• Gymnastic walking elegantly

    Justifying the cost of compliance

    New regulatory changes requiring urgent attention continue to land in treasurers’ in-trays around the globe on a near daily basis. In this article, we ask: does regulatory compliance always have to be a burden? What happens when treasurers conceive of compliance projects instead as an opportunity to improve the operational efficiency of their departments?

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    A region playing by its own rules

    The implementation of post-crisis financial regulation has played out a little bit differently in Asia compared to other regions. In this article, we evaluate the progress the region has made towards compliance with new banking regulations under Basel III, as well as the current state of play with respect to implementation of the G20 OTC derivatives reforms. Is the long-standing characterisation of Asia as the world’s most strictly regulated region still accurate?

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    A double-edged sword

    Much has been written about the ‘unintended consequences’ of regulation and our Editorial this month looks at the problem of over-regulation. Yet little has been said about the benefits. Can key regulatory reforms really bring anything positive to the treasury environment? On that topic, the response from treasury experts, it seems, is rather mixed.

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    Uncertain certainties

    Few if any businesses are untouched by regulation in some form or other. For the corporate treasurer operating in Asia Pacific, the lack of across-the-board standards makes it more difficult to keep ahead of the game. What should be on the radar right now and what can be done to prepare?

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    Key trends in bank regulation

    With the implementation of Basel III, Dodd-Frank and EMIR now firmly underway, banks and their regulation-weary corporate customers will be hoping that the structural upheaval that began in the wake of the last financial crisis is drawing closer to a conclusion. As the dust begins to settle, we ask industry experts what the new regulatory landscape will mean for corporate treasurers.

  • SEPA: here we go again

    You’ve completed all your tests, switched off your legacy systems, and can finally say you’re SEPA-compliant. But what’s next? As the remaining stakeholders complete their migrations to SEPA, we ask corporates, banks and third-party vendors how they think a pan-European payments area will develop in the years ahead.

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    MMFs regulations: is it too late to influence the outcome?

    On 4th September, the European Commission (EC) released its long-awaited proposals for increasing money market fund (MMF) regulation. Just two weeks later, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) closed its consultation with industry players. On both sides of the Atlantic, it appears that the writing is on the wall for constant net asset value (CNAV) funds.

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    Taking different roads

    In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, global regulators agreed to adopt a co-ordinated response to protecting the financial system against future shocks. But policymakers on both sides of the Atlantic are now pursuing increasingly disparate approaches.

  • Money and a globe in a box to symbolise the world bank

    Taxing times in Asia

    Profit shifting and transfer pricing have been hot tax topics in Asia for many years. However, recent developments in tax policy in Australia, India and China in particular, have highlighted the challenges facing corporate treasurers in the region.

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    Crunch time

    2013 is being viewed as a crunch time for all number crunchers – from auditors to accountants and treasurers. Developments in the regulations governing the preparation of accounts will have far reaching consequences for all. Yet there are a number of outstanding questions that still need some answers before the dust settles.