• Family of elephants

    Running in the family

    SWIFT has been trying to engage with the corporate community for many years and yet membership has remained relatively low. By restructuring and bringing together core payments messaging and trade services functions, it hopes to generate a more inclusive environment for businesses, banks and vendors alike. What does the new structure look like and what does it mean for treasurers?

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    The visibility conundrum

    Why are companies still finding it tricky to achieve desired cash visibility levels? Is technology the only answer, or are there more fundamental solutions that should be considered? Treasury Today speaks to leading treasurers from across the globe to find out more.

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    Corporate cards: programmed for growth

    Once merely a necessity for travel and entertainment purposes at large organisations, payment cards have evolved into an entirely different and powerful tool that can drive visibility and control across corporate spending.

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    SEPA: the race is on

    With the February 2014 deadline less than 18 months away, treasurers are finally focusing their attention on SEPA migration – but will companies be able to meet the deadline without getting caught in a bottleneck as they compete for resources?

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    Straight through reconciliation: the fundamentals

    Eliminating inefficiencies is hardly a new topic for treasurers. To garner the most significant benefits, we have seen centralisation, streamlining of flows and process automation persist as key themes among treasury professionals for over a decade. But where next? Can straight through reconciliation (STR) help the treasurer move beyond straight through processing (STP) to reach another level of efficiencies and improve working capital?

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    Working capital optimisation: fine-tuning the supply chain

    Corporates are holding onto record amounts of cash to boost liquidity levels in light of market uncertainty. But should businesses be using this opportunity to invest in their supply chain? Treasury Today asks whether working capital optimisation is the better bet for the long term.

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    Treasury in emerging markets: focus on Asia

    From the BRICs to the CIVETs, companies are looking at the growth opportunities offered by emerging markets. Many Western multinationals are focusing their attention on Asia – but the disparate regulatory climates, currencies and languages within the region must be navigated. Meanwhile, Asian companies are also focused on international growth and many are setting their sights on Europe.

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    Treasury in emerging markets: focus on Africa

    Africa is a continent on the move. In a world where significant growth is a rarity, Africa represents real tangible opportunities for large multinational corporates. But there are also challenges treasurers must face.

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    Treasury in emerging markets: focus on MENA

    While there may be short-term challenges on the horizon for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, investment in infrastructure and international business expansion look set to provide treasurers with a number of interesting long-term opportunities. We look at the hurdles that foreign MNCs might face when moving into the region, whilst examining key market trends and ambitions.

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    Cash and trade: a common sense convergence

    The convergence of cash and trade is a topic that banks have been promoting over the past 18 months, prompting the accusation that it is simply a marriage of convenience. However, with the treasury function working closer than ever before with departments such as sales and procurement, comprehensive bank solutions can offer real value.