Treasury Forecasting: An Overview Of Practices
There are two sides to the account analysis dilemma; establishing the baseline and regular auditing. To adequately solve for the bank fee problem you must do both.
Analyzing international bank fee statements requires in-depth knowledge of international banking structures, accessibility and visibility into local bank fees, and copious amounts of time and resources. Many treasurers do not make it past the first step of obtaining their international bank fee statements in useable formats to then progress to understanding their fees across multiple countries.
Now that you have determined which stage in the relationship you are in with your bank, it is time to evaluate the strength of the relationship. Banking relationships are based on performance, risk, and profitability KPIs. These relationships come down to two main objectives: fairness and accountability. For something to be truly fair, there should be transparency on all sides. Transparency and accountability are the foundation of a long-standing relationship.
The importance of having an optimal credit profile may seem obvious but also like a daunting task. You may not know when you will need access to credit but having an optimal credit profile at all times allows you to access credit when it is needed, even unexpectedly, according to a Forbes.com article.
Analytics is helping banks and corporations gain a competitive advantage by delivering actionable insights as well as an effective solution for addressing issues like safety and compliance. The corporate world can use the same technologies and strategies to address the challenge of bank account management (BAM).
For businesses nowadays, accepting payment cards is non-negotiable. The process of a payment card transaction seems simple; a customer swipes, dips, or taps their card, receives approval, and easy as that, they are on their way with their newly purchased products or services. However, behind the scenes of this seemingly simple process, several participants are working to complete the transaction. Participants can include the cardholder, the merchant, payment card networks, issuing banks, and card acquirers, each of which can include a fee for their participation in the transaction. For corporations, who can see thousands or millions of transactions daily, the fees can quickly add up.
In November 2018, the Visa and Mastercard networks offered to reduce inter-regional multilateral interchange fees (MIFs) in Europe by at least 40% in response to the European Commission’s competition concerns. These fees apply to payments made in the European Economic Area (EEA) with consumer debit or credit cards issued outside the EEA. An example of such a payment would be an American tourist using a Visa or Mastercard card to pay for a restaurant bill in Belgium.
“KYC4Corporates will help companies connected to SWIFT to reduce their compliance costs” – Marc Delbaere, SWIFT
The SWIFT network is set to extend its KYC solution, which is currently used by 5,000 banks for correspondent banking activities, to companies. It aims to offer the 2,000 companies connected to the network a structured information exchange solution – one that is already used by partner banks for customer verification processes – by the end of 2019. Interview with Marc Delbaere, SWIFT’s Head of Corporates & Trade.
Many treasury software vendors strive to offer reliable and efficient modules to anticipate cash inflows and outflows. In addition to Treasury Management System tools, stand-alone solutions for managing and optimizing WCR are being developed. These niche solutions are designed to improve the management of the purchasing cycle (P2P) or sales cycle (O2C). Overview.
Commodity traders have a mutual interest in improving the overall risk perception of their sector and its practices. It is also important to understand what’s driving the banks’ lending decisions, says Mihai Andreoiu, Senior Director at Redbridge.
With the increase of card payments, mobile payments, peer to peer payments like Venmo, and cryptocurrencies, there are many theorists who believe cash is dead. However, according to Payments Journal, it is alive and thriving. The Federal Reserve reports that cash is still the preferred payment method for transactions under $25 in retail and, specifically, quick-service restaurants (QSR) according to a QSR Magazine article. Additionally, in 2018, 41.1% of QSR transactions were in cash.
With the gradual rise in the fed funds rate over the last two years, higher earnings allowance rates are creeping in ever so slowly. Whether working for a bank, credit union, small business, or a large corporation, higher Earnings Credit Rates (ECR) affect everyone using account analysis. Have you ever wondered what effect the rate hikes have on account analysis and / or bank fee analysis?
The payment card industry has changed since its inception. What are the regulatory agencies doing to keep card users data safe? And, which of those changes will cause your company’s systems to need to be updated?