U.S. businesses grew more confident in 1Q2014, significantly slowing the pace of cash accumulation, according to the April 2014 AFP Corporate Cash Indicators™ (AFP CCI), underwritten by State Street Global Advisors. Meanwhile, the indicator for short-term investment aggressiveness jumped three points during the quarter.
The month of April has been a continuation of the narrative of a U.S. economy that is progressing, but at a pace where we see neither a quick drop in the unemployment rate or a spike up in the inflation rate. The stock market is staying near its recent highs, while the U.S. Treasury yield curve continues to flatten.
NACHA is requesting feedback from treasury and finance professionals on use cases, benefits and potential transaction volume of a ubiquitous same-day settlement capability across the ACH Network. The features of this capability would likely consist of two new same-day settlement times each banking day, in addition to the existing overnight settlement capability.
SWIFT has launched a new version of its Bankers World Online directory for its corporate and banking clients. The financial messaging provider said that the upgraded directory provides more data coverage, a wider breadth of financial information, and new features and functionalities.
Recent regulatory developments relevant to treasury and finance professionals are reviewed in the AFP Reg Report. In this issue: The EU ‘banking union’ package, Basel III, cybersecurity legislation, business tax provisions, and more.
This month's edition of Futures in Finance provides a preview of AFP Exchange's upcoming focus on leadership. We begin with an interview with Cris Barros, treasurer of Mosaic. Barros looks back on his career, and explains the skills that he considers to be critical for leading. Up next, executive recruiting firm Spencer Stuart discusses four leadership traits that employers can look for when hiring new treasury candidates.
FP&A teams rarely turn the table and evaluate themselves, but you should consider it a new challenge. Knowing your worth—the quantifiable impact your FP&A team has on the company—could unlock new opportunities.
Applying analytics is now mission-critical due to increasingly thinner margins for decision error. Yet analytics often is confused with business intelligence, or BI.
There are some very interesting trends in a recent academic study among Fortune 100 companies. These trends could impact your career trajectory and therefore, might be worth understanding.
Treasury and finance professionals who are focused on payments are looking for ways to modernize the United States payments system, if discussions at the recent NACHA Payments conference in Orlando, Fla. are any indication. The question is, will it ever actually happen?
Michaels Stores has admitted that two security breaches it incurred over an eight-month period might have compromised more than 3 million customer credit and debit cards. Also, the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) revealed that attacks at the point of sale have actually declined significantly in 2013.
A U.S. investor group is attempting to revive the now-defunct Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox before it is liquidated by a Japanese bankruptcy court. Creditors who owned more than 70 percent of the bitcoins that the exchange lost when it went belly-up in February reportedly support the effort.
Bank fee analysis is one of the most mundane tasks in treasury and one of the most sought after. Done correctly, bank fee analysis can save your company tens of thousands—or even millions—of dollars off the annual cost of bank services.
Despite high-profile financial backing, generous media coverage and a growing customer base, Square is learning the hard way what traditional third-party providers have known for years: payments is a competitive and unforgiving industry. Following a year of big losses, Square is in talks with several of its rivals about potentially selling off its business.
This month, we begin with a look at the results of the 2014 AFP Payments Fraud and Control Survey, sponsored by J.P. Morgan. While corporate fraud decreased overall, card fraud spiked. The good news is that companies are recognizing the threat and adopting additional security measures. Also this month, we bring you our exclusive coverage of the recent NACHA Payments conference in Orlando, Fla.
Federal Reserve Banks are conducting a survey addressing payments-related fraud, and treasury and finance pros are being asked to participate. The survey aims to help the Fed better assess current challenges to mitigating payments fraud, as well as common methods used to reduce fraud risk.
Can virtual currencies be regulated in a manner that protects consumers, merchants, our payment systems and national security, while at the same time not “killing the golden goose” through overly burdensome or unfeasible regulatory requirements? The answer may be yes, however, such regulation should be imposed with a light hand and reasonable steps must be taken quickly.
The London FP&A Club recently held its sixth meeting and examined the thorny issue of specifying a financial planning and analysis system. Presenter Michael Coveney, a consultant with STW Consulting, shared the 10 capabilities users should look for.
AFP’s latest FP&A Guide, sponsored by Wdesk, outlines how risk-adjusted forecasting can work in practical terms. The guide includes interviews with over a dozen practitioners and experts, as well as eight case studies that demonstrate different companies’ approaches to risk in their forecasting process.
This article addresses one particular category of currency risk: the risk associated with carrying financial assets or liabilities denominated in a currency other than the functional currency. Such assets and liabilities are reported on the balance sheet in the functional currency at values that reflect spot exchange rates at the end of each accounting period.
