Global Treasury Briefing

The March/April issue of Global Treasury Briefing illustrates the range and depth of the exciting and challenging issues that treasury professionals are dealing with on a daily basis. We start off by examining how treasurers are demanding holistic solutions from their banking partners and advisers as they look to make a step change in the way they manage their corporate’s finances and support future growth. It’s not easy but treasurers and bankers need to step up to the plate.

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March April 2014 GTB coverMarch April 2014
The March/April issue of Global Treasury Briefing illustrates the range and depth of the exciting and challenging issues that treasury professionals are dealing with on a daily basis. We start off by examining how treasurers are demanding holistic solutions from their banking partners and advisers as they look to make a step change in the way they manage their corporate’s finances and support future growth. It’s not easy but treasurers and bankers need to step up to the plate.

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gtb_janfeb2014_coverJanuary 2014
For the first issue of 2014, Global Treasury Briefing considers the two key issues of regulation and interest rates. Regulation has dominated the agenda for treasury professionals ever since the financial crisis and will continue to remain an important ever present for some time to come. We also take time to look at Africa, an area of the globe which is going to warrant the increasing attention of treasury professionals. All the indications are that for the readers of GTB 2014 is going to be another busy and eventful year and we wish you every success.

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gtb_2013_coverDecember 2013
For our final issue of 2013, Global Treasury Briefing considers the issue of treasury benchmarking, which depends on a consistent flow of timely and accurate information, although this is often easier said than done in today’s volatile and regulation-heavy business environment. Hence the increasing use of key performance indicators (KPIs), which Gourang Shah and Rachel Wang of Citi describe in our cover story as
the treasurer’s strategic tools in evaluating processes such as cash management and overall efficiency and deciding how they might be improved.

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Companies around the world are holding on to increasing levels of cash and who can blame them? As this issue’s cover story by Rebecca Brace notes, interest rates have now been at rock bottom levels for nearly five years. This issue’s regional focus moves to the US, still the world’s number one economy although the challenge from China is set to intensify. The recent political wrangling in Washington over the country’s debt ceiling will inevitably have undermined America’s position. Also in this issue is a report from the EuroFinance 2013 conference, held this year in Barcelona, where concerns over the size and scope of much of the new legislation were evident.

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Our regional focus this issue is on the Middle East and the selection of Dubai as the venue this month for the Sibos 2013 conference underlines the area’s growing importance as a major world economic power. Also in this issue are articles on the ‘new normal’ with which today’s banking industry must contend, five years after the demise of Lehman Brothers and an overview by Mark van Ommen of Zanders of what he terms ‘the surge to simplification’ and the transformation of treasury.

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Risk is the dominant theme of the August issue of Global Treasury Briefing. Five years on from the onset of the global financial crisis, the risk agenda that was traditionally the corporate treasurer’s remit and spanned counterparties, bank, liquidity, credit and currency risk has steadily broadened. As Heather McKenzie observes in our cover story, not only are newly emerging risk issues demanding attention but some existing ones require more time and attention than has traditionally been the case. The prolonged sovereign debt crisis in the eurozone forced many treasury departments to develop a ‘worst case’ scenario and political uncertainty in many regions of the world have increased the focus on areas of risk such as commodity risk.

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The June/July issue of the gtnews Global Treasury Briefing focuses on Africa and looks at the emerging economic powerhouses of the continent that could rival its main engine of South Africa. Other features in this issue include a report on how the treasurer’s role is rapidly transforming in Australia and New Zealand, the new Netherlands exchange that promises to open up new funding sources for smaller businesses and Microsoft’s ‘big picture’ strategic project spanning 250 subsidiaries worldwide.

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The May issue of the gtnews Global Treasury Briefing (GTB) can be downloaded here. There is a focus on Asia in this edition, with features examining regional treasury centres (RTCs), the rise of Shanghai and the internationalisation of the renminbi (RMB), alongside payments and hedging in India. A show report from the ACT Conference in Liverpool, UK, where SEPA and the eurozone crisis continue to dominate is also included.

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This issue's cover story suggests that despite lurid headlines about manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate - better known as Libor - its importance is waning. Treasurers should be getting accustomed to the new industry benchmarks set to replace the rate and the wider impact of the move to a more collateralised world. We also examine the new environment that will result by the tough capital adequacy requirements imposed by the Basel III regime, which is forcing corporates to rethink their cash pooling, and also the repercussions for US treasurers of Dodd-Frank. A report from this month’s International Payments Summit (IPS) shows the single euro payments area still topping the agenda.

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The treasury management systems (TMS) market is changing as mergers and acquisitions accelerate the pace of transformation and our cover story examines a ‘TMS Revolution’. With economic growth lacklustre at best in the US and Europe we also look at the recent performance and future prospects of countries in Latin America, with an in-depth study of star performer Brazil as well as Mexico, which is fast coming up on the inside track.

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As we note in this issue, treasurers were playing a steadily more strategic role within the organisation even before the global financial crisis hit and the trend has accelerated since 2008. It has become something of a cliché to observe at the start of each new year that it will prove particularly challenging. It is nonetheless true and our lead story focuses on what treasurers can expect over the coming 12 months.

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