WEB SITES FOR DISCERNING FINANCE
PART IV: WORKING CAPITAL MANAGEMENT
Association for Financial
Professionals (AFP). Formerly the Treasury Management
The Association of Corporate
Treasurers (ACT). A UK gateway to information on corporate treasury
matters. Be sure to check out their magazine, The
- Business Finance
version of CFO Magazine
magazine plus additional resources and links.
- Check 21 (Check Clearing for the 21st Century
Industry information and education about check image clearing including
industry statistics, videos and papers on how to become
FRB: Consumer Guide to Check 21 and Substitute Checks.
This guide explains your rights under Check 21 as they relate to
- CIO.COM. Resources for information executives.
Clearing House Interbank
Payments System (CHIPS). Information about the automated clearing system
used primarily for international payments.
- Credit & Collections Web Sites
Credit and Collections
Resource Center. Designed to help commercial credit, collections and
finance professionals with relevant articles, bankruptcy and trade
receivable statistics, country risk reports, financial formulas and
- Credit Collections & Risk
Magazine. Magazine for collections
and credit policy professionals.
- Credit Collections & Risk
World Magazine. Magazine for collections
and credit policy professionals.
CRF Online. Credit Research
Foundation (CRF) Web site emphasizing education and
research activities to aid business credit, accounts receivable
and customer financial managers.
- Dun & Bradstreet Information Services.
Information about this commercial credit reporting agency plus helpful
business tips (e.g.,
How to Make Better Credit Decisions).
- Experian (TRW) --
Business Credit. The Experian (formerly TRW) credit reporting agency
describes a sample business credit report called a "Business
The Institute of Credit
Management (ICM). Resources provided by the largest professional
credit management organisation in Europe.
Magazine. Courtesy of one of Europe's leading Credit Management
Scoring Booklets. Two excellent online booklets to help you better
understand your credit score, or FICO score.
- National Association of Credit
Pay on Time. The Complete Guide to the
Late Payment of Commercial Debts (interest) Act 1998 (UK).
Receivables Exchange. Online marketplace where you can post your
receivables on a private Web site and have financial institutions bid on
History of the Credit Card. TV program Frontline (working
with The New York Times) created this revealing investigation
into credit cards. View entire program and read articles.
Website also has a credit card quiz, a teacher's guide, and a place
to leave feedback.
Why Do Production Firms Act as Financial Intermediaries?" Article
examines the motivations for providing trade credit, which
remains the largest source of short-term business credit in the U.S.
and other nations around the world. The article is courtesy of the Federal
Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
Video-based credit score and credit rating education including
the keys to higher credit scores.
the Point of Credit Scoring?" Good article explains the basics of
credit scoring, discusses some of the models used, and looks at some of the
implications of the wider use of credit scoring.
- Electronic Check Conversion Web Sites
E-Checks (Electronic Check Conversion). E-check facts for consumers
courtesy of the US Federal Trade Commission.
Check Conversion. US Federal Reserve's brochure When Is Your
Check Not a Check?.
- Electronic Commerce Web Sites
E-Commerce Times. A
cornucopia of e-commerce news and information.
- Finfacts Ireland. The
Irish Finance and Business Portal.
Electronic Payments in the U.S. Economy: An Overview. Article
courtesy of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.
Articles. A collection of articles on factoring courtesy of The
Invoice Bankers Corporation (a factoring company).
- Federal Reserve Financial Services.
Information about the Federal Reserve System's financial services and products
offered to U.S. financial institutions (e.g., ACH and Funds Transfer).
- The Federal Reserve
All about the Federal Reserve System, its publications, its regulations,
and links to related sites.
Estimating Yields on Treasury Securities. How to compute yields on
Treasury securities -- discount yield and investment yield methods.
This Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) site contains on-line "Fedpoint"
publications covering such topics as Automated Clearing Houses (ACHs),
Fedwire, and float.
FRED® -- Economic and
Database. Provides historical U.S. economic and financial data,
including daily U.S. interest rates, monetary and business
indicators, exchange rates, balance of payments and regional economic
data for Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri
FTA: The Finance and Treasury
Association. Association for finance and treasury professionals in
Australia, Asia and the Pacific -- providing technical
information and ongoing professional development.
- iMoneyNet. Features money
market mutual fund information for individual and institutional investors.
Fund Basics section.
Radio Frequency Identification Technology in the Federal Government.
