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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

Tips for Validating the Accuracy of Vendors’ W-9s
Recently on AFP’s discussion list corporate treasury and finance professionals discussed validating the accuracy of vendors’ W-9 forms.

08/22/2014

CFO Tenure and Turnover: Not So Far Apart?
A number of recent articles have indicated an uptick in both turnover and tenure at the chief financial officer level. At first glance, this might support the theory that with today’s technology and enough research, you can find something to support any belief you hold. However, in this particular case, there might be some truth to these seemingly conflicting trends—because maybe they aren’t so different after all.

08/22/2014

August 2014 Payments: Megahack or Megahype?
This month, we lead off with an analysis of the recent Hold Security report, which sent the media into frenzy over its claims that Russian hackers stole more than a billion usernames and passwords. We speak with several security experts who are very skeptical about the accuracy of this report. Also this month, Christopher Cheniae of U.S. Foods explains how his company implemented a mobile solution to eliminate its check-related challenges,  POS malware continues to wreak havoc on the retail industry, and more.

08/21/2014

VIDEO: The Value of the FP&A Certification
Juan Arangote, FP&A, CPA, CMA, Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis for the Greater Toronto Airports Authority, discusses preparing for the Certified Corporate FP&A Professional exam, as well as why earning the certification is a smart career move for FP&A professionals.

08/21/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: Supermarket Breach Compromises Millions?
Supervalu, a Fortune 500 grocery retailer, revealed last Friday that it had incurred a security breach. At least one security expert believes that “millions” of credit and debit cards may have been compromised.

08/20/2014

Expert Reveals Crucial Skills FP&A Professionals Need to Thrive
The FP&A professionals of the future won’t be in the business of providing just numbers. They’ll be giving clients—internal and external—information that matters to them, solves problems, and helps them make critical decisions to increase profits.

08/19/2014

Bank Account Reconciliation Easier than Ever, Says New AFP Guide
The second installment in the 2014 AFP Treasury in Practice series focuses on bank account reconciliation. Underwritten by KeyBank, the guide provides best practices and examples of how companies reconcile their bank accounts on a daily basis to ensure accuracy, quickly identify exceptions and prevent fraud.

08/19/2014

This Week in Corporate Finance: Flight to Quality Continues
Welcome to August, usually an uneventful time of the year, but in our current “Black Swan Times”, anything and everything can happen. While we are dealing with unrest in Gaza and Ukraine, bond defaults in Argentina, and challenging times in places like Missouri, the market continues to behave in an orderly manner.

08/18/2014

AFP Conference Preview: Ori Brafman on ‘Contained Chaos’
Attendees of the 2014 AFP Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. will receive a new perspective on business from New York Times bestselling author Ori Brafman. In his session, Brafman, author of “The Chaos Imperative,” will discuss how even the best and most efficient organizations can benefit from allowing a little disruption.

08/18/2014

Hanse Orga to Integrate AFP Service Codes®
Software provider Hanse Orga announced Friday that it has been licensed to integrate the AFP Service Codes© within its FinanceSuite eBAM (electronic Bank Account Management) solution. The AFP Service Codes© are the global standard for analyzing and comparing the services and fees that are included in the account analysis statements which companies receive from their banks.

08/15/2014

AFP Reg Report: August 2014
Recent regulatory developments relevant to treasury and finance professionals are reviewed in the AFP Reg Report. In this issue: money market fund reform, derivative end-user protections, corporate tax reform, virtual currency regulation, and more.

08/15/2014

The Danger of Low Interest Rates
Cutting interest rates during recessions is the standard policy tool the Federal Reserve uses to resuscitate a weak economy, and it signals that policy officials are working to improve economic conditions. But could an easy Fed policy overstay its welcome?

08/15/2014

Treasurers Fret While Pols Fight Over Corporate Tax Reform
As Democrats and Republicans in Congress square off over corporate taxation, treasury and finance professionals find themselves stuck in the middle of this political battle -- again.

08/14/2014

VIDEO: Does the CFO Understand the Treasurer’s Role?
Are treasurers facing difficulty communicating their role to the CFO? At the recent CTC Corporate Treasurers Forum, Steve Overholser, CTP, CPA, CFO & Treasurer for Great Clips, Inc., discussed whether CFOs truly understand the treasurer’s role and ways that both parties can get on the same page.

08/14/2014

August 2014 Risk Newsletter
In this issue we take a closer look at the new money market fund regulations, and why risk managers should worry. Also, treasury and finance professionals tell how they are managing interest rate risk in a rising rate environment.

