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Blogger Autumn: Entry 7
I have twenty days until my exam and I am beginning to feel extremely nervous.  Read more...

4/16/2014 | Comments (0)

Blogger Iris: Entry 6
I just returned from a business trip and have good news to share.  Read more...

4/4/2014 | Comments (1)

Blogger Autumn: Entry 6
For some reason, time is starting to fly! I keep watching the calendar thinking I only have this many weeks or that many days remaining and it is creating a bit more nervousness than I prefer!  Read more...

4/3/2014 | Comments (0)

Blogger Iris: Entry 5
I have been reading approximately one to two chapters per week – primarily on Sundays.  Read more...

3/31/2014 | Comments (0)

Blogger Autumn: Entry 5
The last couple of weeks have been my chance to crack down on studying for the CTP exam.  Read more...

3/26/2014 | Comments (0)

Blogger Iris: Entry 4
I returned home on a Saturday and therefore had all day Sunday to study – which I actually did!  Read more...

3/21/2014 | Comments (0)

Blogger Autumn: Entry 4
Tonight I have to read to get caught up and stay on track with my chapter study plan.  Read more...

3/20/2014 | Comments (0)

Blogger Iris: Entry 3
As I continued to read through the chapters, I started to make flashcards as I encountered terminology that was unfamiliar to me and would be difficult to recall.  Read more...

3/7/2014 | Comments (0)

Blogger Autumn: Entry 3
I think it’s important to know how you study. Not everyone can just read and not have a tablet nearby to take notes.  Read more...

3/6/2014 | Comments (2)

Blogger Iris: Entry 2
I attended the complimentary AFP webinar today and was very pleased.  Read more...

2/27/2014 | Comments (0)

Blogger Autumn: Entry 2
I just returned from Austin for the TEXPO Conference CTP exam prep course and it was AMAZING!  Read more...

2/26/2014 | Comments (0)

Blogger Iris: Entry 1
I enjoy the field of treasury and cash management very much and have always planned to obtain my CTP.  Read more...

2/21/2014 | Comments (0)

Blogger Autumn: Entry 1
I just finished my MBA and have decided taking the CTP Exam now would be beneficial while I am still in “study mode”.  Read more...

2/21/2014 | Comments (0)

Blogger Beth: Entry 4
Two main study tips: Don’t forget to study the math problems and review your notes.  Read more...

10/15/2013 | Comments (2)

Blogger Missy: Entry 3
It’s almost time to take the test!  Read more...

10/7/2013 | Comments (0)

Blogger Mark: Entry 2
This time, I approached each chapter differently. I would read through all the main paragraphs and bullet points within each sub-sections of each remaining chapters to give me a little more idea of what to expect within a chapter.  Read more...

9/27/2013 | Comments (0)

Blogger Kristen: Entry 3
With only six days until I sit for the exam I am so thankful to have completed all of the reading.  Read more...

9/12/2013 | Comments (1)

Blogger Gina: Entry 3
Well my test is two weeks from today on a Friday. Some days I feel pretty good about my understanding of the material and at other times I feel like I am just reading something for the first time.  Read more...

9/9/2013 | Comments (0)

Blogger David: Entry 3
After successfully testing enough times to generate a positive grade consistently on the post-test, I moved on to the final review portion of the Learning System.  Read more...

9/3/2013 | Comments (0)

Blogger Crystal: Entry 3
My study plan was completely re-vamped, thanks to the additional resources offered by the AFP.  Read more...

8/27/2013 | Comments (0)

Blogger Chris: Entry 3
Three weeks for me till I sit down and take the CTP.  Read more...

8/26/2013 | Comments (0)

Blogger Beth: Entry 3
I pushed my test date back to the end of the month. I had so much more material that I wanted to study before my initially scheduled exam date.  Read more...

8/22/2013 | Comments (0)

Blogger Mark: Entry 1
Initially I was overwhelmed with all the chapters and books I had to go through in the AFP Learning System.  Read more...

