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Project Management Essentials
To begin the discussion of project management essentials, we must first define some project management terms.


Ransomware Evolves in the COVID-19 World
Ransomware attacks have been increasing rapidly as cybercriminals have capitalized on the panic and disarray caused by the COVID-19 crisis.


Fed Pulls Back the Curtain on Real-Time Payments Service
With COVID-19 relief payments expediting the need for faster transactions, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago has revealed new details on the FedNow Service.


Career Pathing for the Future: Creating Change
Not only do financial professionals need a new outlook when planning out their careers, but managers should also be doing their part to help them to develop.


Managing Your Blended Team
Conceptually, businesses find themselves moving from a position of TALENT ACQUISITION, where they hire individuals, to one of TALENT ACCESS, where they hire the skills they want. The key for finance is how to operate effectively with blended teams.


The Most Successful Team Trait
Business is a team sport. Companies require employees to be aligned with the company goals and customer success. Typically, employees work in teams to maximize their skills and performance. But what makes a successful team?


Rethinking Redundancy
Redundancy. Being laid off or let go. Being terminated. These are not words anyone wants to hear; however, it is a potential reality we should prepare for. This article will be invaluable to the subsequent conversations and job interviews that await you.


The Dos and Don’ts of Virtual Interviewing
Most job interviews are going to occur online for the foreseeable future. Even after the pandemic ends, many companies will continue to work remotely and you should get used to interviewing in front of a computer screen. The following tips will help you on your next interview, whether it’s virtual or in-person.


Using a Resume to Tell Your Story
No matter your field, your resume is the most essential tool in your arsenal when applying for a job. In most cases, a recruiter or hiring manager will see your resume long before you have the opportunity to speak to them. What does your resume say about you? What story does it tell?


COVID-19: How Fraudsters Are Taking Advantage
Criminals wasted no time in taking advantage of the panic created by the COVID-19 pandemic. AFP’s new Payments Guide provides an in-depth look at how fraudsters have adapted their tactics.


(Net)working to Build Your Professional Brand
Did you know that you can create your own brand, the brand of you? Your brand can enhance your ability to move ahead within your organization—and outside of it. Branding yourself, and making sure people know who you are, what you can offer and how value is synonymous with your name, is a big advantage in career development.


APAC Treasury: Establishing Policies & Structures
The role of the treasury department varies between organizations and is typically defined in a board-approved treasury policy. AFP’s Asia-Pacific Treasury Management Handbook, sponsored by Kyriba, explores these policies.


FP&A Careers: When to Move Around
FP&A professionals should never think of themselves as settled in their careers. The new FP&A Guide helps them identify the right time to make a career move.


U.S. Firms to Shed Cash Due to Worsening Performance
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are forcing many U.S. businesses to tap into their cash reserves, according to the AFP Corporate Cash Indicators®.


Leveraging Treasury Technology to Earn Trust
Advancements in technology can greatly help the treasury department establish itself as a strategic ally to the business.


A Framework for FP&A Skills
The business landscape and IT capabilities are always changing. Here is a simple, flexible framework to help you think about it.


Introducing the AFP 2020 Virtual Experience
Nothing is more important than the safety of our event attendees and staff members. As a result, we have decided to make AFP 2020 a virtual experience.


BCP: Adapting Processes & Technology
Over the past few months, treasury departments have had to quickly adapt their processes and technology to remote working environment.


Creating a Budget for the Post-Pandemic World
For many organizations, planning a budget beyond Q3 2020 feels like shooting at a moving target in the dark.


Building Actionable Resilience: The Real Options Approach
Most organizations build in actionable resilience by pre-planning responses and pre-positioning resilience capabilities that can be used in different risk scenarios.


Keys to Setting Up a Treasury Operation
A companion webinar to the 2020 APAC Treasury Management Handbook, sponsored by Kyriba, looked at the challenges of setting up a treasury operation.


Looking Ahead: Skillsets for Finance’s Future
Finance professionals in APAC discuss the skillsets that will be needed as companies navigate their way through the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.


APAC Update: AFP Announces Matrix Partnership, CFA Waiver
AFP announced a formal partnership with Matrix Institute of Professionals, and exempted CFAs from taking the first part of the FP&A exam.


Planning Tools: Comparing Software & Negotiating Contracts
What should you consider as you compare potential planning systems and enter into negotiations with a vendor?


Companies Turn to Bank Deposits in COVID-19 Crisis
Even in the early days of the COVID-19 crisis, companies were holding their short-term investments in banks due to concerns over the economy, according to the 2020 AFP Liquidity Survey, underwritten by Invesco.


Mainstreaming Risk in Routine Processes
Trends in risk management bring FP&A and risk closer together. Some organizations, like Abt Associates, integrate risk management across their entire business.


Actively Testing Your Business Continuity Plan
Testing out your business continuity plan (BCP) is incredibly important, especially in terms of making sure your technology can withstand a crisis event.


Libor Update: New SOFR Guidance, Fed Comments on Ameribor
The Federal Reserve’s Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC) has released new guidance on transitioning away from Libor to SOFR. But while SOFR is the Fed’s preferred successor, Chairman Jerome Powell indicated that Ameribor also has a future as an alternative rate.


Summer 2020 AFP Exchange to Be Available Online Only
AFP has decided to make the Summer 2020 edition of AFP Exchange, and potentially future issues, online only.


Reducing DSO: Know Your Customer
Third-party solutions can greatly reduce days sales outstanding (DSO), but the customer and the vendor need to be on the same page.


COVID-19 Survey: How FP&A Will Change
This final article in the FP&A COVID-19 Survey series takes a look ahead and asks the FP&A community, “Once this crisis ends, what do you believe FP&A will be doing differently?”


COVID-19 Survey: FP&A Recognizes the Need for BCP
AFP’s recent FP&A COVID-19 Survey highlighted the importance of having a strong business continuity plan (BCP) in place. Of those respondents, 80% said their BCP was either effective or highly effective.


In the COVID-19 World, Technology is Key for Finance
Although COVID-19 has disrupted operations for many organizations, new technologies have provided opportunities for some APAC treasury and finance departments.


FP&A COVID-19 Survey: Additional Visibility For FP&A
The 2020 FP&A COVID-19 Survey examined how FP&A practitioners have been supporting their business partners and adding value throughout their enterprises.


Certification, Education Are Critical for Career Advancement
Higher education and professional certification each play a critical role in the career advancement of financial professionals, according to the 2020 AFP Compensation Report.


Survey: Uncertainty Weighs Heavily on FP&A
FP&A professionals expect information uncertainty to have a major impact on their organizations, according to the AFP COVID-19 FP&A Survey.


Reducing DSO Through New Technology
The days sales outstanding (DSO) metric may regain prominence as companies face new challenges in terms of collecting payments. Recent advancements in technology can help.


The Power of Diversity in Finance
In a FinNext 2020 Virtual Series webinar, panelists provided actionable insights towards establishing a culture and policies that support a diverse workplace.


Tony Hawk: Perseverance Makes Perfect
In an interview with AFP CEO Jim Kaitz, skateboarding legend, entrepreneur and philanthropist Tony Hawk explains how perseverance and authenticity kept him going throughout his career.


COVID-19: FP&A Professionals Expect a Painful, Slow Recovery
Financial planning and analysis (FP&A) professionals expect the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to be long-lasting and severely damaging to earnings and revenue, according to a new survey by AFP.


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