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RMB Payments Surge in Australia
Renminbi payments are booming in Austrialia, according to SWIFT data. Nevertheless, the RMB fell behind the Swiss franc as payments currency in February. RMB payments have increased by 248 percent in Australia over the past year.

03/27/2014

March 2014 Futures in Finance Newsletter
This month, we have a report from the first meeting of the Stockholm FP&A Club,which brought together Swedish financial planning and analysis professionals and provided them with an outlet to discuss the latest trends in FP&A. AFP has also recently partnered with Villanova University and Rice University to offer prep courses for the FP&A Certification.  Also, the AFP Advisors Network looks at how independent consultants can set their pricing, CFO Coach Cindy Craft provides tips on creating a resume that works, and more.

03/27/2014

Hancock Holding Company Becomes Accredited Provider of AFP Service Codes
The Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) announced that Hancock Holding Company has become an accredited provider of the AFP Service CodesTM ––the standard that corporate treasury departments use for comparing bank services.

03/26/2014

Fed Survey: POS Mobile Payments on the Rise
Consumers using mobile phones to make purchases at the point-of-sale (POS) tripled in 2013, according to recent data from the Federal Reserve. Smartphone users making POS mobile payments jumped from 6 percent in 2012 to 17 percent in 2013—even as the proportion of overall smartphone users engaging in mobile payments remains constant.

03/26/2014

What Corporate Treasurers Can Learn from their Nonprofit Peers
Treasury departments for many nonprofit organizations have to deal with many compliance challenges that corporate treasury functions often do not need to worry about. Given that rogue organizations and individuals frequently attempt to route their funds through these international nonprofits, global law enforcement agencies frequently place these organizations under a microscope.

03/26/2014

Canadian Treasury & Finance Pros React to Flaherty Resignation
Jim Flaherty, who has served as Canada’s Minister of Finance since 2006, surprisingly announced his resignation last week. Flaherty, who has been in politics since 1995, said he will be entering the private sector. Upon hearing the news, treasury and finance professionals praised Flaherty for the work he has done over his lengthy career.

03/25/2014

AFP Releases Second Payables Strategy Guide
AFP has released the second installment in its two-part series on creating a payables strategy. Underwritten by Fifth Third Bank, the new guide offers an even more in-depth look at how a payables strategy can help a company prevent unnecessary expenses, possible regulatory compliance failures and an inability to benefit from technological enhancements.

03/25/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: Sally Beauty Breach May Have Affected All Locations
This week, research by Brian Krebs indicates that the Sally Beauty breach may be much larger than the retailer is letting on, the California Department of Motor Vehicles appears to have incurred a card-not-present breach, and wealthy customers of the UK's oldest private bank fall victim to an old-school scam.

03/25/2014

Strike Back: Appeals Court Overturns Interchange Fee Ruling
Banks scored a big win last week as the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a federal judge’s ruling last summer, which had struck down the Federal Reserve’s cap on debit interchange fees. The appeals court’s said the Fed reasonably interpreted the law, doing its best to overcome the “ambiguity” of the Durbin Amendment.

03/24/2014

Currency Devaluations Challenge Multinationals Selling Abroad

Currencies around the world have weakened relative to the U.S. dollar, a boon to multinationals buying supplies in dollars but less so for companies selling into those markets, and a reminder to corporates to manage currency risk proactively.

03/21/2014

CFO Coach: Prime Resume Real Estate
On average, how long does it take before you stop listening to the person who is talking to you and begin mentally going over your remaining “to do” list, think about what you’re going to say next, or plan how you can tactfully extract yourself from the person and the conversation? Think about that the next time you are working on your resume.

03/21/2014

March 2014 Payments Newsletter
This month, we look at the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), the Mt. Gox meltdown, the importance of having an enterprise payment strategy that works in harmony with your working capital strategy, new revelations about the Target breach, NACHA's new plan for same-day ACH settlement, and more.

03/20/2014

Yellen: Fed May Raise Rates by Spring 2015
U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen made some waves in her news conference Wednesday when she said that interest rates may begin to rise about six months after the central bank concludes its bond-purchasing program. With the Fed expected to end quantitative easing in the fall, the rate hike would therefore begin in spring 2015.

03/20/2014

Was Wintry Weather Behind the Economic Slowdown?
Did harsh weather affecting much of the United States this winter put a chill on business activity, or was the slowdown in factory orders, the labor market, construction and vehicle sales a sign of another cool-down in the economy? That was the question as momentum seen last fall dissipated in early 2014.

03/19/2014

Report: Canadian Dollar Tops List of Most Volatile Currencies
The Canadian dollar (CAD) surprisingly tied with the Brazilian Real (BRL) to top FireApps' list of the most volatile currencies in the fourth quarter of 2013. But for the first time ever, the euro (EUR) was not on the list.


03/19/2014

NACHA Takes Steps towards Same-Day ACH Settlement
NACHA announced Tuesday that it is taking steps to bring ubiquitous, same-day ACH settlement to the U.S. Through a “phased approach,” NACHA plans to introduce multiple, same-day settlement options that would be available for virtually any ACH Network transaction.

03/19/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: Target Ignored Malware Alerts
This week, we look at how the Target breach was the result of the retailer's security team brushing off serious malware alerts. Also, how the Target breach has affected organizations that take recurring payments, and Sally Beauty reveals that its recent hack did indeed compromise customer card data.

