• Portrait of a treasurer in 2011

    What skills do treasurers need to succeed in 2011? In this article, we discuss the evolving role of the corporate treasurer and the skills treasurers have had to develop in order to stay ahead of the curve in challenging times.

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    Treasury tomorrow: challenges in 2011

    Against a backdrop of global uncertainty, where should treasury focus in the next 12 months? Are economic woes eclipsing forward projects or is it business as usual for treasurers? In this special extended article we look to the coming year and ask experts across the industry to share their thoughts on the key challenges and opportunities for treasurers in 2011.

  • Three years on from the crisis: where next for treasury?

    Although the financial crisis has ended, at least officially, it started about three years ago and has worked a series of permanent changes in the role of treasurers within their companies. That role is continuing to evolve. But are treasurers and their functions any more important to the business than they were three years ago? Some treasurers and industry experts share their views

  • Next generation payment factories

    Effective cash management is a top priority for treasurers today. Payments (and collections) are an obvious area that can be addressed in pursuit of efficiency gains. The new generation of payment factories uses sophisticated technology to give corporates greater visibility over cash flows and enhanced efficiency through process automation and centralisation.

  • Revisiting risk

    When times are tough, treasurers need to ensure that they have all bases covered, particularly where risk is concerned. In this article we provide an overview of the main types of risk that a treasurer is likely to encounter in day-to-day operations. We look at traditional business risks such as financial and operational risk, together with more contemporary and perhaps less obvious threats such as business model redundancy.

  • Centralisation – should companies revisit the treasury model?

    Have approaches to organising treasury changed at all in the past few years? Once, centralisation was a key mantra of treasury. But advances in technology, coupled with new counterparty and other more invisible risks that companies face today, mean that a completely central model may not be necessary or even beneficial. If you are considering reorganising your treasury or setting up new structures, here are some key points to consider.

  • Raising finance – an overview

    Given the economic turmoil and the recent lending and capital requirement restrictions imposed on banks in China, many Chinese companies may be looking for alternative ways to raise finance. In this article we provide an overview of the available options from more traditional bank loans to rarer tactics such as reverse mergers.

  • Turnaround treasury

    In this, the third of our three-part series offering advice to companies recovering from worst case scenarios brought on by the financial crisis, we look finally to the turnaround situation. When all seems lost, what can treasurers do to help bring their company back from the brink? We ask turnaround specialists where treasury should focus.

  • The role of technology in treasury

    Technology has an integral role in the treasury function today. We look at the options available to treasurers in China, examining the advantages and disadvantages of TMS and ERP systems.

  • Lessons from crisis – the good, the bad and the ugly

    Following on from last month’s article on worst case scenarios, we dig further down into corporate life post-crisis. We take an unbiased look at where companies got it wrong, why they got it wrong and how things can be improved for the future.