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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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


Checklist: 7 Must-Have Traits for FP&A as Internal Consultants
Adopting a consulting mindset can help FP&A be better at business partnering.


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?


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


BreakThrough Preview: How Treasury Can Manage Change
In a special preview of BreakThrough Treasury and Finance, John Josten, CTP, assistant treasurer of Tractor Supply Company, weighs in on how treasury and finance leaders manage change efforts.


FinNext 2018: The Future Impact of AI on FP&A
In an interview at FinNext 2018, Chris Ortega, Senior Finance Manager for Emarsys North America, discusses how AI and machine learning will impact FP&A.


FinNext 2018: The Characteristics of Superforecasters
FinNext 2018 keynote speaker Dan Gardner, Journalist and Co-Author of Superforecasting, discusses the typical characteristics of "superforecasters".


Practitioners Consider the Role of FP&A at FinNext 2018
FinNext 2018 kicked off with a special FP&A Roundtable discussion, sponsored by Peloton. Discussion centered on what FP&A should actually “be” as a function.


Top Treasury Tasks: Handling Debt and Capital Markets
As treasury’s role has become more strategic, functions such as debt issuance and conducting capital markets activities, which traditionally are under the purview of the CFO, have now fallen to treasury, according to the Strategic Role of Treasury Survey.


Understanding APIs and the Need for Standards
Much of the discussion at the NACHA Payments Innovation Alliance meeting in San Francisco focused on application programming interfaces (APIs), including standards.


4 Steps to Building a Gauge Diagram in Excel
Among the different ways to chart and visualize data, gauge indicators can show how a single measure compares against a set standard. Excel does not offer a ready-made gauge chart, so here is how you can make one yourself.


Blockchain May Have Weaknesses that Proponents Overlook
The attribute blockchain proponents consistently emphasize is its immutability. In reality, the technology is more mutable than advertised and carries unique risks.


Does Your Risk Management Strategy Address U.S. Sanctions?
When thinking about risk management strategies for your company in 2018, don’t forget about risks associated with U.S. sanctions compliance.


6 Steps to an Effective Financial Statement Analysis
For any financial professional, it is important to know how to effectively analyze the financial statements of a firm. There are generally six steps to developing an effective analysis of financial statements.


How to Build an Atmosphere of Fraud Prevention
Fraud prevention must be a team effort, involving payment and non-payment areas alike. No one can predict which angle, function, or individual will be the vulnerable area.


Vaporized: FP&A’s Role in Sizing the Downsized Company
The main question for FP&A is whether the perceived benefits of the conglomerate can be achieved in other ways without giving up strategic benefits.


How Marsh & McLennan Strategically Invests in Its Finance Team
How Marsh & McLennan strategically invests in its finance team.


Navigating the Top Tasks in Treasury
The latest Treasury in Practice guide, underwritten by GTreasury, explores the most crucial tasks in treasury at three key levels—assistant treasurer, treasury manager and treasury analyst.


Focus on the Strategic with a Self-Correcting Team
Executive Coach and BreakThrough Treasury & Finance keynote Sarah Levitt spoke to the AFP Conversations podcast about high-performing teams.


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