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Do New Liquidity Rules for Derivatives Collateral Work?
Over the past several years regulators have implemented rules to reign in risks associated with derivatives trading. The irony is that clearing houses do not eliminate risk. Rather, they centralize it.

05/05/2014

This Week in Corporate Finance: Mixed Economic Indicators
It was an interesting week of information releases as we saw a number of economic indicators exceeding expectations, while a number of indicators disappointed us to the weak side. At the same time, we are also experiencing an increase in geopolitical tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

05/05/2014

May 2014 FP&A Newsletter
The terms “analytics” and “business intelligence” are frequently used in FP&A circles. But just how different are they? Also this issue: why FP&A must measure its own ROI. Plus, the newsletter introduces a monthly quiz.

05/01/2014

Hard Facts for Soft Skills Using Treasury Technology
For treasurers, sharing the kind of information CFOs care about—improving operating margins, ensuring liquidity, etc.—will not only have an impact on their decision-making. It will also elevate the value treasury delivers to the business. With the help of advanced technology, more treasury professionals are actually delivering the metrics that matter.

05/01/2014

Where Do Finance Executives Find Top FP&A Employees?
Despite the critical role that FP&A professionals play in today’s business world, 64 percent of C-level executives report that the FP&A role is the hardest position to fill, according to a recent APQC survey. So where do FP&A professionals come from? Here’s what finance executives had to say when they had to find talent.

04/30/2014

Stay or Go? eBay Repatriates Cash, Apple Keeps it Abroad
Online auction site eBay defied conventional wisdom Tuesday when it announced it would repatriate $9 billion in cash held overseas—incurring a $3-billion tax bill in the process. In contrast, Apple recently raised $12 billion in a bond sale to finance shareholder rewards instead of bringing its overseas cash back to the U.S.

04/30/2014

AFP Canadian Forum Preview: Amber MacArthur on Social Media
Attendees of the AFP Canadian Forum in Toronto this June are going to get a crash course on social media trends and best practices from one of Canada’s foremost experts, Amber MacArthur, president of Konnekt Digital Engagements. She recently spoke with AFP about her upcoming forum session.

04/29/2014

ANSI Approves Technical Reports on Remittance
The Remittance Coalition, an industry group that promotes greater use of electronic business-to-business (B2B) payments and electronic data exchanges, has received approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for three new technical reports.

04/29/2014

Survey: U.S. Businesses Hoarding Less Cash, Spending More
U.S. businesses grew more confident in 1Q2014, significantly slowing the pace of cash accumulation, according to the April 2014 AFP Corporate Cash Indicators™ (AFP CCI), underwritten by State Street Global Advisors.  Meanwhile, the indicator for short-term investment aggressiveness jumped three points during the quarter.

04/28/2014

This Week in Corporate Finance: Slow Progress in April
The month of April has been a continuation of the narrative of a U.S. economy that is progressing, but at a pace where we see neither a quick drop in the unemployment rate or a spike up in the inflation rate. The stock market is staying near its recent highs, while the U.S. Treasury yield curve continues to flatten.

04/28/2014

NACHA Requests Feedback from Network End Users on Same-Day ACH
NACHA is requesting feedback from treasury and finance professionals on use cases, benefits and potential transaction volume of a ubiquitous same-day settlement capability across the ACH Network. The features of this capability would likely consist of two new same-day settlement times each banking day, in addition to the existing overnight settlement capability.

04/25/2014

SWIFT Updates Directory for Corporate Treasurers, Banks
SWIFT has launched a new version of its Bankers World Online directory for its corporate and banking clients. The financial messaging provider said that the upgraded directory provides more data coverage, a wider breadth of financial information, and new features and functionalities.

04/25/2014

AFP Reg Report: New Rules for EU, U.S. Banks
Recent regulatory developments relevant to treasury and finance professionals are reviewed in the AFP Reg Report. In this issue: The EU ‘banking union’ package, Basel III, cybersecurity legislation, business tax provisions, and more.

