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Case Study: US Foods Introduces Corporate Mobile Deposit
More than 1 million paper checks are delivered to US Foods’ sales force annually at customer locations as payment for deliveries. The checks are then taken personally by each sales associate to their local division for processing, which represented a real pain-point. US Foods needed a solution that would reduce these check-related challenges as much as possible.

08/05/2014

This Week in Corporate Finance: GDP Report Sparks Volatility
What caused last week's volatility? Treasuries sold-off after the second quarter GDP report came in significantly higher than expected (+4.0 percent versus a consensus +2.9 percent). The fear was that the increase in economic activity would force the Fed’s hand to raise interest rates sooner rather than later to stem the tide of potential inflation.

08/04/2014

SEPA Fully Implemented in Euro Area
After 15 years of preparation and an additional six-month extension, the wait is over. The single euro payments area (SEPA) is fully operational as of August 1.

08/01/2014

Bitcoin Breakdown: Bitlicenses Receive Pushback
The bitlicense regulatory framework recently proposed by the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has been met by considerable pushback from the bitcoin community. Bitcoin enthusiasts are arguing that the licenses will give an unfair advantage to the bitcoin businesses that have the most money.

08/01/2014

Why FP&A Should Lead Enterprise Analytics Efforts
FP&A professionals traditionally oversee the budgets, perform business planning, and provide financial insights to management. It is time for FP&A professionals to spend more time and effort emphasizing analysis instead of planning.

08/01/2014

Will New Money Fund Rules Spur Corporate Interest in Repos?
Corporates lending directly in tri-party repurchase agreements remain rare. Now, spurred by new money market fund regulations that likely will make this favorite short-term investment less attractive, corporate treasurers are re-visiting repos.

07/31/2014

Case Study: Moving to a Notional Pooling Structure
Using multiple financial institutions around the world is a challenge for any global treasurer. But for John Hanbury, CPA, CMA, treasurer for CHC Helicopter, corporate banking across the globe presented a liquidity management challenge. CHC realized that the only way to solve the issue was to move to a notional pooling structure.

07/31/2014

VIDEO: Being Part of the FP&A Inaugural Class
Eric Smialek, FP&A, Senior Financial Analyst for Neustar, discusses his experience becoming part of the first class of Certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) professionals.

07/30/2014

Fed Mulls Controversial Commodity Proposal
Mulling a proposal that would limit banks’ participation in the physical commodities market, the Federal Reserve is attempting a delicate balance—companies seeking to hedge commodity risk and concerns about systemic risk.

07/30/2014

Ukraine Turmoil Wreaks Havoc on Treasury and Finance Groups
Treasury and finance executives whose companies do business in Russia and the Ukraine are seeing the effects of the mounting crisis on their bottom lines. The ruble’s exchange rate has plummeted, corporate borrowing is more expensive, and sanctions against individual banks are complicating cross-border payments.

07/30/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: StubHub Turns the Table on Cybercriminals
Six individuals were arrested last week in connection with an international cybercrime ring that hacked more than 1,600 customer accounts. What’s different in this case is that the company detected the cybercriminals first instead of receiving the news of the hack, as usually happens, and then it alerted law enforcement.

07/29/2014

Best Practices: Selecting Cyber Insurance Coverage
Lisa Joublanc, CCM, CFA, Vice President and Treasurer for Global Payments, and Mary Guzman, Senior Vice President and E&O Practice Leader, McGriff, Seibels & Williams, discuss what treasurers need to consider when selecting cyber insurance coverage. They also provide a look at the 2012 cyber breach incurred by Global Payments.

07/29/2014

2Q14 Corporate Cash Reserves Up, Short-Term Investment Quickens
Coinciding with the SEC’s money market mutual fund ruling for corporations, the AFP Corporate Cash Indicators ® (AFP CCI), underwritten by State Street Global Advisors,  revealed that U.S. businesses built cash reserves at a faster pace during the second quarter of 2014 and invested those assets more conservatively. But the burst in cash accumulation is expected to be short lived.

