• Manish Chopra, Executive Director and product lead, Standard Chartered

    Optimising receivables efficiency through virtual accounts

    Virtual accounts have been receiving substantial attention lately – and it isn’t hard to see why. This solution offers flexibility for corporates to ease reconciliation, improve cash flows and strengthen credit control – particularly desirable outcomes for treasurers seeking working capital optimisation. Standard Chartered details how this solution works and the benefits corporates can expect.

  • Ricky Kaura, Standard Chartered Bank

    Unlocking the strategic potential of SSCs

    Since the 1980’s, businesses have looked to adopt a Shared Service Centre (SSC) model, in order to outsource their low value, high volume financial activities with the promise of reduced operating costs and improved efficiency and control. Whilst for many this has proved a success, progressive companies are realising that a SSC can be of strategic value to the business. Here Ricky Kaura, Managing Director – Head, Corporate Sales Asia Pacific at Standard Chartered Bank, outlines how greater value can be unlocked from a SSC.

  • Amol Gupte, Citi

    Citi: Understanding the engines of growth

    As China moves beyond the first flushes of financial enlightenment, India is still emerging into the first light of a new economic dawn. From a treasurer’s perspective, we look at the vital changes both need to make to deliver results on the global stage.

  • Sneha Shah, Thomson Reuters

    Africa: perception vs perspective
     

    The long-held perception that Africa is an opaque and challenging place to do business is changing, with investors flocking to the continent as never before. In this article Sneha Shah, Managing Director – Sub-Saharan Africa at Thomson Reuters, provides perspective on how investors are addressing risk, and why the opportunities outweigh the challenges.

  • Leonie Schreve, ING

    Sustainable treasury

    Many dismiss ‘sustainability’ as a mere buzzword or something to be left for others to ponder. But with increasing numbers of corporates beginning to see the benefits of sustainable practice – from cost savings, to efficiency improvements, to a better working environment – treasurers are well positioned to take the lead on a new way of doing better business.

  • Releasing the redback

    With a spell of tremendous market volatility in the wake of the devaluation of the renminbi (RMB) now behind us, it is perhaps an ideal time to review the new options that have emerged in recent years allowing corporates to transfer exposures offshore. Is this the right time for corporates to look again at bringing RMB into their global cash pools? Citi’s Managing Director, Asia Pacific Sales Head, Treasury and Trade Solutions Munir Nanji believes it is.

  • Sanjeev Chatrath, Region Head and Managing Director, Thomson Reuters

    Future-proofing the treasury department in an uncertain world

    The role of the corporate treasury has evolved exponentially since the global financial crisis. Circumstance alone has not pushed treasury in this direction of change, treasurers themselves have stepped up, utilising new technology to protect the business from financial and operational risks. But, as recent market volatility has demonstrated, treasurers need to stay agile and must ensure they have the correct tools to meet any challenge, both today and in the future. In this article, Sanjeev Chatrath, Managing Director, Asia Pacific & Japan, Financial & Risk at Thomson Reuters, discusses how corporates operating in Asia and beyond can best prepare themselves to meet these challenges and the tools that they have at their disposal.

  • Treasury in ASEAN: Are you AEC ready?

    All eyes are on Southeast Asian nations as they prepare for the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 2015. With opinions mixed on the regional integration timeline, companies are generally optimistic about the positive impact AEC is expected to bring. What does this budding new market mean for companies and how can they seize opportunities?

  • Ann Lin Khoo and Tracy Ge, Citi

    Redback rising: RMB trade invoicing gaining traction

    According to the latest SWIFT tracker, renminbi (RMB) has advanced to the fifth most widely used currency for global payments. With the value of cross-border deals settled in the redback more than doubling in 2014, it is not surprising that more multinational companies are choosing to invoice in RMB as they look to improve profit margins.

  • Tim Waggett, Citi

    Oil price drop: how treasurers might navigate current volatility

    Falling oil prices in the past ten months might be good news to companies that stand to gain from lower production costs. However, the sharp decline has unnerved boards and treasurers following years when prices were much higher. With oil prices likely to remain subdued for some time, there is a compelling case for prudent treasury strategies and robust working capital management to help treasurers navigate the current volatility.