04/24/2014

April 2014 Futures in Finance Newsletter
This month's edition of Futures in Finance provides a preview of AFP Exchange's upcoming focus on leadership. We begin with an interview with Cris Barros, treasurer of Mosaic. Barros looks back on his career, and explains the skills that he considers to be critical for leading. Up next, executive recruiting firm Spencer Stuart discusses four leadership traits that employers can look for when hiring new treasury candidates.

04/24/2014

Why FP&A Groups Must Measure Their Own ROI
FP&A teams rarely turn the table and evaluate themselves, but you should consider it a new challenge. Knowing your worth—the quantifiable impact your FP&A team has on the company—could unlock new opportunities.

04/23/2014

Analytics and Business Intelligence: One in the Same?
Applying analytics is now mission-critical due to increasingly thinner margins for decision error. Yet analytics often is confused with business intelligence, or BI.

04/23/2014

CFO Career Trends
There are some very interesting trends in a recent academic study among Fortune 100 companies. These trends could impact your career trajectory and therefore, might be worth understanding.

04/23/2014

Moving U.S. Payments Forward: What’s the Holdup?
Treasury and finance professionals who are focused on payments are looking for ways to modernize the United States payments system, if discussions at the recent NACHA Payments conference in Orlando, Fla. are any indication. The question is, will it ever actually happen?

04/23/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: 3 Million Cards Hacked in Michaels Breach
Michaels Stores has admitted that two security breaches it incurred over an eight-month period might have compromised more than 3 million customer credit and debit cards. Also, the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) revealed that attacks at the point of sale have actually declined significantly in 2013.

04/22/2014

Bitcoin Breakdown: Investors Look to Revive Mt. Gox
A U.S. investor group is attempting to revive the now-defunct Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox before it is liquidated by a Japanese bankruptcy court. Creditors who owned more than 70 percent of the bitcoins that the exchange lost when it went belly-up in February reportedly support the effort.

04/22/2014

Bank Fee Analysis: Hard Work but Worth the Effort
Bank fee analysis is one of the most mundane tasks in treasury and one of the most sought after. Done correctly, bank fee analysis can save your company tens of thousands—or even millions—of dollars off the annual cost of bank services.

04/21/2014

Back to Square One: Startup Contemplating Sell-Off
Despite high-profile financial backing, generous media coverage and a growing customer base, Square is learning the hard way what traditional third-party providers have known for years: payments is a competitive and unforgiving industry. Following a year of big losses, Square is in talks with several of its rivals about potentially selling off its business.

04/21/2014

April 2014 Payments Newsletter
This month, we begin with a look at the results of the 2014 AFP Payments Fraud and Control Survey, sponsored by J.P. Morgan. While corporate fraud decreased overall, card fraud spiked. The good news is that companies are recognizing the threat and adopting additional security measures. Also this month, we bring you our exclusive coverage of the recent NACHA Payments conference in Orlando, Fla.

04/17/2014

Fed Wants Treasury, Finance Pros to Partake in Fraud Survey
Federal Reserve Banks are conducting a survey addressing payments-related fraud, and treasury and finance pros are being asked to participate. The survey aims to help the Fed better assess current challenges to mitigating payments fraud, as well as common methods used to reduce fraud risk.

04/17/2014

Can Regulation Save Bitcoin?
Can virtual currencies be regulated in a manner that protects consumers, merchants, our payment systems and national security, while at the same time not “killing the golden goose” through overly burdensome or unfeasible regulatory requirements? The answer may be yes, however, such regulation should be imposed with a light hand and reasonable steps must be taken quickly.

04/16/2014

London FP&A Club: Using Tech to Support FP&A
The London FP&A Club recently held its sixth meeting and examined the thorny issue of specifying a financial planning and analysis system. Presenter Michael Coveney, a consultant with STW Consulting, shared the 10 capabilities users should look for.

04/15/2014

AFP Releases New FP&A Guide on Risk-Adjusted Forecasting
AFP’s latest FP&A Guide, sponsored by Wdesk, outlines how risk-adjusted forecasting can work in practical terms. The guide includes interviews with over a dozen practitioners and experts, as well as eight case studies that demonstrate different companies’ approaches to risk in their forecasting process.

