2010

Features: The Americas - Nafta

CAN NAFTA FILL THE GAP? For gaps in Nafta to be plugged, it may take smaller bilateral agreements rather than wide-ranging change to the original FTA. By Denise Bedell Renegotiating Nafta: (from left to right) US president Barack Obama, Mexican ...

Global Outperformers

EM REGIONAL BANKING FOCUS: LATIN AMERICA By Denise Bedell Latin America is a hotbed of growth, presenting a wealth of opportunities for domestic and international banks. With some of the highest growth rates seen anywhere worldwide this year, Latin America ...

SIBOS: Supply Chain Finance

CHANGE MANAGEMENT By Denise Bedell Banks are changing the way they look at their own transaction business to help companies see further into their working capital management processes. The need for integrated trade and cash solutions was significant even before ...

TCM: Data Drivers

DATA ANALYTICS Analytics solutions pull data from disparate sources to provide a big-picture view of operations and exposures. By Denise Bedell In the wake of the financial crisis, the job of the treasurer has increasingly focused on a few key ...

TCM: Shared Value

SHARED SERVICE CENTERS There are many options for how to set up and roll out a shared service center, providing an approach for every budget and corporate structure. By Denise Bedell As the recession thaws and purse strings again begin ...

Steady Progress

Country Report: Portugal By Denise Bedell Portugal has been hit hard by the general uncertainty over the eurozone's future, but its prospects are outshining some of its neighbors'. It may still be laboring in Greece's shadow, but Portugal is dealing ...

Household Saving Rates

Household saving is defined as the difference between a household’s disposable income (mainly wages received, revenue of the self-employed and net property income) and its consumption (expenditures on goods and services.) Since the early-to-mid-1990s, savings rates have been stable in ...

Enterprise Resource Planning Systems

TECHNOLOGY & TREASURY MANAGEMENT — TREASURY SOLUTIONS Treasury modules offered by enterprise resource planning systems providers are threatening full-suite treasury systems. By Denise Bedell As companies focus more on cost savings, there is an equilibrium that must be maintained between ...

Responsible Corporations Gain Protection

MILESTONES: UNITED STATES Responsible Corporations Gain Protection By Denise Bedell Safekeeping: New law will protect companies’ ethical goals For companies that aim to always be socially and environmentally minded, achieving growth without giving up that goal can be difficult. But ...

Country Report: Canada

CANADIAN CORPORATES BENEFIT FROM EARLY RECOVERY With the US recovery still on shaky ground, Canada has seen growth spike, debt markets open wide for Canadian corporates and strong interest from foreign investors in both traditional debt and infrastructure project finance. ...

Obama Administration Continues Export Drive

NEWSMAKERS: UNITED STATES Obama Administration Continues Export Drive By Denise Bedell Gregoire: Coordinating efforts on export promotion The Obama administration has set a goal of doubling US exports in the next five years and announced the development of the Export ...

E-Invoicing Finds Favor Again

TECHNOLOGY & TREASURY MANAGEMENT — E-INVOICING Companies are taking a second look at electronic invoicing as they begin to evaluate longer-term efficiency and cost reduction programs for the financial supply chain. By Denise Bedell With the treasury and cash management ...

Countries by Income Group

Major international organizations classify countries by different factors. One criterion that is often used is gross national income (GNI) per capita – the dollar value of a country’s final income in a year, divided by its population. It reflects the ...

Cover Story: A Wide Open World

A WIDE OPEN WORLD As new technologies help individuals gain greater access to information and data, how they use it will change the corporate and financial worlds forever. To stay ahead of the pack, firms must change the way they ...

2009

Crisis Prompts Creative Solutions

Crisis Prompts Creative Solutions Businesses are demanding more integration, efficiency and liquidity from their trade finance providers. The trade finance space will never be the same. By Denise Bedell The recent global financial crisis brought many changes to the world ...

Features: Corporate Cards Go Virtual

CORPORATE CARDS GO GLOBAL AND VIRTUAL Companies are reworking their corporate card programs and setting up new corporate purchase card programs to improve spend management and gain greater control over global expenses. By Denise Bedell Companies are always looking to ...

