Do you have a subsidiary in the United States? Are you monitoring your US cash management costs such as bank charges and electronic transaction fees? It is highly likely that these fees will increase in the near future and that your bills will be impacted. Here’s why.
Pressure from the sales, marketing, as well as digitization, teams to adopt innovative payment solutions and access multiple card networks must make sense from a financial as well as security standpoint. An interview with our experts Mélina Le Sauze and Anthony Schulhof.
Global TMS providers are stepping up to help treasurers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s how.
French National Bank (FNB) manages the Negotiable European Commercial Paper (NEU CP) crisis by listening to its stakeholders.
Florence Saliba, Chairwoman of the French Treasurer Association (AFTE) and François Gouesnard, Vice-Chairman of the Finance Commission, provide a positive assessment on the FNB’s action aimed at restoring confidence in the NEU CP market – Interview
Put in place by the French Government to offer companies easy access to COVID-19 special financial support, the banks are not entirely comfortable with some of the terms and conditions of the measures. They are exercising their normal due diligence, as they would do with any credit applications. Treasury departments should therefore not spend time thinking about the optimal financing structure in the context of more or less rapid economic recovery.
Europe’s largest companies are staying away from the special financing arrangements put in place by governments . In France, even before the presentation of the state-guaranteed loan (Prêt Garanti par l’Etat – “PGE”), several large caps had already secured additional liquidity to get them through the first few months of the crisis, such as Airbus, which announced the signing of a €15 billion syndicated loan on 23 March. Other such raising included Schlumberger with a €1.5bn Revolving Credit Facility and Diageo, who launched and priced a USD $2.5bn bond offering.
How quickly will companies take advantage of the advances in trade related technology that affords them reductions in costs as well as improvements in risk mitigation?
Humanity is shaped by its crisis. So is trading, as old as humanity as well. In order to survive, trading will continuously have to adapt to demand and supply shocks, logistical challenges, increase in risk premia and last but not least liquidity available. In fact liquidity has always been and will continue to be the number one risk consideration for any trading company.
With the fast-spreading threat of the coronavirus paralyzing the U.S. and global economy for months to come, the Federal Reserve made the drastic decision on March 15, 2020, to slash interest rates to zero.
“We combine artificial intelligence with business skills to revolutionise cash flow forecasting.” Rupert Schiessl, founder of Verteego
Verteego believes that cash flow forecasts should be rethought to improve how companies are managed and increase their profitability.
“The complexity of international guarantees no longer prevents them from being processed digitally”, according to Malik Dahmoune, from Finelia
In November, SWIFT will release a new set of trade finance messages to facilitate paperless processing of international guarantees. The challenges for corporates lie in communicating with all their counterparties in a common language, increasing efficiency and, ultimately, having a consolidated view of their liabilities. In this interview, Malik Dahmoune, director of Finelia Trade Finance Software, explains the key points.
There is still appetite for highly-rated corporates, but the size of financing must be consistent with a company’s business plan. Since last summer, credit committees have been becoming increasingly cautious and this trends looks set to continue, writes Muriel Nahmias.
Olivier Grandval, treasurer at Louis Dreyfus Company, discusses how SWIFT gpi simplifies the daily work of the treasury team of his group that trades in agricultural commodities. For him, improving the traceability of cross-border payments opens up new opportunities for bank relations and cash flow forecasts.