• Spilt bag of mixed sweets

    A mixed bag: euro MMF diversity

    As the assets under management of euro prime money funds reach a 12-month high, new research suggests that funds in Europe are diverse in terms of their risk profiles and investment horizons. That is good news – but can money market funds (MMFs) really continue to be an investment instrument of choice for treasurers?

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    Shanghai Free Trade Zone: liquidity management innovation (part one)

    The Shanghai Free Trade Zone (SFTZ) has been a hot topic this year. But is the SFTZ really critical for treasury in China? In this two-part Insight, we talk to Acarate’s David Blair about the zone’s impact, as well as nationwide schemes that are changing the face of liquidity management in the country.

  • Rows of gold Buddahs

    A baht time: is Thailand ready for treasury centres?

    The efficiencies delivered by treasury centres are well-documented but the right location is essential. A comment piece issued this week by a PwC Asia partner says Thailand has much promise but needs to act quickly on the tax front to avoid being left behind by its neighbours.

  • Three small white presents

    SCF: rewarding good behaviour

    Treasurers might think there is little they can do to improve the environmental, labour and safety standards of their suppliers. A new initiative by The World Bank and supplier finance platform GT Nexus suggests otherwise.

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    Indulge your curiosity: *NEW* Adam Smith Awards Asia footage

    Whether you are one of this year’s proud winners and want to re-live your moment in the spotlight, or whether you missed out on the leading corporate treasury awards event in Asia and want to know more, be sure to watch the official video footage from the Adam Smith Awards Asia 2014.

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    Treasurers play a role in addressing disaster risk

    Reducing disaster risk might not be every treasurer’s top priority. But given the importance of managing all risks to the business in the treasury department, the R!SE initiative – intended to encourage risk-sensitive investments – deserves the treasury community’s attention.

  • Colourful tablets spilling out of bottle

    They call me Trinity

    When an ageing TMS could no longer provide the necessary degree of visibility over Mediq’s cash and liquidity management processes, change was necessary. Picking the right system involved much deliberation and patience, but has it paid off?

  • Mobile payments

    The power of payments

    Afghanistan has undergone a difficult period in its history, with the rule of the Taliban and the subsequent war and occupation by coalition forces. Yet change is in the air – Afghanistan is moving forward as a developing nation and gradually realising its full potential. One step on the path to achieving this is to establish a robust and efficient payments system.

  • Adam Smith Awards Asia 2014 crystal awards

    Award-winning corporates flock to Singapore

    Celebrating the achievements of corporates from across the APAC region, last week’s Adam Smith Awards Asia Gala Presentation Lunch saw 142 of the brightest thinkers in the industry come together in Singapore to share their stories of success. For those who didn’t win this year, here’s a review of what you missed.

  • Wooden puppet being manipulated by strings

    Are you an FX ‘numpty’?

    Corporate treasurers will have been shocked to learn the details about the manipulation of foreign exchange (FX) rates that emerged after five global banks last week agreed to pay fines for their role in the scandal. But with the size of the fines almost certainly smaller than the profits they made through the activity, some observers are wondering – will the banks ever learn?