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Forecasting in a VUCA World: 2 Approaches for FP&A
Forecasting is challenging—and even more so in the current volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) environment businesses now operate in. Here are two approaches to forecasting in a VUCA world for financial planning and analysis (FP&A) professionals.


Finance Teams, Take Advantage of Bots
Within the bot industry is a subset that is especially appealing to finance—visual automation tools especially designed for non-technical users.


Why Were Brexit Forecasts So Wrong?
When British voters decided in July 2016 to leave the European Union, virtually every governmental economic unit, bank, and private forecast predicted a disaster for the UK. The reality is much different.


Real-Time Payments in Asia-Pacific: SWIFT Launches Pilot
SWIFT has completed a successful connection of its gpi cross-border payments service to the real-time payments system in Australia.


Fintech Survey Reveals Gap Between Enthusiasm and Adoption
The 2018 AFP Technology Survey, Underwritten by BELLIN, reveals a gap between enthusiasm for fintech and leveraging it within the organization.


Faster Payments Use Cases: Feedback from Corporate Treasury
NACHA received quite a bit of feedback on why U.S. corporate adoption of faster payments is an uphill climb during a session at the latest Payments Innovation Alliance meeting.


Adoption of the FX Global Code Exceeds Expectations
The GFXC has published an update to the Foreign Exchange Global Code. The document is a must-read for any corporate treasury executive with FX responsibility for their organization.


How to Calculate Your Return On Security Investments: FP&A’s Role
It is a challenge to calculate the return on investment for IT and security. ROSI, or return on security investment, is a modified ROI calculation, where the net benefit is the annual cost of security breaches avoided as compared to the prevention cost incurred. Here is how to calculate your return on security investments.


Applying Cost of Capital in Corporate Finance
In our previous article on cost of capital, we covered the components of the calculation, where to find the data, and comparison to cost of equity and cost of debt. In this article, we discuss how corporate finance professionals apply the cost of capital in their daily work.


Cost of Capital: How Relevant is it for Your Organization?
More than 600 finance professionals took part in the 2017 AFP FP&A Survey. Inside the survey were four questions about the cost of capital. The questions strive to depart from the detail and calculation of cost of capital and instead ask how finance practitioners use cost of capital on a daily basis.


Agile Finance Principles: How FP&A Teams Should Prepare
Though agile methodology began in the IT department, it soon spread throughout the entire organization. Agile finance principles have major implications for FP&A.


Undergoing a Finance Transformation
Due to increasing pressures across the asset management industry, Invesco's finance team has been required to up its game and make strategic decisions to support the business as a whole.


Four Success Factors for Treasury Centres
A leading practice in treasury management is to centralise operations into a treasury centre, and an in-house bank (IHB) is considered a best-in-class structure of a regional or global treasury function. However, only a small number of companies have adopted this structure. Here are four factors to successfully transform their existing treasury operations into a treasury centre.


NACHA Buys BPDA, Developing Blockchain B2B Directory
NACHA has acquired the Business Payments Directory Association (BPDA), seeking to advance efforts to develop a B2B Directory that would provide corporate treasury professionals with extended remittance information.


Treasury Job Descriptions
Treasury job descriptions, from the Treasurer through Assistant Cash Manager, with suggested experience, job knowledge and skills outlined.


Working Capital Management: 5 Questions for Emmanuel Caprais
Emmanuel Caprais, Vice President—Strategic and Financial Planning for ITT Inc., will lead a session at AFP 2018 titled, “Free Up Cash: Manage Working Capital.” AFP recently spoke to Caprais about working capital management.


Using Blockchain for Intercompany Transactions
Blockchain technology and APIs are being combined to create a solution that aims to dramatically speed up and reduce the costs of settling intercompany transactions.


CFO Interview Questions for Kemmy Koh
Kemmy Koh, Group CFO of Chinese Global Investors Group, also is founder and managing director of Kglow SkinLab. Koh spoke to AFP for the latest edition of CFO Interview Questions.


Treasurers, Your Libor Feedback is Needed for Fallbacks
The ARRC and ISDA are looking for feedback from corporate end-users on how the transition away from Libor could impact them.


