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This Week in Corporate Finance: Too Big to Rescue?
The markets, having survived last week’s brush with death in regard to Greece, were roiled again this week in response to the news out of Italy. The great apprehension with Italy is the fear it is TBTR (Too Big to Rescue).

11/14/2011

U.S. Congress Warms to Repatriation
Since the start of the 112th Congress, both Democratic and Republican members of Congress have introduced an unprecedented number of repatriation bills, aimed to grant multinational businesses the opportunity to bring their foreign earnings to the United States at a reduced tax rate.

10/19/2011

Today's Forecasting Technology: Boon or Bane?

With modern budgeting, forecasting and planning technology, re-forecasts can be produced, sliced and diced faster than ever before. What kinds of trade-offs exist when forecasts are created at such a frenetic pace?

09/19/2011

Irrational Numbers
Amid the financial market turmoil in August, exchange rates shifted rapidly and substantially. As investors turned pessimistic on global economic prospects, they bought into safe havens such as the Japanese yen and the Swiss franc, while selling growth-oriented currencies such as the Australian and Canadian dollars.

09/08/2011

IFAC Issues New Documents on Quality Control, Sustainable Success
IFAC recently released an updated version of its Guide to Quality Control for Small- and Medium-Sized Practices (QC Guide) and a white paper titled, Competent and Versatile: How Professional Accountants in Business Drive Sustainable Organizational Success.

08/22/2011

Citi: Dodd-Frank will Force 60% of OTC Derivatives to be Cleared Centrally
Citi said Wednesday that the Dodd-Frank Act would lead to approximately 60 percent of the U.S. over-the-counter derivatives market clearing centrally.

07/15/2011

Basel Committee Tacks on Liquidity Surcharge Plan for World’s Largest Banks
Banks would be required to hold an extra 1 percent to 2.5 percent of capital, based on their systemic importance, under a new proposal from the Basel Committee.

06/27/2011

OPEC Talks Break Down, Prices Go Up
The OPEC cartel left its Wednesday meeting in Vienna unable to come to a consensus on oil production, immediately prompting a spike in prices.

06/08/2011

IASB's SME Implementation Group Responds to Small/Midsized Entity Concerns

The IASB has created the SME Implementation Group (SMEIG) that specifically addresses small midsized entity concerns. The FASB also is considering forming a comparable group for U.S. small, midsized and nonpublic companies. Thus, it is important to pay attention to the standard setting made under this group should FASB successfully decide that differential accounting treatment is needed for the small, midsized and nonpublic companies. These decisions will serve as building blocks for U.S. standard setting.  

04/22/2011

Key Legislators Introduce Bill to Extend Dodd-Frank Deadline for Derivatives Implementation

The chairmen of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL), and the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK), last week introduced H.R. 1573, which would extend the deadline by 18 months for implementing the derivatives portion of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

04/19/2011

How Rising Commodity Prices Will Affect Corporate Treasury
Currency risk is quite possibly underpriced, meaning that corporate hedgers may be faced with unusual opportunities.

04/14/2011

This Week in Corporate Finance

Well, the week started with the big news that the U.S. government had avoided a shutdown late Friday night and the operations of the government would continue uninterrupted. Unfortunately, this tussle over the FY11 budget is probably just a slight indicator of the battles that loom ahead conc

04/12/2011

10 Electronic Payroll Principles to Guide Your Organization
The American Payroll Association, Consumers Union, the Electronic Payroll Coalition, and the National Consumer Law Center have identified and agreed to 10 core principles for the use of reloadable prepaid cards issued to an employee through a financial institution on behalf of an employer.

03/30/2011

1099 Reporting Requirements May Soon Be Repealed
Efforts to repeal unpopular new 1099 reporting requirements gained momentum yesterday, as President Obama in his State of the Union address signaled his willingness to address the issue....

01/26/2011

Period Piece: Periodicity in Cash Flow Forecasting
The word 'periodicity' may sound funny, but this forecasting tool offers serious results.

01/28/2010

AFP Comments on Derivatives Markets Legislation
Through the use of derivatives, prudent treasurers have played a critical role in mitigating risk for their companies and limiting damage to American businesses' balance sheets due to the unprecedented market downturn.

02/25/2009

2009 Outlook Suffers as Credit Market Forces Defensive Actions by Business
After a year that saw the collapse of credit markets and the loss of nearly 2 million U.S. jobs, five out of six financial professionals do not expect business conditions to improve in 2009, according to the newly released 2009 Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) Business Outlook Survey.

12/16/2008

'Cheque' or 'Check?'
Positive pay - as defined by the Association for Financial Professionals' Essentials of Treasury Management - is a "service that matches serial numbers and dollar amounts against a company's issue file, thereby enabling a financial institution to determine which checks can be paid and which should be returned."

03/20/2007

Resume Knockouts: How to Make Sure Your Resume is a Winner

When it comes to resume writing, everyone has an opinion. But, here you are, faced with the daunting task of writing your finance resume. Louise Garver, CPRW, MCDP, JCTC, CEIP, CMP President, Career Directions, LLC 2004-12-16

When it comes to resume writing, everyone has an opinion. But, here you are, faced with the daunting task of writing your finance resume. Think of your resume as your ticket to interviews-to introduce y

12/16/2004

AFP Headlines News With Development of Standard Practices for Credit Rating Agencies

April 14, 2004 - AFP again leads the news with its announcement of the development of standard practices for credit rating agencies. The standard aims to restore confidence among issuers, credit rating agencies, investors and regulators who oversee the credit rating process.

04/14/2004

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