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    Emptying the drawer: farewell to security tokens?

    Electronic and online banking means electronic identification and authentication and for corporate treasurers, that means a different device and PIN for each bank. When the treasurer’s desk drawer opens and the mountain of security tokens spills out onto the floor, then surely it is time to find another means of accessing corporate online banking?

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    What’s the SCORE?

    SWIFT has been handling financial messages since 1977 but it took another 24 years before it was in a position to announce the availability of corporate access to its network. The bulk of its 1,300 corporate members signed up since 2001 still originate in Europe and the US, so what is happening in the Asian markets?

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    Not just any portal in a storm

    Instead of trading separately and directly with a number of money market funds (MMFs), treasurers looking to optimise short-term yield on their cash holdings are increasingly turning to the single platform/multi-fund MMF portals made available by banks and independent providers. What are they and what do they offer corporate users?

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    Thinking big

    ‘Big Data is not a problem, it is an opportunity.’ This may sound like the kind of empty mantra beloved of assertiveness counsellors or lifestyle gurus, but in this case the statement might be true.

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    The future is in bits (and bytes)

    More risk, more regulation, more data, more analysis; these are the watchwords for treasury technology as we move into 2014. Treasury Today rounds up a selection of industry players and asks them what they see on the horizon.

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    eBAM: another year on

    The long awaited arrival of electronic bank account management (eBAM) has yet to fully materialise. One year on after SWIFT announced the cancellation of its eBAM Central Utility (ECU), this article looks at what progress has been made and whether next year will finally produce a fully functional multi-bank solution.

  • FX portals – a news update

    What has been happening in the world of multi-bank FX portals since we last looked at the subject in September’s edition of Treasury Today? It is generally accepted that only two, or possibly three, portals will survive. With this in mind, the major players are striving to get ahead of their rivals and provide a sufficiently good all round package to tempt both Sell-side and Buy-side users.

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    Deal or no deal: anatomy of an FX portal

    Effective foreign exchange (FX) trades are a key part of many a treasurer’s role. Getting the best out of a deal requires an understanding of the channels used and how they work. Treasury Today dives under the bonnet to explore the pros and cons of FX portals.

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    Heads in the cloud

    Cloud computing offers treasurers the chance to revolutionise their workflow. The more technical aspects of the job can be outsourced and a treasurer can be sure they are always running the latest software version. But as with any new technology, there are plenty of questions that should be asked when selecting a vendor.

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    The right tool for the job

    Spreadsheets persist in business like no other technology. Why? Because there’s no alternative. But before you format another cell, read this.