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    Forecasting: looking back to the future

    Cash flow forecasting need not be a dark art if the right technology is at hand. But what is the right technology? And are Excel spreadsheets an absolute no-no?

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    Discovering the true value of STR

    In the July/August 2012 edition of Treasury Today, we looked at the fundamental building blocks of straight through reconciliation (STR), as well as the difference between true STR and auto reconciliation. Here we examine the need for STR in attaining an end-to-end transaction flow, and the role of accurate and complete data in shaping the future of treasury.

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    e-FX: panning for the golden solution

    The foreign exchange (FX) market has become swamped with offerings from vendors, both existing platform providers and new entrants, and corporates may find it difficult to choose the solution most appropriate for their needs. This article aims to shed some light on the latest e-FX trends in order to assist with this selection process.

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    Intelligent design: the evolution of TMS

    The technology that is available to assist treasurers and help them carry out their role to the best of their ability has changed markedly over the past decade. Today, the treasury management system (TMS) provides tools to create efficiencies across the range of treasury disciplines, including cash and risk management. But where will technology go next and how can it provide even greater support to the treasurer?

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    Treasury without borders: mobile technology

    A range of market factors have forced corporates to cut costs and look at alternative sources of funding – and income. As their wider business agenda evolves, treasurers need to adopt appropriate measures to ensure they have consistent timely access to crucial information. Mobile technology may be one such approach.

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    Is your head in the cloud?

    Dynamic competition and economic pressure has meant increased requirements for the availability, scalability, and efficiency of corporate IT solutions. Accelerating at an unprecedented rate, the cloud phenomenon, and its related benefits, pave the way for business innovation in such an environment. Cloud has prompted a different way of thinking: looking outside the company’s existing systems and infrastructures is the new ‘virtual’ mantra.

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    Through the portal: MMFs and risk management

    For treasurers making short-term investments with surplus cash, money market funds (MMFs) have long been a place to find the security and liquidity they are looking for. But since the credit crisis, treasurers have had to closely examine the risk management consequences of trading MMFs. In turn, this has led some to re-evaluate how they interact with MMFs. The growth of independent multi-fund portals has ensured that fund providers’ online solutions now face serious competition. What differentiates these offerings, and what added-value should treasurers be looking for when selecting an MMF portal solution?

  • Introduction to treasury management systems (TMSs)

    Maintaining visibility of cash and liquidity positions has never been more important – and technologies designed for this purpose can be vital to a treasurer’s role. Treasury management systems are more versatile and adaptable than ever, and this article explains what they can bring to you.

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    Foreign exchange portals

    Whether it is for trading internationally, hedging the associated risks or looking to invest abroad, corporate treasurers regularly need to exchange currencies. New technologies, and in particular the increasing sophistication of web browser-based applications, are helping make this process cheaper and easier than ever before.

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    Money market portals: tracked cash

    Money market funds have long been a favourite with treasurers. Offering liquidity and security, they seem a natural home for any spare cash. Despite the financial crisis the funds remain popular. But with so many funds available how can treasurers invest efficiently and effectively? Money market portals provide one answer.