Publication date: Feb 2013
2013: the year of ‘muted optimism’
The Year of the Snake came in with more of a whimper than a hiss, with continuing concern over problems in the Eurozone and the US budget deficit. However, despite the International Monetary Fund (IMF) trimming its growth forecast for the world economy in 2013, after predicting a less vigorous recovery in the US, UK and the leading countries of the Eurozone, the general mood at the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting was moderately buoyant.
Publication date: Jan 2013
Onward and upward
As a new calendar year starts we all have plans for 2013. Treasury Today continues to expand and we are working on three new initiatives this year:
We are launching Treasury Today Asia; thus responding to the many requests we have received to broaden the coverage of Treasury Today in China to include the rest of Asia.
We are developing our web content to provide more tools and practical information to corporate treasurers and CFOs/FDs.
We are beginning to offer customised research to banks and other vendors by undertaking specific market surveys and using our extensive benchmarking survey data.
Publication date: Nov 2012
Behind the scenes at Sibos
It is always interesting to attend Sibos – the big banking conference – and to hear what the bankers and others are talking about.
Since 1978, the Society for Worldwide Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) has been holding this annual conference, better known as SWIFT’s International Banking Operations Seminar (Sibos) at venues around the world. This year, the conference moved back to Asia and was held in Osaka just a couple of weeks after the Annual IMF meeting was held in Tokyo. This was the first time that Sibos had been held in Japan, which has the third largest economy in the world. Sibos was held in Hong Kong in 2009.Read more
Publication date: Oct 2012
Talented treasurers are jumping ship
The EuroFinance International Conference always provides a good opportunity for putting your finger on the treasury pulse. And while the myriad sessions offer up an accurate reflection of treasurers’ current priorities, it is the coffee break chatter that really gets to the heart of their preoccupations.Read more
Publication date: Sep 2012
Is a single bank supervisor really what Europe needs?
Plans currently being drawn up by the European Commission (EC) could see the European Central Bank (ECB) designated as the financial watchdog for 6,000 Eurozone banks. According to EU Commissioner Michel Barnier, who is spearheading the proposals for a single supervisory body, banks that have already received support from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) may come under the auspices of a common regulator from as early as 1st January 2013. The deadline for all Eurozone banks to be under the supervisor’s umbrella is equally ambitious, a mere 12 months later.
Publication date: Aug 2012
Crime and Punishment
The title of Dostoevsky’s literary masterpiece is a good reflection of what the global press has been reporting on in the banking sphere of late. And the stories in the newspapers do echo some threads of the classic novel’s plot. ‘Some’ being the operative word.Read more
Publication date: Jun 2012
Benchmarking the Benchmarking Studies
We have been undertaking treasury Benchmarking Studies for several years now. Initially we sought to understand what treasuries were doing and what was best practice in the industry. This year we are going further and asking exactly which ‘marks on the bench’ are being used and what your concrete measures are.
This goes beyond anything that has been done before and is beginning to provide some very interesting data. But we need your support if we are going to make this an even more relevant project.Read more
Publication date: May 2012
Why risk should not be a ‘four-letter word’
Risk is without doubt a strange beast. It is an evolving entity that will – if you let it – quickly take control of the way a treasury department operates. Yes, risk must be managed. And the treasurer, as gatekeeper, must make sure that the company’s money is not exposed to significant downside potential.Read more
Publication date: Apr 2012
Final call to action
We have a simple ambition here at Treasury Today with respect to our Awards programme – to continue to recognise and showcase the best in corporate treasury practices as demonstrated by you, our readers.
Does your treasury department evidence best practice and/or innovation? Are you waiting for your efforts to be recognised by the wider business? If so, why not submit a nomination for this year’s Adam Smith Awards?Read more
Publication date: Mar 2012
Will reality prevail?
We have written about the euro crisis in practical terms over the last few months and provided our readers with a checklist of action points that prudent treasurers will have reviewed. No one can ignore the endless stories regarding the euro crisis – some real and some not so real.Read more