Payments at AFP 2018: Focus On Innovation
From real-time payments to application programming interfaces (APIs) to cutting edge cybersecurity solutions, payments is one of the most exciting aspects of treasury today. That’s why the Payments track at AFP 2018 is particularly focused on new technologies.


PNC Embraces Blockchain, Joins Ripple
Pittsburgh-based PNC Bank has entered the real-time, cross-border payments arena by joining RippleNet.


Treasurers, Rejoice: Same Day ACH Limit Increased
Responding to a high demand from corporate end-users, NACHA is increasing the limit for Same Day ACH to $100,000.


Business Continuity Planning: 4 Tips for Treasurers
Extreme weather events are happening more and more frequently. That’s why it is crucial for companies to have a strong business continuity plan in place.


5 Steps to Receivables Optimization
Do you embrace ACH on the payables side, but not for receivables? Once you identify the problems, you can set out to find the solutions.


Excel: An Indispensable Platform for FP&A
Philip Peck, Vice President, Finance Transformation and Advisory Services for Peloton Group, discusses Excel and why FP&A professionals still rely heavily on it. He weighs in on Excel’s greatest strengths—and some of its most glaring weaknesses.


Uber, OpenText & BMC Software Named Pinnacle Finalists
BMC Software, OpenText and Uber Technologies were named finalists for AFP’s 2018 Pinnacle Award. Sponsored by MUFG, the Pinnacle Award, established in 1997, recognizes excellence in treasury and finance.


Cost of Capital, Inside and Out
A corporate finance professional’s definition, formula and use of the cost of capital.


Corporate Finance Job Descriptions
Corporate finance job descriptions, from the CFO through Financial Analyst, with suggested experience, job knowledge and skills outlined.


Chat Wrap: AFP 2018 Speaker Nancy Giordano’s AMA
AFP recently hosted an “Ask me anything” chat with AFP 2018 featured speaker Nancy Giordano. A futurist who helps organizations strategically address technological shifts, Giordano will speak about reinventing leadership for the age of machine intelligence at AFP 2018.


AFP Aware: Providing A Safe Haven
AFP Aware, sponsored by BBVA Compass, is partnering with A Safe Haven Foundation, which provides services to Chicago-area residents struggling with homelessness, abuse and other issues.


AFP Jargon Watch: Amara’s Law
AFP Jargon Watch is a new, occasional series to help finance professionals better understand the changing knowledge and definitions of the industry. In the latest installment of #AFPJargonWatch: Amara's Law.


NACHA Launches Afinis, Reveals New APIs
NACHA is taking the next step in its push for API standardization with the launch of a new organization and three new APIs that could benefit treasury functions.


How Do You Define FP&A?
Finance professionals, how do you define financial planning and analysis (FP&A) and what does it mean to the organization as a whole?


Financial Modeling in the Cloud
Kirby Lunger discusses how using a cloud-based solution can improve modeling for financial planning and analysis (FP&A).


Moving On From Correspondent Banking: 6 Factors to Consider
For corporate treasury departments that are desperate to rid themselves of correspondent banking, there are some key questions they should ask themselves as they weigh the different options available.


How Treasury Can Navigate KYC Challenges
Craig Jeffery, CCM, Managing Partner, Strategic Treasurer, discusses how corporate treasury professionals are managing the increasing challenges of KYC requirements.


How the Chargeback Landscape Has Changed
Chargebacks have surged in the United States following he transition to EMV chip cards. How does this compare to Europe, which has had EMV for years?


4 Key Concerns for FP&A Professionals
Philip Peck of Peloton Group, provides an inside view of the key themes discussed during a recent FP&A Roundtable.


Machine Learning for Finance is Applicable and Accessible
There are several misperceptions that lead many corporate finance teams to avoid investing in machine learning. Machine learning for finance is applicable and accessible.


The Future of Real Time Payments
Steve Ledford, Senior Vice President, Product and Strategy of The Clearing House (TCH), discusses what the future holds for the Real Time Payments (RTP) service.


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