Sustainability is no longer about corporate citizenship or philanthropy. It’s absolutely critical to the life of companies—and sustainability starts with treasurers. That’s the message Andrew Winston will deliver at the CTC Corporate Treasurers Forum. Winston, author of the “The Big Pivot,” will explain why it makes financial sense for companies to embark on sustainability projects right now.
By now, you have probably heard about the Heartbleed bug—a serious vulnerability in recent versions of OpenSSL, software that millions of websites use to encrypt communications with users. Making matters worse is the fact that an easy-to-use exploit that allows criminals to abuse the vulnerability is being widely traded online.
As the buzz over Bitcoin has grown, corporates have taken notice and are looking at how it can apply to their businesses. Could Bitcoin eventually disrupt traditional B2B payments?
Many mobile payment apps and mobile wallets fail to connect with consumers because they focus too much on the payment and not on the customer experience. However, some retailers have had success with their own mobile apps because they understand what appeals to the customer. There may be mobile payment opportunities for other retailers as well, if they are able to discern what would make their customers want to pay with their phones.
Former Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty passed away Thursday afternoon at the age of 64. Multiple reports said he suffered a heart attack.
Currency devaluations across the globe are challenging multinationals. John Hintze examines how MNCs are dealing with this latest FX hurdle. Meanwhile, new AFP research finds that credit card fraud is up—as is security spending to fight it, while Ira Kawaller explains how businesses can hedge cross-border balance sheet exposures. There’s an enterprise planning case study from Crate & Barrel, plus more news and best practices.
When Congress passed the Durbin Amendment back in 2010, their intent was to lower retailers’ interchange fees from accepting debit cards. But a new survey by the Richmond Fed found that, since the rule took effect in 2011, debit acceptance costs for sales $10 or less have actually increased.
Philip Murphy, consultant at executive recruiter Spencer Stuart’s financial officer practice, believes treasurer candidates can differentiate themselves as effective leaders in four ways.
NACHA President and CEO Jan Estep revealed more details on her organization's new, phased-in approach to same-day ACH.
The Remittance Coalition, a group of payments industry players that works to increase the efficiency of B2B payments made and reconciled by U.S. businesses, shared more details of its much-anticipated B2B Directory project.
We continue to live in an interesting world where we can’t quite gain enough evidence and insight to clearly see the path we are on, but the general feeling is one of gradual improvement. This week’s employment report continues to reinforce this Goldilocks narrative; not too hot but not too cool.
A survey administered by the Coalition for Derivatives End-Users—a partnership of organizations representing corporate end-users of OTC derivatives, including AFP—analyzed corporate practitioners on how margin requirements could affect their businesses. More than 67 percent of surveyed CFOs and corporate treasurers responded that margin requirements could hurt their companies’ capital expenditures.
NACHA is requesting comment on the possible expansion of the number and types of addenda records available for use with ACH payments. The electronic payments association is considering expanding these records to make it easier for more end-users to receive and interpret payment related information on a timely basis.
FP&A professionals can never get enough spreadsheet tips. In this issue of FP&A newsletter, data visualization expert Randall Bolten offers no less than 19 tips for short- and long-term payoffs.
Credit card fraud increased last year despite heightened interest in reducing security risks, according to the 2014 AFP Payments Fraud and Control Survey, sponsored by J.P. Morgan. In response, companies appear to recognize this growing threat and are gearing up for the shift in credit/debit card liability from issuers to merchants.
The FBI has indicts 17 people for their involvement in an international ATM skimming and money laundering scheme. Also, Sally Beauty admits its recent breach was larger than anticipated, and two banks drop a lawsuit against Target and Trustwave just a few days after filing it.
Cris Barros was named assistant treasurer and later treasurer of Mosaic, though he had virtually no previous experience in treasury. But what he did have was the right combination of people skills and management experience that allowed him to lead the team effectively.
Planning, budgeting and forecasting is still too costly and ineffective at most organizations, according to a new Deloitte survey. The survey found that companies take up to six months to a year on their main budgeting processes but make changes at the last minute.
In 2011, Maersk Drilling USA's finance team designed a specific strategy on how they could become the business partners they needed to be to add value to the bottom line. The team also made it a point to execute the strategy without adding more resources.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is a few steps closer to completing new rules for money-market funds (MMFs), with a vote expected by the end of April. However, the SEC is reportedly considering complaints it has received from the MMF industry and is looking into exempting certain MMFs from having to float their share price.