8/15/2013 | Comments (0)

Blogger Missy: Entry 2
I have been studying whenever and wherever I possibly can.  Read more...

8/12/2013 | Comments (0)

Blogger Kristen: Entry 2
Over the past month I have established a more detailed study plan and hope to expand my focus to include more than just reading the text, end of chapter questions and online module exams.  Read more...

8/8/2013 | Comments (0)

Blogger Gina: Entry 2
It’s been a month since I have written about how my studying is going so I thought I would take a few minutes to give you an update.  Read more...

8/6/2013 | Comments (1)

Blogger David: Entry 2
I’ve finished reading the material and have taken notes. Writing down ideas helps me to solidify the concepts.  Read more...

8/5/2013 | Comments (0)

Blogger Crystal: Entry 2
Well, studying for this exam has proven to be harder than I thought.  Read more...

7/31/2013 | Comments (0)

Blogger Chris: Entry 2
Last week I finished up my classroom review classes I had been doing for the past 12 weeks.  Read more...

7/19/2013 | Comments (2)

Blogger Beth: Entry 2
Work has been very busy this month, which has made studying at home a little difficult since I am so tired.  Read more...

7/18/2013 | Comments (0)

Blogger Ruben: Entry 1
I belong to the Cash Management and Settlements department, which is directly involved in all treasury operations. I have always considered the CTP the ideal credential to manage this group.  Read more...

7/1/2013 | Comments (0)

Blogger Missy: Entry 1
As a CMS, it is very important to me to understand not only the banking aspect of a business, but the treasury view of the company as well.  Read more...

6/26/2013 | Comments (0)

Blogger Kristen: Entry 1
This treasury certification is not required for my position, but through my interest in personal and professional development, as well as continued research on how to enhance the validity of my department, I determined that this would not only help with the challenges mentioned above, but also make our department and company more marketable to the industry.  Read more...

6/24/2013 | Comments (0)

Blogger Gina: Entry 1
I decided it was time to take my CTP exam because it has been recommended on my review the last couple of years.  Read more...

6/21/2013 | Comments (0)

Blogger David: Entry 1
Why get the CTP? That question means so many different things to different professionals in different industries.  Read more...

6/21/2013 | Comments (1)

Blogger Crystal: Entry 1
I decided to sit down, before reading a single word of a single chapter, and develop a study plan first and foremost.  Read more...

6/18/2013 | Comments (0)

Blogger Chris: Entry 1
I had been considering taking the CTP for quite a while and finally decided to take the plunge and invest the time.  Read more...

6/12/2013 | Comments (0)

Blogger Beth: Entry 1
I am scheduled to take the CTP exam in June.  I have taken the exam before, and this time I am even more nervous.  Read more...

6/10/2013 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #47: Don’t Overlook the Balance Multiplier
This calculation, which is a spin-off calculation of Collected Balances Required (CBR), is an important bank relationship management tool that can be used where you are compensating your banks for services with balances rather than with fees.  Read more...

5/9/2012 | Comments (1)

Study Tip #46: How's Business?
A common question that comes up in the daily
banter between business professionals is “How’s Business?”. One of the ways
this question can be answered in a more sophisticated manner is to use
financial ratio analysis to develop a more informed judgment as to the
financial performance of your company.
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5/2/2012 | Comments (2)

Study Tip # 45: Some Thoughts about Profit Margins
I thought it might be useful to discuss each of the four profit margin ratios to help prepare you to answer potential exam questions that are designed to test your understanding of their definitions and more importantly, how each is differentiated from the others.  Read more...

4/25/2012 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #44: Some Tips for Studying Yield Equations
I’ll be suggesting some study tips to help you prepare for exam questions where you will be required to recall and solve yield equations.  Read more...

