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    South-South trade: opportunity shifts east

    Strong growth and rapid urbanisation rates in developing regions are sparking a revolution in trade patterns. Business opportunities are shifting towards the east, in turn having a formative impact on treasury best practice in FX risk management and supply chain strategy.

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    Incentive-led supply chain

    Europe’s largest companies are still wasting millions each year through inefficient use of working capital, according to recent research. But improving a company’s working capital requires organisational changes that reach far beyond the treasury department. In this article we look at how some corporates have been using pay-incentives to encourage cross-collaboration and to produce sustainable improvements to working capital performance.

  • Getting the most out of shared service centres

    At first glance, the centralisation of certain core functions – those shared by all or most within a business – seems like a very sensible idea. The promise of reduced operating costs and economies of scale, improved efficiency and control, must be music to the ears of large corporations that spread themselves across multiple regions.

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    Ten reasons to locate your treasury centre in Vienna

    In this article, Alfred Buder, European Treasurer of Flextronics International Ltd shares with Treasury Today his love for the city of Vienna. Not only a great place to live, the Austrian capital is also a great place to run a European treasury centre.

  • Cash management: tricks of the trade

    It is important that a company manages its cash well. In this article, we take a look at how corporates can do this – from choosing the right banking partners to implementing the best structures and practices.

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    Business continuity

    Unplanned events can have a devastating effect on business profits, making it difficult or even impossible to carry out normal activities and operations. But with careful forward planning, corporates can minimise the impact of a disaster.

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    The compelling rise of multi-bank trade finance

    Whereas multi-bank trade finance was once the preserve of a small number of large global corporations, today the market is growing rapidly and it is becoming available for an increasing number of corporates.

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    The tug of trading

    Foreign exchange (FX) risk management has become an increasingly integral part of the treasurer’s role. But are there opportunities for companies to profit through FX trading? And even if there are, should treasurers really be taking advantage of them?

  • Asian IPOs: a tale of two cities

    The equity capital markets in Asia are booming. With many western economies effectively stalled, a number of large multinationals (Samsonite and Prada among them) have forsworn the European and US markets and elected instead to perform their initial public offerings (IPOs) in one of the big financial centres in Asia.

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    Choosing the right FX relationship

    Offering the convenience of prices from a range of banks at the click of a button, it’s easy to understand why many corporates have grown fond of multi-bank FX portals. Can these FX ‘supermarkets’ really provide the value of a direct relationship with your bank though? In this article we ask whether it’s time to think again about your FX relationships, and discover that any re-evaluation should not be tied to price alone.