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Cyber-attacks against businesses are increasing – both in terms of frequency and magnitude. Now the European Commission (EC) is calling on companies, particularly in critical infrastructures such as financial services, to adopt better risk management practises and improve the reporting of security incidents. Last week, international representatives from both public and private sectors met in Brussels to consider the impact of this move, and Treasury Today was there to report on the day’s proceedings.
The 19th EuroFinance in Singapore, held from 15-17 May with more than 450 delegates, kicked off with an economic overview of the Asian situation. The market dynamism is attracting investment and corporate development in the region, but are there dangers lurking beneath the surface?
The winners of the Adam Smith Awards 2013 have now been announced. We are now looking forward to the prestigious Awards Lunch at Plaisterers Hall in the City of London on 20th June.
Virgin boss Richard Branson can now add AirAsia flight attendant to his long list of career achievements, after honouring a bet lost to rival airline owner Tony Fernandes.
Fears are growing that Europe’s money market fund industry will be killed off if recent leaks of European Commission (EC) proposals prove to be accurate. Can short duration fixed-income ETFs fill the gap?
The shifting focus of global commerce and a changing and variable regulatory environment are driving businesses to look much closer at their liquidity and risk management processes. While many multinational organisations are currently flush with cash, they are concerned with optimising future sources of liquidity. This is forcing companies to focus on improving their approaches to be able to make use of internal funds, while optimising and controlling the deployment of excess cash. Given these dynamics, the distributed regional and currency specific liquidity structures are no longer in favour.
A majority of the 350 attendees at the EuroFinance Miami conference, held from 8-10th May, feel more confident about their ability to do business in today’s environment, compared with 12 months ago. However, that confidence level did not quite extend to their view of global economic prospects. A panel session looked at the fact that centralisation and efficiency gains figure high on the treasurer’s agenda and explored how this is affecting their banking relationships.
This week lingerie maker Triumph International announced the ‘Abenomics’ bra – a light hearted take on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ‘three-arrow’ economic revival plan.
Conferences come and go but the ACT’s annual event has been on the calendar for many years and this year’s event, held in Liverpool’s dockside ACC, saw around 700 delegates gather to hear speakers covering everything from stability to wild abandon. Treasury Today was in attendance.