4/18/2012 | Comments (1)

Study Tip #43: The Ins and Outs of Options Pricing
You will most likely be faced with having to answer exam questions that require an understanding of both "option-eze” (e.g. In-the-Money, Out-of-the-Money, etc.)  and the factors that determine the value of an option.  Read more...

4/11/2012 | Comments (0)

Study Tip # 42: Doing the Seller's Discount Two Step
A short cut procedure for calculating, in two steps, the benefit to a seller for offering a cash discount to its customers for making early payment.  Read more...

4/4/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Steve: Week 10
Final exam review After working my way through all 17 chapters, I’ve amassed an impressive collection of flashcards.  Read more...

6/29/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Steve: Week 12
I found the exam questions slightly more direct and easier to follow than the online post-test questions  Read more...

7/27/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Steve: Week 11
So it was down to crunch time. With one week to go, I fit in as much review as possible. I mapped out how I planned to use my last week, and decided to focus on the chapters I was scoring poorly on.  Read more...

7/13/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Steve: Week 9
Now I’ve finished reading all the textbook material. Completing this so quickly has given me a temporary sense of relief: I’ve still got five full weeks for review.  Read more...

6/15/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Steve: Week 8
I’ve only entirely read each chapter once and then gave them a quick skim before taking the test. I plan to invest more time in review for module 5 before taking the test to see if it helps my score and confidence in the materials.  Read more...

6/1/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Steve: Week 7
As I’ve mentioned, my wife’s been going through a lot of my flashcards, and it’s a bit of a double-edged sword. She’s actually started memorizing some of the cards – not just the answers, but also the questions.  Read more...

5/18/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Steve: Week 6

 

It’s amazing how a week can slip by so quickly, but I think if I added up my total hours of studying for this week, they would total less than five. I guess I should look on it as a mini-break and really throw myself into things next week.


 

 

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5/4/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Steve: Week 5
I’m studying every morning, four nights a week, and at least a full day on the weekends, so I feel like the time I’m putting in will pay off at the end. Right now, a lot of that time is going toward my initial reading of each chapter.  Read more...

4/20/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Steve: Week 4
I bought a box of 500 lined index cards, and I’ve already taken a large chunk out of it.  Read more...

4/6/2012 | Comments (2)

Blogger Steve: Week 3
One of my first goals was to determine the most productive times for me to study. I’m able to get up in the mornings and study for nearly an hour before I leave for work. I find at this time I’m most alert and energetic.  Read more...

3/23/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Steve: Week 2
As most of my experience is with one company, I hope the CTP will fill in the areas I have not yet experienced, giving me the technical skills to fully develop my treasury abilities.  Read more...

3/9/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Rose: Week 12
The online format of the test is extremely helpful from a strategic and timing perspective.  The remaining time is in the top right corner of the screen and you can skip and “flag” or mark questions that you want to go back and review later.  I would recommend highly utilizing this functionality as this prevents you from spending too much time on certain question  Read more...

7/23/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Rose: Week 11

 

With the last few hours tonight and tomorrow morning I’m planning on reviewing my typed notes – looking for key definitions, lists, terms, laws, agencies, etc to refresh my memory.  In addition, I plan on going through about 10 final review questions from the Learning System in the morning prior to leaving for the exam just to get myself into the test tasking mode.  Wish me luck!

 

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7/9/2012 | Comments (2)

Blogger Rose: Week 10
Since my last blog, I have finished the three last modules (4, 5, & 6).  In order to break up the monotony of just taking practice question after practice question I also reviewed all of the flashcards and definitions.  Read more...

5/25/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Rose: Week 9
I have also found the AFP Learning System extremely useful.  I took the Pre-Test for the second time and my score has increased, but not significantly from when I took the exam about a year ago before I opened a booked to study.  Read more...

6/11/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Rose: Week 8
Tonight I will take the first mock exam on the online AFP Learning System in order to gauge where I am at in my studies and in particular the chapters that I will need to review the most.  I have three weekends left before the exam and I believe during the weekends is when I can really get a large amount of studying accomplished.  Read more...

