Chances are your financial planning and analysis team spent a good chunk of 2013 measuring the value of departments, projects and initiatives throughout your company. However, there’s one group in your company that most likely has never received such attention: your own FP&A team.
Less than a week after Mt. Gox admitted to losing all of its money to cybertheft, Bitcoin site Flexcoin has found itself in the same boat. Also, Japan prepares to regulate Bitcoin as a commodity, and the CEO of Bitcoin exchange First Meta is found dead.
The majority of financial professionals expect their ability to forecast risk to remain difficult for the foreseeable future. In a new whitepaper, AFP, the National Association of Corporate Directors and Oliver Wyman examine how companies can develop effective risk communication between the C-suite and the board.
When a group of treasury executives meet nowadays it should come as no surprise that cybersecurity tops the list of conversation topics. That’s what happened when AFP’s Treasury Advisory Group (TAG) met in Washington, D.C.
Following the financial crisis, the treasury role has been elevated to a higher profile in many organizations. Tighter regulatory measures from the banks have led to challenges in obtaining funding for businesses. Hence the priority role of a treasury professional—funds management and cash flow—has been heightened to a business critical function.
Last week, U.S. Representative Dave Camp (R-MI) released the most detailed plan for overhauling the federal tax code since its last major restructuring in 1986. The plan broadens the taxable base and flattens out of the tax rate structure in an effort to down the marginal corporate rate.
The members of AFP’s Treasury Advisory Group (TAG) met last week in Washington, D.C. Members discussed developing and retaining talent, which has been popular topic of discussion among many treasury and finance professionals at recent events like the AFP Annual Conference and the CTC Corporate Treasurers Forum.
This week, Mt. Gox files for bankruptcy, admitting that it has lost approximately all of its Bitcoins—or nearly half a billion dollars. Also, researchers discover 146 different types of Bitcoin malware.
Several factors are contributing to the current state of uncertainty in the U.S. economy. How can corporates navigate those challenges as they attempt to develop and maintain an effective treasury staff?
Many corporates are eschewing using the Chinese renminbi (RMB) due to the complications and rules surrounding it. Now a top 10 payments currency, SWIFT reported this week that the RMB has overtaken the Swiss franc in the no. 7 spot. However, a lack of awareness among Chinese importers and exporters and slow corporate adoption will keep it from cracking the top five—where it belongs.
The month, we take a look at the Corporate Treasury Council's new guide, Attracting and Retaining Talent. Sponsored by Reval, and part of the CTC's Leadership in Treasury series, the guide delves deep into the unique challenges treasurers face in talent management, including practical examples from eight companies in different industries. Also this month, we look at preparing for the FP&A Exam, the characteristics of an optimized close, and more.
Is this the end of Bitcoin? Troubled Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox suspended trading and was offline Tuesday amid reports that a security breach resulted in the loss of more than $350 million in bitcoins.
This week, fraudsters eschew Bitcoin for their own virtual currencies, crooks offer a discount on cards stolen in the Target breach, and a Barclays branch employee is accused of stealing millions.
As companies like Overstock.com embrace bitcoins, corporate treasurers are increasingly interested in this virtual currency. But will interest lead to adoption? More importantly, should it?
What would an optimized financial close, attainable within a year, look like? Most treasury and finance professionals have never asked this question and even fewer have answered it. Here are the top 10 attributes of an optimized close.
The world of business process outsourcing (BPO) is evolving. Application integration, an emphasis on service, and increased government involvement will all impact BPO in the next year. Here are 10 predictions on what to expect.
Upgrade has become a relative term when speaking about social media platforms. And venues like LinkedIn and Facebook come immediately to mind whenever “social media” and “upgrade” are used in the same sentence. And maybe you’ve even noticed that the word upgrade is often a misnomer, since many of them only seem to ratchet up the level of frustration of users.
Bank of Montreal is closes all Bitcoin-related accounts following disparaging comments from the Canadian Finance Minister, Bitcoins on Mt. Gox tank as the exchange tries to work out its problems, and the Winklevoss twins launch the Winkdex.
This month, Payments reviews recent Senate hearings on cybersecurity, a major topic of discussion in Washington following the recent breaches at Target and other retailers. Overall, the sentiment at the hearings was that stronger standards are needed to stave off future attacks. Also this month, the Federal Reserve announced that it is taking steps towards updating the U.S. payments system. Following responses from corporates and other industry participants to a recent consultation paper, the Fed said it is working to implement faster retail payments. Also in this issue, Michael Alfonsi, CTP, makes 10 predictions for business process outsourcing in 2014, we review the new cybersecurity framework from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), plus all the latest payments fraud and Bitcoin news.
