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Why API Standardization Matters for Treasury
George Throckmorton, Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives and Network Development for NACHA, explains why there is a need for API standardization, and discusses two pilots that NACHA is working on that can benefit corporate treasury and finance professionals.

05/01/2018

Stepping Up: Why Payments Security is a Collaborative Effort
Protecting customer data is the responsibility of payments industry stakeholders, stressed an expert panel at NACHA Faster Payments 2018. But that's easier said than done.

05/01/2018

BreakThrough Preview: Where is Treasury Technology Going?
Bob Stark of Kyriba will provide attendees of the BreakThrough Treasury and Finance forum with a look at the latest technology trends impacting the treasury landscape.

05/01/2018

Study: Trade War Fears Hasten U.S. Cash Accumulation
Concerns over festering trade wars and rising geopolitical concerns convinced treasury and finance executives to return to cash accumulation, according to the latest AFP Corporate Cash Indicators®.

04/30/2018

Invoice Automation: Refining the AP Process
With the role of accounts payable expanding, it is critical to improve its efficiency. One means of achieving this is through automation of the invoice process.

04/30/2018

Controls for a Paper-Based Accounts Payables System
Though it may seem unlikely that some companies still use entirely paper-based systems to conduct their AP processes, this is still the case for some smaller businesses, especially in developing countries. Even with a paper-based system, controls are needed to ensure that it operates properly.

04/30/2018

FBAR FAQs, Part II: FinCEN, IRS Answer Your Questions
The AFP Treasury Advisory Group recently held discussions on Foreign Bank Account Reporting (FBAR) with representatives of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the IRS.

04/30/2018

What Retailers Need to Know About Surcharging
Theresa Y. Kananen, Partner with Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, provides retailers with some insights on the challenges around surcharging.

04/26/2018

The Evolution of Card Fraud
Micheal Reitblat, CEO of Forter, explains how card fraud as evolved since the Target breach and the implementation of EMV technology in the United States.

04/25/2018

FP&A Needs a Beacon to See Through Volatility
To manage short-term volatility, FP&A practitioners often have a principled response: follow the core attributes of your company. At FinNext in San Francisco, a panel of experts discussed how market changes can up-end their operations, and how they navigate their teams through the ensuing volatility.

04/25/2018

2018 AFP Fraud Survey: Account Takeovers Increase
Magnus Carlsson, AFP's Manager of Treasury and Payments discusses how the 2018 AFP Payments Fraud and Control Survey, underwritten by J.P. Morgan, revealed an increase in account takeovers.

04/24/2018

ETA: Proposed Tariffs Will Hurt Retail, Payments Industries
Scott Talbott, SVP of Government Affairs for the Electronic Transactions Association, discusses how proposed tariffs on point-of-sale (POS) terminals imported from China will negatively impact retailers and the payments industry.

04/24/2018

Building a Financial Model – Art or Science?
FP&A professionals must learn to balance both science and art when building a financial model and understand when which approach is more applicable to a particular use case.

04/23/2018

Can Blockchain Solve KYC and Digital Identity? Maybe.
Blockchain proponents believe the technology has broad applications for treasury and finance. But could it solve know-your-customer (KYC) compliance?

04/20/2018

New Chargeback Dispute Process: Tips for Retailers
Monica Eaton-Cardone, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Chargebacks911, discusses new systems from Visa and MasterCard that are intended to streamline the timely and costly chargeback process for merchants.

04/19/2018

Leveraging AI to Fight Fraud
Micheal Reitblat, CEO of Forter, explains how artificial intelligence (AI) has expanded in recent years and how it can be used to commit or combat payments fraud.

04/19/2018

Preventing Data Breaches: Five Keys for Retailers
Five years after the Target data breach, massive hacks continue to plague retailers—and more importantly, their customers.

04/18/2018

Life Hack: What Happens When Biometrics Are Compromised?
Treasury and finance professionals worry about customer data being stolen by criminals. But what would happen if customers’ biometric data, such as DNA, used to access their accounts was compromised?

04/18/2018

Inside View: Securing Faster Payments in the U.S.
Steve Mott, CEO of BetterBuyDesign, provides an insider's view of both the Federal Reserve's Secure Payments Task Force and its Faster Payments Task Force.

04/18/2018

AFP 2018: Time for a Change-Up
AFP 2018 is all about breaking out of your regular routine. That’s why we’re introducing a number of new features this year, while expanding upon others.

