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AFPA Education Day 2012
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08:30 – 9:20AM

Liquidity Management in the New Era 

Speaker: Jeff Avers & Ron York

Times have changed. Over the last few years we have experienced unprecedented turmoil in the financial markets. Many of the conventional liquidity management techniques are no longer applicable. Examples of recent unusual circumstances include the extended low rate environment, a flat yield curve, government guarantees, unlimited FDIC insurance, recession followed by no or low growth economy, freezing of the short-term debt markets, surprise downgrades, repeal of Reg Q, counterparty illiquidity and/or bankruptcy, etc.. Contemporary liquidity management practices that are generally not currently viable include the sweeping of excess cash, reliance on money funds as a low risk / high relative return vehicle, enhancing core and strategic cash returns through duration extension and/or pushing the credit risk envelope and the use of less liquid instruments to drive returns (i.e. auction rates, VRDNs, multi-year floaters with a 3-month reset, puts, etc.).

The agenda topics for this session will include the following topics:


    • Past, Present & Future of Short-Term Investing
    • Investment Policy Pointers
    • Unlimited FDIC and the DDA bubble
    • The Impact of Money Fund Reform
    • Past and Future Role of Sweep
    • The Impact of Reg Q Repeal


09:30 – 10:20AM

Currency Market Outlook / The Global Economy As You've Never Seen It Before 

Speaker: Karl Schamotta

Please join us, as Karl Schamotta, Senior Market Strategist with Western Union Business Solutions discusses the profound changes that are reshaping the world and transforming the American economy - from a currency trader's distinctively balanced perspective. Karl will turn the complex interactions that govern the financial ecosystem into a series of elegant and explanatory illustrations that will help you to see the deeper patterns that are driving exchange rate volatility. And in the process, he may just change the way you see the global economy itself…


Learning Objectives:
Insight into the changes that are shaking the global economy to its core - and some of the strategies international businesses can use to turn this chaos into opportunity.An overview of the vital components needed to construct a robust currency risk management program - and some of the trading tactics that can be used to harness volatility.



10:35 – 11:25AM

Treasury Management Benchmarking and Trends for the Future

Speaker: Keith Henry

Observations from the most recent AFP Treasury Management Benchmarking Survey will be augmented with a review of other trends and priorities expected to face corporate Treasurers in the coming years.


11:25 – 12:35PM

Payments and Trends Affecting the Future; A Federal Reserve Perspective

Speaker: Robert Williams

As a key participant of the payment networks, the Federal Reserve has insight into history and trends impacting the future. In this session a Product Development Director for Check and ACH services with the Federal Reserve will offer his thoughts on the direction of payments and trends likely to impact the future.

12:45 – 01:35PM

Wicked Business: A Payments Fraud Story

Speaker: Jessica Rios

The threat of payments fraud is ever present on the minds of corporate treasurers. Fortunately, new methods of mitigating fraud are giving treasury valuable weapons in this high-stakes battle. In this discussion hear who is most impacted by fraud, what is at stake from attacks and emerging payment fraud solutions. An Industry expert will share best practices, which include reviewing risk and solutions for each payment vehicle, such as checks, ACH, wire, and cards. Walk through a fraud attack scenario and how to approach protecting assets. We also explore data from the latest AFP Fraud Survey and examine the importance of working with a banking partner in order to take advantage of the latest fraud prevention tools.

01:50 – 02:40PM

Best Practices for Evaluating a Treasury and Risk Management System

Speaker: Tracey Knight

Now more than ever, treasurers and treasury professionals must optimize their operations across cash, risk management, and hedge accounting functions. However a strategic treasury organization is only as effective as the treasury and risk management technology with which to operate. If you are considering an investment in a treasury technology, this session will review what to consider when conducting your process. The session will cover pros/cons of the different types of treasury technology, offer best practices for evaluating your needs, suggest an approach to the selection process, and give tips for a successful implementation.


03:00 – 03:50PM

Lead Like a Rebel...

Speaker: ***Redacted***


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