07/28/2014

This Week in Corporate Finance: Shift to Safety Continues in Europe
The market had the feeling of being on a teeter-totter this past week, as general positive feelings about the U.S. economy were counter-balanced by geopolitical concerns, specifically in Ukraine and Gaza. Overseas, the flight to safety continued.

07/28/2014

PBGC Issues Moratorium on 4062(e) Enforcement

The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation (PBGC) recently announced a six-month moratorium on its enforcement of ERISA section 4062(e). The moratorium, scheduled to last till the end of 2014, will be used to review the application of 4062(e).

07/28/2014

Case Study: Vanguard’s SWIFT Implementation
Vanguard’s Money Movement Unit, which initiates billions in payments on a daily basis, was too dependent on manual processes and legacy systems that couldn’t handle the workload. Migrating to a treasury workstation and utilizing SWIFT enabled the company to streamline its payments process and reduce risk.

07/25/2014

10 Steps Every Treasurer Should Take to Handle New Money Fund Rules
Tom Hunt, CTP, Director of Treasury Services for the Association for Financial Professionals, lists 10 steps every treasurer should take to prepare for the new money market fund rules approved today by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

07/25/2014

VIDEO: Why Become a Certified Corporate FP&A Professional?
Todd Peterson, FP&A, Senior Financial Analyst for AARP, discusses why he wanted to be part of the first class of Certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) professionals.

07/24/2014

July 2014 Futures in Finance Newsletter
This month, we bring you two exclusive video interviews with members of our inaugural class of Certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) professionals. Travis Lockhart of IMC and Todd Peterson of AARP discuss why they were interested in taking the beta exam and how they prepared for it. Also this month, we have the second installment in the AFP Advisors Network's series on the three core competencies of independent consulting.

07/24/2014

The Verdict: SEC Approves Money Market Fund Reform
In a 3-2 vote, the Securities and Exchange Commission passed a rule that will force institutional prime money market funds (MMFs) to move from a stable $1 per share net asset value (NAV) to a floating NAV. Additionally, the new rule also allows fund boards to impose two safeguards to stave off runs: liquidity fees of up to 2 percent on redemptions, and temporary suspensions of redemptions, or “gates.”

07/23/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: Treasury Calls for More Information Sharing
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew is calling on the financial services sector to improve its efforts to better protect consumer data and strengthen defenses against cyberattacks, thefts and disruptions. He also called for legislation that advances public-private sector information sharing.

07/22/2014

Case Study: Improving the Collections Process
Greg Baldwin, Deputy Treasurer for Johnson County, Kansas, tells how his office streamlined its collections process.

07/21/2014

Long and Winding Road for Money Market Funds Ends Wednesday?
After seven years of debate, one round of rules changes in 2010, followed by three more years arguing over yet another round of regulation, money market funds may get their final changes this Wednesday.

07/21/2014

The Week in Corporate Finance: A Worldwide Shift to Safety
A downed commercial airliner in the Ukraine and yet another flare up of violence in the Middle East has caused a worldwide flight to safety. These events probably will not have much of a long-term effect on the strengthening U.S. economy. But as we have witnessed in recent years past, small, distant and seemingly unconnected events can have quite an unanticipated impact.

07/21/2014

Bitcoin Breakdown: New York Unveils BitLicense Framework
The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) has released the details of its proposed BitLicense regulatory framework. If passed, New York would become the first state in the U.S. to directly regulate virtual currencies.

07/18/2014

CFO Coach: Becoming a Superstar of the C-Suite
Today’s CFO superstar is involved in every aspect of the business, solving problems across all aspects of the organization. At the core of the problem solving is finance and numbers, but it is now intricately woven with operations and the need for a broader base of business and finance acumen.

07/18/2014

VIDEO: Taking the Certified Corporate FP&A Professional Exam
Travis Lockhart, FP&A, CTP, Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis, IMC, discusses his experience preparing for and taking the Certified Corporate Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Professional exam.

