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    Cash in Asia: king for now

    The vision of a cashless society has existed for decades, yet physical cash remains an integral part of many, if not most, economies in Asia Pacific (APAC). In this article, we explore the benefits a cashless society can bring, the steps being taken towards this, and ask whether a cashless society in APAC will ever be feasible.

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    The innovation imperative

    The payments world is vast and expanding rapidly. While much of the visible progress can only be found in the retail space, banks and other providers are now working increasingly hard on developing creative solutions to bring similar innovations into the corporate banking space. Can treasurers catch up with consumers on the innovation curve?

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    Europe heads back to the future

    In February this year, the European Commission (EC) set out proposals to establish a Capital Markets Union (CMU) across its 28 member states; a move that it is hoped will precipitate a major rebalancing of financial intermediation across the continent. But if the EC really wants the idea of a pan-European capital market to become manifest, it had better make sure it considers the powerful role that FinTech might play in making that happen.

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    A volatile mix: EM currencies

    While currency risk comes with the territory of doing business in emerging markets, heightened volatility at this time is creating additional challenges. We ask several industry experts: what can treasurers do about it?

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    What do you really want from your bank?

    Bank-bashing is a favourite hobby of the unenlightened. But what do those who know and understand the role that financial institutions play think of the service they get? Treasury Today assesses the lay of the land.

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    Five key strategic areas of focus for successful treasury leadership in 2015

    Persistently low interest rates have fuelled a record-high disconnect between debt and equity, an increase in capital markets activities and growing investor appetite for return on capital. A slump in crude oil prices in early 2015 and volatility in foreign exchange (FX) markets, such as the US dollar’s ongoing strength against the euro, have illustrated the magnitude of today’s headwinds and the need to avoid complacency.

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    Western regulations roam East

    Companies and financial institutions across Asia face an increasing challenge in complying with regulations formulated on the other side of the world. Here, we consider the extent to which regulations such as EMIR, Dodd-Frank and FATCA have impacted the region and examine the intended (and unintended) consequences for treasurers and their banking partners.

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    Grabbing the bill by the horns

    It is right that banks charge for their services – but are they charging too much and how do corporate treasurers know if they are getting a fair deal? Treasury Today looks at bank billing and some of the ways in which treasurers can assess their total spend.

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    Preparing for the worst

    The recent election of the left-wing anti-austerity party Syriza has everyone speculating once again on the future of the Eurozone’s embattled periphery. What’s more, the latest episode of Greek turmoil comes at a time when businesses are already feeling uneasy about the deflationary forces that are appearing to take hold in Europe. Here we ask a treasurer, an economist, a banker, and a corporate ratings analyst how they see the situation developing, and what corporates can do to minimise the impact should events take a turn for the worst.

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    Managing Asia’s cash mountain

    In Asia, the cash and liquidity landscape is in a state of flux. New regulations and market trends are driving the development of new liquidity solutions from banks and asset managers. The pace of change is so rapid it can be difficult to keep up. Here we take a look at what this means for the region’s corporate treasurers.