Today’s fractured geopolitical environment threatens to undermine corporates' ability to deal with global issues. Success will require flexibility, foresight and fresh thinking about risk management.
In the wake of the massive Target breach, retailers and policymakers are calling for faster migration to EMV chip technology at the point of sale. But just how safe is EMV? Would chip technology have prevented Target customers’ data from being compromised?
A candid conversation about leadership and management with Cris Barros, treasurer of The Mosaic Company.
ChildFund International has many operations in regions of the world that are extremely remote, or in places where the indigenous cultures prefer to be unbanked. The organization has found that in developing countries, people frequently resist well-established commercial banks, but readily embrace newer technologies such as mobile money.
Here on the East Coast of the United States, we continue to dig out from our worst winter storm in four years. For the economy this week, the general consensus is we continue to improve, although at a slower than desired pace. The stock market was up, U.S. Treasury prices were down, and oil and gold were up with new price handles.
In her first public appearance on Capitol Hill as confirmed head of the Federal Reserve Board, Chair Janet Yellen spoke before the House Financial Services Committee. Delivering the Fed’s Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to Congress, Yellen took questions from all committee members, lasting just short of six hours—an arrangement she agreed on beforehand.
With companies sitting on vast reserves of cash, capital allocation decisions can have a major impact on individual company performances, as well as overall economic growth. AFP has released a new guide that explores how firms calculate their capital cost and how FP&A professionals can partner with senior management in making important capital allocation decisions.
Some, but not all, companies following accounting guidelines from the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) can now account for hedges more accurately—and indications point to U.S. hedge-accounting standards converging on a similar approach.
AFP members are thinking of risks differently. The 2014 AFP Risk Survey, underwritten by Oliver Wyman and summarized in this issue, shows that businesses are worrying more about new competitors and the changing tastes of customers than they are about the global economy
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) finalized its final cybersecurity framework for the critical infrastructure community. The voluntary guide is intended to make financial, energy, healthcare and other critical industries more resistant to cyberattacks.
Recently on AFP’s discussion list corporate treasury and finance professionals discussed best practices for check language.
There’s plenty of currency-related guidance in this issue, including a look at FX risk management in a decentralized landscape and advice on managing the falling Canadian dollar. A new AFP survey examines the intersection of risk management and financial planning and analysis, while credit stress forecasts providers have new products and services for treasury and finance. Plus, there’s news on FASB, IASB and EMIR.
The financial crisis made analyzing credit risk a priority, prompting a range of financial-intelligence vendors to provide analytical default-probability services that initially were aimed more at financial institutions and are now available to corporates.
Over the latter part of the past year, the Canadian dollar sank about 6 percent against the United States dollar. The declining CAD reflects a shift in monetary policy, as a new central bank head took over with a more dovish outlook.
The European Central Bank (ECB) is looking “very seriously” at negative interest rates on overnight bank deposits as a policy option. Should the option be exercised, don’t “expect too much of it,” said Benoît Cœuré, who serves as a member of the ECB’s Executive Board.
This week, PayPal President David Marcus became the victim of card fraud at the point-of-sale. However, he was using a chip card—so what happened? Also, new revelations about the Target breach, as well as what the breach is costing credit unions.
In 2013, the Financial Accounting Standards board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) issued a joint accounting proposal that would significantly change how companies account for property and equipment leases. The primary reason is to provide greater transparency and comparability between financial statements.
AFP recently received predictions from economists at financial institutions and financial services firms on the domestic economy. In Part 2 of our discussion, we asked what they were hearing from their corporate clients. Here’s what corporate treasury and finance executives want from their banks and service providers in 2014.
Welcome to February. While we were hoping the latest employment report would provide us with a measure of clarity as to the strength of the U.S. economy, unfortunately the report only muddied the waters. We continue the same-old/same-old narrative: a positively growing economy, albeit slowly.
The European Market Infrastructure Regulation for swap reporting takes effect February 12, but a new poll found that 52 percent of corporates were unsure if they were obligated to report under EMIR.
Point-of-sale malware that infiltrated the payment systems of some of the largest U.S. retailers over the recent holiday—notably Target, which saw over 110 million of their customers’ information compromised—has revived the drive for a federal cybersecurity law.