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    Hot commodities

    Commodity price volatility is a major risk to corporates in a variety of industries – and not just the obvious ones. While difficult to predict, it can be managed in a number of ways, ranging from simply raising awareness of the risks to hedging with derivative instruments. But why should corporates be thinking about commodity risk now more than ever before?

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    Running a tight ship

    From fraud to human error and natural disasters, operational risks can hit corporates in a number of ways – and can prove very costly. As awareness of these risks increases, and the technology and solutions available to help mitigate them become more sophisticated, treasurers are increasingly well-equipped to tackle this crucial area of risk management.

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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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    Under cyber siege

    Cyber risk is a growing concern for businesses. But how can a treasurer help to manage this risk? In this article, we examine the nature of threat faced by companies today and the practical steps that can be taken to prevent and minimise the damage of a data breach.

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    Corporate liquidity: the key to movement

    In an environment where opportunities are beginning to open up, organisations – from sales managers to treasurers – have a renewed growth agenda, and are expanding where possible. Corporates are discovering that it’s important to look internally to ensure operations are optimised and safeguarded – and well-positioned for achieving this growth.

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    Hedging your bets

    The JPY’s 20% depreciation since November has stoked fears of increased FX volatility in 2013 and potentially a new era of currency wars. What tools can be used to protect companies from FX fluctuations? Is hedging always the answer?

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    Safeguarding your reputation

    Reputation is a highly valuable – and vulnerable – corporate asset. Building up a global name can take years and even decades, but it is surprising how little time it takes to dismantle a high-profile brand.

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    Euro break-up: stress test your treasury

    Treasurers are increasingly using stress testing and contingency planning techniques to protect their businesses from a euro break-up. But what is involved and can it really help?

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    To hedge or not to hedge?

    Determining the trigger point at which your treasury committee decides to hedge can be a difficult task. No matter how diligently treasurers apply hedging best practice, they may still have to navigate around increasing regulation, corporate debt worries and the Eurozone crisis.

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    Options: worth the bother?

    Options have often been deemed by treasurers as too expensive and complex to use. But sustained market volatility and future uncertainty are making many reconsider the pros and cons of the financial instrument.