5/28/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Rose: Week 7
Most of the concepts except for cash forecasting do not relate directly to what I do on a day to day basis, but certain concepts like issuing commercial paper, long term debt, issuing equity, MMF investments, fixed income portfolio, FX hedging and management are specific of my greater Treasury department.  The text has expanded my knowledge and understanding in these areas.  Read more...

5/14/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Rose: Week 6
At this point I believe I encountered my hardest chapter yet, Chapter 10, Payment Systems, Collections and Disbursements.  This chapter is extremely dense with definitions and will require patience.  From my memory recollection I believe it is also the longest chapter as well – the page count seems to be double, triple, and quadruple some of the other chapters.  Read more...

4/30/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Rose: Week 5
Although I have been previously studying in sequential order and am only currently on Chapter 8, it was my turn to present to my study group and therefore I had to skip ahead to Chapter 13 – Financial Decisions and Management and focus on the details of that specific chapter.  Read more...

4/16/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Rose: Week 4
Specifically, the Excel document will serve as a formula reference guide which I hope to use either directly to memorize formulas or can be turned into flashcards.  The Word document can also be used later to create flashcards for definitions of any unknown content.  Read more...

4/2/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Rose: Week 3
This time around I am still readingthrough all of the chapters and decided to start from the beginning again onChapter 1, but the difference is that I am outlining/ taking notes in MicrosoftWord.  Read more...

3/19/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Rose: Week 2
I heard about the SFMTA study group for this December/January testing session via an email I received and I decided to join the study group for various reasons.  Mostly I was hoping it would keep me focused and help me track my studying.  Read more...

3/5/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Susan: Week 11
I feel like I didn’t sleep at all last night.  I would wake up every two hours and think about one of the formulas to see if I still remembered it  Read more...

7/6/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Susan: Week 10
While studying the calculations I reverted back to grade school.  When I found myself struggling with one I actually wrote it at least three times then practiced solving it with numbers  Read more...

6/22/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Susan: Week 9
My first piece of advice to anyone reading this would be to start earlier than I have on gaining an understanding of the calculations.  I’ve known about the exam for almost a year now and at this point I feel there is no reason that I shouldn’t have been looking at the calculations before now.  Read more...

6/8/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Susan: Week 8
One positive point is that the when I have practiced the calculations they are coming to me easier than I thought they would.  I still remember many of them from college classes so the practice has been more of a refresher for me.  Read more...

5/25/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Susan: Week 7
I understand the basic definition of puts, calls, options, and forwards.  However, when it comes to answering questions about the details involved with each of those I get confused.  Read more...

5/11/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Susan: Week 6
Currently, my struggles and concerns are mainly the calculations.  I’ve seen just about all of the calculations in the book before in school but there are just so many  Read more...

4/27/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Susan: Week 5

 

As those of you who work in retail know, December and January are very busy.  We are getting ready to close the year in January and all the preparation begins in December.   Luckily, I have still made the time on Friday afternoon to study. 

 

 

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4/13/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Susan: Week 4

 Just over a month before the exam and time to step up the studying.  I made it through final exams at school and am now ready to dedicate much more time to the CTP exam. 

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3/30/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Susan: Week 3
The hardest obstacle I’ve had to overcome over the past couple of weeks has been work/life balance.  Read more...

3/16/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Susan: Week 2

My first thoughts as I begin to study for the exam are “how am I ever going to get through this entire book and retain anything to take this test?”

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3/2/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Kate: Week 12
In retrospect, I am glad that I took the test when I did, but that is only because it is over and I passed. I know I did not give myself enough time to study.   Read more...

7/16/2012 | Comments (2)

Blogger Kate: Week 11
I managed to answer all of the questions in a bit over 2 ½ hours. I quickly looked to see what I had flagged for review.  Read more...

