulations. But treasury centers are unsure if it applies to them.

09/15/2014

4 Steps for Hiring the Right Financial Professional
Talent management specialists provide four steps treasury and finance leaders must follow if they want to hire the right staff members.

09/12/2014

September 2014 Risk: Why Ukraine Matters for Treasury & Finance
More than ever, risk is a global phenomenon. The September issue of Risk reveals how treasury and finance should respond.

09/11/2014

Fortune 1000 Companies Buzzing over FP&A Certification
Last month, AFP’s Brian Kalish met with financial planning and analysis professionals in New York and Omaha, Nebraska. One message was clear: practitioners are interested in the FP&A Certification.

09/10/2014

Pay Attention to Debt Covenants or Suffer the Consequences
When negotiating a debt deal, treasurers need to give covenants their full attention. Glossing over them can have disastrous results.

09/10/2014

Is iPhone 6’s Apple Pay the ‘Holy Grail’ of Mobile Payments?
Retail treasurers have been waiting for years for a breakthrough in mobile payments. With cutting-edge security, support from big banks and retailers, and millions of consumers ready to buy the new iPhone when it launches September 19, Apple Pay just might be that solution.

09/09/2014

CTC Guide: Why Entering Emerging Markets is Complex for Treasurers
When establishing treasury operations in a new emerging market, the responsibilities are generally the same. But the peculiarities of a different market can make these tasks more complex, and a new CTC Guide, sponsored by Reval, looks at why.

09/09/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: All U.S., Canadian Home Depot Stores Breached
The Home Depot breach involved all of the home improvement retailer’s U.S. and Canadian stores. With new breaches discovered nearly every week, retailers need to shore up customer data—now.

09/09/2014

Will Liquidity Rules Hurt Corporates’ Ability to Get Loans?
Last week U.S. regulators finalized a new liquidity rule that aims to keep banks from running out of money when a crisis hits. But could these new rules hurt corporate-bank relationships in the long run?

09/08/2014

Corporate Finance Week: U.S. Economy Positive, but Tepid
This was a week where the difference between relative strength and absolute strength was neatly framed. News out of North America highlighted the fact that on an absolute basis, the U.S. economy while positive is rather milquetoast. But relative to Europe, the U.S. economy is a roaring tiger.

09/08/2014

How Will Iraq Sanctions Affect Treasury and Finance?
Experts are split on whether new U.S. and U.N. sanctions in Iraq will have much of an effect on treasury and finance departments -- or even if more sanctions are on the way.

09/05/2014

It’s Finally (Almost) Here: The MCX Payments Network
The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) has finally unveiled its payment network. With so many retailers on board, could this mobile payments solution rival Apple Pay?

09/04/2014

September 2014 FP&A Newsletter: 7 Forecasting Lessons
In the wake of the Walgreens forecasting debacle, FP&A newsletter asked seven financial planning and analysis professionals to share their advice on what they learned from the episode.

09/04/2014

Six FP&A Lessons to Learn from Walgreens’ Forecasting Woes
It was recently disclosed that Walgreens made a $1 billion forecasting error, costing the chief financial officer his job. In response, six finance professionals offered their lessons learned.

09/02/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: JPMorgan Cyberhack Not a Big Deal
JPMorgan and four other banks were hit in a coordinated attack against major financial institutions. But the overall significance of the attack and the motives of the hackers themselves are still in question. So it might not be time to hit the panic button just yet.

09/02/2014

TrueBlue Treasurer Reveals the Keys to Management Success
A big challenge for any treasury or finance professional is the process of transitioning from an individual contributor to a leader. Darren McCallon, vice president of finance and treasurer of TrueBlue, looks back on his career and provides some advice.

09/02/2014

Corporate Finance Week: EU Economy Shaky Amid Ukraine Unrest
In Europe, interest rates touched historical lows across a number of countries. This yield action was supported by the double whammy of expected slower economic growth and the uncertainty caused by the political and military unrest in eastern Ukraine.

09/01/2014

Companies Unleash the Cash as Confidence Returns
Fueled by loads of cash and low borrowing rates, companies are starting to make up for time lost from the 2008 recession and opening their wallets for capital expenditures.

08/29/2014

Amid Ukraine Escalation, More Woes for Treasury and Finance
Escalating tensions in the Ukraine and fears that Russia might cut off gas supplies to Europe are creating an ever more difficult environment for multinationals with operations or partnerships in the region.

08/28/2014

August 2014 Futures in Finance: Do You Need a Career Coach?
This month, we have an interview with career and leadership coach Vivian James Rigney, who is speaking at the CTC Executive Institute at the 2014 AFP Annual Conference. We also have interviews with Ori Brafman, bestselling author, and Juan Arangote, FP&A of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, who are each speaking at the conference.

08/28/2014

New NACHA Rules Aim to Reduce Exceptions and Returns
NACHA has approved two new amendments to its operating rules to improve automated clearinghouse network quality by reducing the incidence of ACH transactions that result in exceptions and returns.

08/28/2014

Why Two in Three Finance Transformations Fail
With a strong majority of corporate finance functions currently undertaking some significant change initiative, it is critical to understand what makes two out of three of these efforts fail to meet their own stated objectives.

08/27/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: 1,000 Retailers Hit by POS Malware?
Thanks to a warning about a highly dangerous malware that affects retailers at the point of sale, UPS discovered that some of its systems had been infected and has since eliminated the threat. Nevertheless, retailers aren’t out of the water yet—and it’s time for treasurers to take action. More than 1,000 U.S. businesses are now believed to have been affected by Backoff malware.

08/27/2014

Bitcoin Breakdown: Could Bitcoin Move Beyond Payments?
Though bitcoin is known predominantly as a currency and payment method, the blockchain technology behind it has the potential to be a disruptive force to the financial system, according to a new report from research and consulting firm Celent.

08/26/2014

VIDEO: Is Your Treasury Department Becoming More Strategic?
At the recent CTC Corporate Treasurers Forum in Chicago, Kelly Timmer, assistant treasurer, Wolverine Worldwide, discussed assuming the treasury role at a time when the profession was undergoing significant changes and becoming more strategic.

08/26/2014

Corporate Finance Week: The Search for Yield
This week can pretty much be summed up as a “risk-on” week. Be it equities or high-yield debt, the general feeling of the market was one of searching for yield.

08/25/2014

CTC Executive Institute Preview: Do You Need a Career Coach?
Attendees of the CTC Executive Institute at the 2014 AFP Annual Conference in November will have the opportunity to hear from one of today’s leading career motivators—Vivian James Rigney, career and leadership coach. Originally from Ireland and based in New York City, Rigney works primarily with clients in treasury and finance.

08/24/2014

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