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Ten treasury concerns for finance professionals in Canada

The Association of Finance Professionals (AFP) has carried out a survey on Canada's finance professionals, asking 300 members of the finance community to rate the importance of treasury and finance-related issues. Below is a list of the top ten issues which respondents said were "important" or "very important" to them and the finance profession in Canada. How do they compare with your list?

Top Ten Issues

  1. Improving the cash forecasting process, without adding systems or head count.

  2. Identifying technology solutions that can help my organization to conduct treasury operations better, faster and more efficiently.

  3. Understanding the best practices for safeguarding against fraud and spotting suspicious activity.

  4. Mitigating my organization's foreign exchange exposure.

  5. The impact on treasury of increasing value of Canadian dollar versus US dollar.

  6. Measuring treasury performance and the value of treasury to the organization.

  7. Establishing standards to manage operational risk.

  8. Managing the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act on internal controls and/or disclosure controls.

  9. Determining the optimal capital structure.

  10. Evaluating the value and risks of off-balance sheet transactions such as securitization and leasing.

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