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  • Money Funds: Navigating the Road Less Traveled

    Jul 18, 2017
    The current state of money markets reminds me of that old Robert Frost quote: “Two roads diverged in a wood and I—I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”
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  • Check Fraud: Catch It If You Can

    Jul 11, 2017
    Shouldn’t check fraud be a thing of the past? As someone who follows all the latest trends in cybercrime and security protections, I’m left scratching my head whenever I hear about a company losing a large sum of money due to check fraud. But I’m just a journalist.
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  • Fintech & Corporates: Breaking Down the Barriers

    Jun 28, 2017
    With all the hype around fintech over the past few years, I think it is important to stay focused and realize that fintech development should be aimed at making real issues better for the end-user. Technology can often do a lot more than what can be implemented on a practical basis.
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  • Treasury Must Embrace Its Strategic Role

    Jun 20, 2017
    Treasury is playing a central role in corporate decision-making, and that’s going to continue for the long haul. But why is this?
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  • Bank Fees & Blockchain: A Match Made in Heaven?

    Jun 07, 2017
    Over the last several months, we've been hearing a lot about how blockchain is going to revolutionize treasury and finance. Whenever a new piece of technology hits the market, treasury professionals are going to be skeptical. Could blockchain be beneficial?
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  • Fintech is Here, and Treasurers Need to Get On Board

    May 22, 2017
    Fintech is a pretty broad term. I hear it pretty much everywhere I go these days, in reference to blockchain/distributed ledgers, cross-border payments, trade finance —pretty much anything that involves finance and technology. Hence the name ‘fintech’.
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  • Keys to Managing Global Transaction Banking

    Apr 27, 2017
    Given the populist movements across the globe, in particular the Brexit vote in the UK, the Trump victory in the United States and the looming elections in France, conducting business around the world is becoming much more complex. Add to that potential trade sanctions and it gets even more difficult.
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  • FinCEN Pushes FBAR Deadline Up to Tax Day

    Apr 13, 2017
    Deposit ratings are the latest instrument in rating agencies’ toolkit. They can be particularly useful for corporate treasurers, because they give you a better view of how vulnerable your bank deposits are.
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  • Check Yourself: Revisit Your Fraud Prevention Methods

    Apr 10, 2017
    Given the populist movements across the globe, in particular the Brexit vote in the UK, the Trump victory in the United States and the looming elections in France, conducting business around the world is becoming much more complex. Add to that potential trade sanctions and it gets even more difficult.
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  • AFP Executive Forum: Building a More Strategic Treasury

    Mar 29, 2017
    In the days since the financial crisis, the treasury function has gradually become more strategic. Amid all the turmoil in the financial markets and geopolitically around the globe, treasury executives have become more involved in different areas of the organization—some of which have next to nothing to do with the treasury function itself. It is against this backdrop that the AFP Executive Forum comes to New York.
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  • Deposit Ratings: Why Treasurers Need to Use Them

    Mar 09, 2017
    Deposit ratings are the latest instrument in rating agencies’ toolkit. They can be particularly useful for corporate treasurers, because they give you a better view of how vulnerable your bank deposits are.
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  • Europe Takes a Step Toward True Payments Standardization

    Jan 30, 2017
    Given the populist movements across the globe, in particular the Brexit vote in the UK, the Trump victory in the United States and the looming elections in France, conducting business around the world is becoming much more complex. Add to that potential trade sanctions and it gets even more difficult.
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  • Bank Fees: Policing the AFP Service Codes

    Jan 11, 2017
    I recently held a conference call with AFP’s Treasury Advisory Group to discuss the fee statements they are receiving from their banks. Generally, practitioners are frustrated because they are often unable to make accurate comparisons of the fees their banking partners charge.
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  • The Right Balance for Capital Structure

    Dec 28, 2016
    Setting an appropriate capital structure is a balance between maintaining the financial strength of the company and providing sufficient opportunities to create growth. Get it wrong and a bad decision on capital structure can result in a company losing control of strategy.
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  • Check Payments: Why 1% Matters

    Dec 19, 2016
    While it may sound insignificant, business-to-business (B2B) payments by check actually increased from 50 percent to 51 percent from 2013 to 2016.
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  • What Will Treasurers Be Working On in 2017?

    Dec 15, 2016
    As 2016 draws to a close, our members are turning their attention to the New Year. I’ve had a number of conversations with treasury professionals on the projects they’ll be focusing on in 2017.
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  • Treasury & Finance Executives Need to Incorporate Sustainability Into Their Roles. Here’s Why.

    Nov 30, 2016
    Corporate sustainability and social responsibility are no longer just something that sound good. Rather, they’re now front and center in corporate strategy—and even in risk management as well.
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  • BEC Scams: Why They’re Still Working

    Nov 30, 2016
    Whenever I hear that a company has been defrauded by a business email compromise (BEC) scam, it leaves me scratching my head as to how this simple, avoidable scheme is still working. These scams, which are also frequently referred to as CEO fraud, have been in play pretty regularly now for the past two years, and they’ve been well reported on. At AFP, we’ve certainly tried to do our part, releasing both a Treasury in Practice guide and an AFP Payments guide on these scams in the past year.
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  • Bank Relationship Management: 3 Lessons from Treasury Execs

    Nov 16, 2016
    Over the past several weeks, I attended AFP Executive roundtables in Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston and New York with treasurers from various industries and company sizes. A few key themes emerged as we discussed bank relationship management against the backdrop of a low yield environment, money market reform, and a concerned economic outlook with developing bank headline risk.
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  • Geopolitical Risk: A Growing Concern for Finance Execs

    Oct 17, 2016
    At the first AFP Executive Roundtable of this quarter, I asked the attendees whether they discuss geopolitical risk when they hold meetings on risk management issues. Everyone in attendance had something to say, so I suppose it’s fair to say that geopolitical risk is a key concern for treasury and finance executives.
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