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Faster Payments in 2017: What Treasurers Need to Know
AFP’s latest Payments Guide, underwritten by MUFG Union Bank, provides an in-depth look at the faster payments initiatives most likely to impact treasury and finance professionals.

02/07/2017

Like Clockwork: CNP Fraud Increases Following EMV Rollout
It should come as no surprise to retail treasury and finance professionals that card-not-present (CNP) fraud has increased since merchants have been gradually rolling out EMV chip terminals.

02/06/2017

Key Treasury Innovations: Real-Time Payments & Blockchain
BNY Mellon’s Chris Mager, CTP, discusses the type of innovation his group is looking at, such as real-time payments and blockchain technology.

02/03/2017

Europe Takes a Step Toward True Payments Standardization
The SEPA Instant Credit Transfer platform will enable corporates to make euro credit transfers between accounts across the 34 SEPA countries in 10 seconds.

02/02/2017

Video: Is Blockchain Ideal for Syndicated Loans?
Caitlin Long, chairman and president of Symbiont, discusses why blockchain technology is an ideal solution for syndicated loans.

02/01/2017

With Oil Prices Climbing, Treasurers Need a Plan
While many treasurers have reassessed their approach to hedging, some are still uncertain about the best approach for when oil hits $60 per barrel.

01/31/2017

AFP Emerging Leaders: Why the Career Path?
On February 8, AFP will host its first Emerging Leaders webinar. Hear from three members of the AFP Emerging Leaders Task Force..

01/30/2017

Study: U.S. Businesses to Deploy Cash in 2017
U.S. businesses are optimistic about the economy—so much so that they expect to deploy their short-term cash at the fastest pace since January 2015.

01/30/2017

Geopolitical Risk: Why Treasurers Should Worry About Italy
While upcoming elections in Europe are not expected to fundamentally change the EU's future, a shakeup in Italy would be particularly concerning.

01/30/2017

Video: What is Optimal Capital Structure?
Grady Walker, Treasurer and Finance Director for Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, explains why capital structure is so important for today's corporate treasury executive.

01/27/2017

CFOs, Don’t Get Left Behind. The Analytics Revolution is Here to Stay.
Many companies are finding analytics to be necessary for gauging a wide range of factors that affect their business. But is finance at the center of the analytics revolution?

01/26/2017

The Numbers Are In: Same Day ACH is a Hit for B2B
NACHA’s Same Day ACH service saw very strong numbers in its first three months of operation, particularly in the business-to-business (B2B) space.

01/26/2017

Video: Submitting a Proposal to Speak at AFP 2017
Aurora Gregory explains how treasury and finance professionals can become thought leaders by presenting at AFP 2017 in San Diego and other conferences.

01/25/2017

Video: Blockchain Predictions for 2017
In an interview at a recent conference, Caitlin Long, Chairman and President of Symbiont, revealed some of her predictions for blockchain technology in 2017.

01/24/2017

Financial Risk Management for Treasury: Know the Key Players
By understanding the interrelationships between all the risk management players, it may be possible to obtain insights to better manage financial risk.

01/23/2017

Video: Cybersecurity for the Employee
Brad Deflin, founder of Total Digital Security, discusses the ways companies can partner with their employees to address cybersecurity practices.

01/20/2017

Hedging: Focus on Both Sides of the Income Statement
A mix of analytics and judgment is required when devising a hedging program to manage financial risk.

01/19/2017

Bank Fees: Policing the AFP Service Codes
We publish the AFP Service Codes but we don’t police them, and the customer typically ends up doing the job. It’s often hard to do a comparison, as we’ve heard from our practitioner members.

01/18/2017

Geopolitical Risk a Top Concern for Finance Professionals
Geopolitical risk is having a bigger impact on earnings than ever before, according to the 2017 AFP Risk Survey, supported by Marsh & McLennan Companies.

01/17/2017

SWIFT Enters the Blockchain Arena
SWIFT is exploring whether blockchain technology can improve global banks’ reconciliation processes. The proof of concept (POC) is part of its Global Payments Innovation (GPI) initiative, which aims to streamline cross-border payments.

