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AR Purchase: A Financial Supply Chain Tool for Treasurers

Samuel Moore, Fifth Third Bank | 21 April

Corporate treasurers work diligently to arrange the tools needed to manage and fund their firms’ activities. Liquidity sits among the core points on which they focus, yet opportunities may exist to accelerate liquidity that lies dormant. Selling your receivables can accelerate cash conversion and address risks of concentration and foreign account debtors.

Managing Treasury in the CIS Countries

Igor Panivko, Konica Minolta | 10 April

In the past 16 years, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) including Russia, Ukraine and 10 neighbouring countries have experienced two serious financial crises: in 1998 the resulting turmoil caused by the Asian financial markets’ collapse and the shockwaves of the 2008-09 global financial downturn. Each of these led to severe national currency devaluation of 20% in Russia and up to 60% in Ukraine. This in turn triggered a chain of economic bankruptcies, reduced the reliability of the financial system and led to huge losses from exchange rate differences on companies’ profit and loss (P&L) statements.

2014: The Year of the Business to Business Direct Debit?

Richard Ransom, Bottomline Technologies | 10 April

Direct debits (DD) are no longer associated with consumer collections alone. Recent figures reveal more than one in four UK business-to-business (B2B) payments are made via DD. While the majority are for standard utility bills, the changing business attitude towards DD is clear. From improving financial control and creating a known, trusted cash flow, the benefits of DD as a collection mechanism are compelling. This article considers whether the ability to now embed strong DD control and management within the payment process will make 2014 the year of the B2B direct debit.

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