04/17/2018

FBAR Headaches: How Automation Can Alleviate the Pain
Manual FBAR reporting is a time-consuming and detail-driven process that can take several weeks to months. As a result, many corporate treasury departments are implementing BAM or eBAM systems to automate the process of gathering, validating, and reporting data for FBAR.

04/17/2018

FP&A Insights: Advances in Excel
Jonathan Crane, FP&A, Senior Manager, FP&A for Hamilton Company, explains how using PowerPivot and Power BI can enhance the capabilities of Microsoft Excel.

04/17/2018

Collections is a Treasury Issue. Here’s How to Improve It.
In a low interest rate environment, the opportunity cost of idle cash seems low, but the benefit of a capital redeployment from moving operating cash for investment purposes often is overlooked.

04/17/2018

Who Should Manage a Centralized KYC Repository?
Caitlin Sinclair of Thomson Reuters weighs in on whether its should be banks or regulators who oversee a centralized know-your-customer (KYC) utility.

04/17/2018

AP Automation Fortifies Defenses Against Fraud, Money Leaks
It’s extremely difficult to stop money leaks in a paper-based or even a partially automated system. Reducing these losses should be part of any business case for AP automation.

04/17/2018

The Long and Winding Road to Electronic B2B Payments
When I first saw the results from the 2016 AFP Electronic Payments Survey I was really surprised to find out that that the former decline in check use for B2B transactions had leveled off at around the 50 percent mark. Has check processing really come to a point where it is not as cumbersome as one may think?

04/16/2018

Top Treasury Tasks: Cash Management and Forecasting
A majority of respondents to a recent AFP survey cite cash management and forecasting as key areas of focus for their treasury departments over the next three years.

04/12/2018

AFP Survey: Payments Fraud Hits Record High of 78%
The 2018 AFP Payments Fraud Survey, underwritten by J.P. Morgan, revealed that payments fraud reached a new high in 2017 after a downswing earlier in the decade.

04/10/2018

FP&A Professionals, Here’s How to Make Excel Work for You
A new FP&A guide, underwritten by Vena Solutions, examines the spectrum of ways to apply Excel, including recent advances, add-ins and third-party offerings.

04/10/2018

Checklist: 10 Must-Have Traits for FP&A as Internal Consultants
Adopting a consulting mindset can help FP&A be better at business partnering.

04/06/2018

Credit Agreement Refinancings: 5 Questions Answered
A number of factors drive a company’s decision to refinance its credit facility. With interest rates on the rise, what considerations are important to CFOs and treasurers?

04/04/2018

BreakThrough Preview: How Fintech Can Disrupt Treasury
Laurens Tijdhof, partner at Zanders, is leading a discussion at BreakThrough Treasury and Finance on how fintech has the power to revolutionize and disrupt treasury teams.

04/03/2018

5 Good Blockchain Tips From – of All Places – the Government
Uncle Sam wants you to consider five key takeaways when thinking about implementing blockchain.

04/03/2018

Audience vs. Traffic: 2 Key Lessons for FP&A and Marketing
“Information... wants to be scarce and expensive.” This provocative quote has profound implications for FP&A—particularly as it relates to marketing.

04/02/2018

AFP 2018 Preview: Planning the FP&A Track
Emmanuel Caprais, Vice President, Strategic and Financial Planning and Analysis for ITT, discussed the process of putting together the FP&A track for AFP 2018.

03/29/2018

AFP 2018 Preview: Treasury Management Track
In an interview at the AFP 2018 Planning Task Force meeting, Saumya Mohan, Americas Region Treasurer for Tesla, discusses planning the treasury management track.

03/27/2018

Treasury As an Agent of Change
It’s not typically treasury’s job to think about the future. That’s usually left up to the FP&A guys, right? Well, that mindset needs to change.

03/26/2018

AFP 2018 Preview: What Risks Are Treasurers Focused On?
Brad Larson, CTP, Principal, ReCa Treasury Services, discusses helping to put together the Risk Management track at AFP 2018.

03/23/2018

FinNext 2018: Why Volatility Is the New Normal
During a session at FinNext 2018, financial professionals provided different perspectives on how volatility has become the “new normal” for FP&A.

03/22/2018

FinNext 2018: Where FP&A Is Front and Center
Gaileon Thompson, CTP, FP&A, Senior VP, Global Consumer O&T Finance for Citi and Chair of the AFP FP&A Advisory Council, discusses FinNext 2018 in San Francisco.

03/21/2018

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