7 Steps to an Effective Risk Management Process
A risk management process is the means by which an organization identifies, assesses and mitigates any threats or uncertainties that may negatively impact it.


The DuPont System: Comprehensive Ratio Analysis
Every consumer wants to know if they're getting their money’s worth before spending or investing. For investors, the most common way to address this question is to ask, “How does the company create income (the return) relative to the investment of the shareholders (the equity)?”


Overcoming Roadblocks in Your Transition from Accounting to FP&A
Many valuable skills from the accounting field can significantly enhance FP&A. Many former accountants have risen to leadership roles within FP&A, demonstrating that the transition can be made and that accounting skills are valued in the FP&A world.


Fundamentals of Financial Statement Analysis
Financial statement analysis tells a story about your company’s choices. They could reveal how efficient and effective the company is at managing its assets and liabilities. Or they could help determine if the company is in a position to experience significant growth.


AFP Survey Identifies Main Roadblocks to AI Implementation in Treasury and Finance
At AFP 2023, attendees were surveyed regarding their perspectives on AI, ranging from implementation to readiness to whether they felt AI would mean job loss or displacement. Here are the top three roadblocks they believe organizations have or will experience as a result of AI implementation.


APAC Treasury Advisory Council Profile: Nicholas Hardy
For Nicholas Hardy, his career in treasury started in a way familiar to many other treasury professionals: as an accountant. Hardy successfully completed the chartered accountancy qualification, then relatively early on in his career, he was offered the opportunity to move into corporate treasury.


Experts Emphasize the Importance of Preparedness in Risk Management
When it comes to managing cyber risk and macroeconomic risk, preparedness is everything, according to experts on the AFP webinar “Treasury's Role in Controlling and Mitigating Risk.”


5 Ways to Lead Your Team Through Change
As humans, we are hardwired to interpret change as a threat. However, by taking a neuroscientific approach to understanding our reactions, we can get better at managing change.


FP&A’s Role in Managing Operational Risk
When it comes to navigating unchartered waters, one Head of FP&A learned the value of identifying and quantifying the company’s risks and creating a mitigation plan to address each one. The company successfully mitigated the majority of its risks by quantifying them.


Overrated or Underrated: Private Equity External Reporting, Cost Cutting as a Strategy, and Big Data
We asked finance professionals on AFP’s North America FP&A Advisory Council to discuss what they think is overrated or underrated in finance. Here is what they had to say.


Business Outcomes Realized via Liquidity Planning
Liquidity planning takes cash forecasting to the next level by harnessing APIs, AI and data analytics to make the forecasting process more efficient and enable real-time scenario modeling.


Five Insights on Bank Relationship Management
The importance of the relationship between treasury professionals and banks cannot be overstated. It’s one that needs to be managed as closely as any other treasury risk, as positive banking relationships create a system of financial stability and resiliency.


Customer Journey: User Journey-Based Financial Planning
In today's competitive business landscape, companies that place the customer at the heart of their operations consistently outperform their rivals. One of the key drivers behind their success? A customer journey strategy.


Your Personal Digital Readiness: Results From the AFP Survey
We defined digital readiness as openness to learn about and apply leading technology and data trends. This past summer, more than 900 finance and treasury professionals took part in the 2018 AFP survey, “Your Personal Digital Readiness.”


Reducing Payments Fraud in Treasury and A/P
The risk of fraud is never far from a treasurer’s mind, with ever more sophisticated cyber risks emerging alongside longstanding causes of fraud. Although banks do (or at least should) have their own fraud prevention and detection checks, these checks do vary significantly in utility and effectiveness. As a consequence, companies should assume as much responsibility as possible for fraud prevention and reduction by adopting a series of actions as part of their payment processes.


Incorporating AI into a Customer Retention Program
Finance can understand the decisions being made, the meaning of the data and the constraints of the business model.


Incorporating AI into Revenue Forecasting
The forecast can be built up with layers like a cake; use AI as the base that aggregates history and data, then lay on top human adjustments and data overrides, and company maturity with the technology.


Four Rules for Your AI Journey
In a recent AFP webinar, we asked attendees, “Where is your organization’s finance team regarding AI use?” The majority (76%) said they are in the beginning stages, “Considering it with some exploration.”


5 Steps for Effective Ratio Analysis
Are we earning enough income? Can we pay our bills? Will we continue to exist over the long term? Questions like these and others arise when assessing the financial health of companies. Assessing the financial health of companies can be done in many ways, and one way is ratio analysis.


Casey’s General Stores Wins the AFP 2023 Pinnacle Awards
Casey’s General Stores was announced the winner of the AFP 2023 Pinnacle Awards Grand Prize for excellence in treasury and finance. The Pinnacle Awards Grand Prize, sponsored by U.S. Bank, was presented during AFP 2023 in San Diego, Calif. The Grand Prize was chosen through a vote by treasury and finance professionals.


Why Agility Matters to Finance
The term agility implies a mindset open to change, the ability to rapidly assess the environment and the capability for action that effects change. The importance of agility is often seen in adapting capabilities of working toward goals, while resilience is a complementary term often phrased as the ability to achieve goals in the face of difficulties, such as COVID, supply chain disruptions and instability.


Liquidity Planning: Cash Forecasting 2.0
APIs allow data to be collated from multiple sources, both internal and external, eliminating much of the manual process traditionally associated with forecasting. AI can be used to identify patterns in payments to better forecast future cash flows. And data analytics is developing over time, such that it is possible to not only forecast the most likely future cash position but also model alternative scenarios too.


