• CFOs and finance leaders: Ignore talent development at your own peril!

    Nov 30, 2016
    CFOs in every industry grapple with driving profitable growth in their organization, and without the right talent pool, it’s a daunting task. So what’s the solution to the talent gap?
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  • Closing the Talent Gap in Finance and Treasury

    Aug 24, 2016
    Across industries, CFOs are grappling with increasing talent gaps. And they will continue to face these gaps unless they have professional development plans for education and specialized training for their finance and treasury teams. That’s why it makes sense to have ongoing training and development at all levels to stay on track and help provide the mobility to move up the chain of command.
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  • Lawmakers Fiddle While American Businesses Burn

    Jun 30, 2016
    I grew up outside Buffalo. I’ve seen the long, sad decline of the area up close. There are a variety of reasons for its demise, including enormous macro changes to the global economy and technology that a mere law can’t stop.
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  • CFO's take notice; your job is shifting from being a number cruncher to a number interpreter. Are you & your team prepared?

    Jun 07, 2016
    A June 7 article in the Wall Street Journal questioning the value of a professional designation to a CFO’s success misses the point entirely. The article reflects the traditional role of the CFO through the eyes of accounting but overlooks how drastically the CFO role is changing.
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  • Not If, But When: Treasurers Must Prepare for Blockchain

    May 26, 2016
    I roll my eyes at the latest business buzzwords. Today’s “disruptive” and “disintermediated” are yesterday’s “visionary” and “synergy.” Treasury basics are treasury basics, no matter what’s new and trendy.
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  • It’s Time for Finance to Embrace “Little Bets”

    Apr 07, 2016
    Today’s financial planning and analysis (FP&A) pros operate in a fast-paced, highly competitive, ever-shifting marketplace. Technology quickly becomes outmoded. Products go to market in ways we could never have predicted even five years ago. Money changes hands at lightning pace, and markets rise and fall within minutes, if not seconds.
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  • Finance leaders need to embrace "creativity." And fast!

    Apr 07, 2016
    Let’s face it—the finance department does not typically carry a reputation of innovation, daring or creativity. But for any business that wants to compete and thrive in today’s economy, that has to change.
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  • Considering an MBA? There May Be a Better Alternative

    Dec 21, 2015
    An MBA or similar advanced degree is a traditional career route for finance job seekers. There is, however, another alternative that will definitely help you stand out from the crowd and may just be your ticket to the most sought-out position in finance today… a certification in Financial Planning & Analysis.
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  • Won’t Get Fooled Again

    Dec 14, 2015
    Today marks the release of the 2016 AFP Business Outlook Survey. In it, the Association for Financial Professionals’ research team surveyed nearly 1,200 treasury and finance professionals for their thoughts on the economy. Their predictions differ from those made by economists.
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  • An Invasion of Privacy for Treasury and Finance

    Dec 04, 2015
    In an effort to reduce money laundering and the flow of terrorist funds the government has saddled banks with know your customer (KYC) regulations. While the purpose for gathering this information is noble, the burdens of these rules are forcing banks to extremes to gather this information—and it’s making a lot of treasury and finance professionals uncomfortable. Practitioners obviously want to comply with regulations, but are the banks going too far here?
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  • AFP Responds to Misleading Wall Street Journal Article

    Sep 30, 2015
    The Association for Financial Professionals takes issue with the Sept. 24 Wall Street Journal article that begins with the claim, “Companies reaching for better returns on their cash have found a new favorite investment—other companies’ bonds—and they are loading up.” The article paints a misleading portrait of treasurers and their investment practices, and conflicts with data from the AFP 2015 Liquidity Survey.
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  • Why (and How) Treasury & Finance Must Get Outside the Box

    Jul 08, 2015
    With so much going on in treasury and finance these days it’s difficult to see a pattern or a trend. But three recent, and seemingly random events, caught my eye.
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  • There is a Talent Gap in Finance. CFOs, What Are You Doing About It?

    Jul 01, 2015
    It’s no secret that among the challenges CFOs face today, finding and retaining talent remains arguably the most prominent—and frustrating. Study after study points to a widening chasm in the level of talent companies seek to make their finance departments a more integral part of their business. But the real disconnect lies in what leadership is actually doing to fill the void.
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  • Treasurers Aren’t Responding to Money Fund Changes – And That’s Bad News

    Apr 22, 2015
    When you read the newspaper or, in today’s hi-tech equivalent, visit a news site or app, where do you go first? A lot of people I know turn to the sports section, or go to their favorite sports website or app.
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  • Endless Discussion: How the Corporate Tax Reform Debate Hurts Treasurers

    Feb 24, 2015
    Corporate tax reform isn’t as appealing as listening to John, Paul, George and Ringo while eating filet mignon. But for as long as I can remember – and I first joined the Association for Financial Professionals back in 1999 – Congress and just about every President have been tinkering with corporate taxes in an effort to free trapped overseas cash.
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  • Four Essential Skills FP&A Pros Need to Become CFO

    Feb 18, 2015
    To say the world is a different place than it was even five years ago is a vast understatement. Global political unrest and financial upheaval have set an unprecedented need for clear, focused and decisive leadership in business, particularly in the finance function.
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  • Three Lessons from AFP's Conference: What You Should Know For 2015

    Dec 08, 2014
    The title of tech giant and leading business innovator Andrew Grove's autobiography is Only the Paranoid Survive. The longtime Intel chief's observation served as an apt theme at the Association for Financial Professionals' (AFP) most recent annual conference.
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  • How is Finance Leveraging Data Analytics? Spotlight on Etihad Airways

    Nov 12, 2014
    The smartest companies today are not only gauging their markets with sophisticated forecasting tools, but looking across their own businesses—throughout each unit—to understand where there are opportunities to improve processes and lower costs. Companies that truly comprehend and seize the power of analytics use the disparate data across business functions to make the entire machine operate at a higher level.
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  • Five Things Finance Professionals Can Do to Improve Cybersecurity

    Oct 07, 2014
    With little doubt, data security is fast becoming among the most critical threats institutions—public and private—face on a global scale. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), as of Sept. 9, there were 23 breaches in 2014 in the U.S. banking, credit and financial markets, compromising more than 172,000 records. Overall, there have been 533 breaches, compromising 18.7 million records, IRTC said.
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  • World’s Most Powerful Voices Ben Bernanke and Tom Friedman to Speak on Today’s Economic Volatility

    Sep 23, 2014
    As I suspect many people did, I thoroughly enjoyed Ken Burns' fascinating epic documentary on the Roosevelt family. After a particular episode, I suddenly had this feeling of history repeating itself as I reflected on the similarity to today’s economy and global upheaval. The episode ended in 1938, as Europe was girding for war, Hitler had annexed France and Austria, and it was clear he wasn't stopping there; America was digging out of the worst financial crisis in history and showed little to no interest in becoming entangled in Europe’s troubles.
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