TCM Guide: Bank Relationship Management

STRENGTHENING TIES Higher cost of credit and tighter credit conditions are prompting corporates to review all their banking interactions. By Denise Bedell It has always been a priority for corporates to manage their share of wallet effectively. But in this ...

TCM Guide: Holistic Risk Management

A WHOLE NEW BALL GAME Businesses need to develop a new range of tools if they want to achieve truly holistic risk management. By Denise Bedell The world of risk management has changed drastically as a result of the economic ...

Features : Exchange-Traded Derivatives Prove Their Worth

EXCHANGE-TRADED DERIVATIVES PROVE THEIR WORTH As product offerings grow and pricing improves, exchange-traded derivatives are increasingly appealing to both corporate and institutional buyers of derivatives contracts. By DENISE BEDELL Of the lessons learned by companies during the recent financial meltdown, ...

Features : Revisiting Nafta

Regional report Calls to renegotiate Nafta are growing louder, and as the three member countries’ economic travails deepen, the arguments for a revision are gaining ground. The economic crisis that began in the United States has had a dramatic effect ...

Features : Tightening The Supply Chain

FOCUS SUPPLY CHAIN FINANCE Just a short while ago, supply chain finance was seen as a novel luxury. For many corporations now it could be the key to survival—and future prosperity. Quinn: Credit is proving hard to find for non-investment-grade ...

2008

Features : Focus On Liquidity

TREASURY MANAGEMENT: ASIA Facing a unique set of challenges, treasurers in Asia-Pacific are focusing on improving liquidity management. Newton: Organizations placing investment want to know exactly where it is being invested. It is a tough time for corporates around the ...

TCM Guide : Proving Ground

BANK RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT How banks treat their customers through the current hard times will define their relationships for years to come. Moinian warns corporates to be cautious: "Banks in trouble are offering extremely good rates". A wave of anxiety is ...

TCM Guide : The Bigger Picture

LIQUIDITY MANAGEMENT Corporate treasurers are fully reviewing all of their liquidity structures and relationships to ensure maximum efficiency, best access to credit and best returns on excess cash. Rossi: We have seen a number of our large corporate clients begin ...

Features : Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

TWO STEPS FORWARD, ONE STEP BACK COUNTRY REPORT / INDONESIA Indonesia has made great improvements recently but some persistent problems are still holding it back. Clear skies ahead? Jakarta has worked hard to improve access for foreign investors. While much ...

Features : Changing Investment Strategies

CHANGING INVESTMENT STRATEGIES CORPORATE TOOLBOX / SHORT-TERM INVESTING Credit market turmoil has forced corporate treasurers to re-evaluate their investment strategies. They are scrutinizing short-term investments for their strength and creditworthiness and demanding much greater information from the banks with whom ...

Features : Greasing The Wheels Of Global Trade

GREASING THE WHEELS OF GLOBAL TRADE ANNUAL SURVEY / SUPPLY CHAIN FINANCE Global Finance pinpoints the leaders in the increasingly innovative, creative and commercially important field of supply chain finance. The physical transportation of goods between buyers and suppliers may ...

Features : Credit Where It’s Due

FOCUS / CREDIT DERIVATIVES As global securitization markets continue to deteriorate, the credit derivatives space is a beacon of light in a relatively dark landscape. Long: The key is to determine which structures have been hurt which have stability. Most ...

Features : Sweet Spot For The Philippines

COUNTRY REPORT: THE PHILIPPINES The Philippines seems to be avoiding the worst of the global market slowdown, but there have been a few hiccups along the way. The financial Makati district in Manila is not feeling the pinch of the ...

Milestones : Indian Project Financing Gets Ex-Im Bank Boost

INDIA Reaching out: The US hopes its firms can win a slice of India's $500 billion spending spree. Bhopal Medical College Trust is the first Indian project to reap the benefits of US Export-Import Bank’s (Ex-Im Bank) Indian infrastructure support ...

