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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.

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    Bringing the pieces together

    Internal and external cashflow management – and the data associated with these two pieces of the cashflow puzzle – have proved difficult to bring together. But greater integration of the in-house bank and payments factory with liquidity management and planning solutions, are making it possible for companies to get a clearer picture of their group-wide liquidity.

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    Security, liquidity and yield: exploiting rising rates

    Treasurers with excess liquidity need deposit-like liquidity without the bank counterparty risk, risk-free capital protected investments whose value remains stable regardless of interest rates and yields above those of the risk-free rate. It turns out they may be able to have what they want.

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    eBAM ready for take off

    Transaction banking relationships and bank account management are continuing to evolve as the lessons of the global economic crisis take root. Companies are choosing to maintain multiple bank relationships. eBAM could help these companies streamline account management and this may help rein in growing transactional banking fees.

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    The perfect RFP: getting precisely what you need

    Whether looking for new services and banking partners or updating current systems and working with existing banks, a Request for Proposal (RFP) is a core stage in any tendering process. This article explores the best ways of obtaining the most suitable banking services to meet treasury requirements.

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    Barriers to cash pooling

    Corporates looking to improve their liquidity have focused on cash pooling with renewed vigour since the credit crunch. In this article, we take a look at some of the problems treasurers face when putting these structures in place, focusing in particular on the challenge of getting subsidiaries on board with a new pooling structure.

  • SWIFT for Corporates: do costs outweigh benefits?

    Companies are increasingly realising the value of connecting with their banks via SWIFT. With falling costs and an ever-growing array of messaging services geared specifically to the corporate market, the business case for SWIFT access is becoming easier to quantify. However, there are still obstacles to adoption, and the benefits will not outweigh the cost for many companies.

  • Separate accounts

    Money market funds are a popular investment vehicle but they are not without their limitations: investors have little control over the securities in which the funds invest and in the current market yields remain low. Separate accounts are emerging as an alternative for investors looking for higher yields and greater control over their portfolio.

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    SEPA: time to take the plunge

    Corporate treasurers have tried their best to ignore the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA), but the recently issued end-date regulation means they will have no option but to adopt the system over the next two years.