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  • Testing times for stressed out banks

    The results of the European bank stress tests are due to be released today. After last year’s whitewash, expectations – and tensions – are running high. But what impact will the judgement have on treasurers?

  • Unintended consequences of Basel III could hit corporates hard

    A lack of coherent implementation internationally and the over-enthusiasm of zealous regulators could mean the Basel III rules do more harm than good – driving up corporate costs and removing valuable services from treasurers just when they need them most.

  • Greece matters

    Treasurers have tipped their hats to counterparty risk but most have not truly prepared for the default of a Eurozone sovereign. Interestingly their banks’ money market fund providers have already reacted. So what can treasurers do?

  • Space shuttle lift off

    eBAM ready for take off

    Transaction banking relationships and bank account management are continuing to evolve as the lessons of the global economic crisis take root. Companies are choosing to maintain multiple bank relationships. eBAM could help these companies streamline account management and this may help rein in growing transactional banking fees.

  • The credit conundrum continues

    Is it getting harder or easier to borrow? This ought to be a relatively easy question to answer but each new piece of information seems to contradict the last. Accepted wisdom says…

  • NAB says breaking up is easy

    NAB has courted controversy with an advertising campaign announcing it was ‘breaking up’ with rivals ANZ, CBA and Westpac.

  • Appointments: Lars Millberg, new Head of SEB Merchant Bank’s Global Transaction Services

    “The big challenge we face in GTS is moving away from product focused organisations – SEB’s trade, receivables, and cash management businesses were always kept separate, for example – and providing the whole offering in a new way, more suited to client demands. Our services will be offered in a more tailored, coherent package,” Millberg told Treasury Today.

  • Basel III in numbers

    The regulations set out in Basel III mean that banks will have to maintain more robust capital reserves and equity buffers than they do at present. The accords, which were passed by the G20 last November, build on the principles established in Basel I and II. Treasurers now need more than a passing acquaintance with these ratios because their banks’ willingness to deal with them will be a direct function of their Basel numbers.

  • Steven Victorin

    Bank Interview: 
    Steven Victorin, J.P. Morgan

    In 2010 Treasury Today conducted its first European Benchmarking Study – in association with J.P. Morgan – into the field of corporate treasury. The Benchmarking Study canvassed the opinions of over 450 corporates from across the continent and has since published its findings on a range of topics including cash and liquidity management, risk management, supply chain, technology and bank relationships.

  • Giant Trojan horse

    Banks bearing gifts

    A new banking tongue-twister is doing the rounds – ‘behaviouralisation’. In an effort to reconcile the needs of banks, which are focusing on longer term, stable deposits for regulatory reasons, and treasurers, who want the flexibility to move money about as and when needed, banks are encouraging desirable corporate deposit behaviour by developing products which may provide enhanced yield or other rewards for the ‘right’ deposits. Should treasurers be monitoring their own behaviour to make the most of this – or should they be wary of banks bearing gifts?