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Welcome to our Treasury and Commodity Talk blog, bringing you insights from our team of professionals working across all industries. Our blog covers a wide spectrum of issues – including the impacts of market complexity and foreign exchange and commodity price volatility, changes to regulation and accounting, approaches to funding and cash management, the importance of risk management, the increasing role of technology and much more.

21 November 2016

Improving working capital management - a $1.1 trillion opportunity

By Robert Vettoretti Evolving global business trends, such as rapid technological advances and shifts in economic power from developed to emerging markets continue to present both risk and opportunities. In this environment, I believe companies must be nimble to take advantage while also responding to risk. Effective working capital management...

11 November 2016

FX - it’s not just a Treasury issue

By Robert Waddington With the increasing globalisation of trade the effect of currency risk on company performance has been steadily growing over recent years. Volatility in the currency markets has really brought this out into the open for many, particularly in the UK. This is reinforcing the importance of a...

24 October 2016

Increasing Treasury’s role in delivering deal value

By Eric Cohen and Justin Parkerton In today’s low growth economic environment, forward looking companies and private equity houses with strong balance sheets and access to capital continue to turn to Mergers and Acquisition activity to create strategic growth and increase market share. We consider the Treasurer to have a...

04 October 2016

To outsource or not to outsource? That is the question.

By David Stebbings Follow @DavidStebbings1 For those of you old enough to remember back to the beginning of the century, you will no doubt recall that outsourcing was going to be the next big thing in the treasury world. Whilst this wasn’t quite the case, much has developed in this...

16 August 2016

Treasury in Financial Services – Eight weeks of learnings post BREXIT

By Mark Crowhurst Follow @mark_crowhurst Following the result of the EU Referendum, I was keen to hear from our network of Treasurers in the financial services sector (outside of the big banks) to understand the impacts Brexit has had on them and how it is influencing their thinking. Eight weeks...

27 July 2016

Corporate Treasurers must tackle cyber security. Here’s how.

By Eric Cohen and Davide di Gennaro According to PwC’s 2016 Global State of Information Security Survey, businesses saw a 38% increase in detected security incidents in 2015. Given that growing threat, business leaders worldwide have no choice but to rethink their cyber security programs. As part of this effort,...

14 July 2016

BREXIT and the Treasurer – an update after three weeks

By Graham T Robinson, David K Godbee and David Stebbings Uncertainty. Shock. Opportunity. Confusion. Hope. The impact of the EU Referendum result may have evoked some or all of these emotions across the UK Corporate Treasury community. We are now in a period where uncertainty is the only certainty and...

07 July 2016

25 million euros – Can you afford NOT to have Trader Surveillance?

By Eren Erman Follow @eerman24 A few years ago surveillance in commodity markets was just a conceptual idea, implemented by only the biggest or most cautious players in the market. As a result of the LIBOR and FX scandals, the eye of the regulator was focused heavily on the trading...

01 July 2016

The Market Abuse Regulation is imminent: 7 things you need to know

By Eren Erman Last week I had the privilege of presenting at the EnergyRisk Summit 2016 on the topic of Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) and trader surveillance. Market abuse is a hot topic right now and many of our clients are reviewing the impact the Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) will...

28 June 2016

Developing treasury in law firms

By David Stebbings and Sandeep Goenka Follow @DavidStebbings1 The face of law firms is changing, at least at the top end. On its way out are the national firms to be replaced by international or global brands and partnerships. Such expansion, often via merger, brings with it bigger and more...