7/2/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Kate: Week 10
After test four, I took a break. I went to yoga and took a quick run, something I had been denying myself but I desperately needed for my sanity.  Read more...

6/18/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Kate: Week 9
I am continuing to take the tests at the end of the chapters. I am hopeful I am not just memorizing the answers, however, as the numbers and questions don’t change.  Read more...

6/4/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Kate: Week 8
I am starting again at the beginning, so today I went back through modules 1 and 2. These modules are a bit like the first few chapters in a textbook you had in high school; easy as can be but the foundation of everything that is going to come down the line, so you better have a good understanding of what they mean.  Read more...

5/21/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Kate: Week 7
The good news is that everything is read now and I can begin studying by review, which I find much more enjoyable.  Read more...

5/7/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Kate: Week 6
But the bright side is that most of the questions I got wrong are from modules 4 and 5. Furthermore, it shows that the AFP Learning System is posing questions that test the person’s knowledge who is studying for the test. They are not “gimme” questions at all.  Read more...

4/23/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Kate: Week 5
Policy and procedure feel intuitive to me, as does most of risk management, so the hurdle I have in module 6 will be the learning of the technology standards.  Read more...

4/9/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Kate: Week 4
I shifted gears and began to study the later chapters. One thing that I am having trouble with in the later chapters is trying to make flashcards. For example, Chapter 16’s “Policies and Procedures” section seems so intuitive it made for easy reading, but hard to put onto flashcards  Read more...

3/26/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Kate: Week 3
What is my solution to the winter darkness? Stay home longer and study!  Read more...

3/12/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Kate: Week 2
I am two and a half weeks into my study schedule. As usual, things have not gone as planned.  Read more...

2/27/2012 | Comments (0)

Study Tip # 41: Currency Futures: What's the Value of My Margin Account?
The following three calculation steps can enable you to calculate the value of a margin account at the end of any day.  Read more...

3/28/2012 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #40: FX Swap Re-Visited: Cash Flows Perspective
An approach you could use to learn how currency swaps work is to identify the various cash flows that take place over the life of the swap.  Read more...

3/21/2012 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #39: Non-Cash Charge Enigma

A better understanding of the "non-cash charge" accounting concept and, more importantly, how it is connected to other accounting subjects in the BOK that you might find in the form of CTP exam questions.

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3/14/2012 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #38: Add This to Your CTP Exam Toolbox
Here's some hints on using the on-screen calculator at the testing site.  Read more...

3/7/2012 | Comments (1)

Study Tip #37: Don't do the Swap
One study tip for gaining a better understanding of how a currency swap hedges FX rate risk is to identify the consequences of not arranging a currency swap.  Read more...

2/29/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Susan: Week 1
I decided to take the CTP exam shortly after starting my current position. When I was hired for the position the CTP credential was mentioned as something that management in the department would like me to obtain  Read more...

2/23/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Steve: Week 1
Ten years into my finance career, I decided to study for the Certified Treasury Professional designation to ensure I have the technical skills to give me a professional edge in an international job market.  Read more...

2/23/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Rose: Week 1
I decided to sign up for the CTP about a year ago and initially signed up for the last exam window. The study tool I used was the AFP Learning System: Treasury, 3rd Edition. I took the online Pre-Test to understand where I needed improvement and then began studying.  Read more...

2/23/2012 | Comments (0)

Blogger Kate: Week 1
I will be using the AFP Learning System to study; there are six modules. I intend to work through each module in two weeks, reading, utilizing homemade flashcards and using the online tools provided. I will carve out 1 hour in the morning each day to study  Read more...

2/23/2012 | Comments (0)

CTP Exam Prep Blogs: Introduction
Welcome to the CTP Exam Preparation Blog. We will be featuring four guest bloggers who, like you, are CTP candidates. Read about their journey as they prepare for the CTP exam.  Read more...

