• 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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  • Is Your Finance Department Ready for New Money Market Fund Changes?

    Sep 02, 2014
    Among the steepest challenges finance professionals face today are the SEC’s recently issued market money fund (MMF) rules, which impose a floating net asset value (NAV) for institutional prime money market funds. The rules put us deep in uncharted waters, but by asking the right questions, we can start to form a map to navigate our way through them
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  • How Can FP&A Help Drive Profitable Growth For Your Company?

    Jul 15, 2014
    From financial institutions in the UK to appliance manufacturers in Sweden—these companies bear a common goal: profitable growth. Further, half the companies in the Hackett Group survey (quoted above) cite revenue growth as their top financial objective in 2014. How can the FP&A function help? I see four major steps as critical.
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  • Five Key Leadership Skills for Finance Professionals

    Jun 10, 2014
    As their role continues to evolve, there are five critical areas where finance professionals should focus in order to succeed and help their organizations grow in today’s hyper-speed, turbulent marketplace. Here’s what you need to do to provide insight that will lead your company to profitable growth and help you stand out on your finance team. ​
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  • Bitcoin: There’s a Good Reason Why Amazon’s Head of Payments is Skeptical

    Apr 29, 2014
    It may be stating the obvious, but risk is inherent in all markets—it is one of the many hurdles we face in finance. In today’s wildly fluctuating economy, we must be constantly vigilant, ever prepared for change. Today’s hottest finance trend could be tomorrow’s doom.
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  • Big Data Offers Big Opportunities for CFOs but is Finance Ready?

    Apr 22, 2014
    Finance departments must seize the opportunity to drive growth in their organizations by harnessing the power of big data. Finance should own the future of growth and strategy through data analytics. But are we really leveraging the most from big data? How can we maximize the power of analytics to drive growth and shareholder value in our organizations?
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