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Profit shifting and transfer pricing have been hot tax topics in Asia for many years. However, recent developments in tax policy in Australia, India and China in particular have highlighted the challenges facing corporate treasurers in the region.
Despite lacking the natural resources of its neighbouring countries Singapore has experienced an astonishingly fast ascent to become one of the most developed countries in the world and a remarkable hub for financial activity. We examine the hows and whys of its rise and the outlook for its future.
Sustainable and ethical investment instruments are not experiencing high demand from corporate treasurers, mainly due to a perceived trade-off between sustainability considerations and aspects that treasurers care most about: capital preservation, liquidity and yield.
This month's question
“How can corporates in Asia mitigate trade finance risk?”
As part of our groundbreaking new Women in Treasury initiative, we are launching a major study of women working within the treasury profession. The objective of this annual study is to build up a picture of the profiles and careers of women at different levels across the treasury profession from junior positions to Group Treasurer/Financial Director/CFO positions. We believe that the findings may surprise us all.
Cindy Lee’s career-defining moment was when she built the company’s cash management platform in Singapore – running across 15 countries – and took on the cash management duties of nearly 35 companies. The treasury platform now supports 52 companies across 18 countries.
Getting a permanent reminder of your company inked on your body may not seem to be the best idea in a precarious job market, but what if you were offered a pay raise in exchange for this public display of loyalty?
Supply chain finance (SCF) programmes may take centre stage today, but waiting in the wings is distributor finance (DF). Corporates across the industrial spectrum are now looking at supporting downstream businesses in their supply chains via DF programmes, particularly in emerging markets (EMs).
Talking about shared services is like opening Pandora’s Box – the debates over which processes a shared service centre (SSC) should include are endless. No matter what your definition is, the concept is evolving from solely a cost saving exercise to one that delivers value across the organisation.
The Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) was sold as the process to finally bring an end to Europe’s fragmented payments infrastructure. But countries worried about the risks of cross-border payments are battening down the hatches. How damaging will this be to the harmonisation project?