2/23/2012 | Comments (0)

Study Tip# 36: Time for a brain dump
If you choose to practice the "brain dump", do so only after you've officially started the exam or you risk being locked out of the exam and forfeiting your appointment and testing fee.  Read more...

12/5/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip# 35: Ready for some alphabet soup?
It is a truism that every group or organization of people with a common interest will create their own verbal “shorthand” with regard to ideas, concepts, and practices considered typical in that common interest  Read more...

11/28/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip# 34: Another study tip: Focus!
Regardless of your experience, there are going to be topics and subjects that are unfamiliar, or less familiar, to you.  Read more...

11/14/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #33: There’s soooooo much material, and so little time left, what can I do?
Was your study plan realistic, or were you ‘optimistic’ about yourself, your time, and your study habits, when you put it together?  Read more...

11/7/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip#32: What are all these questions?
Just in case you haven’t noticed, there are lots of questions, not only in the BOK, but in the study stuff, the online study stuff, the pre-test, the post test, the chapter tests, and even into your nightmares and daydreams.  Read more...

11/7/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #31: Where am I?
When you get somewhere early, you can always use the extra time to relax, review your note cards one more time, or practice your yoga.  Read more...

10/31/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #30: 2 plus 2 equals 476,817.03
When you have a calculation question, hopefully the formula will appear in the air in front of you and show you the answer. If that doesn’t happen, take your best estimate at it.  Read more...

10/24/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #29: Who’s your buddy?
One thing I recommend to everyone studying for the exam is to find a ‘study buddy’ to work with.  Read more...

10/11/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #28: Don’t sweat the small stuff
There are lots of calculations in Treasury and they're all different, depending on what part of Treasury you find yourself working in.  Read more...

9/30/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #27: Meet Your New Blogger
It is my intention to use this blog to share with you as much of what I have learned as a CTP teacher, and as a practitioner in Treasury, as I can squeeze into these postings  Read more...

9/21/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #26: Going the Distance
If there is any lesson to be learned here, it might be “when you think you’ve gone as far as you possibly can, go a little farther”.  Read more...

4/25/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #25: Some Tips for Studying Financial Ratios
Hhere’s a couple of tips on how to prepare to answer financial ratio questions.  Read more...

4/19/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip#24: Keeping it Simple, Again.
So, in keeping with this practice of reducing equations, where possible, to their simplest terms, here is a similar discussion of the Exponential Smoothing equation.  Read more...

4/11/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #23: Keeping it Simple
Today, I’m going to give you an equation from the BOK that I’ve restated in less complicated terms.  Read more...

4/5/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #22: The Budgeting Process Endgame
The ritual of the annual budgeting process, as those of you who have managerial responsibilities can attest, is a sometimes burdensome activity that can go through several iterations before it’s “blessed” by senior management.  Read more...

3/28/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #21: Foreign Exchange Conversions: An Alternative Method
So, some years ago I introduced an alternative method for solving $/FX conversion questions that utilizes a little bit of “off-the-shelf” math that is based on the concept of “proportional relationships”.  Read more...

3/22/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #20: Some Tips for Studying Short-Term Investing and Borrowing Equations
...whether you’re calculating the interest earned on a short-term investment or the interest expense of a short-term borrowing arrangement, these equations are all a variation of the same underlying theme...  Read more...

3/14/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #19: Capital Budgeting Redux
....using triage as a metaphor for capital budgeting helps build a better understanding of why senior management must employ a triage-like process when allocating the company’s, sometimes limited, resources to fund capital investment proposals....  Read more...

3/8/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #18: Capital Budgeting: A Study in Triage
...the subject of capital budgeting can be unfamiliar territory because of their limited exposure to this activity.  Read more...

2/28/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #17: No Calculation Left Behind
...I’d like suggest a strategy that might increase your chances of answering this type of calculation correctly  Read more...

