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The global campaign to better safeguard investors in money market funds (MMF) in the wake of the financial crisis has focused attention on fund regulatory efforts in the US and Europe. Less is known about the regulatory environment in one of the world’s fastest growing markets. The rise of MMFs in China has accelerated as investors gravitate to the relative security and diversification of professionally managed funds, not to mention the substantial yield pickup over bank deposits. However, not all MMFs in China are created equal. Financial market regulatory changes over recent years have had the effect of opening the local fund industry to further expansion, and the standards of operation vary considerably. We believe investors can benefit from insights into the range of funds available in China and the risk management guidelines under which they operate.
Afghanistan has undergone a difficult period in its history, with the rule of the Taliban and the subsequent war and occupation by coalition forces. Yet change is in the air - Afghanistan is moving forward as a developing nation and gradually realising its full potential. One step on the path to achieving this is to establish a robust and efficient payments system.
Celebrating the achievements of corporates from across the APAC region, last week’s Adam Smith Awards Asia Gala Presentation Lunch saw 142 of the brightest thinkers in the industry come together in Singapore to share their stories of success. For those who didn’t win this year, here’s a review of what you missed.
A new lunar project is appealing for financing on crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Will investors seize the opportunity to immortalise themselves on the moon?
Corporate treasurers will have been shocked to learn the details about the manipulation of foreign exchange (FX) rates that emerged after five global banks last week agreed to pay fines for their role in the scandal. But with the size of the fines almost certainly smaller than the profits they made through the activity, some observers are wondering – will the banks ever learn?
It is a technological fact that sensors and actuators are being embedded in billions of devices, all of which can be connected to the internet to transmit and receive data. Merging the physical and virtual worlds in this way, forming the ‘Internet of Things’, is a practice that is gathering momentum. Treasury Today asks what, if anything, this means for treasurers.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the birth of the internet. During the past quarter of a century treasury – and indeed the world – has changed remarkably as a result of the invention. In this insight we reflect on what treasury was like before the web, and look forward at how the medium continues to be a driver of innovation.
As the use of payments factories spreads from large corporates to smaller concerns, implementation issues are likely to be a sticking point for many. But as usage grows, best practices are starting to be established.
Are female treasurers still paid less than their male counterparts? Should everyone – men and women – be entitled to flexible working? When will we see true equality in the treasury function? The results of Treasury Today’s Women in Treasury Global Study 2014 reveal the changing face (albeit rather slowly) of gender equality in the treasury department.
A Chinese programmer spent two years’ salary on 99 iPhone 6s and arranged them into a heart before asking his girlfriend to marry him. Unfortunately, his idea didn’t quite work out as planned.