Cash Management & Payment Trends: How 2022 Will Transform Your Treasury Department
Treasurers are at the forefront of financial management, juggling a myriad of tasks that span from ensuring liquidity to assessing financial risks and optimizing capital for future growth. This is not just routine work; it is a quest for fiscal responsibility in a world where every penny counts. That said, amid the hustle of finance management, a critical challenge often goes unnoticed: bank fee analysis
In recent years, you’ve likely received several communications related to the Visa and Mastercard Payment Card Settlement. These may have been emails or calls from entities offering assistance in reclaiming funds lost to merchant processing costs. While initial developments may have been slow and complex, significant progress is now being made in this case.
High interest rate environments have created opportunities for companies to significantly increase their treasury revenues through investable balances while reducing bank fees from bank cash balance offsets. As such, banks are pushing their clients to invest their cash balances in money market funds, but alternative investment vehicles may offer more optimal returns on investment.
Our treasury consulting team recently invited six vendors: Cegid, Diapason, FIS, Kyriba, Neofi, and Sage to a workshop focused on the migration to ISO 20022. At this event, they sat down with our experts, Iris Rousselière and Jéromine Adler and discussed their thoughts on this transition as well as how companies can benefit from it.
The recent banking turmoil reminds everyone just how important it is to be managing counter party risk. This disarray also demonstrates the strategic nature of deposits for financial institutions. According to Alexandre Bousquenaud, one of the key objectives treasurers should focus on in this environment is negotiating their yield on cash balances to take advantage of ongoing monetary tightening.
In 2022, Didier Philouze, Head of Debt Advisory at Redbridge, and his team raised more than €10 billion of financing. In this interview he looks back at the past year in the debt markets and considers what may be to come in 2023.
Initially scheduled for the end of November 2022, the start of banks’ migration to the ISO 20022 standard for payments has been postponed by a few months. Rather than just being something new to comply with, the standard will enable banks to provide new services to businesses thanks to the enriched information that this payment format involves, and there will also be big benefits for corporate. Here’s what we found out about ISO 20022 during SIBOS in Amsterdam last October.
With such a fast-paced and everchanging payment ecosystem, there are no providers that can cover everything a merchant may need. So, how can merchants turn this challenge into a competitive advantage? It all starts with understanding and leveraging payment architecture.
Instant treasury is becoming more of a necessity as treasurers are increasingly looking for solutions that allow real time visibility on their cash positions. At the same time, open banking has become more accepted by many organizations as a result. So, what exactly is instant treasury and how can it be leveraged properly?
The yearly GTR conference brought about the usual crowd of CFOs, treasurers, corporate trade finance managers, bankers, insurers, lawyers, consultants and system providers. There was no particular overarching theme and the general atmosphere was rather positive. A few “usual” themes caught my attention:
Bridget Meyer faces the Treasury Dragons in a live session that looks under the hood of the best-of-breed bank fee analysis systems, including a live Q&A with real corporate treasurers.
In the last 12 months, we have seen unprecedented amounts of changes to bank fee reporting due to bank mergers, system upgrades, bank fee rationalization projects, and the new AFP2020 Service Code rollout. How do you prepare your billing systems to manage these changes to your pricing agreements and confirm their impact on your bottom line? Depending on your vendor, this responsibility may fall on you. Watch our webinar hosted by our experts Bridget Meyer and Dave Strand to find out if your software is ready.