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Why FP&A Professionals Must Be a Line, Not a Point
FP&A is in the people business. The job requires aligning the sources and uses of capital around the company for maximum benefit, which means FP&A must be in constant contact with all parts of the business to understand how they support the company strategy, what their needs are, and how they can support their efforts.


API Advantages: Real-Time Processing & Visibility for Treasury
What’s an application programming interface (API), and why should treasury professionals care?


AFP Viewpoint: Check Payments Aren't Going Away
AFP's Magnus Carlsson discusses the new AFP Payments Guide on checks. Checks still make up 51% of B2B transactions in the United States.


Want to Avoid Digital Darwinism? Embrace Integrated Business Planning.
For FP&A, integrated business planning offers the opportunity to avoid Digital Darwinism.


2017 Executive Institute: Prepare to Be Disrupted
The 2017 AFP Executive Institute, sponsored by PNC Bank, will focus on helping treasury and finance executives create a roadmap for the future.


Privacy Alert: Your Contact Information Is Safe With AFP
AFP never has, or will, sell your email address or phone number to anyone under any circumstances.


Blockchain: Potential Beyond Payments
While much of the talk around blockchain continues to center on payments, it actually has the potential to disrupt a multitude of areas.


ISO 20022: Leveraging Data to Boost the Bottom Line
Given that ISO 20022 allows significantly more data to be transmitted along with payments, it may be the key to businesses finally letting go of checks.


To Better Do Its Job, FP&A Must Walk the Line
FP&A needs to get out from behind the desk and spend time with business partners.


Will Treasurers Make a Return to Prime Funds?
The 2017 AFP Liquidity Survey found that organizations have no plans to put invest in prime money funds, following the 2016 reforms. But could that change sometime soon?


NACHA Seeks Feedback from Treasury Pros on ACH Data Security
NACHA is asking treasury professionals to weigh in on a timely topic—security requirements to protect ACH-related information.


FP&A Pros, Be Aware of the Gambler’s Fallacy
One common function for FP&A is to evaluate business cases to determine which will receive a green light to proceed. In doing this, we should be aware of various biases, including the gambler’s fallacy.


Recruit FP&A Staff with Case Interviews
Case interviews can be a useful tool to evaluate FP&A job candidates’ aptitude and approach to situations that they may face.


Treasurers Have Another Year to Prepare for Reg 385
Corporate treasury and finance professionals received some relief last week in the form of a one-year delay for the Section 385 documentation requirements.


Study: Finance Execs Stockpile Cash amid Uncertainty
Finance executives said they planned to accumulate corporate cash reserves in the second quarter of 2017—and they did so, but at a greater rate than planned, according to the AFP July 2017 Corporate Cash Indicators®.


Working Smarter: GDO Treasurers Collaborate
Faced with limited staff and resources, global development organizations (GDOs) must deliver treasury solutions in some of the most difficult contexts.


Why Software as a Service Matters to FP&A
If you are not using a XaaS at work yet, you will be.


Case Study: An FP&A Director Helps Her Company Achieve Integrated Planning
When Kayla Davis started as Director of FP&A at ABM two years ago, she quickly realized that disparate systems and financial planning methods used in the finance department would be a hindrance to change. Connecting those processes so data could be easily shared and worked with was a clear necessity.


Treasurers, Familiarize Yourselves with Fintech
In a new guide, underwritten by Kyriba, AFP takes a deep dive into fintech and how it relates specifically to corporate treasury practitioners.


FP&A Pros, It’s Time to Excel at Business Planning
Turn your planning capability into an enterprise strength with AFP’s latest FP&A Guide, underwritten by Anaplan.


Fed Task Force: Ubiquity is the Key to Faster Payments
The Federal Reserve Faster Payments Task Force has released the second part of its final report on achieving faster payments in the United States by 2020.


Term Sheet: FP&A Definitions for Common Terms
My inbox is overflowing with planning software vendors who want me to attend their webinars and demo their products. Reading through the marketing literature I find myself wondering whether everyone is using some of the basic FP&A terms consistently, so I decided to refresh my memory.


Finally: The Fed to Release Part 2 of Faster Payments Report
The Federal Reserve Faster Payments Task Force is set to release the second part of its final report on achieving faster payments in the United States.


FP&A Maturity Model to Help Streamline Business Processes
The AFP FP&A Maturity Model is organized in four domains: business process, organization/people/skills, technology and data. This month we are examining the business process domain.


FP&A at AFP 2017: Don’t Miss Out on the Future
This October in San Diego, AFP 2017 will present perhaps the most impressive lineup of FP&A sessions yet.


Check Fraud: Catch It If You Can
When perhaps the top check fraud expert in the world says that he’s surprised that it’s still a major problem, there has to be a disconnect somewhere.


AFP Viewpoint: 2017 AFP Liquidity Survey
Tom Hunt, CTP, Director Treasury Services, AFP, discusses the three trends observed in the 2017 AFP Liquidity Survey, underwritten by State Street Global Advisors.


4 Questions to Help Treasurers Assess Their Effectiveness
How does one evaluate a treasurer or cash manager? These four questions and explanations should help you assess their effectiveness.


Different Companies Require Different Work Structures
Enterprises everywhere are shaking up how their employees work, but the trends are contradictory.


FP&A M&A: How Three Leaders Handled the Gannett Spinoff
In 2015, media giant Gannett spun off into two companies. This article explores the spinoff from the vantage points of three FP&A leaders across both organizations.


Treasurers, NACHA Needs Your Input on Security
NACHA is requesting comment from corporate end-users on new approaches for additional account information security.


Survey: Treasurers Avoid Prime Money Funds, Post-Reform
The 2017 AFP Liquidity Survey, underwritten by State Street Global Advisors, found that 41 percent of organizations have no plans to consider investing in prime funds.


Why There Is a Need for More Speed in Finance
Speed is at least half of the equation when it comes to corporate agility, and yet is seemingly underrated in its effect on corporate decision-making.


Three Reasons Why Quote to Cash is Better than Cash Conversion.
How long does it take to convert buying interest from a customer (measured as when your company creates a price quote) into cash in the door? This question underlies the quote-to-cash metric.


Money Funds: Navigating the Road Less Traveled
Though they may be the road less traveled, money market deposit accounts have largely supplanted money market funds, at least for the time being.


Fintech & Corporates: Breaking Down the Barriers
With all the hype around fintech, it is important to stay focused and realize that fintech development should be aimed at making real issues better for the end-user.


Continued Education Bridges the FP&A Talent Gap
As the strategic importance of FP&A increases within organizations, so does the need for the right talent.


Leveraging Analytics to Reduce Interchange Costs
Payments analytics tools can provide powerful insights that can help reduce interchange and acquiring costs.


Why Are Treasurers Writing More Checks? Blame the Internet.
A new guide, underwritten by MUFG Union Bank, examines why so many corporates still use checks, despite being the payment method most susceptible to fraud.


It’s Quiz Time, CTP and FP&A Professionals
CTP, CCM and FP&A holders looking to earn some recertification credits should head on over to AFP’s CE Quiz page.


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