• Standardised RFPs and online technology

    One area in which technology can streamline treasury processes is the request for proposal. We look at the increasing use of standardised RFPs, the issues to consider when selecting and using a standardised RFP and the development of technology to aid the RFP launch and selection process.

  • Overview of the financial supply chain

    The financial supply chain consists of the financial flows generated by the movement of goods. Increasingly companies are looking at how they can optimise their financial supply chains by maximising efficiency in processes throughout the chain. In the first of two articles on the financial supply chain we introduce the key concepts and the factors driving innovation in this area.

  • Bank accounts in China

    Corporates in China are required to open different types of bank account for different purposes. This quarter we look at the categories of RMB and foreign currency bank accounts currently available. We also discuss the associated financial reforms and their impact on banking in China.

  • Mobile payments

    Mobile technology is changing the electronic payment services landscape, bringing speed, convenience, portability and independence from using internet access via the desktop or laptop computer. In this article we focus on mobile payments and how momentum in the consumer market is influencing progress in the corporate arena.

  • Continuous Linked Settlement

    The Continuous Linked Settlement service (CLS) went live in 2002. The initiative was established by banks to eliminate the settlement risks associated with foreign exchange transactions. With FX volumes ever increasing and now estimated at in excess of $3,000 billion per annum, CLS is eliminating risk on approximately 55% of all FX transactions, according to the recent CPSS report, published by the Bank of International Settlements (BIS).

  • Electronic invoicing

    New technology brings ever greater improvements to the world of cash management and the financial supply chain. Why then has the use of electronic invoicing failed to become a universally adopted process? In this article, we take a look at what is happening in the European marketplace, discuss the role of banks and consider the challenges slowing the progress of this beneficial development.

  • Commercial cards

    Commercial cards are used as a means of providing corporate customers with a cost effective way of paying for expenses and business to business transactions. The number of companies using purchasing cards and corporate cards as a means of efficiently managing employee spending continues to grow. In this article we take a look at factors which have fuelled the popularity of commercial cards among corporates. We also consider the emerging prepaid commercial card market in Europe.

  • Managing cash during mergers and acquisitions

    Each merger and acquisition is unique but the objectives are almost always the same – the creation of synergies and efficiencies. In this article we consider the basic concepts related to mergers and acquisitions and find out how companies manage their finance during this process. We also look at restrictions on mergers and acquisitions in the Chinese market.

  • Cash flow forecasting technology

    In the final article in our series on cash flow forecasting, we look at the types of companies providing forecasting software. We also highlight some of the key features that may be included in their forecasting tools and consider the future direction for cash flow forecasting.

  • Cash flow forecasting techniques

    An effective, well structured cash flow forecasting process improves confidence in forecasting data and helps to deliver more accurate results. This month, we take a closer look at typical procedures and methods that can be used to help achieve this goal.