Focus: Nafta : Terms Of Trade

14 Years On With Nafta once again coming to the forefront of water-cooler discussions as a result of the political ping-pong between Democratic presidential hopefuls in the US, we look back at the development of the ground-breaking free trade agreement ...

Cover Story : Brazil Banking & Finance

BRAZIL BANKING & FINANCE Local banks’ stranglehold on the Brazilian market is coming under threat from acquisition-hungry international banks and investors. Brazilian central bank governor Henrique Meirelles's steady hand has helped instill growing confidence in prospects for the country's financial ...

Newsmakers : Businesses Prove The Benefit Of Going Green

United States Gardner: More companies are signing up to going green. Global investors, institutions and corporates are increasingly looking to improve their sustainability profile, according to a report by the Worldwatch Institute released in January. The report, State of the ...

Newsmakers : Cruz Becomes Casualty Of Wall Street’s Credit Crunch

UNITED STATES Gardner: More companies are signing up to going green. Global investors, institutions and corporates are increasingly looking to improve their sustainability profile, according to a report by the Worldwatch Institute released in January. The report, State of the ...

2007

Features : Building A Stronger Supply Chain

FOCUS / SUPPLY CHAIN FINANCE Having good financial and physical supply chain infrastructure can mean the difference between competitive advantage and faster available cash versus reactive management and stops and bottlenecks in accounts receivable. "A successful supply chain infrastructure considers ...

Features : Seeking Out Growth

REGIONAL REPORT / NORDIC BANKING As Nordic banks look further outside their home markets for growth, the rewards—and also the risks—are increasing. Over the past few years, banks in the Nordic region have benefited from highly favorable economic conditions across ...

TCM Guide 2007 : Online FX

EXCHANGE CHANGE ONLINE FOREIGN EXCHANGE Key players in the online foreign exchange markets are hoping that new entrants and the integration of interdealer and dealer-to-client platforms will end the stagnation that is hindering workflow development. Theodorou: Many corporations use electronic ...

Features : Hot Topic Or Hot Air?

INSIGHT / CARBON OFFSETTING Carbon emissions reduction is an increasingly important aspect of any global corporation’s operations. But working on reductions and investing wisely in offset projects is a critical element of that. Companies are increasingly looking to reach net-zero ...

TCM Guide 2007 : Realizing The Dream

GLOBAL LIQUIDITY Corporates have long dreamt of being able to see liquidity in real time on a global basis. This dream is becoming a reality as banks and systems suppliers provide the real-time reporting and systems integration necessary to make ...

TCM Guide 2007 : Who's Who

“WHO’S WHO” IN TREASURY AND CASH MANAGEMENT TREASURY & CASH MANAGEMENT 2007 Anne Boden Head, Transaction Banking, Europe ABN AMRO Anne Boden manages ABN AMRO Transaction Banking across Europe. She is also responsible for preparing it for future commercial and ...

Features : Thrive Or Survive

SECTOR REPORT / GLOBAL CUSTODY & INVESTORS’ SERVICES Global custodians and asset servicers face increasing competition and a more complex landscape than ever before. In order to survive, they must continue to invest in new products and staff, build infrastructure ...

Features : Managing The Managers

TRANSITION MANAGEMENT Increasingly sophisticated clients are demanding ever higher standards from their transition management teams. Citi's Tim Wilkinson Complex portfolio alterations require specialist knowledge across numerous fields, and pension funds, asset managers and insurance firms are increasingly looking for a ...

Features : Opening For Business

Country Report / Malaysia With the South Johor development region opening up and the banking market on the verge of full liberalization, Malaysia presents growing opportunities for investment. Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur After decades of being wary of foreign investors, ...

Features : An Industry In Flux

Hotels, airlines & airports Tightened budgets and new technology have triggered a wave of innovation in the business travel industry. Take-off: Business-only airlines such as Silverjet are hoping to change the face of corporate travel The business travel industry has ...

Features : Taking Risk Beyond Regulation

TECHNIQUES / RISK MANAGEMENT As corporate risk systems become more sophisticated, businesses are moving beyond simple compliance and proving that better management of risk can drive greater efficiency. Over the past few years there has been a tidal wave of ...