08/14/2014

AFP Questions Publication for Its Depiction of Treasurers and Women
TheAtlantic.com, the website for one of America’s most respected magazines, published an article titled “Why All of the U.S. Treasurers Since 1949 Have Been Women.” The article drew some troubling conclusions, prompting AFP President and CEO Jim Kaitz to write a letter in response.

08/14/2014

Bottom Line: One Company, People and Cash
AFP has been fielding questions from reporters on when corporate America might begin to spend the huge cash piles that have accumulated in recent years. In addition to economic shifts, attitudes toward global risk and changes in business outlook, there's another factor that might influence cash spend, and some say it is simply the people involved in decision making.

08/13/2014

With Few Alternatives, Firms Deposit Money in Banks
The AFP Liquidity Survey finds that both the size and management of corporate short-term cash holdings stayed relatively steady over the past year. The reasons are two-fold. First, the business and regulatory climate remains one of middling economic growth and uncertainty. At the same time, the historic ultra-low interest rate environment has greatly reduced the opportunity to generate yield.

08/13/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: Was Last Week’s Megahack Just Megahype?
You've probably heard about The New York Times’ explosive report that Russian hackers stole more than a billion user credentials. You were likely encouraged to change your passwords immediately—for everything. What you may not have heard is that all of the panic could be over nothing.

08/12/2014

BI & Analytics – FP&A Functions Need to Invest
FP&A professionals understand that they need better business intelligence (BI) and analytics to substantially improve their ability to have a profit impact. So why aren't companies  investing in BI and analytics and delivering the analytical functionality FP&A professionals say they need?

08/12/2014

Q&A: The Impact of New Money Fund Rules
This is the second part of a question and answer session on the new money market fund rules with Jim Gilligan, CTP, FP&A, assistant treasurer for Great Plains Energy, and Tom Hunt, CTP, director of treasury services, AFP.

08/11/2014

Best Practices in Leadership and Talent Development
Leadership in Treasury, a new publication from the Corporate Treasurers Council, may be the second in a series of e-documents from the CTC, but the subject matter is top of mind with treasury executives.

08/11/2014

Financial Modeling: Painting the Future
Contrary to its name, financial modeling is neither purely math nor finance. For a model to be effective, precision financial calculations and accuracy of the principles are not enough and are only part of the equation. The second and equally important part is the appropriate application of subjectivity.

08/08/2014

No Exceptions: A New Service to Lower Online Payment Miscues
NACHA has introduced a new program that aims to reduce online bill payment exceptions and check volume associated with exceptions, which cost the payments industry nearly $800 million per year.

08/07/2014

August 2014 FP&A Newsletter
The August issue features a case study of how the financial planning and analysis team at Edward Hospital and Health Services improved its reporting process. Plus, new editorial advisory board member Juan Arangote, FP&A, offers his insights on financial modeling.

08/07/2014

VIDEO: The Changing Role of Treasury
In this exclusive video interview, Steve Overholser, CTP, CPA, CFO & Treasurer for Great Clips, Inc. discusses how his role has changed over the past five years. On the whole, treasury has become more involved in operations and strategic decision-making.

08/06/2014

Leadership in Treasury: Gavin Waugh, Treasurer, Wendy’s
Gavin Waugh, the treasurer of Wendy's, tells how he achieved his career goal, and how he keeps his team motivated.

08/06/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: 600 Retailers Affected by POS Malware
More than 600 retailers may have point-of-sale malware installed in their stores, according to a new warning from government officials. Cybercriminals are reportedly targeting businesses that use remote desktop applications.

08/06/2014

What the New Money Fund Rules Mean for Treasurers
In an AFP webinar, treasury and finance professionals received an in-depth look at the new money market fund rules approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Jim Gilligan, CTP, FP&A, assistant treasurer for Great Plains Energy, and Tom Hunt, CTP, director of treasury services for AFP, provided an update based on some of the feedback they’ve received from AFP members.

08/06/2014

Q&A: Further Analysis of Money Fund Rules
Immediately following the recent AFP webinar on money market funds, Jim Gilligan, CTP, FP&A, assistant treasurer for Great Plains Energy, and Tom Hunt, CTP, director of treasury services, AFP, held a question and answer session with treasury and finance professionals in which they provided further insights into the Securities and Exchange Commission’s new rules.

08/05/2014

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