Global AFP Service Codes Committee Review
In collaboration with the SWIFT CGI-MP, the Association for Financial Professionals has published an updated version of the AFP Global Service Codes used in all ISO 20022 bank fee reporting files. Recognized as the global standard by more than 30 of the world’s largest commercial banks, the AFP Global Service Codes, when included in bank billing camt.086 or TWIST file formats, provide transparency into their costs for cash management, trade, and card services across their banking network.


Bridging Data Science and FP&A
By building relationships and changing mindsets, a Director of FP&A was able to flip a siloed work culture and skills deficit in a newly formed FP&A team, elevating the entire team to award-winning and vital business partners.


43% of Treasury Professionals Cite Macroeconomic Risk as One of the Most Challenging Risks to Manage
Forty-three percent of treasury professionals consider macroeconomic risk (pace of GDP growth, inflation and interest rates) to be one of the most challenging risks to manage, according to the 2023 AFP Risk Survey, supported by Marsh McLennan. This figure is up 24 percentage points from 2021 when only 19% cited macroeconomic risk, as the most challenging risk to manage.


Major Shifts in Investment and Money Fund Reforms Top of Mind for Treasury Professionals
In a webinar on topics from the 2023 AFP Liquidity Survey, underwritten by Invesco, treasury professionals discussed several aspects of the current market, including a shift in allocation from bank deposits to money market funds, money market fund reforms from the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), and where the Fed is headed next.


4 Insights on Corporate Financial Analysis
The corporate finance function conducts detailed examinations of business and operational data to determine how well our enterprise is functioning and to derive insights to make it better. This financial and operational analysis is part of an information supply chain that aligns with the enterprise's mission and objectives, then gathers and converts data into insights that can be communicated. CFOs and the business rely on converting financial understanding to actionable insight through the skills of financial analysis, modeling and performance management.


The Role of AI in Forecasting and Where It Falls Short
AI has the ability to process vast amounts of data at unprecedented speeds that uncover patterns and insights. Practitioners have focused this powerful technology on reshaping how businesses approach forecasting, where the fusion of AI as cutting-edge technology with financial practices has unlocked new levels of accuracy and efficiency that make traditional methods more robust.


Developing Efficient Payment Routing
The emergence of multiple new payment rails provides treasurers with much more choice when effecting payments. With more payment rails to choose from, there are multiple rules to follow and different cut-off times to meet.


4 Tips for Boosting Operating Capital Using Procurement E-Auctions
These are uncertain financial times for many enterprises. Economic indicators are mixed and inflation has driven up costs, while high interest rates have created the toughest environment in decades for securing outside funding. Many finance leaders are being asked to prepare for the worst by trimming budgets and reducing headcount.


AFP 2023 Pinnacle Awards Finalists: Casey’s General Stores, Delta Air Lines, Inc., Ultradent Products, Inc.
Casey’s General Stores, Delta Air Lines, Inc., and Ultradent Products, Inc. are finalists for the AFP 2023 Pinnacle Awards, sponsored by U.S. Bank. Established in 1997, the AFP Pinnacle Awards recognize excellence in treasury and finance.


Why Cash Flow Forecasting Is Important to Treasury
Making sure a business has enough cash to meet its obligations over a set period of time is the primary goal of treasury, and cash flow forecasts help treasury professionals meet this goal.


10 Quick Tips for Effective Communication in Finance
At an AFP MegaCap roundtable discussion, we asked finance professionals, “What is your secret sauce for effective communication? Here’s what they said.


Virginia Tech Students Discover Significant Role for Big Data in Commercial Real Estate
A team of finance and IT professionals from Carr, a privately held real estate investment trust, teamed up with students from Virginia Tech’s Calhoun Honors Discovery Program (CHDP) in fall 2022, through an introduction by AFP, to develop algorithms and utilize machine learning to identify areas of cost savings for Carr and improve customer engagement, and validate Carr's investment in big data and illustrate the effective use of the technology when it comes to decision-making.


Increase Performance: Create an Analytics Scorecard for the Right KPIs
When a global cybersecurity company organized a Center of Excellence within its Global Operations Division, it decided to improve its key performance indicators reporting by implementing a reporting model that applied analytics to test the strength and magnitude of business drivers.


Understanding Cash Concentration and How It Can Help Your Company
Cash concentration is a key aspect of liquidity management and treasury operations. Utilizing this practice serves to improve organizational liquidity and reduce potential losses emerging from acts of fraud.


Standard Chartered Joins AFP DEI Initiative
Standard Chartered has joined AFP’s DEI Initiative for Treasury and Finance, which introduces treasury and finance careers to college students and early career professionals and helps them further develop their careers.


4 Steps to Getting the Information You Need to Build a Financial Model
When it comes to skills that are critical to success in finance, being able to build a model tops the list. Finance professionals are confronted with a multitude of problems every day; each problem has a unique solution — and in many cases, requires a custom-built model.


Sustainability Reporting Is Coming to Corporate Finance
2023 is going to be a pivotal year for Chief Financial Officers and corporate finance as sustainability (or E.S.G.) metrics are integrated into financial reporting packages.


Your Questions About Payments Fraud Answered
In part two of a two-part article, experts from a companion webinar to the 2023 AFP Payments Fraud and Control Survey, underwritten by J.P. Morgan, answer treasury professionals’ questions about payments fraud.


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