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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.


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.


AFP 2018: Tips for First-Time Attendees
Members of the AFP 2018 Planning Task Force provide some helpful tips for first-time conference attendees.


Why You Need an Energy Price Risk Management Strategy
The five reasons why treasurers need to implement an energy price risk management strategy.


APIs: Simplifying Corporate-Bank Relationships
Conrad Sheehan, Managing Director for Accenture, discusses the need for API standardization and how it applies to corporate treasury.


5 Questions on Digital Readiness for FP&A Exec Jeff Altman
Jeff Altman, Executive Director, Finance Leadership Development for Verizon, gives his thoughts on changes to FP&A brought about by new technology and data.


Fraud Evolution: Tips for Retail Treasurers
Julie Fergerson of Ethoca, discusses how fraud has evolved since the early days of the Merchant Risk Council, as well as the threat that "friendly" fraud poses to merchants.


The Advent of New Cross-Border Payments Systems
AFP's new Payments Guide, underwritten by MUFG Union Bank, takes an in-depth look at new cross-border payments systems.


Risk Management Need Not Be Expensive: 8 Tips for Treasurers
Risk is a necessary evil that treasury and finance executives have to deal with in today’s complex and highly-integrated world. But risk management need not be expensive.


AFP 2018: FP&A Track Preview
The FP&A track at AFP 2018 aims to ensure that all FP&A professionals who attend the event will come away fulfilled and ready to tackle any new challenges that come their way.


Preparing an RFP for a Treasury System
Sarah Schaus, Assistant Treasurer and AVP for Allianz Life Insurance Company, provides some key tips on preparing an RFP for treasury management system providers.


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