2/23/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip# 16: The Peggy Sue Conjecture
An understanding of a couple of basic algebraic “tricks” can help you to prepare for CTP exam calculations in two ways.  Read more...

2/14/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #15: Preparing for a CTP Exam Review Course
This fast-paced course is designed to help you prepare for the exam by strategically focusing on key terms, concepts and calculations found in each chapter of the BOK and as such is not a page-by-page review of the text.  Read more...

2/8/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #14: Ready, Get Set, Go!
If you’re planning to take the CTP Exam in the June-July 2011 testing window, you might want to consider starting to study for the exam on Feb. 1st.  At a minimum you should setup a three month study schedule, which in this case would be March – May.  Read more...

1/31/2011 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #13: How Do You Eat An Elephant?
I suspect that when some CTP candidates are confronted with the amount of subject matter in the BOK that needs to be studied in order to pass the CTP exam, they  procrastinate and don’t start studying until just before their exam date.  If this is the case, they adopt a” cramming” preparation strategy and for most people this is not a recipe for successfully passing the exam.  Read more...

12/8/2010 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #12: Preparation Strategies for Basic Content Questions
Roughly 35% or 60 questions out of the 170 questions on the CTP exam test your knowledge of basic facts and terms.  Read more...

11/30/2010 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #11: When in Doubt, Guess!
You will not be penalized for guessing on the CTP exam which means that you should not leave any question unanswered.  So here are some tips about guessing.  Read more...

11/15/2010 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #10: The Dark Side of Data Surfing
Data surfing helps us in this daily information screening effort by quickly reducing information to a manageable number of “data bites”.  Read more...

10/25/2010 | Comments (0)

Study Tip# 9: Working with FX Dealers
Test your understanding of the Bid-Offer Spread concept and how it is used when working with FX dealers  Read more...

10/12/2010 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #8: When “Crunching the Numbers” is not Required
You could be asked a conceptual question about a given calculation rather than being asked to just do the calculation  Read more...

10/5/2010 | Comments (0)

Study Tip#7: An Options-ese Primer
Here’s a little Options-ese/English translation and some ideas for remembering what Financial Risk Management terms mean in case you get an exam question that uses this specialized language.  Read more...

9/27/2010 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #6: Lockbox Cost-Benefit Template
The ETM devotes a fair amount of time to lockbox processing systems in general and specifically to determining the cost or benefit of moving remittance processing from a company in-house processing center to a bank lockbox  Read more...

9/14/2010 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #5: Clarifying Operating Cash Flow
Operating Cash Flow is, for many people, the most difficult to understand and especially confusing is the section that shows sources and uses of cash generated by changes in Current Assets and Liabilities  Read more...

9/8/2010 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #4: Connecting the Dots
Connecting the dots between higher order concepts and their associated topics can help you prepare for the CTP exam.  Read more...

8/30/2010 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #3: Doing a Financial Statements Walkabout
An understanding of how financial statements are structured and how to read them is critical to successfully answering potential exam questions ....  Read more...

8/24/2010 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #2: Quickly Determining Funds Availability
Understanding how to determine when a check becomes available (ie: collected or “ usable funds”) is necessary to answer exam questions that test your knowledge of the US payments system.  Read more...

8/17/2010 | Comments (0)

Study Tip #1: The Search for the Operational Context
Over the years of training CTP candidates to take the certification examination, I’ve found that there’s a lot of anxiety regarding the calculations. One technique I’ve used to help reduce “calculation anxiety” is to present the calculations in their operational context. This approach answers the two questions regarding any calculation which are; “So what?” and “Who cares?” In other words, why is it important and how does it support day-to-day decision making. I believe that this preparation technique can help you learn how to “crunch” the numbers as well as answer conceptual questions concerning a given calculation.  Read more...

7/28/2010 | Comments (1)

About the CTP Exam Prep Blog
Welcome to the new CTP Preparation Blog! Here’s another resource to help you prepare for the CTP exam.  Read more...

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