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Wallet Size: How Well Do You Know Your Bank?

Bruce Lynn, The Financial Executives Consulting Group | 22 April

When corporate treasurers consider their wallet size - the amount of corporate cash they park at their banks plus what they spend - it typically depends on the strength of their relationship. But how closely do most corporates monitor the process? Furthermore, do they get everything they need out of those relationships? Bruce Lynn, Managing Partner of the Financial Executives Consulting Group, recently spoke with gtnews on what corporate treasurers expect from their banks and why many of them are not getting it.

Simplifying European Market Reporting: EMIR in the Click of a Button

Martin Bellin, BELLIN | 18 April

It’s been roughly one month since European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) reporting on derivatives has become mandatory across the European Union (EU), enforcing reporting, central clearing and risk management processes for all over-the-counter (OTC) derivative trades that occur with EU-based counterparties. Treasuries of companies with European subsidiaries may find that their reporting standards - even for those already Dodd-Frank compliant - are insufficient for the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), in some cases requiring significant changes from preexisting business practices.

Sanctions against Russia: On the Path to Compliance

Reetu Khosla, Pegasystems | 15 April

Last week the US government announced that it was planning to introduce tougher economic sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine. As the US and the European Union (EU) are in further discussions for increased sanctions against the former Soviet country, there is a presumption that there will be more sanctions coming that will impact trade and finance. If so, financial services will be one of the most strongly affected industries with multinational banks and organisations facing significant compliance risk challenges if they engage in any business with sanctioned persons or entities.

US Mortgage Finance Reform and the Future of Fannie and Freddie

Chad Bianchi, Associated Banc-Corp | 3 April

The most recent financial crisis has spawned numerous international financial standards and an onslaught of legislation. At the helm of the controversy surrounding the Great Recession is the housing market. In the US, government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) - most notably the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) have come under fire since 2008, but no substantial action has been taken by legislators until now. Recent US mortgage finance reform legislation seeks to dissolve Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and replace their function in the secondary mortgage market with privately capitalised entities.

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