• Bucket and spade on sandy beach

    Take a holiday – if you really must

    Everyone needs a break from the stresses and strains of work and the summer holiday season is now reaching its peak for those in the Northern hemisphere. But it seems many senior finance executives have been noticing some less desirable effects of the annual break.

  • Sunset over the calm sea creating beautiful sky

    Payment terms: regulation on the horizon?

    At a recent supply chain finance event hosted by technology provider Taulia, (unfair) corporate payment terms were hotly debated. And, more importantly, how – if best practice is not adopted – governments may be forced to regulate.

  • Ather Williams, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    There’s nothing Mickey Mouse about BofAML’s new GTS Head

    Forgive the headline but we were amused to learn that the new Head of Global Transaction Services at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) was at one time a Strategic Planner for Walt Disney. We caught up with Ather Williams when he was in London the other week.

  • Plant growing out of over flowing money pot

    ETFs and the bond liquidity debate

    If you have invested in individual money market securities in recent years you may have noticed the growing lack of liquidity in secondary markets. Here, we look at whether the fixed-income exchange traded fund (ETF) is solving or exacerbating this thorny issue.

  • Busy roads in the city of Shanghai

    Delays expected on China’s RMB super-highway

    Recent reports have suggested that China’s new international payments system may still be launched later this year, but only in a limited form. We explore the potential reasons for this delay and how treasurers may be impacted.

  • Man balancing on tight rope

    Get the Devil in your boardroom

    Public companies need someone to challenge board decisions and suggest alternatives, says the winning paper of the Cambridge-McKinsey Risk Prize at the Cambridge Judge Business School. The solution has its roots in the Catholic Church of the 16th century.

  • Person looking at data on tablet device

    Getting it right

    A new study has revealed that key financial decision makers have little faith in their financial data. Why is this? And what can be done from here on in to ensure that the data is correct?

  • Paper speech bubbles on wooden table

    You ‘camt’ always get what you want

    SWIFT account statement messages are changing. With the roll-out of XML technology and the arrival of camt messaging, treasurers still have a role to play in shaping their structure.

  • Sand timer running out of time

    New realities call for new policies

    Central bank measures are causing your bank deposits to yield in the negative, but your investment policies prohibit you from investing in products that don’t produce positive returns. Regulatory changes mean that your money market fund is switching to floating net asset value (VNAV), but your investment policies prohibit you from investing in all but CNAV funds. Is it time to update your investment policies?

  • Relay runners passing the baton

    BNP Paribas and RBS agreement: the lowdown

    Last week, Treasury Today learnt that RBS had concluded a referral agreement with BNP Paribas for clients who have not yet made new banking arrangements following the bank’s decision to withdraw cash management services from all markets except the UK and Ireland.