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Negative interest rates and embedded floors

In September 2016, we published the article ‘How Negative interest-rates will affect treasury’. We now delve into one of the problems mentioned concerning hedge effectiveness calculations.

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How negative interest rates will affect treasury

A few years ago it was deemed highly unlikely that euro interest rates would move below the perceived floor of zero. Nowadays, we encounter a sub-zero interest-rate environment that raises many challenges for a treasury department. In our opinion, the challenge of negative interest rates for treasurers can be considered as challenges for the treasury operations and challenges from an investment perspective.

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A Structured Approach towards a Best in Class Financial Risk Management Framework

The increased volatility in the commodity and foreign exchange markets, augmented counterparty risk and the low interest rate environment have led to an increased focus on financial risk management (FRM) for multinational corporations (MNCs).

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Bracing for Brexit

At the end of February 2016, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that Britain would have a referendum on 23rd June 2016 to vote on whether it will remain in the European Union (EU). The referendum will be a simple “Leave” or “Remain” vote and the announcement came after the finalization of negotiations on Britain’s relationship with EU, in which Cameron secured a number of key concessions considered a pre-requisite for the government to support a “Remain” campaign.

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Replicating investment portfolios

Many banks use a framework of replicating investment portfolios to measure and manage the interest rate risk of variable savings deposits. There are two commonly used methodologies, known as the marginal investment strategy and the portfolio investment strategy. While these have the same objective, the effects for margin and interest maturity may vary. We review these strategies on the basis of a quantitative and a qualitative analysis.

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