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  • 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.

  • Surveyor looking through a theodolite

    Measuring bank risk: how long is a piece of string?

    Before the recent financial crisis, most banks of any size in the developed markets were considered low risk counterparties. When deciding which banks to work with, corporate treasurers were primarily focused on the price and quality of their services. Now, counterparty risk has become a key concern – and a treasurer’s core duty is to keep money safe. This article looks at the methods available to measure that risk.

  • 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?

  • Bank relationships – this time it really is different

    Banks have always been keen to stress the importance of relationships, by which the cynical may say they mean share of wallet. However, in the light of the crisis and with Basel III looming, it has never been more important for corporate treasurers to maintain strong relationships with their core banks. As part of that, the more they…

  • 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.

  • Michael Spiegel, Deutsche Bank

    Bank Interview: 
    Michael Spiegel, Deutsche Bank

    Exploring new ways to interact with clients whilst maintaining high standards and functionality is a significant challenge for today’s transaction banks. We speak to Michael Spiegel, Head of Trade Finance and Cash Management Corporates, EMEA, Global Transaction Banking at Deutsche Bank about the evolution of client dialogue, new technologies and how they are shaping the industry. We also discuss Deutsche Bank’s growth in EMEA, in particular in the Netherlands.