04/15/2014

How Businesses Can Hedge Cross-Border Balance Sheet Exposures
This article addresses one particular category of currency risk: the risk associated with carrying financial assets or liabilities denominated in a currency other than the functional currency. Such assets and liabilities are reported on the balance sheet in the functional currency at values that reflect spot exchange rates at the end of each accounting period.

04/15/2014

Why Treasurers Must Embrace – and Finance – Sustainability
Sustainability is no longer about corporate citizenship or philanthropy. It’s absolutely critical to the life of companies—and sustainability starts with treasurers. That’s the message Andrew Winston will deliver at the CTC Corporate Treasurers Forum. Winston, author of the “The Big Pivot,” will explain why it makes financial sense for companies to embark on sustainability projects right now.

04/15/2014

AFP Fraudwatch: How Treasury Should Respond to Heartbleed
By now, you have probably heard about the Heartbleed bug—a serious vulnerability in recent versions of OpenSSL, software that millions of websites use to encrypt communications with users. Making matters worse is the fact that an easy-to-use exploit that allows criminals to abuse the vulnerability is being widely traded online.

04/14/2014

Bitcoin Breakdown: Pros and Cons of Accepting Bitcoin Payments
As the buzz over Bitcoin has grown, corporates have taken notice and are looking at how it can apply to their businesses. Could Bitcoin eventually disrupt traditional B2B payments?

04/11/2014

Mobile Payments: Why Merchants Have the Power
Many mobile payment apps and mobile wallets fail to connect with consumers because they focus too much on the payment and not on the customer experience. However, some retailers have had success with their own mobile apps because they understand what appeals to the customer. There may be mobile payment opportunities for other retailers as well, if they are able to discern what would make their customers want to pay with their phones.

04/11/2014

Former Canadian Finance Minister Flaherty Dies
Former Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty passed away Thursday afternoon at the age of 64. Multiple reports said he suffered a heart attack.

04/10/2014

April 2014 Risk Newsletter
Currency devaluations across the globe are challenging multinationals. John Hintze examines how MNCs are dealing with this latest FX hurdle. Meanwhile, new AFP research finds that credit card fraud is up—as is security spending to fight it, while Ira Kawaller explains how businesses can hedge cross-border balance sheet exposures. There’s an enterprise planning case study from Crate & Barrel, plus more news and best practices.

04/10/2014

Durbin Amendment Isn’t Helping Retailers Much, Study Finds
When Congress passed the Durbin Amendment back in 2010, their intent was to lower retailers’ interchange fees from accepting debit cards. But a new survey by the Richmond Fed found that, since the rule took effect in 2011, debit acceptance costs for sales $10 or less have actually increased.

04/10/2014

The 4 Leadership Traits Spencer Stuart Seeks in Treasurers
Philip Murphy, consultant at executive recruiter Spencer Stuart’s financial officer practice, believes treasurer candidates can differentiate themselves as effective leaders in four ways.

04/09/2014

Third Time’s a Charm: Same-Day ACH to Settle 3 Times Daily
NACHA President and CEO Jan Estep revealed more details on her organization's new, phased-in approach to same-day ACH.

04/09/2014

Industry Group Outlines New Project to Speed E-Payments

The Remittance Coalition, a group of payments industry players that works to increase the efficiency of B2B payments made and reconciled by U.S. businesses, shared more details of its much-anticipated B2B Directory project.

04/07/2014

This Week in Corporate Finance: Economy Seeing Gradual Improvement
We continue to live in an interesting world where we can’t quite gain enough evidence and insight to clearly see the path we are on, but the general feeling is one of gradual improvement. This week’s employment report continues to reinforce this Goldilocks narrative; not too hot but not too cool.

04/07/2014

Derivatives End-Users Fear Margin Requirements Could Hurt Capex
A survey administered by the Coalition for Derivatives End-Users—a partnership of organizations representing corporate end-users of OTC derivatives, including AFP—analyzed corporate practitioners on how margin requirements could affect their businesses. More than 67 percent of surveyed CFOs and corporate treasurers responded that margin requirements could hurt their companies’ capital expenditures.

04/04/2014

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