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    ‘Scexit’ bad for business?

    According to a new survey, many FTSE 100 chief executives are against an independent Scotland. But what exactly would a break-away mean to companies north and south of the border, as well as those further afield?

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    Inspirational women wanted

    In a highly competitive jobs market, young people can benefit from hearing about your experiences. Volunteers are needed to inspire the next generation.

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    Corporate credit ratings: bearing good news

    Credit ratings agencies often get a bad press, and in some cases this may be justified. But they rarely receive any plaudits for work well done. Now one ratings agency is trying to raise awareness of a change in corporate ratings methodology that it thinks will make the ratings process clearer and more comparable.

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    Surviving EMIR: the Ahold way

    Trade reporting requirements under EMIR came into force yesterday (12th February). Many corporates were hoping for an extension to the deadline, but not Ahold. The international retailing group managed to get ahead of the game by prioritising EMIR over other projects and with treasury and legal working hand in hand.

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    Treasury by the meter (part two)

    In the first part of this two-part case study we looked at how acquisition had turned a hitherto simple treasury operation into a “complex global organisation with no central systems or processes”. Part two brings the technology-led solution to simplify, standardise and centralise operations up to date.

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    Cyber risk: five steps to protect your treasury

    As technology becomes more and more commonplace in corporate life, the risk of cyber-attack is increasing. Treasurers must be vigilant, as the financial risk associated with cyber security breaches is significant.

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    Ruble all over the world

    The Central Bank of Russia has reconfirmed that it plans to allow the ruble to freely float in 2015. This move seeks to tackle inflation and encourage investment into the country’s stalling economy. We explore the potential effects of this on corporate treasury operations in Russia.

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    Great expectations: the treasurer’s wish list

    Corporate treasurers are expecting more from their strategic partners, regulators and economic conditions at large as they plan their activities in earnest for 2014. Better relationships with banks, sovereign debt stability and a lull in major new regulation all figure in the 2014 treasury wish list.

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    Treasury by the meter (part one)

    When utility tech company Itron acquired Actaris in 2007 to expand into international metering, the business doubled in size. For treasury, it also became a “complex global organisation with no central systems or processes”. Itron soon formulated a technology-led plan to simplify, standardise and centralise operations. Here’s how.

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    India’s corporates yearn for deeper bond markets

    According to a recent report by an Asian industry body, India urgently needs to overhaul its bond markets to help companies access funding as the country continues to grapple with twin fiscal and trade deficits.