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    Cloud computing: the new disaster recovery

    Cloud-based disaster recovery solutions can offer treasurers the short recovery times of dedicated traditional solutions with the low costs of traditional shared services. But there are risks in leaving the salvation of your business to the cloud. We examine what treasurers need to know about the solutions available.

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    Will VNAV make MMFs safer?

    References to game theory frameworks – such as that of “first-mover advantage” – were frequently used by regulators to build the case for MMF reform. But what does the methodology really teach us about the efficacy of the SEC and EC proposals? A recent report by Treasury Strategies reaches some worrying conclusions.

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    SWIFT: small is beautiful

    What is SWIFT doing for smaller corporates? Treasury Today hears about some of the propositions the company has for mid-market players.

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    Heartbleed – what the treasurer needs to know

    Cyber security risk continues to be a threat to companies and their data. The latest cyber menace to be discovered is Heartbleed, a major security flaw that affects over two-thirds of internet servers and can expose sensitive information such as passwords and bank details. Here is what every treasurer needs to know.

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    Shanghai Free Trade Zone: pilot to perfect

    The Shanghai Free Trade Zone has been hailed by some as signalling the end of trapped cash in China. But after an initial frenzy of enthusiasm around the opening of the zone, Beijing’s slow-and-steady approach to expanding the scope of the initiative means corporates will have to wait and see if the reforms, and their liquidity benefits, can be implemented beyond Shanghai.

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    An alternative form of funding (part two)

    Islamic bond or sukuk issuance appeals to a small number of corporates but many more could benefit. In the second of this two-part investigation, we examine how a business goes about issuing sukuk and highlight some of the reasons why it might be a useful alternative funding option.

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    Adaptive behaviour: a treasurer for all sectors

    Beyond their core skills and competencies, treasurers can also benefit from the more nebulous ability to adapt to their environment. After all, what works well in one industry may be wholly inappropriate in another. We look at how the challenges to the treasurer vary from sector to sector.

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    An alternative form of funding (part one)

    For a corporate seeking to tap alternative sources of funding, Islamic bond issuance is one model that is slowly gaining traction. In this two-part Treasury Insight we look at what it means, the reasons for doing it and what it involves.

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    Overhauling working capital management

    With billions estimated to be tied up in excess working capital, optimising the flow of funds through the financial supply chain will surely continue to be a top priority for European companies in the years ahead. In this Insight, Treasury Today reports from the 2014 Receivables Finance International Convention hosted in Warsaw last week, outlining the views of a panel session exploring how banking, technology and treasury itself are changing, in the quest for ever greater working capital efficiency.

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    Your flexible friend (part two)

    In part two of this insight we look at how the IAS 39 accounting standards are shifting to IFRS 9, three experts from PwC discuss the potential benefits of the new rule set.