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    The art of benchmarking

    There is an adage in business circles that what cannot be measured cannot be managed. By benchmarking, treasury professionals can measure their performance against their peers and implement improvements if necessary. But what sounds straightforward is, in practice, quite complex.

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    The storm before the calm

    The volatility in the global economic environment has spilled over into the foreign exchange (FX) market, which is experiencing significant moves and liquidity problems. The FX world is very different from a decade ago and therefore so too are FX risk strategies.

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    Terms of endearment

    The problem is one as old as commerce itself: buyers want to extend their payment terms, whilst suppliers want payment sooner. Net result: mutual tension. Is supply chain finance (SCF) the perfect solution for buyer and supplier alike?

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    Cash: will it ever die?

    Despite the score of business reasons why cash should be quietly killed off, its death-grip hold on the consumer means that most industry experts believe it will be around for a long, long time. But there are also new developments in the industry that corporates should keep tabs on.

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    Flowing eastwards

    It is not just China and India that represent opportunities in the East – South-East Asian markets are growing exponentially and are hungry for foreign investment. While these markets may not yet be a large part of an MNC’s P&L, they certainly will in the future.

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    Investing in the future

    Sustainable and ethical investment instruments are not experiencing high demand from corporate treasurers, mainly due to a perceived trade-off between sustainability considerations and aspects that treasurers care most about: capital preservation, liquidity and yield.

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    Corporate investments: still safety first

    Despite large sums of cash on balance sheets, treasurers are remaining cautious when it comes to investments. In the current volatile economic climate and with a spate of regulatory changes on the horizon, research by Treasury Today indicates that security and liquidity remain top priorities for corporate investors – with yield coming in a distant third.

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    Treasurers get inventive

    It’s no revelation that treasurers are currently facing a number of challenges – problems that seem to be increasing and expanding on an almost daily basis. An ever resilient lot, however, these professionals are living up to their potential by adopting flexible and innovative strategies in-house that allow them and their department to evolve with the unpredictable, volatile environment.

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    For better or worse

    Open communication and an agreed level of honesty are crucial to a harmonious relationship. Many corporates and banks are sitting down for heart-to-heart discussions around what they need to get out of the partnership in order to take it to the next level of mutual benefit.

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    Calculated prophecies

    Predicting what will happen is never easy and preparing for all eventualities is impossible for many corporates, especially with tight budgets and strained resources. Without a crystal ball to rely on, market experts draw from current trends to allow us to form a picture of what to expect in the coming year.