01/13/2017

Video: Fixing the Budgeting & Forecasting Process
Ethan Carlson, founder and CEO of Carlson Management Consulting, discusses how a company can tell when a budgeting and forecasting process is broken and what CFOs want from FP&A.

01/13/2017

Mitigating FX Risk Is a Company-Wide Effort
FX management involves more than simply hedging against risk; all levels of the organization must be informed and involved to take appropriate action.

01/12/2017

Video: KPIs for Risk Management
Magnus Attoff, the head of Financial Risk Management and Operations at Ericsson, discusses what companies should be thinking about when they design key performance indicators for risk management.

01/12/2017

Adopting Agile Forecasting and Budgeting Techniques
A big part of where FP&A sits on the maturity curve is determined by what budgeting and forecasting techniques it uses in the planning process.

01/11/2017

Treasurers, Are You Ready for New Opportunities in 2017?
The New Year will present many challenges for those of us in treasury—and equally, many opportunities for treasury teams to add value to their organizations.

01/10/2017

Video: Chanel's Treasury & Risk Management System Implementation
Kimberly Karg, CTP, assistant treasurer of Chanel, discusses how her organization implemented a treasury and risk management solution.

01/10/2017

FP&A Exam Tips: Preparing for Test Day
Here are some general tips and information to help make your FP&A Exam day run a little more smoothly.

01/06/2017

New York Revises Cyber Regs to Be More Business-Friendly
The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has updated its proposed cybersecurity regulations to provide businesses more reporting flexibility.

01/05/2017

How to Monetize Capital Loss Carryforwards on Rate Hikes
There is one interest rate strategy that can be employed to not only potentially benefit from the normalization of the yield curve, but also accelerate the deductibility of capital loss carryforwards.

01/05/2017

Working Cross-Functionally is Key for WaterOne’s FP&A Team
FP&A at WaterOne worked with operations to develop a model that would account for the seasonal fluctuations in demand, power usage, chemical doses and production capacity.

01/04/2017

Key Tips for Adjusting Hedge Coverage Over Time
One of the tricky aspects underlying the determination of how much to hedge is that whenever market expectations become widely accepted by economic actors, those expectations get reflected in the prices of derivative contracts.

01/04/2017

FP&A: The Three Pillars of an Effective Partnership
A recently published AFP Guide outlines three pillars for constructing an effective partnership between finance and the operations.

01/03/2017

AFP Top 10 in 2016: Cybersecurity, FX & More
If you have been following us on twitter (@AFPonline) you know that we have been counting down our top content and favorite member benefits from 2016. Let’s recap the best of AFP from the past year.

12/30/2016

Going Cashless: Could More Retailers Join Sweetgreen?
Earlier this year, Sweetgreen went cashless at some of its locations. The retailer now plans to make the practice company-wide.

12/27/2016

Top AFP Articles of 2016: All Eyes on Brexit
As 2016 draws to a close, AFP is taking a look back on the most-read articles of the year. Treasury and finance professionals were particularly concerned with the implications of the Brexit vote.

12/21/2016

Check Payments: Why 1% Matters
One key data point in the 2016 AFP Electronic Payments Survey that sticks out is how B2B payments by check actually increased slightly from 2013 to 2016.

12/20/2016

What Will Treasurers Be Working On in 2017?
As 2016 draws to a close, AFP members are turning their attention to the New Year. For the most part, much of practitioners’ attention will be internal, as treasury departments attempt to streamline processes and become more efficient.

12/19/2016

3 Tips for Building an FP&A Dashboard
One tool every FP&A professional swears by is the dashboard, a quick one page capture of key performance indicators.

12/16/2016

Making the Move from Accounting to FP&A
In a new guide, AFP looks at how accounting professionals can make the transition to FP&A.

12/15/2016

Scott Kelly: Hard Work is the Best Part of the Job
During the closing session of the 2016 AFP Annual Conference in Orlando, astronaut Captain Scott Kelly provided attendees with a glimpse into what it’s truly like to boldly go where very few people have gone before.

12/14/2016

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