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Fed to Develop a Faster Payments Infrastructure
The Federal Reserve is developing a round-the-clock, real-time payment and settlement service to support faster payments efforts in the United States. Dubbed the FedNow℠ Service, it will likely make its debut in 2023 or 2024.


Finance Professionals, Remember Your Journal Entries
Journal entries represent the foundation of financial statements. Journal entries also represent an understanding of transactions, and transactions are the bridge between the choices people make and the wealth they try to accumulate.


Fareed Zakaria: Navigating the Forces of Global Disruption
AFP 2019 speaker Fareed Zakaria of CNN Worldwide joined the AFP Conversations podcast to discuss the political risks of today and how they mirror key developments throughout human history.


Ditch the Spreadsheets: Adopt Modern Business Planning Now
Finance is maturing from a traditionally siloed department of number-crunchers to a strategic and respected adviser to the business. While crunching numbers will always be baked into the role, these two functions are no longer mutually exclusive.


Uncertain of the Economy, U.S. Firms Amass Cash in 2Q19
During the second quarter of 2019, U.S. companies continued to build cash and short-term investment holdings, according to the AFP Corporate Cash Indicators®, underwritten by BMO.


Libor Transition: Time to Switch to SOFR?
Jennifer Earyes, CTP, Director of Corporate Development for Navient, explains the pros and cons for corporate treasury departments contemplating moving away from Libor to the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR).


Five Practices of Highly Effective FP&A Teams
Across the board, FP&A teams at leading organizations leverage a common set of practices to provide forward-looking, mature analyses and reporting that truly drive business results.


Neil Pasricha: 4 Ways Finance Pros Can Be Happy at Work
Treasury and finance professionals have stressful jobs. But AFP 2019 speaker Neil Pasricha believes that anyone can be happy at work.


Case Study: Oracle Upgrades its FP&A Team
Oracle deployed an elite team of FP&A consultants to work hand-in-hand with the operations, while investing heavily in developing finance talent.


Case Study: How Shell is Changing FP&A
David Gold of Royal Dutch Shell discusses his organization’s decision to move high-level FP&A analyses to shared service centers.


Why Treasury Teams Miss Out on Key TMS Functionality
Many treasury professionals miss out on a lot of the functionality that their treasury systems offer because they tend to have a narrow focus during implementation.


Confronting BEC Scam Evolution
One type of payments fraud that continues to evolve is business email compromise (BEC). Fully 80 percent of organizations experienced these scams in 2018.


Automation: Critical for Treasury Connectivity
Automation is incredibly important when it comes to achieving optimal treasury connectivity. It cuts down on manual processes greatly, freeing up treasury to add more strategic value to the organization.


FP&A Business Partnering: Build a Collaborative Relationship
Becoming a better business partner largely depends on the interpersonal and business skills of the FP&A team. Here are three actions FP&A can take to build trust into a collaborative partnership.


Defining FP&A: How Are We Supposed to Do This Job?
There is a mismatch between formal education and the role of the FP&A professional. As a result, FP&A as a whole has become increasingly difficult to define.


Retail Treasurers' New EMV Challenge
Just when retail treasurers seemed to be getting their minds wrapped around EMV chip cards, they now find themselves facing a new security challenge—EMV Secure Remote Commerce (SRC).


Survey: Bank Relationships Determine Companies’ Cash Mix
Bank relationships are core to businesses’ operating cash investment mix, according to the 2019 AFP Liquidity Survey, underwritten by State Street Global Advisors.


Fran Townsend: Five Crisis Management Tips
Fran Townsend, Executive Vice President for Worldwide Government, Legal and Business Affairs at MacAndrews and Forbes Inc., is the featured speaker at the Certification Luncheon at AFP 2019. She will discuss how crises can be mitigated with the right combination of leadership, courage and discipline.


5 Key Insights On AI and Predictions from Avi Goldfarb
Author Avi Goldfarb will be the featured speaker at the FP&A Luncheon at AFP 2019. He recently joined us on the AFP Conversations podcast, and we discussed using AI to make predictions in all areas of life and business. Here are five takeaways from that interview.


