How 2022 Will Transform Your Treasury Department
At a recent conference dedicated to cash management in the US, Sarah Gundle, project manager at Redbridge, presented the three differences that always surprise European treasurers conducting their first operations across the Atlantic – Interview.
Banks invest to improve and digitalize both their internal processes and their customer offers. Even so, there are still huge differences among them, as all banks did not start this race at the same point and do not move at the same speed, write Samatha Felipe-Lopez and Wesley Johnson.
Despite the importance of cashflow forecasting for a company’s investment and financing decisions, a majority of companies still rely on a single technology – Excel spreadsheets. Solène Moyne, senior analyst at Redbridge, reviews the capacities of the different cash flow forecasting systems and tools currently on the market.
Angie Grunte, Managing Director at Redbridge, gives her insights on outsourcing the payment acceptance strategy and the many benefits that come along with it.
In record time, banks appear to have stepped up and deployed much-needed liquidity to global commodity traders, especially to metal traders affected by unseen circumstances in the LME (London Metal Exchange). For Mihai Andreoiu, Senior Director at Redbridge, the current crisis re-surfaces some older questions, like can commodity traders keep relying mainly on bank (uncommitted) lending?
With all of the uncertainty in today’s world – economic turbulence and political turmoil – it’s more important than ever for businesses to be able to forecast future cashflows accurately.
Global Treasurers are continually striving to streamline account structures and centralize transaction processing. Increasingly, they are turning to virtual accounts as a key tool to provide this comprehensive view of their cash position and improve their decision-making process. However, in spite of certain advantages, virtual accounts have some difficulties when being integrated into the landscape of companies.
In a position paper reflecting Redbridge’s views on sustainable financing, Muriel Nahmias, Managing Director – Debt Advisory, analyzes the consequences of a foreseeable disappearance of the incentives (bonuses) commonly granted in the context of ESG financing.
Almost every company has some sort of external rating of its creditworthiness. For larger companies that issue debt in the public markets, this may include ratings by the well-known rating agencies such as S&P Global, Moody’s and Fitch Ratings. Companies are also assigned ratings by their banks, certain credit insurance providers, and third-party credit monitoring services. Let’s take a look at the primary reasons why these ratings matter.
In-house banking provides a number of advantages to financial departments when it comes to managing their cash flow more effectively: it helps them combat fraud, control financial risks and optimize their working capital requirements. Jéromine Adler and Arielle Chave, consultants in Redbridge’s Treasury Advisory team, highlight some of the keys to success when it comes to such projects.
Due to the recovery of industrial production and international trade, working capital has become one of the main challenges finance departments are facing today. Asset-based financing solutions can facilitate working capital management, diversify sources of financing and optimize the cost of debt. Listen to our November 16, 2021 market update on key players in factoring and reverse factoring businesses in Europe.