03/18/2014

Japanese Bank Hit with U.S., Canadian Lawsuits over Mt. Gox
Mizuho Bank, one of the largest lenders in Japan, has been named in lawsuits in the U.S. and Canada in the aftermath of the Mt. Gox collapse. The bank has been accused of profiting from fraud.

03/18/2014

Determining Where Risk Management Should Begin
As with any risk, recognizing its mere existence doesn’t necessarily translate to mandatorily hedging it. When, then, should a recognized price exposure be hedged?

03/18/2014

Cash Management at Global Development Organizations
To manage cash effectively, a competent treasury department must understand the context in which the organization operates and develop cash management structures and services that will adapt with it. This is especially true for organizations that work in difficult contexts, such as World Vision, a charity with nearly $3 billion in annual revenue.

03/17/2014

March 2014 Risk Newsletter
What’s ahead in risk management? How should risk managers communicate with the c-suite? Where should risk management even begin? The March issue of Risk digs in to these weighty topics with thought leadership from John Drzik, chairman of the Global Risk Center at Marsh & McLennan, on the decade ahead, and frequent contributor Ira Kawaller on price risk.

03/14/2014

Avoid These ‘Deadly Sins’ When Presenting Numbers
Finance professionals are responsible for most of their organizations' numbers. Unfortunately, that’s only 10 percent of the challenge of communicating quantitative information effectively. The other 90 percent depends on communicating that information.

03/14/2014

Defining Your Enterprise Payment Strategy
It is essential to develop a working capital management strategy to maximize cash flow, reduce reliance on short-term debt and pay for current liabilities and operating expenses. And one of the greatest opportunities to avoid a cash crunch is to ensure you have an enterprise payment strategy that is working in harmony with your working capital strategy.

03/14/2014

Bottom Line: Lost in Translation
In some parts of Europe, the term financial planning and analysis is completely unknown. In the Nordic regions, for example, FP&A professionals are typically called business controllers.

03/13/2014

FATCA: What Businesses Need to Know
The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2014. The law imposes new reporting requirements and a withholding mechanism on payments made from U.S. sources to certain noncompliant foreign entities.

03/13/2014

Bitcoin Breakdown: CFTC, NY Move to Regulate Virtual Currency
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) indicated Tuesday that it is considering regulating Bitcoin. Separately, New York’s financial services regulator also took steps toward state regulation of virtual currencies.

03/12/2014

New FP&A Club Launches in Stockholm
Last week, Swedish financial planning and analysis professionals gathered for the launch of the Stockholm FP&A Club. Practitioners discussed the latest trends in FP&A and the new FP&A Certification from AFP.

03/12/2014

Foreign Exchange: The New Rate Rigging Scandal
The largest global financial market is at the center of a mounting international investigation into alleged currency benchmark rigging. Investigations opened by over a dozen regulators in United States, Asia and the United Kingdom, have implicated trading desks of some of the largest banks who reportedly position their own trades to profit from client orders and distort foreign exchange rates.

03/11/2014

Canada Reaches Free Trade Deal with South Korea
Canada has reached a free-trade deal with South Korea, which is expected to provide exporters with a better chance to compete with the U.S., Europe and other nations. South Korea is phasing out virtually all tariffs on Canadian imports, which could add C$1.7 billion to Canada’s economy over the next 15 years.

03/11/2014

Analytics: A Competitive Advantage for Corporates
Once considered a “nice-to-have,” applying analytics is now mission-critical for organizations, due to increasingly thinner margins for decision error. Yet analytics often are confused with business intelligence.

03/11/2014

Villanova, Rice Universities Offer FP&A Certification Prep Courses
Villanova University and Rice University are partnering with AFP to offer FP&A professionals an opportunity to prepare for the Certified Corporate FP&A Professional™ in a new, interactive facilitator-led courses. Villanova’s course begins this month, while Rice’s begins in May.

03/11/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: ATMs Soon to Be Highly Vulnerable to Cyberattack
This week, the PCI Security Standards Council issues a warning to banks that after April 8, 95 percent of the world’s ATMs will be susceptible to cyberattacks. Also, Target's chief information officer resigns after the retailer's massive security breach, and thousands of Sally Beauty customers appear to have been compromised.

03/10/2014

This Week in Corporate Finance: An 'OK' Employment Report
The two big stories of the week were certainly the U.S. employment report and developments in Crimea. The employment report was stronger than expected. Tensions in Crimea led to a brief flight-to-safety before the markets largely discounted them by week’s end.

03/10/2014

Budgeting: Boon or Bane?
If you want to get a group of financial planning and analysis professionals talking, then ask them what they think about budgeting.

03/07/2014

AFP Reg Report: Tax Plans, MMFs and Basel III
Recent regulatory developments relevant to treasury and finance professionals are reviewed in the AFP Reg Report. The latest report looks back at February, which saw six congressional hearings on cybersecurity, rule changes to EU money market funds, movement on the Basel III leverage-ratio requirements and long-awaited tax overhaul legislation.

03/06/2014

March 2014 FP&A Newsletter
What’s the best way to get financial planning and analysis talking? Ask them about budgeting. The cover story for March FP&A is a wide-ranging conversation on annual budgeting – some hate it, some don’t, and some see it as a necessary evil.

03/06/2014

Why FP&A Teams Should Measure Their Own ROI
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.

03/06/2014

Bitcoin Breakdown: Another Bitcoin Site Goes Belly-Up
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.

03/05/2014

Closing the Risk Communication Gap between the C-Suite and the Board
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.

03/05/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: AFP Treasury Advisory Group Confronts Cybersecurity
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.

03/04/2014

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