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    Raising treasury’s profile: how to be a strategic communicator

    With the treasurer’s expanding remit and greater face time with the Board, now is the time to show just what treasury is capable of. No longer just a cost centre, treasury can add value to the company’s bottom line. How can treasurers increase their team’s standing among the different business units in the company, as well as at Board level?

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    Don’t fear the taper

    Since the financial crisis, central banks around the world have been injecting money into markets through their quantitative easing (QE) programmes. The policy has boosted asset prices and, most importantly, helped keep banks solvent. But the era of easy money cannot last forever. When the Federal Reserve eventually begins unwinding their QE programmes in the coming years, how will the policy change impact corporates?

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    Making the most of M&A

    With the amount of cash allegedly sitting on many corporate’s balance sheets, it is only a matter of time before M&A activity picks up. Some are already on the acquisition trail. What role does treasury play in M&As and what areas need to be addressed to ease the pain of change?

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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.