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Importance of Good Communication Skills in Finance Profession
John Sanchez, communication consultant with The FPA Group, shares insights on effective communication in finance.

03/01/2021

AFP Participation in International Roundtable Provides Members with a Voice on a Global Stage
The Association for Financial Professionals’ (AFP) director of Treasury and Payments Services, Tom Hunt, recently participated in the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Virtual Roundtable on Libor Transition and Benchmark Reforms. In attendance were 58 finance executives representing approximately 15 countries and the European Union. The president of the FSB, John Williams, CEO of the NY Fed, and Andrew Bailey, governor, Bank of England, ran the roundtable. The AFP was the largest U.S. treasury association in attendance.

02/23/2021

Scenario Planning with Steve Player
Scenario planning addresses the key question: What do we do? It enables you to respond to changes that cause your existing plans and forecast to be radically revised in order to deal with a new and different operating environment requiring rapid response. Examples of this could include events that radically change the demand for services, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, or the emergence of new business models that create disruption such as Airbnb, Lyft, or Uber.

02/22/2021

FP&A: Sustainability Practices and Talent Development
The APAC FP&A Advisory Council (FPAAC) meets regularly to discuss best practices and innovative initiatives in the Asia-Pacific region. Keyur Shah, senior finance director at Johnson & Johnson, shares his insights.

02/22/2021

Data-Proficiency is Key for Treasury Professionals
New skills in data management, analytics, and automation added to treasury professionals' must-have list.

02/16/2021

ARRC Issues SOFR Recommendations for Intercompany Loans
In its ongoing effort to facilitate the transition to a new benchmark for floating-rate financial transactions, the Alternative Reference Rates committee (ARRC) recently recommended a method for using the secured overnight funding rate (SOFR) for intercompany loans. Treasury executives should discuss the language and how to address the issue most effectively with colleagues across their companies’ finance departments, if they haven’t already.

02/16/2021

Nacha Mulls Same-Day ACH Limit Increases to $1 Million and Above
NACHA proposes major limit increases over the next three years to enable corporates to expedite a wide range of debits and credits. Discover what could drive companies to transition to electronic payments.

02/08/2021

Negotiating Bank Fees: Two Strategies Share Upfront Approach
Discover strategies to ensure competitive fees and reduce costs by asking banks for information and exploring ways to lower fees. Experts provide advice on managing fees effectively.

02/02/2021

Even with the Extension, Corporates Struggle with Libor Transition
The implications of the proposed extension of Libor support, the transition to replacement reference rates, and the challenges faced by corporates in the transition process.

02/01/2021

Six Ways Scenario Planning Stretches Organizational Vision
FP&A embraces multiple perspectives, rapid reforecasting, long-term strategy, and scenario planning in a changing world.

02/01/2021

The Future of Finance is Tied to 3 Core Themes
The AFP FinNext Virtual Conference Planning Task Force identifies three core themes that highlight the importance of holding multiple perspectives in finance.

01/27/2021

FPAC Now Stands for FP&A Certified
As of January 25, the acronym FPAC will officially be used to denote the Association for Financial Professional’s Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis Professional credential.

01/25/2021

AFP Announces New Members to the North American FP&A Advisory Council for 2021
We are pleased to announce the members of AFP’s 2021 Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) Advisory Council. These members represent a broad cross section of industries, size, and ownership structure, and are selected based on their contributions to the FP&A practice, expertise in specific areas, and desire to contribute to the advancement of their peers.

01/25/2021

Financial Modeling Best Practices
Explore the best practices for financial modeling, including model governance, risk management, and leveraging current research and trends.

01/19/2021

Building a career in digital finance post COVID-19
Writing about career prospects for 2020 seems out of place at a time when professionals are worried about their jobs as much as companies are distressed about staying in business. But as history has shown us – there is a cycle to everything – and this period of relentless challenges will eventually come to an end, and professionals and businesses will begin anew.

01/19/2021

Surviving the pandemic aftermath: an FP&A perspective
FP&A professionals play a crucial role in helping companies navigate the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

01/19/2021

Harnessing the Value of ISO 20022
With the ISO 20022 standard now seeing widespread adoption, financial messaging has never been more relevant in cross-border transactions.

01/06/2021

Introducing AFP’s New Board Members
AFP is proud to introduce the new Chairman and Vice Chairmen of its Board of Directors, as well as some new members.

