• Owl about to take off

    European private placements: get ready for lift off

    If the European Central Bank (ECB) wants to help the flow of credit to mid-market companies, it need look no further than the US private placement (PP) market for inspiration. Over on the other side of the Atlantic, companies have long benefited from a PP market that is both large and liquid. Can a similar market emerge in Europe? That was one of the questions put to a panel of investors at the Loan Market Association’s (LMA) recent Syndicated Loans Conference in London.

  • Barclays biometric reader

    Corporates must sign in blood

    A new form of signing in, based on finger vein authentication technology, is set to be offered to Barclays’ corporate banking clients in the UK from next year. The bank’s Head of Cash Management explains all.

  • Apple mac computer and mouse

    Apple’s digital wallet to transform mobile payments?

    The Apple Pay digital wallet looks set to bring mobile payments to millions of users through their iPhones and Apple Watches. We look at what makes the solution stand out and the challenges it needs to overcome to achieve widespread acceptance.

  • St Basil's cathedral in winter, Moscow, Russia

    Can Russia live without SWIFT?

    What would treasurers do if their access to SWIFT was suddenly blocked? Although it remains an unlikely last resort, that very scenario was last week raised as a sanction that could possibly be levelled against Putin’s Russia. In this Insight, we examine what such a measure might mean for banks and corporates if it were ever introduced.

  • Buildings in the Emirate of Dubai

    Improving bank relationships in the Middle East

    Transaction banking services in the Middle East have become consistently more sophisticated in recent years to match the needs of increasingly demanding corporate customers. Here we look at some of the most interesting developments to emerge as banks enrich their corporate offerings in the region.

  • Venus fly trap

    The data trap

    Huge fines and damaged reputations could become commonplace in the next few years unless banks pay more attention to the way they tackle financial crime. Big Data and analytical tools have a key role to play, says one stakeholder.

  • Should I take up golf???

    With the US and European Ryder Cup teams now announced, we can probably be forgiven if the office gossip focuses on golf over the next couple of weeks. Just listen into the conversations among your male colleagues over the coming days and, if golf isn’t mentioned, I am pretty confident that “which football club paid how much for who?” will be the other hotly debated topic. You may think this is being a little too stereotypical? Well, you may be surprised to learn that both golf and football featured several times in response to questions in our Women in Treasury Study 2014 which recently closed.

  • Wind farm in sunset

    Green is the word – Part two

    In part two of this insight we look at the advantages of issuing a green bond and the challenges and risks which need to be considered. We also look to the future of the market and how our two experts expect it to develop.

  • Business suit and equipment

    The charitable treasurer

    When a major international charity or not-for-profit organisation falls foul of a bad FX deal the impact is far greater than a mere accounting loss. Many such organisations lack the treasury know-how that could prevent such financially damaging events. Now is the time for treasurers to make a difference.

  • Renminbi underneath abacus

    Redback gaining a foothold in Europe

    European corporates are embracing the renminbi in ever greater numbers, according to the latest results of SWIFT’s RMB Tracker.