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    Making a success of supplier finance

    Characterised by smoke and mirrors, supplier finance is seen by many as something of a dark art. In reality, it is a practical means of enabling key suppliers to secure an early cash flow injection on better-than-normal credit terms, while allowing the corporate buyer to obtain a longer settlement period, reduce the risk of supplier failure, and increase supplier loyalty. So why does this ‘win-win’ solution still have an air of mystery about it and how can companies make the most of supplier finance?

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    Sharing the load

    Interest in distributor finance (DF) programmes appears to be growing among corporates. We examine what is driving this trend and what needs to happen for DF to gain further momentum.

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    BPO: a solution looking for a problem?

    Some experts believe that the arrival of the bank payment obligation (BPO) marks the biggest change in international trade settlement in over 30 years. But what exactly is the BPO and what does it have to offer for corporate treasurers?

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    Best practices in refinancing

    Interest rates remain low for the moment, but with the global economy showing signs of improvement higher borrowing costs may soon be a reality. As a result, companies with debt coming into maturity in the next few years are likely to be thinking about renegotiating borrowing terms with lenders and locking in cheap debt. But what is the key to securing the most favourable terms? In this article we ask two corporates and two banks what they think defines best practices in refinancing.

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    Private placement market

    The private placement (PP) market in 2012 had a record-breaking year in terms of issuance, with global supply soaring 23% year-on-year, hitting $56.1 billion. Whilst 2013 started off slower, as the half-way point beckons volumes are picking up rapidly. With oversubscription common and the sub-3% coupons being seen, the environment is ripe for issuers. But what should a treasurer know about PPs before leaping in?

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    Demystifying corporate pensions

    The basic concept of a pension fund is simple, but there are many pressures applied to the different scheme-types and these make it a far more complex matter than most would care to tackle. What are the issues?

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    Corporate bonds: boom, bubble or bust?

    Corporate bonds were last year’s must-have asset class – and the market for it seemingly had something to offer everyone. For investors, corporate debt provided higher returns than government debt, but with less volatility than equities. For corporates keen to move away from bank debt, record low-yields presented a great opportunity to lower their borrowing costs. But with a changing macroeconomic backdrop, will the bullish trajectory continue in 2013?

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    Islamic finance

    No longer the preserve of the Muslim business world, Shari’ah-compliant finance is being utilised by corporates in America and Europe as a means of tapping the capital markets and wealthy investors. And with investor demand for Islamic bonds showing signs of a steady increase, should your company be looking towards issuing a Sukuk?

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    Commercial paper gets a new lease of life

    In the current climate, commercial paper is an excellent source of cheap funding for corporates with short-term obligations. Who is benefitting from this trend and what is going on in the market today?

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    Is one credit rating enough?

    Corporate bond issuances are becoming increasingly popular in light of the lending freeze by banks. But in 2012 how many credit ratings does a corporate need to attract investors?