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    The app advantage

    Apps have become near ubiquitous in the consumer space. Almost whatever internet service one requires, from the functional – such as making a payment or finding an address — to the trivial – such as killing time with a quick game of Angry Birds – there is an app for it. Yet corporates are still lagging behind in the adoption stakes. Will the new range of next generation apps coming on to the market change their minds?

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    Africa: the final frontier

    Although greater intra-African trade may not be a silver bullet for the challenges the continent faces, it does have enormous potential to boost growth and create more sustainable employment. In this article, we examine why trade flows between African nations are currently low, and ask what is being done to reverse the situation.

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    Who needs faster payments?

    A number of initiatives are under way across the Asia Pacific region to implement faster, or immediate, payment systems. Is local infrastructure really up-to-scratch though? Will the true benefits of these schemes be realised?

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    Mitigating FX volatility

    In the last four years global corporations have lived through some of the most volatile times in the $5.3 trillion a day foreign exchange market. The volatility started with the global financial crisis, swiftly followed by the sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone and, in more recent months, volatility in safe-haven currencies such as the Japanese yen and the Swiss franc. Talk of turning off the liquidity taps by the US Federal Reserve Bank also highlighted some structural weaknesses in emerging market economies such as India, which saw the rupee record some of its biggest falls against the US dollar in more than two decades.

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    Raising treasury’s profile: how to be a strategic communicator

    With the treasurer’s expanding remit and greater face time with the Board, now is the time to show just what treasury is capable of. No longer just a cost centre, treasury can add value to the company’s bottom line. How can treasurers increase their team’s standing among the different business units in the company, as well as at Board level?

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    Don’t fear the taper

    Since the financial crisis, central banks around the world have been injecting money into markets through their quantitative easing (QE) programmes. The policy has boosted asset prices and, most importantly, helped keep banks solvent. But the era of easy money cannot last forever. When the Federal Reserve eventually begins unwinding their QE programmes in the coming years, how will the policy change impact corporates?

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    Making the most of M&A

    With the amount of cash allegedly sitting on many corporate’s balance sheets, it is only a matter of time before M&A activity picks up. Some are already on the acquisition trail. What role does treasury play in M&As and what areas need to be addressed to ease the pain of change?

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    The art of benchmarking

    There is an adage in business circles that what cannot be measured cannot be managed. By benchmarking, treasury professionals can measure their performance against their peers and implement improvements if necessary. But what sounds straightforward is, in practice, quite complex.

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    The storm before the calm

    The volatility in the global economic environment has spilled over into the foreign exchange (FX) market, which is experiencing significant moves and liquidity problems. The FX world is very different from a decade ago and therefore so too are FX risk strategies.

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    Terms of endearment

    The problem is one as old as commerce itself: buyers want to extend their payment terms, whilst suppliers want payment sooner. Net result: mutual tension. Is supply chain finance (SCF) the perfect solution for buyer and supplier alike?