This US Government report provides good background
reading for students, executives, and IT professionals who are
interested in studying and/or adopting RFID technologies.
The Institutional Money Market Funds
Association (IMMFA). Provides information about IMMFA and its
members and about triple-A rated money market funds. See especially
their About MMFs
InventoryOps.com. Source for
information on inventory management and warehouse operations.
Investment Company Fact Book.
Latest review of trends and activities in the US investment company
industry (mutual funds, closed end funds, ETFs and UITs), courtesy of
the Investment Company Institute.
Investopedia.com: Money Market. Tutorial on the money market plus
descriptions of the key money market instruments.
Portal for e-business material --
news, links, job bank, articles, and more.
- The Journal of Internet
Banking and Commerce.
"Lockbox Banking -- Pro &
Con". Nice article courtesy of the National Check Fraud Center.
Web-based extension of "Logistics
Management" magazine that includes additional resources and
links to other news sources.
- Microcredit Web Sites
Kiva.org -- Loans that Change Lives.
Kiva lets you loan money to unique small businesses in
the developing world. By choosing a business on Kiva.org, you can
"sponsor a business" and help the world's working poor make
great strides towards economic independence.
Campaign. Working to ensure that 100 million of the world's poorest
families, especially the women of those families, are receiving credit
for self-employment and other financial and business services by the end
Money Markets: Fundamentals. Excellent tutorial courtesy of
The Learning Curve.
Mutual Fund Advisor.
Articles on mutual funds, a glossary of mutual fund terms,
listed mutual funds by family and information about them, news,
historical facts and more.
- NACHA: Electronic Payments, EBT, EFT, ACH
. Learn about NACHA (National Automated Clearing House Association),
ACH, "direct deposit/direct payment," Financial EDI, cross-border
payments, and more.
Outsourcing Center. A
hub for outsourcing information and articles.
The Outsourcing Institute.
A neutral outsourcing resource dedicated to providing outsourcing
information, research, networking opportunities
and customized services and solutions to the outsourcing
industry. Membership is required, but it is
"Paying for It: Checks, Cash, and Electronic Payments". Nice article
by the Atlanta Fed on how money flows through the complex payment system
in the US.
Center. Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia site
established to serve as a source of knowledge and expertise on
credit cards, debit cards, smart cards, stored-value cards,
and similar payment vehicles.
Internet Guide. Comprehensive guide to treasury-specific Web
resources. And, check out their two-page list of
for Treasury Managers.
Accounts Explained. Explanations that deal with aspects such as
interest rates, balances, Check 21, and more. Courtesy of
- Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA)
(EPC). Website of organization dedicated to supporting and promoting
Visit this site's Overview (Tutorial) related to
Working Capital Management.
- Supply Chain (and Financial Supply Chain)
CPO Agenda. Global business
review designed for chief procurement officers and senior purchasing
"The Argument for Financial-Chain Management". Excellent article from
talks about applying the advances made in supply-chain management to the
ING Guide to Financial Supply Chain Optimization. Excellent
four-section series originally appeared in TMI Magazine and is
provided here courtesy of ING.
Section One: Introducing the Financial
Section Two: Order-to-Cash
Section Three: Purchase-to-Pay
Section Four: Supply Chain Finance.
ITtoolbox Supply Chain
Management. Portal for supply chain management material --
news, links, job bank, articles, and more.
Practical insights on supply chain finance for treasury and procurement
(by Bob Kramer).
Supply & Demand Chain
Sourcing, procurement, operations, and demand management
features, online magazine, and more.
Chain & Logistics Canada. Non-profit organization of business
professionals interested in improving their logistics and supply chain
management skills through a comprehensive program of education,
research and networking opportunities.
Supply Chain Digest.
Supply chain management and logistics news, insight, education,
opinion and education.
Supply Chain Finance
Community. Nonprofit organization with the aim to facilitate and
accelerate the developments in Supply Chain Finance.
Supply Chain Management
Review. Online version of magazine plus supply chain news
Purchasing and supply news, law, analysis and resources.
Treasury & Risk
Treasury Institute for
Higher Education. Designed to be the first "port of call" for
senior treasury officers of educational institutions seeking to learn,
share, and benchmark the best practices in treasury management.
- Treasury Management Association (TMA). Now known as the Association for Financial
International. Links to
TMI Magazine, a Research Library, and more.
U.S. Treasury securities directly via the Internet. Also provides basics
on Treasury securities and a nice frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- Uniform Commercial
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