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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

What Steps Can Treasurers and CFOs Take to Fight Cybertheft?
Reports of massive data breaches at major companies are surfacing on a near-daily basis. What can you do to protect your organization? Cybersecurity: The New Challenge for Treasurers explores the latest cyber issues and explains measures you can take.

09/23/2014

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

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