01/06/2021

Insurance Roundtable: Treasurers Weather the Pandemic Crisis
During the AFP 2020 Insurance Industry Roundtable, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, treasury professionals discussed their response plans to the COVID-19 pandemic.

01/05/2021

Investing in Resiliency: Q&A with a Finance Thought Leader
Mat McBride from Microsoft discusses challenges faced by CFOs, CPOs, and financial decision makers, as well as concerns of customers and investors. Learn about building resiliency.

01/05/2021

Ameribor: A Look at the Other Libor Alternative
The AFP Treasury in Practice Guide examines Ameribor as an alternative to SOFR in the United States.

01/05/2021

The role of financial models; an interview with Rob Trippe
Rob Trippe, M&A, corporate finance advisor and analyst for Corporate Finance Consulting & Advisory, discusses the role that models play and the challenges that they present to FP&A departments.

01/05/2021

FP&A: Ever-Evolving with New Technology and Challenges
Learn about the changes in finance throughout Peggy Ang's career as she discusses the evolving role of finance and her experiences as FP&A Leader for APAC at National Instruments.

01/05/2021

Inside the FSB’s Cross-Border Payments Roadmap
Access AFP's Payments Guide, providing an in-depth examination of the G20 and Financial Stability Board's plan to strengthen and modernize the cross-border payments infrastructure.

01/04/2021

The CTP Opens Doors for APAC Treasury Professionals
During a recent webinar, treasury practitioners based in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region discussed the value of earning the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation.

12/21/2020

Keys to Bridging the Talent Gap in FP&A
We are already in the midst of a talent war. Nowhere is this more evident than in the role of financial planning and analysis (FP&A).

12/11/2020

Global FP&A: Unique Challenges Arise in All Regions
Martha Sierra of the British Council and AFP's APAC FP&A Advisory Council has handled FP&A duties in multiple countries, taking on unique challenges with each new role.

12/11/2020

Survey: Forecasting Services to Remain in Demand in 2021
The demand for forecasting services remains high in 2021, as organizations seek accurate insights for informed decision-making, as shown in a survey.

12/11/2020

Technology and Multiple Points of View
Explore the 2020 FP&A survey's focus on data quality, accessibility, and analytical tools, highlighting the key findings and insights in FP&A capabilities.

12/10/2020

Model Governance and Model Risk Management
Model governance is a set of activities, policies and procedures which formalize model and model risk management activities for implementation.

12/01/2020

Regulators Signal Libor’s End in the U.S.
The Federal Reserve, the FDIC and OCC issued a joint statement urging banks to cease entering into new contracts that use U.S. dollar Libor as a reference rate.

12/01/2020

Survey: Companies Embrace Electronic B2B Payments
Discover the increasing adoption of digital payments for business-to-business (B2B) transactions, as reported in the 2020 AFP Survey, sponsored by Truist, signaling a shift away from paper checks.

11/17/2020

How Treasury Interacts with Third Parties
The 2020 AFP Asia-Pacific Treasury Management Handbook, sponsored by Kyriba, explores the ways in which treasury interacts with a range of third-party organizations, within a regulatory framework set by a number of legislators and regulators.

11/16/2020

Finance Holds Multiple Points of View
Learn how FP&A professionals can prepare for uncertainties by being ready for changes and adapting their planning function to dynamic environments.

11/16/2020

Making the Move From Engineering to FP&A
Kwaku Agyemang-Duah, Senior Manager of FP&A at AirtelTigo Ghana, tells the story of his transition from engineering to FP&A.

11/13/2020

Digital Adoption Surges in Remote Working Environment
In order to maintain business continuity in the remote working environment, treasury departments have been forced to rapidly move towards digitalization.

11/10/2020

AFP Introduces APAC FP&A Advisory Council
AFP forms the APAC FP&A Advisory Council (FPAAC) to support the financial planning and analysis (FP&A) profession in the Asia-Pacific region.

11/05/2020

Remote Working Challenges for FP&A
At the AFP 2020 FP&A Happy Hour, sponsored by CCH Tagetik, Planful and Vena, the conversation quickly turned how finance has changed in a remote working environment.

11/03/2020

AFP, Beacon Partner on CTP & FP&A Prep Courses
AFP and Beacon FinTrain have joined forces to offer special training courses for treasury and finance professionals throughout the Middle East.

11/02/2020

Daniel Pink: Viewing Time as a Science, Not an Art
At AFP 2020, keynote speaker Daniel Pink, New York Times bestselling author, provided attendees with a look at the importance of timing in their professional and personal lives.

11/02/2020

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