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Andrew Deichler, Multimedia Content Manager for AFP, interviews corporate treasury and finance executives about their latest challenges and insights. Topics include blockchain, fintech, cybersecurity, payments, risk, FP&A, career development, and more.
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Feb 24, 2020

In a repurchase agreement, or repo, one party sells an asset to another party and agrees to repurchase the asset at the same price, plus a premium in the future. The first party gets a much-needed funding and the second party gets to make a little extra money. The repo market is vital to the entire financial system. So when the repo markets fall into trouble, the impact can be massive. That was the fear in September 2019, when quite a bit of cash was pulled out of repos while securities were still coming in. Overnight repo rates increased, as did the Federal Funds Rate.

The Fed ultimately stepped in to stabilize things, but questions remain. Will this keep happening? If so, how often can the Fed bail the repo market out? And how might this impact corporate treasury and finance professionals? In this episode of AFP Conversations, sponsored by Invesco, Laurie Brignac, CIO and Head of Global Liquidity at Invesco, and Marques Mercier, Head of Government and Municipal Funds, Invesco Fixed Income, will help us answer these questions and more.

 

Feb 18, 2020

In this episode of AFP Conversations, Tom Hunt, CTP, AFP's Director of Treasury Services, speaks with Drew Wolff, CFO of International and Channel Development and former Treasurer of Starbucks, about his career. Wolff, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, explains how Elbert Hubbard's famous essay, "A Message to Garcia," Matters relates to the treasury and finance profession.

Financial professionals, what is the next step in your career? Find out with the AFP Career Pathing Tool, exclusively available to AFP members. You’ll learn the skills, experience and abilities you need to reach the next level in the treasury and finance profession. Learn more about this tool and AFP Membership at dynamic.afponline.org/benefits.

Feb 12, 2020

There’s often a tendency in FP&A to focus too much on the budgeting, forecasting and planning process, without taking a good hard look at how the overall organizational strategy, people and technology play into the equation. At AFP 2019, a panel discussion looked at how to improve upon that.  

In this episode of AFP Conversations, sponsored by Santander, Sarah Moriarty, Associate Director of Financial Management for Harvard University, and Kirby Lunger, former partner with Performance Architects, discuss what it truly takes for FP&A teams to succeed at forecasting and budgeting, and how can they avoid pitfalls along the way.

For more insights on budgeting and forecasting, don't miss FinNext 2020, March 17-19, in New Orleans, where FP&A professionals meet to create what's next. Register for the event here.

Jan 29, 2020

As waves of new technology are being integrated into finance, the FP&A function has a chance to seize the moment and move from a cost center to a service center. But simply adopting new tools is not enough; successfully navigating change requires developing a new mindset that creates value by clearly communicating the meaning of business data.

At FinNext 2020, finance and leadership expert Amy Vetter, CEO of The B3 Method Institute and Drishtiq Yoga, will show FP&A professionals how they can embrace innovation, allowing them to become strategic partners and develop collaborative and lasting relationships with customers. A corporate board member, author, and host of the podcast, "Breaking Beliefs," Vetter shares her insights in this episode of AFP Conversations.

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Jan 21, 2020

This episode of AFP Conversations, sponsored by MUFG, looks at liquidity management, and where it needs to go. What are some of the key considerations for managing current liquidity structures? Olu Adebiyi, Managing Director, Head of Transaction Banking Liquidity for MUFG; Glisson Inguito, Cash Management Manager and Head of Treasury/Cash Management for Konica Minolta; and Amanda Schreiber, Head of Treasury for ICU Medical; answer that question and more.

Jan 15, 2020

Organizations that rely on Libor as a benchmark rate need to prepare for its potential end in 2022. But while Federal Reserve and the Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC) have been working diligently to help companies make the transition, many are still not prepared. There are a number of steps that treasurers need to take—and they need to start making them now.

In this episode of AFP Conversations, sponsored by Santander, Amol Dhargalkar, Managing Director for Chatham Financial, and Jennifer Earyes, CTP, Head of CFO Strategic Initiatives for Navient and a member of several ARRC workgroups, explain how this major paradigm shift will impact treasury and finance professionals.

To learn more, check out AFP's Libor Transition Guide at https://dynamic.afponline.org/libor/ 

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