07/17/2014

July 2014 Payments Newsletter
This month saw the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which imposes a withholding tax on payments from U.S. sources to certain noncompliant foreign entities, finally take effect. Also this month, we look at cyber risk, which has become a top priority for companies.

07/17/2014

Digital Payments to Nearly Double by 2019
The total value of digital payments is on course to reach $2.5 trillion this year, and the figure is expected to rise to $4.7 trillion by 2019. The biggest contributing factors to the rise are expected to be increased remote physical goods purchases and a surge in activity in emerging markets.

07/16/2014

Treasurers Weigh Options as Final MMF Vote Looms
The majority of corporate treasurers and CFOs who responded to the 2014 AFP Liquidity Survey, underwritten by RBS Citizens, indicated that their organizations would significantly alter their investment policies if money market funds receive an overhaul. They may need to start making those changes as early as next week.

07/15/2014

Chinese Banks Suspend Yuan Remittance Program
Three Chinese banks have temporarily suspended a yuan remittance service over suspicion of money laundering. China Central Television (CCTV) has accused Bank of China (BOC) of allowing wealthy Chinese citizens to circumvent the country’s controls on cross-border transfers by exploiting an obscure program called You Hui Tong.

07/15/2014

Leadership in Treasury: Dana Laidhold, Treasurer, The Carlyle Group
In the latest entry to the Leadership in Treasury series, Dana Laidhold, treasurer for The Carlyle Group, tells why she switched from audit to treasury.

07/15/2014

AFP Survey: Better Operating Cash Flows Mean Bigger Reserves
Corporate treasurers and CFOs continue to build their organizations’ cash reserves in response to improved operating cash flows, according to the 2014 AFP Liquidity Survey, underwritten by RBS Citizens. 36 percent of companies reported rising cash reserves in the last year.

07/14/2014

Fed Signals End of QE Program
The Federal Reserve has indicated that will end its five-year-old quantitative easing (QE) program this October. Officials have been steadily winding down their monthly purchases of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities since January, but this is the first time an end date has been presented.

07/10/2014

Export-Import Bank: Should it Stay or Should it Go?
Despite long-running bipartisan support, the Export-Import Bank of the United States might be on the verge of closing. The bank’s charter expires at the end of September, and for the first time ever Congress might not renew it. Should treasury and finance executives be worried?

07/10/2014

July 2014 Risk Newsletter
In the July issue of Risk, cyberrisk is now a key topic of discussion for senior executives and the board,one treasurer recounts her experience when her company endured a cyberbreach, and bitcoin continues to gain legitimacy from regulators.

07/10/2014

AFP Conference Preview: Zachary Karabell on Economic Indicators
Attendees of the FP&A Luncheon at the upcoming 2014 AFP Annual Conference in November will hear from Dr. Zachary Karabell, one of the leading voices on the global economy and international relations. A Harvard Ph.D. and prolific author, Karabell argues that numbers like GDP, inflation and unemployment are no longer adequate indicators of the economy.

07/09/2014

Survey: Rate of U.S. Firms Settling in RMB Nearly Doubles
The number of American businesses using renminbi (RMB) to settle trade has nearly doubled in the past year, and that trend is expected to accelerate over the next 12 months, according to a new survey. Seventeen percent of U.S. business leaders said their companies used RMB to settle trade this year, up from 9 percent in 2013.

07/09/2014

Large Defined Contribution Plans Lead the Way

Policy debates are taking their defined contribution cues from the successes of plans with $200 million - $1 billion in assets. 

07/08/2014

Bitcoin Breakdown: EU Banks Told to Back Off Bitcoin
This week, California Governor Jerry Brown signs a bill legalizing bitcoin, a venture capitalist wins 30,000 Silk Road bitcoins at a U.S. Marshals auction, and Japan decides against regulating bitcoin.

07/08/2014

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