Introducing the AFP FP&A Maturity Model, Version 2.0
AFP has introduced the second version of its FP&A Maturity Model. Its goal is to offer a roadmap for excellence in FP&A in the near term and help address changes on the horizon.


Comparing KYC Utilities: What Do Treasurers Want?
The rise of various utilities has brought to light a potential solution to solve KYC compliance headaches for treasurers. Unfortunately, treasurers haven’t exactly been flocking to them.


AP Automation: Speeding Up the Approval Process
There are multiple pain points in accounts payable (AP) processes that payments operations professionals can resolve by using automation. One of the most obvious is how it can drastically reduce manual approval processes.


Libor: Why 2022 is Coming Faster Than You Think
Corporate treasury departments still have time to prepare for the transition away from the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor), but 2022 will be here before you know it. That was the view from a meeting Monday morning at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


Uncharted Waters: Managing the Tax Risks of Cash Pools
It is often the responsibility of treasury to coordinate with a third-party bank to set up a cash pool, and as a result, certain embedded tax risks can be overlooked.


Discovering and Reporting Fraud: Tips From the FBI
How can organizations best discover fraud, and who should they contact once they do? AFP’s new Payments Guide, underwritten by MUFG Union Bank, provides some helpful tips from the FBI.


PSD2: Pros & Cons of Payment Initiation Service Providers
PSD2 obliges banks to grant access to payment accounts to Payment Initiation Service Providers (PISPs). Let's evaluate PISPs and the services that they provide.


Want to Switch From Accounting to FP&A? Read This.
FP&A is growing more attractive to accountants. So how can you switch from accounting to FP&A?


Survey: Financial Professionals Garnered 3.5% Raises in 2018
Treasury and finance professionals earned an average 3.5 percent base salary increase in 2018, according to the 2019 AFP Compensation Survey.


KYC: A Headache for Treasurers and Banks
Treasury professionals often list KYC compliance among their biggest pain points. But what they may not realize is that KYC is also huge headache for banks.


Using Psychology When Analyzing Financial Statements
Some of the more popular tools of financial analysis are financial statement ratios. But how can we add value to these ratios? One answer is to use psychology when analyzing financial statements.


E-Invoicing Hasn’t Broken Through in the U.S., But It Should
E-invoicing is not a new concept, but it’s had some trouble catching on in the United States. But that could be on the cusp of changing.


FinNext Recap: Three Big Takeaways for FP&A
FinNext 2019 is on the books but the two-day meeting for FP&A professionals still reverberates in my mind. There were so many great insights by so many people—attendees not just speakers—that I decided to put them all down in one document to collect my thoughts.


The Future of FP&A
FP&A teams have come a long way, but what changes can we expect to see in the future? There are at least five additional changes we’ll see in near future.


Study: U.S. Firms Amassed Cash at a Slower Pace in 1Q19
U.S. companies built their cash reserves and short-term investment holdings at a much slower pace in the first quarter of the year than in the last quarter of 2018, according to the AFP Corporate Cash Indicators®, underwritten by BMO.


Libor Fallback Language: What Treasurers Need to Know
Fallback language for the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) has been released. This language indicates the rate that corporates would fall back on, should Libor become unusable after 2021.


Accounts Receivable As An Asset: 4 Steps to Improve the Process
Accounts receivable (AR) as an asset is an important concept for treasury and payments professionals to understand. Improving AR can actually build cash reserves and help the organization better manage its money.


Leading in a Complex World: 10 Lessons From Leadership Guru Chip Colbert
Being a leader is never easy, nor does it come easily. Here are 10 lessons from leadership guru Chip Colbert.


FinNext Recap: FP&A in the Age of Disruption
Digital disruption took center stage at the recently concluded FinNext 2019 for FP&A practitioners. More than 300 attendees and a dozen exhibitors gathered to discuss the state of FP&A and how the profession can thrive amid transformative change driven primarily by new technology.


Open Banking in the UK and PSD2 in Europe: 4 Benefits for Treasurers
PSD2 is considered the foundation of open banking. Why is this important? Because it lays the groundwork for the banking changes that are happening today in Europe and what will soon happen in the rest of the world.


PowerPivot and DAX: Business Intelligence for the People
PowerPivot and DAX are the business intelligence tools that give us control.


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