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September 2010

Publication date: Sep 2010

Onwards and upwards

This month, regular readers will notice a new look to Treasury Today. While keeping the accessible style we pride ourselves on, we hope that you will find our new design cleaner, crisper and easier to read.

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July/August 2010

Publication date: Jul 2010

How safe are Europe’s banks?

At the start of summer, the spread between what banks lend in euros at three months and overnight rates had risen considerably. Although nowhere near the levels of September 2008 when spreads hit 1.95%, the widening was a warning sign that all was not well in the banking sector. In response, the EU announced it would stress test and publish the results for around 100 European banks.

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June 2010

Publication date: Jun 2010

Time to prepare for possible rate hikes?

How can you sift through the confusion on the global outlook and be prepared for whatever the future may bring? There are always two schools of thought. Currently, pessimists believe the danger is very real, that the Eurozone is falling apart and the China bubble is about to burst.

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May 2010

Publication date: May 2010

A smouldering issue

The recent crisis of volcanic ash might not seem as much of an international financial disaster as the collapse of Lehman Brothers, but it should once again focus treasurers’ attention on potential risks and disruptions in the supply chain.

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April 2010

Publication date: Apr 2010

Beware country risk

Last month’s announcement of an EU support mechanism to bankroll the Greek government out of its mess should it need it, ought not obscure the big issues which face treasurers on what to do with their Greek exposures – whether you produce goods there, source them or sell them.

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March 2010

Publication date: Mar 2010

Something new to bank on?

The British comedy actor, Tony Hancock, observed half a century ago that blood banks were like any other sort of bank. “Bang it in when you’re flush, draw it out when you need it.” It’s as good enough a definition as any other. Banks are there for investing surplus funds and then to provide credit when their customers need it.

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February 2010

Publication date: Feb 2010

Politics and policy

It was certainly a disappointment to see US President Barack Obama recently announcing banking reforms on such an unprecedented scale without reference to the global community, and in particular the G-20. He wants to do two things: the first is to limit the size of banks to get rid of the ‘too big to fail’ dilemma which costs taxpayers money when banks are threatened or go under.

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January 2010

Publication date: Jan 2010

All change?

With the start of a new year, a new decade and a tentative world recovery, one would hope for some cautious optimism from the treasury community. But the spectre of recovery is still overshadowed by uncertainty and volatility in commodities, currencies and markets.

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Nov/December 2009

Publication date: Nov 2009

Not a pretty sight

We are reaching the end of the year and the banking system has survived. At the beginning of 2009 it was far from clear what would happen. The fears of a financial Armageddon were fading but it was difficult to tell how, and if, bank balance sheets would be repaired. As this year draws to a close however, the shape and future of the banking industry is becoming clearer.

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October 2009

Publication date: Oct 2009


SIBOS is one of the banking industry’s biggest conferences. Originally an event for back-office staff, it is now attended by the transactional banking sales teams as well. Hong Kong was the venue for this year’s conference and it was good to see the Chinese banks represented in force. However, the mood was sombre with fewer attendees than previous years and those that were there just grateful they still had jobs and their banks still existed.

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